Tomosie, Laura – Open Bowl with Cloud Designs (1960’s)
Laura Chapella Tomosie (1907-1977) was a daughter of Poui and Toby White and a sister of Grace Chapella, Dalee and Bert Youvella. She began making pottery in the 1930s but was never as famous as her sister Grace. It is said that she only spoke Hopi-Tewa and would negotiate with by raising fingers to indicate the price of an object. This is a small open bowl which is fully polished. It has a cloud pattern painted on the inside rim. It is signed on the back “Laura Tomosie”. It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair but some wear to the painted areas. I left on the original price of “$2.00” in pencil on the bottom.