Trammel, Jennie – Bowl with Rain and Mountain Designs (1970’s)
This is a classic bowl by by Jennie Trammel. She was a daughter of Margaret Tafoya. Over the years Jennie did not make a lot of pottery as she lived a very private life and was virtually never involved in markets or gallery shows. However, she created striking pottery with classic shapes and designs which were distinctive to her work. Each piece was coil built and it was the carving, with the rounded edges, which was a visual key to her work. Like many of her bowls, this one is polished on the interior! This always adds more difficulty to the bowl, as the extra moisture from the additional slip inside the bowl can seep out and cause cracking when polishing. However, the end result is that the inside of the bowl glows as if there is a liquid inside! The outside of this piece has deeply carved panels with rain and lightning designs. The bowl is highly polished and striking from the firing. It is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair. It is signed, “Jennie Trammel” in the clay on bottom.