Trammel, Jennie – Red Bowl with Mesa and Rain Designs (1980’s)
This is a stunning bowl 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 exceptional 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 remains a visual key to her work. This is one of her very deeply carved pieces. The bowl has four sections with a “rain over the mesa” design. The edges are rounded and the background is slipped with the traditional white clay. The bowl is very highly polished a deep red coloration. She even polished the inside of the rim! The bowl was traditionally fired to this deep red coloration. It is signed, “Jennie Trammel” in the clay on bottom. This bowl is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.