Trancosa, Kevin – Seed Jar with Bird Designs (1997)
Kevin Trancosa was one of the few potters working at San Felipe Pueblo. I was lucky to work with him from 1996-7 in Scottsdale. Each piece was coil built and made from San Felipe clay. In 1997 he began working with white micaceous clay. The result was a striking appearance with black painted designs and a micaceous surface. This large seed jar is tall in shape and fully designed. The imagery is a series of birds encircling the piece. It is a great design in an “op-art” style as they are each interconnecting and grow in size from the neck to the base. The piece is from 1997 and it is signed on the bottom in the clay. It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair. While he had a brief career, his work remains important among San Felipe potters.