Trancosa, Kevin – Seed Jar with Butterfly 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 and later that year began doing mixtures of white and red clay slips. This tall seed jar is made from micaceous clay and then has a light surface coating of white clay. It is painted with an interlocking butterfly pattern. 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.