Whitegeese, Daryl – Large Oval Bowl with Carved Avanyu
Daryl Whitegeese is known for his traditional style Santa Clara pottery. He coil builds amazing shapes which are then carved and stone polished. This bowl is elongated with an oval shape. This bowl is carved on the outside with an avanyu which encircles the entire piece. Look closely and you can also see a micaceous slip in the background area surrounding the polished designs. Daryl said this was one of his first attempts to use a mica background instead of matte. The water serpent (or avanyu) is part of a Pueblo story where the Avanyu saves the village during a flood. The rim is also fully polished to a sharp edge. The inside is matte. The oval shape is unusual but adds to the distinctive sense of proportionality to this piece. The bowl is signed on the bottom in the clay.