Yazzie, Angie – 16″ Wide Micaceous 16 Rib Melon Jar (1999)
Angie Yazzie is renowned for her thin-walled Taos pottery. Each piece is coil built and made from micaceous clay from near Taos Pueblo. Angie focuses on traditional shapes along with making each piece nearly paper thin! It almost feels like there is nothing there when you hold one! This jar is large with a wide shoulder and an elongated neck. The jar has 16 symmetrical melon ribs that are pushed out from the inside. . What is so striking, however, are the fire clouds! The color variations across the surface are exceptional. The piece is made from micaceous clay so when it is fired it has a sparkling/metallic appearance. Angie fires her pieces using wood and on this piece, the dark coloration is from the heat of the firing. It is signed on the bottom, “Angie Yazzie”. It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration, or repair. She has won numerous awards for her work, including “Best of Pottery” at Santa Fe Indian Market in 2017 and the New Mexico Governor’s Award.