Yazzie, Angie – Melon Bowl with Eight Ribs (1996)
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! This is one of her melon bowls, which has eight ribs pushed into the clay. What is so striking, however, are the fire clouds! The color variations across the surface are exceptional ranging from black to copper. 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 was made in 1996. It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration, or repair. Angie has won numerous awards for her work, including “Best of Pottery” at Santa Fe Indian Market in 2017.