Navajo Yei and Textile Rug Design Pottery Bowl - Nancy Chilly (#63)
13" x 3" deep
Nancy Chilly-Yazzie has created a most impressive bowl using an old time method of Navajo pottery making. Nancy starts by digging clay from the Good Earth, then dries it, sifts out the debris and rewets it to begin making the desired shape. She then pats out the clay and shapes it into a shallow bowl. When the bowl sets-up, Nancy begins to sketch in the design. In this case she has impressed a Sun Face with feathers representing the rays of sunshine. Male and female Holy People brace the Sun on one side while textile patterns grace the other. More rug patterns adorn the back of the bowl. Nancy then adds paint and fires the pottery in a kiln. As soon as the bowl is taken from the fire, it is slathered with pinion pitch to give it a high gloss glaze. An old-time process of pottery making and age-old imagery are brought together to create a most beautiful piece of contemporary art.
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The Navajo are relatively recent arrivals to the Southwest. They probably migrated from the north in the 16th Century thereby becoming a part of the Pueblo IV period. The Navajo have made pottery since their arrival; possibly they brought pottery with them during their southern migration. They made a plain and decorated pottery. The plain being considered the older style? More about this legend