Large Yei Vase by Kenneth White (#24)



Kenneth White has created an unusually large and impressive version of the Navajo Yei vase. He dug the clay and built the pot using the coil method of building up row after row of clay to form the vessel. He then smoothed and polished the pot before incising images of Navajo deities, sacred corn, prayer feathers, and Holy People. His ceramics are then fired in a kiln dug into the ground and fueled with wood and dried sheep dung. Such a thing of beauty comes from the most basic elements, which are transformed in the hands of a skilled craftsman.