Navajo Signed J. Curley Native American Hand Etched Red Clay Pottery Vase

$ 350.00

Navajo Signed J. Curley Native American Hand Etched Red Clay Pottery Vase

Beautiful Navajo handmade hand carved polychrome decorated pottery bowl. Hand carved repeating designs with a multitude of bright bold painted colors burnt orange, sea glass, light green, white and deep teal blue all applied to a red clay pottery vase. The inside has been glazed; the base bares the etched signature: “J. Curley 99”.

Native American Navajo Etched Pottery pieces are classic examples of indigenous artwork from the southwest. These pieces are beautiful, but you might wonder how they are created and what the symbols mean that are etched so beautifully into the pieces.

These pieces are created by the basic shape of the pot being poured into a mold. When the clay dries enough it is removed from the mold and allowed to finish air drying. The artist then paints the pot with bands of color. When the paint dries the artist uses a sharp instrument and slices through the paint layer and into the pot. The finished piece is then fired to create the hard-ceramic piece.

The etchings carved into the Navajo ceramic pottery represent everything from mountains, planets, animals, prayer feathers and ceremonial altars to even our path in life. Each of these symbols is etched by the potter in a very specific traditional way.

Designer: J. Curley
Materials/Medium: Red clay
Colors: burnt orange, sea glass, light green, white and deep teal blue
Designs: bear paw, wolf, feathers, mountains, whirling wind, clouds and water waves
Measurements: 8.66” tall x 22” diameter
Condition: Excellent condition; no chips or cracks.