Creation Date
1931 – 1955


26.670 cm. L Item (Overall)

Two part dish. Two flat dishes, each one 4 1/2 inches in diameter, are joined into one unit by a curved connection rod and an intricately entwined handle, molded above the connecting rod. Each dish has a geometric design worked on its face combining highly polished with unpolished clay. The unpolished part is a gray-black while the polished design, as well as the outside of the plates and the handle is dark black. Altogether the piece is 10 1/2 inches long. It was made by Pablita Chavarria, one of the best potters of the Santa Clara Pueblo. "This jest black is not derived from paint. When the pottery is to be fired, a wood fire is built. The pottery is carefully buried in wood and powdered animal manure is sprinkled onto the wood. The fire is lighted, and the pottery is fired until it has reached the proper stage of blackness." - From Cleora's Guide to the collection.

Related People and Organizations
Helbing, Cleora
Chavarria, Pablita

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