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Butterfly Against Basket-Like Texture

Grace Medicine Flower

About The Butterfly Against Basket-Like Texture

Positively charming !

Behind the polished redware butterfly is the appearance of a coiled basket's stitches.

How inventive of this talented artist in clay.

 According to Grace Medicine Flower, butterflies signify the beginning of life.

Savvy Price $850.00

Gallery Price $1,000.00

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Positively charming !

Behind the polished redware butterfly is the appearance of a coiled basket's stitches.

How inventive of this talented artist in clay.

 According to Grace Medicine Flower, butterflies signify the beginning of life.

About the Artist

(Born 1938, Santa Clara Pueblo) Camilio Tafoya, a potter known for his sgraffito decoration, was her father.  Her brother was Joseph Lonewolf, another famous potter.  Her father’s sister was Margaret Tafoya, the pottery matron of Santa Clara.

 “Although she also carves on larger pots, Grace is best known for her exquisite miniatures, round or egg-shaped hollow clay balls with no opening or bottles with tiny stoppers, on which she incises in fine relief cameos or allover designs of an Indian story, a flock of birds flying, bunches of flowers or groups of animals.” Taken from Susan Peterson’s book Pottery by American Indian Women The Legacy of Generations

 Preferring traditional steps in preparing her clay and creating her vessels to include firing them using outdoor pit firing, Medicine Flower's creativity is evident in her distinctive choices of decoration.   “Grace has experimented with prospecting different clays in order to have a variety of colors for her pottery.  So far, she says, all she has found that will hold their color in the heat are clays that fire iron red, rust-colored, buff, blue, green and the black that comes from the smothered firing.” Pottery by American Indian Women The Legacy of Generations

Medium Polished, carved redware pottery
Size 2 1/4" height X 2 1/4" maximum diameter
Signed "Grace Medicine Flower" inscribed underneath followed by a stylized flower
Date of creation 1985
Condition Excellent
Provenance JMB collection