The polychrome, hand coiled wedding vase at left measures 10.25 inches tall by 6 inches wide featuring fine, deep color graphics, excellent shape with a clay rope handle.
Item #WV908 ~ Your price $425 (Includes Shipping!)
These wedding vases are not waterproof and will be severely
damaged if used to contain water.
Mary Small (Kal-La-Tee, “New Indian Basket”) is from Jemez Pueblo and has been an active potter since the 1950s working with matt polychrome jars, bowls, wedding vases, storytellers and miniatures. She was taught traditional pottery making by her mother Perfectita Toya. She collaborates with her husband Simon in making their distinctive and highly recognizable pottery.
Mary creates beautiful wedding vases with clean, crisp graphics, solid colors and wonderful shape. The top vase is a really fine Mary Small masterpiece – tall, slender, graceful. An eloquent twisted clay handle and two fine turquoise nuggets give this vase a uniquely, authentic flare. What an incredible gift this hand coiled wedding vase would make.
Pottery making is a continuous prayer in her life. Each step in her process is an occasion of ceremonial attunement. Mary states, “I ask a blessing for each stage. Before beginning to make the pottery, I ask Mother Earth to give me good clay because my belief is strong. I respect the potteries. They give me bread and butter for my family. I talk to the clay. I put my mind to making good pots. I treat them like human beings so they won’t be broken. If an accident happens, I bury the piece and give it back to Mother Earth. In return I’ll get a nice pot. I was taught that by my mother.” She adds, “When my potteries are finished, they are blessed. They have power. Whoever buys the pottery should have a nice home, a happy life, and a sacred object because there are a lot of prayers in my potteries.”
Mary and Simon Small’s pottery has won numerous awards including 1st place at the Santa Fe Indian Market, the Heard Museum Show, the New Mexico State Fair, the Inter-tribal ceremonial, and the Indian Arts & Crafts Association Show (IACA). She was the IACA’s 2002 Artist of the Year,winning with a beautiful olla that she is pictured with here. Mary’s work is included in “Southwestern Pottery: Anasazi to Zuni” by Hayes and Blom; Gregory Schaaf’s “Southern Pueblo Pottery Biographies”; and Berger and Schiffer’s “Pueblo and Navajo Contemporary Pottery”.
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