Mary Small Wedding Vase
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Mary Small (1940 - ) Kal-La-Tee
Native American potter and sculptor Mary Small of Jemez Pueblo, New Mexico, has learned to work clay in the traditional coiling method of her ancestors. This method includes the use of clays dug on Jemez land and hand-painted with clay glazes which are fired outdoors over cottonwood coals after each application of color.
She and her husband, Ivan Small, developed the delicate matte gray slip, polychromatic style, and intricate all-over decoration that distinguishes Mary's pieces from other Native American potters. Mary has been quoted as saying: "When my pottery is finished, they are blessed. They have power."
Artist of the Year for 2002, Mary Small's award-winning pottery is included in the Heard Museum, the Denver Museum of Natural History and the Smithsonian Institution, as well as in permanent collections throughout the country.
16" H x 7 W