This piece is the work of
Hopi artist Garrett Maho. Garrett continues in the traditional
Hopi firing method, in which he takes great pride.
Garrett incorporates new and
innovative designs with traditional techniques. Along with the
beautiful fire clouds, which are a result of traditional firing,
Garrett also adheres to the original process of applying pigments
using mineral base and natural "brushes" such as yucca
strips and softened wood fibers.
This piece features what Garrett
calls his "Sikyatki Butterfly."
Garrett's talent precedes
him, as he has appeared in shows across the west and has taken
several awards for his neo-classical pieces. This particular
piece is especially fine. The beautiful blush of the "fire
clouds" resonates throughout the piece, and the tones of
the mineral based pigments vary in degree.
Garrett's application technique
combines further traditional elements with contemporary styles.
The speckled fringe is a distinctive trademark of this young
and talented potter, resembling the works of other notable potters,
such as Les Namingha and Steve Lucas.
The base features a beautiful
reddish glow of "fire clouds" which can be seen all
around the rim. One side features a darker area where the natural
firing processess has "kissed" the surface of the pottery.
This area appears much darker, and while some would consider
it a "flaw," we consider it a sign of a tried and true
Garrett has incised his name
in the bottom of the pottery -- Garrett Maho, Hopi.
This piece measures
tall x 5" wide.