This pot was formed in a 16-coil basket used as a tabipi (puki) Coils of clay were then built up upon the rim of the puki, jutting out sharply from the puki edge to the maximum diameter of the pot and then narrowing toward the rim. These coils were flattened into a smooth surface and rise about 7” above the impression of the basket. The pot was finished with a 1.5 to 2.0 inch rim made of three additional coils that have been pressed (perhaps by the potter’s thumb) into 45 indentions in each coil. The contrast of textures between the rough basket-impressed botton, the stone-polished sides and the smooth indented neck of the jar give it great visual appeal.

Since the pot is unpainted plainware it would generally be classified as a “utility pot.” The jar generally has the shape of utility pottery made for home use, but there is no sign of it ever having been used and it might well have been made for sale to the art market (which is likely since it is signed). The signature on the bottom of the pot is somewhat obliterated but almost certainly reads “Elizabeth Burton.” Perhaps she is the daughter of Treva Burton (2010-06 and 2011-11) of Orabi on Third Mesa; I am not sure.

Purchase History:
Pot 2012-12 was purchased with an online bid from R.G. Munn Auction on 5/23/12.