Constructed completely by hand Jemez Pueblo artist BJ Fragua, carefully crafted this vase micaceous clay which has been carefully carved to create a unique and symmetrical shape throughout which she's added detailed designs painted freehand throughout, including corn, rain, feathers, and other symbolic geometric forms. Fragua's skills are apparent in this one-of-a-kind piece.
Born into the Corn Clan, Betty Jean (BJ) Fragua grew up within the Jemez Pueblo and was surrounded by a family of famous potters who were engaged in the renaissance of Jemez Pueblo pottery. She learned the fundamentals of the traditional way of making pottery from her mother, Juanita Fragua. In 1984 she attended her first Santa Fe Indian Market as an exhibitor and has been earning awards for her work ever since. BJ is the sister of artists Clifford and Glendora Fragua.
Vase measures 5-3/4" tall x 5-1/4" wide and 5-1/4" long. Comes with certificate of authenticity.
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