This elegantly constructed plate was handmade by award-winning San Ildefonso potter Erik Fender, who builds upon the storied legacy of his mother and grandmother, potters Martha Appleleaf and Carmelita Dunlap.
The innovative black textured outside and a color palette of soft grey matte slip against a highly polished black finish creates a beautiful contrast. On back side, a matte finish with a carved Avanyu, or water serpent, with sun symbols wrapping around the rim. The black coloring is created through a reduction firing process in which the pot is smothered during firing, and the grey hue is created from a natural mineral slip.
Known for his skill and precision in polishing and painting his vessels, Fender has created a breathtaking work of art that will be treasured for generations. Plate measures 10-1/4" long and wide, stands 1-1/2" tall an comes with a certificate of authenticity..
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At the Indian Pueblo Store we guarantee that your purchase is an original and authentic work handcrafted by Native American artists as defined by the Indian Arts and Crafts Act of 1990. We ask our artists to complete an extensive certification process, providing a CIB (Certificate of Degree of Indian Blood) card and other documentation of their Native American heritage. Our team of experts carefully inspects every product to guarantee it is handcrafted using traditional, sustainable processes and natural materials of only the highest quality. We record the place and date of each purchase and pride ourselves in paying a fair price that allows artists to make a living practicing their craft. At a time when many commercially-made products are being sold as handcrafted Native American art, our in-depth purchase process allows us to guarantee the authenticity of every unique piece of fine art we offer. For more than 35 years, we have made it a priority to visit artists in their studio or home to purchase their latest handcrafted pieces and learn about their work. We have developed lasting relationships with artists, as well as dealers and collectors, and we take pride in being a trusted destination for fine Native American art.