This new black miniature bowl is phenomenal. Nancy has carved eighteen shells on this small bowl, as well as a perfect double sided polished shell lid. There are also two classic avanyu (water serpents) in the center portion of the bowl. Nancy began carving shells on her pottery in the 1980’s. She explained to me that shells were frequently traded in earlier times. Oftentimes, they are worn by the dancers during traditional Pueblo ceremonies. The shells themselves are so difficult to carve, because there are ridges that must be created and then polished so carefully. So many people do not realize the amount of work that goes into the creation of a miniature. Many potters say that it is more difficult to achieve than on a larger pot. It involves such arduous work. This piece is simply gorgeous.

3” high by 3” wide

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