This hand coiled lidded bowl is so poignant and powerful in its theme and design work. Like his other works, this piece consists of small hand rolled coils of natural clays, which are inspired by prehistoric corrugated pottery of the Southwest. It is then slip painted. Made in 2001, when talking to Richard about it, he told me, “I remember it well, and it’s one of my strong anti-war pieces. I still have a page from one of my sketchbooks designing it all out. There are soldiers on the side and the negative space between them are doves. The “knob” on the lid is a “fallen soldier” a beat up army toy soldier I found while hiking around. The inside is coated in a decoupage of newspaper articles from WWII that I found between linoleum flooring in a stone house that was torn down.”

When the piece arrived at the gallery, tucked inside was a paper with a description from 2001. “Richard credits his piece not only with a box form, but also turned into a commentary, and naming the piece “war” Richard notes on the piece, “My own Wyandot/Wendat ancestors were caught in long “revenge cycles” with the Iroquois six nations which almost annihilated my people. It seems history is destined to repeat itself, and war often seems inevitable. I have chosen to paper the inside of my box with fragments of old newspapers I found on WW2 bits from silk Kimono’s, origami paper, etc because even in “just was” civilian damage is immeasurable and incomprehensible. This is not a war protest piece; it is a war sorrow piece.” Note as well how the graphic around the sides is an alternating soldier and dove. Richard says he worked on drawing out the design, and just happened upon this combination. Suffice it to say, this is a very powerful piece of art.”

7 ½” high by 10 ½” wide