Large Iroquois (Haudenosaunee) hand-thrown Mohawk Pottery vase by Elda Smith. Circa 1970. During the late 1960’s a group from the Six Nations of the Grand River (Ontario) resurrected traditional Iroquois pottery forms and designs and established the Mohawk Pottery. The studio (co-operative) used a brown wash rather than a glaze on the outside of their pieces so that the items would look like ancient, smoke-cured pottery. This vase is incised top to bottom with traditional, geometric designs in the dark brown wash. The inside is glazed in a shade of turquoise. Elda “Bun” Muriel Smith (1918 – 1976) was one of the founders of the Mohawk Pottery. Her initials, EMS, are incised on the bottom of this piece, along with the flint and feather logo [the letters SN (for Six Nations) inside a flint arrowhead, superimposed over a feather]. Six Nations pottery is found in the Canadian Museum of Civilization and is respected by many collectors, both public and private.
This vase is very large and heavy — it stands 12 inches (30.5 cm) tall and is 8 inches (20.5 cm) at its widest point.
It is in mint condition.
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