Vintage GREY FEATHER POTTERY -5 pc on table with runner
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Vintage GREY FEATHER POTTERY -large 2pc view
Vintage GREY FEATHER POTTERY - large 2 pc tipped on side
Vintage GREY FEATHER POTTERY - showing bottom signed area and date
Vintage GREY FEATHER POTTERY - 5 pc on table with wooden bowl
Vintage GREY FEATHER POTTERY - showing all 5 pc in group x 226-jpg.jpg


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This five piece set of pottery is beautiful and highly decorative, but to dispel the myth: it is not Native American pottery. Not Sioux, not Navajo, definitely not Hopi, They were made by Desert Pueblo Pottery Company in Phoenix, Arizona. The "Indian" motifs have been fooling folks ever since. This was souvenir giftware; to quote their published information, it is a "collection of quality stoneware pottery designed with a softer look and a new direction. Inspired by the American Indian, each piece is hand painted and etched with authentic Indian symbols."

The symbols on the ones here include tomahawk/peace pipes; raised white feathers; grey feathers, of course; and arrows, bear paws and eagles etched on the grey bands. Many of the motifs are accented with jet black. The pottery is molded, not hand built, of pale beige clay with a lightly pebbled surface and matte paint.

The "signature" incised on the bottom is the pattern name, not that of the person who made it. Each of these five pieces have the words "Grey Feather" and the date 1986. Other lines made by the company include "Blue Feather," "Rose Feather" and "Buck Skin" {sic}; they are "signed" accordingly on their bases.

Descriptions and measurements of each piece, counter-clockwise from the left in the first photograph, follow:

A. A tall, bulbous vase measuring 11 inches in height, 21 1/2 inches in circumference around the belly and with a base 4 1/2 inches in diameter. The weight is 3 pounds, 13 ounces.

B. A squat, double spouted vessel that measures 4 1/2 inches tall to the top of the tallest spout, about 5 inches across the belly and weigh 1 pound, 2 ounces.

C. A bud vase with a long neck and round bottom. It stands 5 1/2 inches tall and weighs about 6 ounces.

D. A hefty pitcher with a thick strap handle that's embellished with--what else--grey feathers. It's 7 inches tall, about 7 1/2 inches across from the edge of handle to the edge of the pot and weighs 2 1/4 pounds.

E. The largest of the pieces: an impressive pot (if it actually was Indian, we'd call it an olla). It measures 8 inches tall, has a mouth 7 inches across and is 31 inches in circumference around the shoulder (9 inches across). It weighs 5 pounds 10 ounces.

Every one of these is in very good condition. The white feathers are formed with a glossy glaze and stand above the surface, so they are ordinarily the first things that chip, but all of these are intact. There are occasional small marks to the paint, but no paint loss and no chips, cracks or flea bites.

The muted tones of beige/cream, grey and black are an enduring, perennially popular color scheme and these pottery pieces are a flattering addition. Grouped together, they make an impressive, eye catching statement, but they're just as handsome tucked here and there throughout your home.

...PLEASE NOTE: We will probably ship these in multiple boxes, so if you want specific shipping other than what we will choose, PLEASE contact us before your purchase so we can give you an accurate quote.


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