Stephen Scagnelli, a potter from Sedona, Arizona, and his wife Nancy opened their shop called Esteban's in 1974. Located in Tlaquepaque in the Mexican state of Jalisco, the shop originally only sold Steve's pottery. This handsome vase was hand thrown by Steve; it has such an interesting, tactile surface, grainy and rough to the touch like the sands of the desert. The upper rim and the interior have a smooth glaze that has a tortoise shell effect, while the indented base and flat bottom continue the rugged sandy texture. The groups of deeply carved vertical lines, both short and long, decorate the cylinder form, completing the southwest look.
The bottom of the vase is hand signed with the incised "Scagnelli." It measures 7 1/4 inches tall with a mouth 2 inches across. The gently swelling belly tapers down to a 2 3/8 inch diameter round base. Weighing one pound, five ounces, it is in excellent condition, with no post-production damage and no discernible wear. It's a great piece for the fan of southwest decor and the lover of hand made art pottery.