Vintage Art Pottery Vases By High Elk - Sioux Red Clay
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This handsome pair of hand made red clay vases were painted and etched by a member of the Cheyenne River Sioux tribe named Jeanne, whose traditional Lakota name is High Elk. She was born in 1959 on the banks of the Missouri River in South Dakota and has been making Sioux pottery since 1989. These tall vases are made of Black Hills red clay, painted in earth colors with symbols important to the Lakota culture, such as steppes, arrows and lightning bolts; they were then etched through the paint. They have a high gloss clear glaze, except for the dry bottoms, which were signed with the inscribed words "High Elk Sioux" in Jeanne's handwriting. The next to last photo is of course Jeanne/ High Elk holding a piece of her pottery that she's working on.
As you can see in our photos, each side of each vase has a different design and look. They stand 8 1/4 inches tall, measure 3 1/4 inches across the top and about 4 inches across the bottoms. Each weighs 1 pound 2 pounds and each is in excellent condition, with virtually no wear. Since the interiors are fully glazed. the vases can be used with fresh as well as silk or dried flowers or simply enjoyed on their own. Their traditional designs and simple, elegant forms look wonderful with Native American pieces, Southwest décor and modern interiors as well.
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