This beautiful blackware vase was made by George and Georgene Garrett, husband and wife potters from Arizona. While they were not tribal native Americans, they made pottery decorated in that tradition and sold it in their shop in Phoenix. This vase is from their "Black Sable" line that resembles the black on black pottery of Santa Clara pueblo. It was, however, made from a different process, using a wax-resist technique and glazing the pottery rather than stone polishing it.
The bottle form vase has a dramatic mouth that swoops and flares to an angle. The incised designs have a sandy, matte finish and the rest of the vase is high gloss black. It's 10 3/4 inches tall, 4 1/2 inches across the mouth and 5 inches across the belly. The oval base is 2 1/2 by 3 inches and the piece weighs 1 pound 6 ounces. It's signed on the bottom with their typical "GG" in interlocked script capitals and dated 1987. It's in beautiful condition, with just a few tiny marks on the design surfaces to show it's had any use. This piece works very well with both native American and modern art pottery.