MICHAEL KANTEENA (1959– )
LAGUNA POLYCHROME LADLE 2002
Michael is one of our favorite potters. One observer dismissed his work as "just doing fake prehistorics," but we felt our faith was rewarded when we saw that a few years after the turn of the millennium, the Museum of New Mexico devoted a full case to his work, all of it instantly recognizable not as wannabe prehistorics but as genuine Michael Kanteenas. We think enough of his work that we gave a featured position to six of his pieces on page 102 of our Second Edition of Southwestern Pottery, Anasazi to Zuni. We bought this new from a dealer who was among the first to notice how special Michael's work is. In the years since, we've come to know him and appreciate the intellect and care he puts into his completely individual creations. No Mimbres potter ever made a ladle quite like this. It's all Michael.
8-3/8" long x 3-1/4" wider x 1.2/4" high
New condition. It's been cared for all these years.