ANNIE FIELDS (1884–1971)
MOJAVE RED ON BUFF CLOUD BLOWER circa 1960
If it hadn't been for the folded-up trading post business card stuffed into it, we might have missed this as Annie's work. Indian potters have made these straight smoking pipes called cloud blowers since prehistoric times, but this Janus-faced one is the only one by Annie Fields we've ever seen. Annie had been one of the few active Mojave potters in the early part of the 20th century. (In Mojave Pottery/Mojave People, Jill Leslie Furst wrote that only two or three Mojave made pottery after 1920.) She put pottery aside in the 1930s, but around 1950, an interested Anglo coaxed her back into making pottery, and she started making pieces that brought Mojave pottery out of obscurity and to the attention of the outside world. This is on page 143 of our The Desert Southwest, Four Thousand Years of Life and Art.
7" long x 2" diameter
Condition excellent, but the business card is a bit mashed up thanks to its years inside the pipe bowl