TAMMY BELLSON (1966– )
ZUNI POLYCHROME LIZARD DISH 2011
Some potters fly under the radar. The Peynetsas, Nahohais and Kalestewas get a lot of publicity among current Zuni potters, but none of them ever made a better formed and decorated piece like this. It's not that Tammy is a new kid on the block. There's an equally elegant little piece on page 53 of our 1998 Collections of Southwestern Pottery. Carol spotted this beautiful little dish among hundreds of pieces of contemporary pottery at an Albuquerque wholesale store, and we both agreed it deserved to be pulled forward and shown to a wider audience. It's time Tammy got some serious recognition as a fine potter and as a master of miniaturization. We put this on page 197 of our Second Edition of Southwestern Pottery, Anasazi to Zuni and to emphasize her miniaturization skills, another of her red pieces with a spotted lizard crawling on it on page 203. That one is just 3/8" in diameter. Then in 2016, Tammy surprised us again. We saw another of her pieces at a show: yet another red shallow bowl with one of these crawling lizards. What startled use was that it went to the other extreme. It was 14" in diameter.
3-3/4" diameter x 7/8" high