CLARENCE CRUZ (circa 1975– )
OHKAY OWINGE BLACKWARE BOWL 2008
Clarence Cruz is one of the few potters working at Ohkay today, and by far the most celebrated. He signs his pieces Khuu Khaayay, works in every pottery medium and especially favors micaceous and black-on-black. This large bowl incorporates lightly incised linear drawing with the matte painted design. Cruz teaches ceramics at the University of New Mexico and at the Poeh Center inPojoaque, and in 2012 was honored with the Allan Houser Lifetime Achievement Award at Indian Market. One telling piece of information about him helps us appreciate both the importance and quality of his pottery. In our travels, we've become convinced that no Pueblo supports contemporary Indian arts more than Pojoaque, and we learned that the Pueblo's Governor uses Clarence Cruz's bowls and plates for ceremonial dinners. You can see this on page 131 of our Second Edition of Southwestern Pottery, Anasazi to Zuni.
10-3/4" diameter x 3-3/8" high