MARCUS HOMER (1971– )
ZUNI BLACK ON WHITE CANTEEN 2012
This dramatic canteen with its white deerskin thong suggests an evolutionary trend in contemporary Zuni pottery. Marcus Homer has been an important Zuni potter since the 1990s, working primarily with shapes and designs that are easily recognizable as belonging to theZuni tradition. In the mid-200s, Alan Lasiloo began getting serious attention for pieces that bore no resemblance to anything that ever came out of Zuni before, and this suggests that Marcus felt the need to push forward on his own. Its rope-twist handles suggest Acoma and its design makes us think of Virgil Ortiz or Eric Lewis, currently one of Acoma's most innovative potters. Here, Homer has used commercial clay and kiln fiuring, as do most of Zuni's better contemporary potters, but he's managed to create a powerful, completely fresh piece, far too attractive ever to be considered for actual use as a canteen. We show this on page 197 of our Second Edition of Southwestern Pottery, Anasazi to Zuni.
8-1/4" wide x 4" diameter x 6-1/2" high