OHKAY OWINGE REDWARE BOWL
This has everything you look for in a hundred-year-old Ohkay piece and more. It's thin and light, high-fired with a smooth, hard, high polish and the expected Ohkay color change. And it has the most creative rim treatment we've ever seen on an Ohkay bowl. At the end of the 19th century and shortly after, Ohkay potters always left the lower parts of jars unslipped, creating a contrast between the highly polished slip on the upper part and the softer color of the unslipped area below. On bowls, potters would normally slip the top portion of the bowl exterior and leave the inside unslipped. You see another characteristic of the style in the fire clouds on the exterior, deliberately placed to create a decorative element. Some older pieces merely suggest what they normally made at a Pueblo. This one explains everything and suggests a bit more. We're still marveling at that rim.
Unfortunately, that rim experienced three chips, which have been repaired. Otherwise, its condition is excellent for a piece this old—durability that underscores the excellence of turn-of-the-20th-century Ohkay Owinge pottery.
4-5/8" diameter x 3/1/4" high
Condition excellent except for repaired rim chips