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ALICE CLING (1946– )

NAVAJO RESIN-COATED JAR 2019


It's not an overstatement to say that Alice Cling redefined Navajo pottery. We first discovered her perfectly polished ware when we began collecting in the early 1990s, and Alice hasn't lost a step since. However, she's still able to surprise us. We first saw pieces like this at the Museum of Northern Arizona in 2019, and the people there told us she created the texture by raking her pieces with a corncob. Then, a few days later in Santa Fe, we saw this, with yet another wrinkle: a polished spiral from the midbody to the rim cutting across the raked area. She may make a lot of these in the future, but this was new to us on both fronts. After all these years of admiring her work, this gives us a whole new look at her range. This is so clearly hers it doesn't need the signature. Nobody else does anything like it.


4" diameter x 5-1/2" high


New condition  


S-987   $425