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This vase is part of a group of wheel-thrown and hand-decorated pots by the late Elaine Knutsen, all made ca. 1985 in Blue Grass, Iowa (near Davenport, and the other Quad Cities). Elaine signed her work Laine, which was a kind of Native American name that she adopted for herself after studying Indian culture.
Each example was thrown on a potter's wheel, with clay that Elaine herself processed. There were always at least 2 firings, for the bisque firing and the glaze firing. Many examples have embedded precious stones, and are often decorated precisely with Native American type motifs. Most (perhaps all) have a title, as they are all unique (one of a kind) studio pieces.
This 5.5" t. x 4.5" bulbous bud vase is titled "Guardian of Our Dreams." In addition to the carefully delineated god-like figure, there is an oval turquoise. On the back, an undulating sine curve follows the shape of the vessel. Glossy black interior.
Several very small rubs to the bisque (white) portion. Otherwise, no nicks, chips, hairlines, or repairs.
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