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American Iowa Studio Art Pottery Gold Tiger's Eye Vase

American Iowa Studio Art Pottery Gold Tiger's Eye Vase

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Directory: Popular Collectibles: Decorations: Pre 1990: Item # 331879
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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 10.25" t. x 7.75" vase is titled "Bursting Golden Star." In the center of a hand-incised starburst design, the pottery embedded a single Tiger's Eye stone. The gold and brown lustre glazes swirl over the rest of the piece, giving it a look of tortoise shell. Lustrous gold interior.

No nicks, chips, hairlines, or repairs.

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