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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 enormous 12.75" t. x 12.5" wide vase in the form of a punch bowl (think Jazz!--they're about the same size!) is titled "Created in Love." Carefully and precisely delineated god-like figures and geometric motifs decorate this piece, in a non-repeating pattern in black and brown on white. Be sure to look at the other photos to get a better idea of this piece. Glossy black interior.
Several very small rubs to the bisque (white) top rim. Otherwise, no nicks, chips, hairlines, or repairs. There are burst air bubbles in the interior (a firing problem... not surprising for such a large piece).
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