Mari Emori
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Homage to the Pima II

coil-built stoneware, sgraffito, reduction fired cone 6

13" x 19" x 19"


This piece was inspired by handwoven baskets of the Pima tribe in Arizona. The patterns woven into their basketry are very spiritual and imply a deep connection to nature and life. As such, they have a timeless appeal. My intent was to capture this in a more permanent clay form. I used the sgraffito technique to emulate the appearance of woven fiber. The bottom portion was left un-textured to provide a dramatic contrast and to focus attention on the pattern.