This is a double sided Navajo handmade pot. The reason why my family is so well known is because they mastered three different styles of pottery and now mix it into one piece. The three stages of making these pots are horsehair, hand painting and hand etching. Before beginning any of these processes we must first create the pot. We hand pour each pot three times. This pot is poured with white Epson clay from the Navajo Nation. Pouring it three times making it durable. This process can take up to 6 hours. Next we bake it. We bake all our pots in an open fire pit. Leading us to the next and newest concept we have created. Next we place horsehair onto the pot. When the horse hair touches the white flaming pot it singes right on. This immediately turns the white pot into a one of a kind piece and creates a beautiful texture and matrix. All the black lines create a marble look. We polish it with elk fur just enough so you can still feel the horse hair on top. The hair polished with the fur gives the pot an amazing texture. Even underneath the paints and etching you can still feel the horse hair. Forth, we paint it. Our color were the first thing we were known for. Our exquisite color concepts, are always bright, vibrant and seamless. You don't typically see pottery this bright and colorful and they are different every time. Last we etch. Our etching is done with a fine needlepoint. The quality of Navajo Pottery is based on precision and detail. When you look closely at etchings you can actually see the fines lines created in every stroke. All our pots take 8-10 hours to create. But this process has been mastered and improved over the last 40 years.
Humming bird is our most high demanded symbol and usually sell immediately. Humming bird promotes ever lasting joy in your homes. The other sides depicts mocassins and monument valley. So you always find your way home. They are surround by the corn, representing mother earth on one side. The other side has the Native Yei is a shortened version of *YeiBiChi, a holy figure in the Navajo culture. Yeis are the supernatural beings that allow communication between the Navajo people and their Gods. One Navajo artist told me, “They are the keepers of the door to the other world.” It symbolizes various healing powers. There are various yeis, one of which is Rainbow Man. Yeis have wisdom to share with man to help him live in harmony, survive and behave in the right way. (Stories included).
Furthermore, there is no mass production in our work but the pots with animals are extra one of kind pieces, This one has two! We place medicine symbols inside of the animals so every one is one of kind. My aunt, Mabelline Grey learned potting from her mom who learned from our grandma. Horse hair is a newer concept we have only been doing for the last 5 years but has taken our pots to the next level. The colors and etching speak for itself as well. Every pot comes with a brochure that fully explains where we are from, how we make it and what the medicine symbols mean individually. My favorite are the long prayer feathers which promote healing and good blessing in your home. The staircase of life represents the highs and lows of life. Reminding us that you can't always be happy or sad but life is journey and is different every day. The spiral increases spiritual growth and represent the whirlwind. Taking the old and replacing it with the new each day. Our animal story pots comes a story of the animal.
Last but not least! We JUST created a video of us making us making the pots from start to finish! It is available on our website. www.Navajosecrets.com the password for the video is "Friends". Feel free to watch us create our pottery from start to finish.
Christmas is coming up. Buy yourself something sweet for the holiday. Navajo Secrets is Navajo owned and operated. All our items are Native handmade and created on the Navajo Nation.
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