The reason my aunt is so well known in the Southwest is because she mastered three different styles of pottery and now mixes it into one piece. The three styles of Native Pottery styles of potting on her pieces are horse hair, hand painting and hand etching. Before beginning any of these processes we must first create the pot. Each pottery is hand poured three times. This pot is made from red clay and is a favorite of those visiting Arizona red rocks. The clay resembles the Red Rocks in Sedona and throughout the Navajo Nation. This clay is collected from the Navajo Nation then poured three times. Pouring three times makes it durable with a nice weight to it. This process can take up to 6 hours. Next we bake it. We bake all our pots in an open fire pit. When it turns red flaming hot we take it out of the fire and carefully place horse hair on top. The horse hair singes onto the pottery, creating a one of a kind piece. Once cooled, we polish it with elk fur. The elk fur makes it so you can still feel the horsehair on the pot and under the paints. Our colors are what we are most known for. Each and every color concept is different every time. Each one always bright, vibrant and seamless. You don't typically see Navajo pottery like this. Last but more unique, we etch. Our etching is done with a fine needlepoint. We have turned our etchings into medicine symbols. Each medicine symbol representing different beliefs and lessons from our ancestors. Each design is fully explained in our brochure. My favorite are the long prayer feathers, promoting good healing and blessings in your home. The spiral increases spiritual growth and represent the whirlwind. Taking the old and replacing it with the new in each day.
Keep in mind, there is no mass production in our work. The quality of Navajo Pottery is based on precision and detail. When you look closely at etchings, such as the bottom of the feathers, you can actually see the fines lines created in every stroke. All our pots take at least 10 hours to create. This process has been mastered over the last 40 years and passed down through generations. My aunt, Mabelline Grey learned potting from her mom who learned from her mother.
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 holidays. Navajo Secrets is Navajo owned and operated. All our items are Native handmade and created on the Navajo Nation.