Luce Foundation Center for American Art
Folk Art: Folk Ceramics: Bean Pot with Incised Corn Maiden Figures
Bean Pot with Incised Corn Maiden Figures
fired clay with piñon pitch
14 3/4 x 10 in. (37.5 x 25.4 cm) diam.
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Chuck and Jan Rosenak and museum purchase made possible by Ralph Cross Johnson
Faye Tso decorates many of her pieces with Ye’i (deity figures), corn maidens, and ceremonial scenes to express Navajo beliefs and rituals. She experiments with different clay slips, and often applies the dung of sheep, goats, and cattle to the clay during the firing process (Chuck and Jan Rosenak, The People Speak: Navajo Folk Art, 1994). This changes the color of the clay from a golden orange to a deep brown or black.