“Clouds and Cloud People”
Navajo Handmade Gourd Vase by Lucy Leupp McKelvey. Lucy has hand-shaped this vase honouring the squash, one of the four sacred Navajo plants. The vase is hand-polished, then hand-painted with Native paints and fired. The design and form of the mouth of the jar represents a Navajo ceremonial basket and healing gods (Ye'i) along with the sacred corn are depicted on the body.
Lucy Leupp McKelvey
Lucy Leupp McKelvey is a self-taught artist learning from traditional Navajo pottery techniques and from Tewa potters. With her goal in mind; bringing Navajo Pottery to a fine art, she has been learning and refining her skill for over 40 years. Her pottery style is unmistakable with its contrasting cream and reddish brown background. Her designs are usually based on traditional Navajo ceremonial designs and images often taken from the oral histories of the Holy people and the Dine'.