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Pottery Vase Signed Koehn

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    Posted 5 years ago

    Tessie2you
    (8 items)

    I purchased this piece at an estate sale. I love the unique shape and the lines. The home it came from had a lot on Native American pieces like Pueblo storytellers and medicine dolls from NM. This is a vase, not a pitcher. There is not a hole in the vessel for liquid to enter the spout. It is 8" tall X 7.5" wide X 2.75" deep. Does anyone know anything about the item or Koehn who made it?

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    1. maryh1956 maryh1956, 5 years ago
      Looks like it says Koshin to me?
    2. maryh1956 maryh1956, 5 years ago
      Now I see Koehn, sorry!
    3. CanyonRoad, 5 years ago
      This type of scratched in signature is almost always an indication of hobby or student work, regardless of how interesting the pot is or the type of glaze used. The right glaze can make up for a lot of minor defects and make an inexperienced potter's work look more impressive.

      But check out the way a pot is signed. Studio potters and professionals just do not use a sharp biology probe to scratch their names on the pot. They sign with iron oxide (which doesn't stick to the kiln shelf) or with a blunt instrument that doesn't leave the little bits of clay hanging on afterward, like this.

      So it's unlikely the potter's full identity will ever be known. It's hard enough to identify the work of professional studio potters, let alone something made by one of the millions of students or hobby potters who have made pottery objects over the years.

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