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    Posted 3 years ago

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    Could this possibly be from the Lewis Miles Potteries who was connected to Potter Dave?
    Cannot find any other "LM" signatures.

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    1. Gillian, 3 years ago
      'Dave the Potter'

      One of his pots:,_I_made_this_jar_for_cash,_though_it_is_called_lucre_trash.jpg

      Just in case you want to know more about Dave the Potter:
    2. Gillian, 3 years ago
      @keramikos -

      Just to say I got really stuck into the history that was posted in your link. Very interesting indeed. Thanks!
    3. CanyonRoad, 3 years ago
      This is contemporary pitch-coated Navajo pottery, made for the tourist/collector market. It is based on the traditional type of all hand-made coiled pottery, made from local clay, fired in an outdoor bonfire, and coated with pinon pine pitch while it is still hot from the firing.

      Unlike most "Navajo" pottery made from commercial green ware, this is the real thing, and a result of the revival of traditional pottery making in the Shonto/Cow Springs area of the Navajo Reservation in the 1970s/1980s.

      I have seen this "LM" signature before, but have not been able to connect it with a particular potter. It may be an earlier work by Lucy McKelvey (but doesn't look like her current work), or it may be by one of the members of the Manygoats family, of whom there are a number of potters.

      But no relationship at all to Lewis Miles, or Dave the Potter!
    4. CanyonRoad, 3 years ago
      It's a horned toad. Betty Manygoats was probably the first to adopt the image, which has become almost a family "signature," although there are other potters from other families as well, such as Aleta Bitsi, who have been known to feature horned toads on their pottery. Usually there are differences in the way the image is made which can help identify the potter.

      Identifying the specific potter, other than by initials, probably isn't going to make much difference, in terms of value. If it's just a matter of curiosity, however, one might try doing a web search for "Navajo horned toad pottery" and comparing the toads, to see if the particular style can be matched with a specific potter.
    5. Recordmantime, 3 years ago
      Really neat wedding vase...

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