Pottery by Choctaw Potter Carolyn Young
I am an enrolled member of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma and a registered Choctaw potter. My work is contemporary Native American pottery, using a potter's wheel and electric kiln to bring a modern voice to the clay, while honoring the art of my ancestors.
Throwing a pot on the wheel is magical to me, but carving tribal designs into leather-hard clay is my passion. I love the feel of the clay and the element of surprise as I "uncover" the art of my ancestors beneath the layers of black underglaze.
This method of carving is called "sgrafitto" - meaning "to scratch", although my work is more about carving than scratching. Each piece gets three layers of black underglaze, then the design is carved into it, revealing the clay underneath.
Brightly colored glazes inside each piece make my work unique and the fired stoneware is durable as well as safe for the oven and dishwasher.
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