Finding Water

© Carolyn Bernard Young, Finding Water, 6 x 6 x 6″, Stoneware, Sgraffito

As the Southeastern tribes began the long journey along the Trail of Tears to their new home, finding water was necessary for maintaining strength for their very survival in the new land. Strength and courage were vital if they were to survive the Trail and begin again. The fish refers to water & new beginnings while the bear represents their enormous strength and courage.

Wheel thrown jar with three layers of black slip, carved to reveal the white stoneware beneath. Commercial clay and glazes were used and the piece was twice fired in an electric kiln to 2167°F for durability.



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