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Melvin Lindquist

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Natural Top
Hopi Vase




6 1/2"H x 6"D


Cherry Burl


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Natural Top Hopi Vase

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Lindquist Studios 1998

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Melvin began studying Hopi forms in the mid-seventies, at first going to the local library (Schenectady, NY) to read about ceramics.  Later, he visited museums and became even more intrigued with the actual historical pots.  The Hopi ceramic form is an amazingly versatile and elegant shape.  The full round  body is "topped off" with an interesting "chimney" which demonstrates amazing profundity of variations of this curved theme.  As though inspired by the chimneys of the ovens, the Hopi vessel endures as one of the most brilliant, honest forms of Native American heritage.  The shapes Melvin creates do not attempt to duplicate this heritage of utility, but rather to pay homage to it, within the realm of artistic license.  The use of such a rich wood coupled with irregularities and an interpretation of traditional form make this a highly prized piece from an especially fecund period of Melvin's work.   (In 1979, Melvin and his wife Helen moved from Schenctady, NY, to Henniker, NH.  He and Mark shared the studio and the help of apprentices.   Mel had access to Mark's extensive burl stores, and could devote uninterrupted time to working, particularly as the apprentices assisted in the heavy work of  lifting and rough cutting burls, under Melvin's instruction, and, of course, clean up, which was always an ongoing issue....

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The Natural Top Hopi Vase is one of Melvin's favorite forms.   The Hopi Indians of the Southwest created a distinct form which has been central to their ceramics for centuries.  Melvin pays tribute to this pottery form and the American Hopi Indian culture in his Hopi Series vessels.

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American Black Cherry Burl has medium tight grain, and is exquistitely marked with dormant bud burl eyes and swirls.  The wood is very "cherry" red and deepens with age through oxidation.  Ultimately, as in this piece, after 18 years, the wood has become a deep rich red with yellowish or cream colored hues.  A fairly rare northern hardwood burl, cherry is an elegant and gorgeous material.  Bark inclusions abound, which for Melvin offers more opportunity for serendipitous design....