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Helen Shupla (1928 - 1985)  Artworks >>

Helen Shupla is one of the few potters whose name has become synonymous with a particular style of pottery; the melon bowl. The ribs on these pieces are pushed out from the inside when the clay is wet. That is why there is often a slight turn to the ribs, as they are turned when she would twist her hand against the inside of the clay. As they are based on a natural form the tend to have a very organic appearance. Her pottery is crafted in the traditional manner of harvesting local clay, hand coiling, shaping and sanding, then polishing with a stone. Helen uses traditional methods of firing her works in a open fire. Her work can be found in museums such as the Heard Museum and the Denver Art Museum. She was also featured on the front cover of "Talking with the Clay".

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