For sale is a large canoe shaped pottery bowl by acclaimed Cree artist Judy Cranmer (1935-2009).
The measurements are 5” H X 11 ¼” W X 8 ¾” D. It is in great condition with a few minor tiny white spots. This piece is signed to the base in Judy`s signature style and dated 1990. I recently purchased a wonderful collection of 7 of Judy`s pottery pieces of which this is the largest.
In NWC art, canoes symbolize travel, a spiritual voyage, or a container for ideas. Visitors and settlers prized miniature and model canoes as souvenirs. Shamans searched for wisdom or lost souls in a spirit canoe. A Shaman`s last journey from the living to the spirit world is when his body is sent out to sea in a canoe.
Judy had a life long interest in the traditional designs of Northwest Coast art. Her interest originated at the Vancouver School of Art where she attended in 1950 and associated with master artisans such as Bill Reid. Judy learned the art form from close relationships with many native artists whereby she honed her skills of traditional NWC design elements that she applied to her lovely pottery creations often in the Haida design. Many of her pottery ideas derive their design from NWC ceremonial feast dishes, bowls, and bentwood boxes.
Judy was (unofficially) the second wife of Doug Cranmer, a prominent Kwakwaka`wakw artist. Her work has been exhibited across Canada and the USA and is highly sought after by private collectors. Her work has been displayed in the Vancouver Art Gallery in the Modern in the Making exhibition and is currently on display in the Museum of Vancouver.
I have been selling native art on line since 1999 so buy with confidence.