Stephanie C. Rhoades (1931- ) Snowflake Flower - Estephanita
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Stephanie C. Rhoades - Snowflake Flower, from Cochiti Pueblo has been making traditional storytellers and sculptures since the late 1970s. Snowflake Flower is related to the following artists: Mary Martin (cousin), Ada Suina (sister), and Estephanita Herrera (grandmother).
Snowflake Flower specializes in handmade storytellers and clay sculptures. She digs up her own red clay and white sand from a sacred ground within the Cochiti Pueblo. She then combines the sand with the clay and hand shapes all of her sculptures. Immediately after this process the pottery is then left out to dry, where upon, she sands off the rough edges with sand paper.
She uses a natural white slip and paint made from the red clay. Wild spinach provides the black paint used on her pottery. She fires her pottery the traditional way, outdoors, with cedar wood chips and cow manure.
Snowflake Flower signs her pottery as: Snowflake Flower, Cochiti NM, followed by the title of the figurine - see example to the right.
Photo of Snowflake Flower by Angie Yan Schaaf, courtesy of Gregory Schaaf book: Southern Pueblo Pottery: 2,000 Artist Biographies.
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