This small swirled clay pottery vase is likely Nemadji, with a stamp for the souvenir location where it was sold covered by a piece of masking tape and the words "From Ireney Lloyd 8-28-71". The tape has dried and stuck, and while I could soak it off, I like the fact that it represents what this pottery was all about. Many Nemadji pieces carry not the maker's name bur instead the name of the tourist destination, purchased as a souvenir gift by the person visiting the destination. In this case Ireney bought a lovely small piece of pottery and gave it as a gift, and as was often the case with gifts in the 50s and 60s and 70s, the recipient put a piece of tape on the bottom to remember--and to have their kids remember--where the treasure came from. "Nemadj' is an Ojibwe word meaning 'left-handed', but was easily misunderstood to be the name of a tribe. In the information sheet that accompanied their pots, Nemadji stressed that their wares were made with the same clays and shapes used by Native Americans. The connection of this marbled style of decoration with Native American production was more assumption than fact, but Nemadji was happy to encourage the idea. In reality, Eric Hellman, a Nemadji employee and Danish immigrant, came up with the idea to decorate the vases using simple house paint. I come across a fair share of Nemadji...and I pass on most. Yet this small vase stands out for the still vibrant colors and the great condition, which is exactly what we would expect from someone who cared enough about the piece to write on masking tape information to be left behind for the next generation of collectors. a
The vase measure 4-1/4" tall by about 3" in diameter. No chips or cracks, and the background is in great vintage condition.
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