Acquired with funds from the Board of Visitors Muscarelle Museum of Art Endowment
Constructed using the indigenous coil method, the form of Richard Zane Smith’s Wendat Floral is based upon the traditional pottery shapes of the Huron and Wyandot peoples. Scalloped rims, heavy collars, shouldered necks, and rounded bases are characteristic of Northern Iroquoian ceramics from the Late Woodland through the Historic Period. The original vessels were used for everyday cooking and storage, as well as ceremonial purposes.
Wendat Floral is made from Oklahoma clay and slip painted, with images of plants and flowers typical of the Wyandot floral style that emerged during the eighteenth century. As the premier Wyandot potter, Richard Zane Smith continues that tradition with contemporary representations of Wyandot cultural expression.