Micaceous Clay Mi'kmaq Pot by Nancy Oakley
This Mi'kmaq cooking pot is made by artist Nancy Oakley of Oakleaves Native Creations with micaceous clay which gives the pot a sparkling effect. It is made with hand-dug, hand-processed clay from Castle Bay which has had fired and ground mussel shells added to it. The pot is hand-built and fired traditionally in an open pit.
Nancy Oakley is a First Nations artist of Mi’kmaq and Wampanoag descent. She was raised in Massachusetts and decided to move to her mother’s reserve in Eskasoni First Nation to better understand her heritage. She attended the Institute of American Indian Arts in New Mexico and NSCAD. Nancy has had her own craft business for the last 20 years, focusing on pottery and beadwork. Her pottery is stone polished and smoke fired and often incorporates sweetgrass used for purification in First Nation cultures.
Micaceous clay with mussel shell temper
5 (opening diam) x 7.5 (widest diam) x 7.25 in
12.5 (opening diam) x 19 (widest diam) x 18.5 cm