Caterpillars & Flowers Pottery

By Camille Bernal, Taos

Animal: Caterpillar, Material: Clay
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Camille Bernal's pottery was created in celebration of beneficial caterpillars and the wild white phlox flowers that grow at Taos Pueblo. The caterpillar must be transformed into a butterfly, a pollinator. It cannot remain indefinitely in its original form because it will not survive. The natural yellow pigment seen in the caterpillar's bodies was found in a Taos canyon, while the soft blue color is a rare paint from the Laguna Pueblo area. The red accents on the caterpillars and flowers is a light catching micaceous red paint. All hand formed and hand painted of natural clay and paints, about 3 1/2" tall and 4" in diameter.