Red Clay Carved Bob Lansing Navajo Seed Pot featuring a incredibly detailed geometric design and bear. Signed on the base by the artist. Measures 4.50x4.50x1.75. Wt oz. is 6 Native American artist Robert (Bob) Lansing specializes in pottery which features detailed etchings of animals combined with Native American designs. His pieces embody the heart and soul of his Navajo heritage and the beliefs of his people. Bob was born in Cortez, Colorado in 1966. He was born to the Towering House Clan (his mother’s clan) and the Red House Clan (his father’s clan). Robert’s late mother, Helen Benally Lansing, was a weaver of fine Navajo rugs. His father, Dan Lansing, was a noted Navajo Medicine Man. Robert remembers his father as a "healer of minds". Robert’s work is deeply influenced by his father and grandfather as well as his brother-in-law, William Yazzie. Yazzie, a well known Navajo potter, taught Bob the skills of carving pottery. Because of careful planning and inspiration, no two pieces of Bob’s pottery are alike. Bob begins by throwing the pieces by hand on the wheel. He lets them dry slowly, trims and shapes the base and then paints the piece with the colors he desires using ceramic paint. Each layer of paint is permitted to dry before the next one is applied. When the pieces are painted, Bob begins the carving process. He carves through the painted layers to the color he desires. He uses specialized tools to create the intricate detail that is the signature of his work. The pottery is then kiln fired for six hours and permitted to gradually cool for 12 hours. Bob then applies the final, very finely detailed "incising" and other finishing touches to his work. Bob’s family heritage and Navajo beliefs are a part of every piece he creates. Bob explains he likes to use "Little Brother", the bear, in his designs. Greatly revered in Navajo culture, Little Brother protected the Navajo during their journeys through the other Navajo worlds. Because the bear is sacred to his people, he goes through a ceremony with a medicine man that will purify him and permit him to use the bear in his carvings. Bob was awarded first place out of 168 artists by Ronald Reagan in the National Arts and Crafts Contest in 1986 when he was only 20 years old. His work was featured in the Arizona Highway magazine in 1992 and he is in a book entitled "Enduring Tradition: The Arts of the Navajo". Bob Lansing’s artwork has been displayed throughout the Southwest, in Washington D.C., California, and in foreign countries such as England and Germany.