A studio pottery vase by American artist Charles Counts (1934-2000). The rounded body of the vase narrows at the neck then flares to a wide mouth. Incised figures and repeated lines decorate the full exterior surface of the work. Signed "Charles Counts" to the underside.
Charles Counts was born in Kentucky and later studied in California. Before moving to Nigeria to work with craftsmen there, he was a member of artist colonies in Georgia. Throughout his life, he prioritized the preservation of Appalachian regional craft traditions, and sought to inform people of their cultural significance. Eventually Counts accepted a full-time teaching position at Maiduiguru University - only returning to the United States infrequently. In 2000, Counts died from malaria in Nigeria and was buried in Oak Ridge, Tennessee.
5” x 6.5” x 5”.
Overall very minor signs of wear including scuffs and scratches.
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