|Acquisition Number: 2016.87
Porcelain with polychrome decoration
Credit: Bill and Liz Hunt Collection
All of the pieces that Allen creates were made on the potter's wheel, airbrushed, and then hand painted. Each one is unique. Allen came up with the Starkeeper story in the 90's. From his website: "Inspired by Native American mythologies and imagery, the StarKeeper goes about his duties with diligence and love for all things in the earth and sky. Each plate is representative of a piece of the story or responsibility of the StarKeeper." In "Starkeeper Drumming Up the Animal Spirit," the spirit of a coyote appears in the sky, summoned by the Starkeeper, a being who can change the seasons and hang stars in the sky.