Vintage hand-made KOKOPELI pottery beer mug tankard in teal blue with a flat black KOKOPELI figure on the front by Alan Yarmark of Always Azul Pottery of Villa Grove, Colorado. (c. 1996 - discontinued) Beautiful teal blue / turquoise color under glaze with an unglazed Kokopeli figure in black on the front. Thick sturdy 1" wide handle. Excellent condition with no chips, cracks, crazing, repairs or other damage to note. The large Kokopeli figure on the front measures 5-3/4" x nearly 3"!
Kokopelli is a fertility deity, usually depicted as a humpbacked flute player (often with a huge phallus and feathers or antenna-like protrusions on his head), who has been venerated by some Native American cultures in the Southwestern United States. Like most fertility deities, Kokopelli presides over both childbirth and agriculture. He is also a trickster god and represents the spirit of music.
Kokopelli has been worshipped since at least the time of the Ancient Pueblo Peoples. The first known images of him appear on Hohokam pottery dated to sometime between AD 750 and AD 850.
Kokopelli is one of the most easily recognized figures found in the petroglyphs and pictographs of the Southwest.
Alan Yarkmark moved to Cotopaxi, Co., in 1971 and set up a pottery studio - Always Azul Pottery. The first studio was a primitive set up with alternative sources of energy used for living as well as working. The first two kilns were salt and wood kilns with a kick wheel and not much else. Developing a style of his own, Alan started formulating shiny glazes of blues and bright colors, which have remained his trademark.
After eleven years he moved his studio to downtown Salida, and started his first retail store. Still doing retail shows and renaissance fairs, Alan also sold to stores throughout the USA. In late 1980 the emphasize of the pottery became dinnerware place settings. In 1996 the pottery moved once again; this time to Villa Grove on Highway 285.
This large vintage Kokopeli pottery beer mug or tankard measures 6.5" tall, 4" in diameter and weighs 1 pound 7.2 ounces and is marked on the base with Always Azul Pottery, Villa Grove, CO. It is dishwasher safe, microwave safe and lead-free.
A2157 - Vintage KOKOPELI Hand-made Pottery Beer Mug Tankard