Ed Gray Sacred Pot Vessel Antler Handle Native American Pit Fired Pottery
Ed Gray, Jikiwe
Materials and Techniques:
Hand thrown clay, carved, bisque fired in kiln, then pit fired and hand waxed.
Hand inscribed and signed: Jikiwe 2011 Calumet.
Of the Period:
Date of Manufacture:
Place of Origin:
Calumet, Michigan U.S.A.
5lb. 5oz. Not including shipping materials.
Approximate Shipping Cost: to be determined.
Excellent condition, having only been displayed safely since its creation.
Price: $2,295.00 (U.S. Dollars)
This Ed Gray Sacred Pot Vessel, and its pit fired finish, with its hand carved details reflecting the various elements of nature respected in the Ojibwe culture. Such as the Moon, Dragonflies, Otters, Bears, and Turtles amongst natural plant forms and textures, along with ornamental details in Copper, Deer Antler, and Deer Hide Leather ties, It has incredible colors of Reds, Grey, White, Black, with touches of Golden Amber and a Greenish Blue, all achieved during its pit firing process. The process of pit firing goes back thousands of years in most indigenous cultures.
This impressive vessel, is a wonderful example of hand built pottery designed by the prolific artist, Ed Gray whom is also known as “Jikiwe” his given Native American name. His studio name is “Miskwabik” native word for copper. His artworks frequently have elements of copper within them. This particular vessel was designed and made by Ed Gray in the year 2011, At his studio in Calumet, Michigan, This Sacred Vessel contains a small deer hide leather bundle attached under its lid, containing tobacco, cedar, sweetgrass, and sage, these are elements the Native culture use for cleansing and communication with the creator. It has been said that many of the people who purchase Ed Gray’s sacred pot vessels enjoy them throughout there lives and then continue to make use of them as there final resting place, using them as crematory urns. Obviously the choice is yours. Either way, this Sacred Vessel will be beautiful wherever you may choose to display it. And it will surely demand the attention it deserves.
Ed Gray was born in 1939 in Traverse City, Michigan. Today, He lives in Michigan’s Upper Penninsula and remains an active, prolific potter and artist continuing to teach his craft.
He has had other studios over the years located in Fenville, MI Near Holland. and the Traverse City, MI area. His talents are broad and prolific using the forms of Clay, Copper, Silver, and Wood amongst other natural elements.
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Please see Ed Gray’s personal resume below.
Ed Gray (Jikiwe), Visual Artist
Calumet Art Center founding Executive Director from 2009-2018.
Ed Gray has been the founding Executive Director of the Calumet Art Center since 2008. Ed grew up on his family fruit farm in Traverse City and lived there until the age of 18 when he then left to pursue his career as an artist. Ed has been a life-long studio artist since 1957 and is an Ojibwe elder. Ed has been providing classes and workshops following the traditional teachings that have inspired his work in clay and copper as introduced to him by his grandmother. “For me, teaching is the most important thing to do,” says Gray. “I want young people to learn and carry on many of the old traditions.” He has an extensive history of experience as a professional artist in Michigan as well as across the States working with tribal and non-tribal groups on special projects.
Ed recently had his DNA tested and found that his great grandfather was full blood Ojibwe, and his wife, Ed’s great grandmother was full blood Finnish Sami from the North Pole (reindeer herders).
Synchronicity Gallery, Glen Arbor, MI
Indian Hills Gallery, Petoskey, MI
Community Art Center, Hancock, MI
Miskwabik/Ed Gray Studio, Fennville, MI
Vertin Gallery, Calumet, MI
Ed Gray Gallery, Calumet, MI
Calumet Art Center Gallery, Calumet, MI
Children’s Museum of Detroit
Brooklyn Museum of Fine Arts
American Indian Community House Museum, New York City
Foot Prints of the Ancestors Calumet Art Center 2012- 2017
Carroll University, Waukesha, WI
Copper Bowl Forging, Ontonagon Folk School Ontonagon, MI 2012
Copper Bowl Forging Bonifas Art Center Escanaba, MI 2011- 2012
Copper Bowl Forging Quincy Mine Hancock, MI July 2001
Clay with the Ancestors Artfull Life Eagle Harbor, MI July 2000
OX-BOW: Summer School for the Chicago Institute of Art Saugatuck, MI 1994-1998
Allison’s Wells School of Arts and Crafts Canton, MS October 1993
John C. Campbell Folk School Brasstown, NC 1985-1991
Copper Bowl Forging, Calumet Art Center 4 x annually 1998-Present
Patina Workshop, Chicago Institute of Art for Emily Gaul,
Metals, Fiber and Chemicals
2014 Copper Country Magazine: OURS: “Art Scenes….People”
2007 Art Show Case Magazine March/April: “The Art of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula”
2002 Fine Art Ceramics July 2002: “Art Infused with the Sacred Elements”
1998 MICHIGAN: Celebrate the State by Marilyn Targ Brill
1997 Directory of Michigan Artists: 1997 Edition by Marilyn Fosbury
1994 FIERARTS October/November 1994: “The Working of Metals and Fibers”
1993 Sculpture Magazine’s MARQUETTE: (1993) Resource Directory) for the International Sculpture Center: “Patinas: Chemical Reactions with Copper”
Sept 17 – Oct 27, 2012 Michigamme Moonshine Fine Art Gallery, hosted two artists, Ed Gray and Bryan Kaster, for an exhibit entitled “Of Moose and Men.”
Jan 10 – Feb 3, 2002 The Padzieski Art Gallery at the Ford Community & Performing Arts Center hosted Ed Gray and 6 other artists in a show entitled, “One World, Seven Artists.”
Nov 2, 2001 The Arts Council of Greater Kalamazoo hosted two Southwest Michigan artists, Ed Gray of Fennville and Gloria Badiner of Mattawan, for and exhibit entitled “Offerings.”
Jul 3-28, 2001 Community Arts Center, “Dancing with Fire” one-man show, Hancock, MI
Jul 6, 2001 Community Arts Center, Whispering Teachings of the Ancestors” – talk at reception of one-man show.
Feb 19 – Mar 17, 2001 Stubintz Gallery, “Purely Thermal” Group Show at Adrian College, Adrian, MI
Jan 16 – Feb 4, 2001 Elsie Monroe Gallery, “Purely Thermal” Group Show Albion College, Albion, MI
Jun 29 – Jul 31, 1999 Community Arts Center, Kerridge Gallery, “Honoring our Ancestors” – Ed Gray, one- man show, Hancock, MI
Spring 1998 University of Michigan Hospitals, “Gift of Art”, Ann Arbor, MI
Feb 1998 First United Methodist Church of Christ, “Celebration – A Festival of
Religious Arts” – Honorable Mention Award, Grand Rapids, MI
2014 Main Street Calumet John Perona Copper Country Traditions Award – Life-Time Achievement in the Performance and preservation of the Traditional Culture of the Calumet/Laurium Community.
1994 Navajo Aids Network Incorporated – Hope Commitment and Inspiration Award presented to Ed Gray In recognition of self-less work towards raising funds for natives infected / affected by HIV/Aids and maintaining Native tradition through giving. World’s Aids Day December 1, 1994
1994 Hope Commitment and Inspiration Award presented to Ed Gray Miskwabic Studio In recognition of self-less work towards raising funds for natives infected / affected by HIV/Aids and maintaining Native tradition through giving. World’s Aids Day December 1, 1994. San Diego American Native Aids Task Force, The Indian Health Council, Inc. the San Diego Native American Health Center, Southern Indian Council, SYCUAN Medical/Dental Indian Clinic, Positively Native American Native Health Services Headquarters, Aids Activity Office, Albuquerque, New Mexico, Indian Community Health Services, Phoenix Arizona.