This hand-blown glass feather from Ohkay Owingeh artist Robert “Spooner” Marcus is an extraordinary example of how he interprets traditional design elements through a contemporary medium. The lovely color of the glass is accented with brown and black flecks and a smooth surface. The feather comes with a braided leather strap for hanging. An elegant piece of fine art, this glass feather is a contemporary design, showcasing Marcus’ innovative contributions to the contemporary Native American art world.
- Glass feather handcrafted by Robert Marcus (Ohkay Owingeh)
- Hand-blown glass
- Black leather strap that can be used for hanging
- feather measures 6-1/2” L x 2”W
- Comes with a signed Certificate of Authenticity
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Robert “Spooner” Marcus is a contemporary glass artist from Ohkay Owingeh known for incorporating Pueblo pottery designs and styles into his unique work. His great-grandmother was Regina Cata who played a leading role in reviving traditional pottery-making in Ohkay Owingeh. His grandmother and mother were also potters, and Marcus found working in glass to be a natural outgrowth of this distinguished pottery background. He merges traditional pottery forms and designs into his one-of-a-kind works of glass and has also created a glass pot inspired by micaceous clay pottery. Marcus shows his beautiful glass creations at top shows, including Santa Fe Indian Market and Native Treasures, and was the recipient of a SWAIA fellowship in 2008.
Revered in Pueblo culture, the eagle is the guardian of the sky, a messenger to the spirit world and a powerful symbol of strength and protection. Eagle feathers are often attached to masks, rattles, prayer sticks and other objects used in traditional ceremonies.
For centuries Native American artist have been creating sculptures and fetishes for sacred and ceremonial use. For the Pueblo people, these were often figurines created from stone, wood or clay. Sculpture using material like alabaster, limestone and marble is a relatively new art form for Native artists, first practiced in the second half of the 20th century. In addition, a growing number of artists are creating beautiful works in glass. In creating their groundbreaking contemporary work, these artists still honor and celebrate their culture by drawing from traditional themes, forms and designs. Many of the most noted Native American sculptors and glass artists working today have studied at the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe.Read our Native American Sculpture and Painting Collector's Guide.
At Shumakolowa Native Arts, we guarantee that your purchase is an original and authentic work handcrafted by Native American artists as defined by the Indian Arts and Crafts Act of 1990. We ask our artists to complete an extensive certification process, providing a CIB (Certificate of Degree of Indian Blood) card and other documentation of their Native American heritage. Our team of experts carefully inspects every product to guarantee it is handcrafted using traditional, sustainable processes and natural materials of only the highest quality. We record the place and date of each purchase and pride ourselves in paying a fair price that allows artists to make a living practicing their craft. Every work of handcrafted art comes with a Certificate of Authenticity signed by an artist or buyer. At a time when many commercially-made products are being sold as handcrafted Native American art, our in-depth purchase process allows us to guarantee the authenticity of every unique piece of fine art we offer. For more than 35 years, we have made it a priority to visit artists in their studio or home to purchase their latest handcrafted pieces and learn about their work. We have developed lasting relationships with artists, as well as dealers and collectors, and we take pride in being a trusted destination for fine Native American art.