Title: “Hodges Engraved-Style” Bottle

Date: 2000
Artist: Jereldine “Jeri” Redcorn (b. 1939)
Material: Decorated earthenware
Size: 8.5 x 7” Diam.
Culture: Caddo (Oklahoma, United States)
Credit: Bequest of the Quintus H. Herron Trust
On View: Yes

Over the past twenty-five years, there has been an astounding revival in the production of Caddo pottery. This is largely thanks to the efforts of Jeri Redcorn, a former school teacher and member of the Caddo Tribal Council. In 1991, Redcorn, and other members of the Caddo Culture Club, visited the Museum of the Red River to examine its collection of Caddo ceramics. After viewing the collection, Redcorn was determined to learn how to make pottery like her ancestors. After much research—and trial and error—she did just that.

Former first lady Michelle Obama selected a piece like this one for display in the White House. Both bottles closely resemble the traditional Hodges Engraved type of ceramic, in terms of shape and design.