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Council Fire. One of three Artist Proofs. Not available
Council Fire is a uniquely original design by Orville Knight, and was intended to consist of 1000 individually numbered castings by Frankoma Pottery. The ultimate demise of Frankoma resulted in less than 400 pieces being produced, one of the smallest issues in the history of the legendary pottery.
Inside the vessel are the likenesses of three historic warriors-Geronimo, Little Raven and Manuelito, each directly across from a viewing frame. When a tea light is placed inside and lighted, the flickering light dances on the faces, creating light and shadows in an intriguing "council fire" scene.
At its introduction at the 2004 Frankoma Family Collectors Association convention, an artist proof attained the highest price ever paid for a new Frankoma piece. The final auction price reached $700, purchased by a prominent FFCA member.
Orville Knight is a native Oklahoman. Artistic throughout his life, he developed an interest in pottery in the early 1990's. His early work drew the admiration of friends and fellow artists, and he immediately enjoyed requests for his work. Orville is a registered Five Civilized Tribes Museum artist, and was invited by the museum to exhibit in a month-long one man show.
His award-winning work has been the
subject of feature stories in several publications, and examples of his work are included in the permanent collection of the Robert S. Kerr Foundation Museum.
He is the only independent artist to have been invited by legendary Frankoma Pottery to show and sell his work in their showroom.
His unique "Council Fire" was reproduced by Frankoma and marketed as a limited production piece. Read more about this fascinating piece at left.
A number of his original designs have been reproduced as scented decorator candles by Keepsake Candles, Inc.