Testimonial  2/12/2002
Dear Pat and Frank,
We thank you so very much for your beautiful wedding gift. We look forward to putting your Wedding Vase in a place of honor in our new home in Japan. 
Sincerely Jennifer and Korey Clark
Albuquerque, New Mexico

Testimonial  5/30/2002
Hi Pat,
You don't have to do the vase over for us. This is the one we used so we will keep it. However, if you do decide to try another one and put an Eagle on it, the Eagle should have a white head and white tail feathers. Also you might want to take the antlers off of one of the deer, so one side will be for bride and other for groom. When we passed it around everyone had trouble figuring out which side was which. But we did make it through and the day was beautiful. 
                                                          Thanks for Everything.


Red Clay with Turquoise 

Glazed Red Clay / Turquoise

Snow Capped Mountains

Represents river water

Bears approaching river

Flowing heart rainbow

with names in gold on sides

Deer grazing near river

 Mountains with river below

(wedding vase scrolls by Southwest Art Designs, a division of H&L Enterprises - Pat Hostetter-Lopez, Artist)

  Love, is the treasure,
    Marriage, its measure,
  Untold is the pleasure,
    Each heart must realize.
  Keep the flame burning,
    Go on with your yearning,
  Endlessly churning,
    All about paradise.
    Now that you're one.

     A betrothed Native American Couple must follow the ancient and solemn ceremony of notifying the families of their intentions. First the boy will inform his relatives, the elders of the clan will then call on the family of the girl. They pray and then the emissaries will inform the family of the girl, who never give a definite answer.

    A week later, the girl calls a meeting of her family and discuss the proposal given by the boy and when all agree if the wedding is to take place or not, the eldest males are sent to the boy's home to inform the boy of their decision. If the answer is "Yes" a date is set for the wedding.

    Sponsors, or "Godparents" are chosen by the boy and the Godmother begins the task of forming a Wedding Vase. Planning to finish it at the reception of the girl into the boy's family.

    Fetishes, (lucky or assigned) stones are dipped into the water that will fill the vase and the proper chants sanctify the water. The boy now notifies his friends and the rest of the village so they can prepare gifts to bring to the reception. Relatives who live elsewhere are notified also, that they may attend.

    On the day of the reception, the Godparents lead a procession to the girl's home and when she has accepted and opened the gifts, the groom, who has been left outside alone, approaches. They kneel and pray, then the Godmother places the vase before them, they take the vase and drink, she from one spout and he from the other. Then they pass it around, the women all drink from the same spout as the bride has drunk and the men from the side which the groom has drunk. 

    The drinking part of the ceremony is repeated time and time again, with the women and the men drinking from separate spouts, each drink is like a toast to the bride and groom.

The Wedding Vase
This vase is used in Native American 
Wedding Ceremonies.
A drink from each side by the bride 
and groom at the most solemn
moment of the sacred ceremony 
symbolized the two becoming one.

Large Wed Vase  6 1/4"dia. x 8"
White Glaze with custom designs

 Med Wed Vase 3" dia x 5" 
Red clay with White, Blue glaze-Gold fired rings
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(wedding vase scrolls by Southwest Art Designs, a division of H&L Enterprises - Pat Hostetter-Lopez, Artist)

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