Master Weaver Clara Sherman c. 1950
by Master Weaver Clara Sherman
This rug measures 53" x 81", excellent condition, c. 1950, by Master Weaver Clara Sherman.
Clara received the New Mexico Governor's Award for Excellence in the Arts in 2004. She received a Lifetime Achievement Award from SWAIA in 2006. She was one of the greatest Navajo artists of the 20th century.
Clara and many of the other Grandma Master Weavers contributed immensely to the depth of research exhibited in "The Master Weavers" by Mark Winter. They shared many events of the late 19th and early 20th centuries and genealogical information that was available no where else but in their memories.
This rug is a 3 column layout that was popular from the 1920's through the 1950's. Clara uses a master's balance of distinctive design elements with enough negative space around them to allow them to be clearly enjoyed. This rug displays great clarity of thought. This rug appears on p. 291 of "The Master Weavers." It is hanging in Willard Leighton's Two Grey Hills Trading Post booth at the 1955 Gallup Ceremonial.
Clara's wit and insight ornamented the first decade or so of Mark's tenure at Toadlena. Whenever one of her rugs reappears, it is a special treat.
The additional photo shows Clara at the Toadlena Post about 2006 with this rug. She looks deservedly proud!
Clara was kind, blazingly intelligent, funny, played a catchy harmonica and was tough as nails!
It is an honor to have known her.