Crank, Susie -11″ Tall Jar with Rain Band Designs
This is one of the largest pieces we have had by Susie Crank. She is a daughter of Rose Williams and a sister of Alice Cling. Each piece is coil built, stone polished and amazingly, she says he may burnish a piece over and over as many as 15 times to get a high shine! The shape is often referred to as a “drum pot”. It has a low shoulder and straight sides. The jar is very highly polished and around the neck are two raised bands with rain designs. There is an open space in the designs, which is the “spirit line”. It is a very traditional style of Navajo vessel. The jar is traditionally fired to create the fire-clouds on the surface. The colorations on this jar range from black to a deep red. The jar was covered in pine-pitch after the firing, a continuation of the traditional Navajo pottery when the pitch was used to make the pottery waterproof. Today, the pine pitch seals the vessel and gives it shine. This jar has a stunning shine and a great feel to the surface! It is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Susie Crank”. Simply stunning.