Crank, Susie – Sharp Edge Seedpot with Fireclouds
Susie Crank 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! This seedpot has a sharp edge to the shoulder. The top is not flat but thas a slight rise to the rim. It is a highly polished and then traditionally fired to create the fire-clouds on the surface. The colorations on this piece are striking and range from black to deep red. The jar was covered in pinon-pitch after the firing, a continuation of the traditional Navajo pottery when pinon pitch was used to make the pottery waterproof. Today, the pine pitch seals the vessel and gives it the 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”.