Crank, Susie – Tall Jar with Mountain Band Designs
This is a classic larger jar 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 has a high, round shoulder. Around the neck is a raised band in the shape of mountains. It is incised with lines and note the open space in the designs, which is the “spirit line” seen in traditional Navajo pottery designs. 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.