Crank, Susie – Water Jar with Fire Clouds
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 water jar has a high shoulder and an elongated neck. The jar is then 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 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”.