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 is an elegant shape with a round shoulder and elongated neck. The jar is stone polished and even the inside of the neck is polished to the shoulder! 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”.