Crank, Susie – Water Jar with Short Neck and Fire Clouds
This is a classic water 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! This jar has a wide shoulder and a short neck. The shape of the works to show the variations in color from the firing. 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 pinon pitch was used to make the pottery waterproof. Today, the pinon 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”.