Kaa Folwell is one of the exciting young potters working today. She is a daughter of Polly Rose Folwell and a granddaughter of Jody Folwell. This is a creative interpretation of a Santa Clara water jar. The shape is a classic double shoulder or “rainbow ridge” water jar. There is a complexity to coil building the jar with the double shoulder. The jar is carved in a “cameo” style, meaning that it is not deeply carved but in a more shallow manner and with rounded edges. What you cant’s see is the amazing texture of this style of carving on the jar, which is subtle but wonderfully tactile! The carving around the shoulder has a stylized water serpent (avanyu) encircling the jar. As the design extends up the neck there are additional lightning and mesa designs. Amazingly, Kaa has even carved into the inside of the rim! Kaa’s style of carving and design work is created in a “graffiti” style, giving it a very modernist appearance. Kaa says she uses the marbling effect around the surface of the jar to highlight the graffiti-inspired Pueblo designs. It is an elegant shape with a great textural feel. The coloration is both dynamic and with color almost feels as if it is a utilitarian vessel but also very modern. It is signed on the bottom, “Kaa”. It is a beautiful balance of color, form, and design. We are excited to see more from this young potter!
Kaa Folwell is a daughter of Polly Rose Folwell, a niece of Susan Folwell, and a granddaughter of Jody Folwell. She learned to make pottery from her mother and grandmother. Her innovative pottery is inspired by graphic and graffiti art. She is a young potter to watch!