Folwell, Kaa – Wide Shoulder Jar with Carved Lightning Designs
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 has a wide shoulder with a turned out neck. It is exciting to see Kaa use classic Pueblo shapes for her modernist designs and it is a connection to both the past and the future. 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 stylized lightning patterns carved at various depths and areas are highlighted with pointillism dots. 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!