Folwell, Susan – “Blue Lake” Jar
This is a s spectacular jar by Susan Folwell. She is one of the exciting innovators in Pueblo pottery. This jar is part of her series entitled, “Peering through Taos Light”. The design for the jar comes from a painting by E. Hennings entitled, “Blue Lake” (which can be seen in the last image). This creative jar is square in shape and rag polished. The design is a series of riders on horseback under the fall leaves. It almost seems as if they are such a distant memory that they are fading into the jar itself. In the same manner, the rim of the jar has been wet and texturized to feel like an older piece of pottery. Susan does this by wetting down the rim of the jar before it is fired. Again, as if it was used and like the memory of the riders, forgotten. What is hard to see in the photos is that the blue in the areas below the riders are all spaces in the clay, which Susan created by adding paper to the clay which, when fired, left these small inclusions. They create an extraordinary texture. This seems to be simple but is exceptional in form, texture and design. The jar is signed on the bottom. Many pieces from this continuing series are currently on display in “Susan Folwell: Through the Looking Glass” at the Harwood Museum in Taos, NM.
“My newest pieces serve as commentaries and reflections on the classic Taos Society of Artists Work. I specifically want to focus on their portrayal of Native Women”. Susan Folwell
Native Art Magazine, April 2018