Folwell, Susan – “Pueblo Politics” Long Neck Jar
7.5"w x 10.5"h
Susan Folwell is one of the exciting innovators in Pueblo pottery. This jar is an earlier piece of her work focused on Santa Clara Pueblo politics. The jar is painted around the neck with acrylic and below the shoulder, it is slipped and stone polished. The lower area is fully etched with the Folwell family, “x” design. However, it is the top part of the jar which is fascinating. It has a man holding a club next to a donkey and they are surrounded by interconnecting fish. She says the “ass wearing a skirt” came from a dream. He’s leading around the men (one with a block foot, the other with a webfoot). She has often used the “block” as part of her commentary of Pueblo politics (her famous plate, “The Blockhead Manifesto”). In general, she says about this jar, “It’s just the frustration that goes along with Pueblo politics.”. It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair. It is signed on the bottom, “Susan Folwell”.
“Susan has been experimenting with textured surfaces, creating a “bejeweled” effect that looks like turquoise, coral, silver, and gold.” “Taos Light”.
Native Art Magazine, April 2018