Folwell, Susan – “Thunder Heart” Jar
This is a very creative jar by Susan Folwell. The jar is entitled, “Thunder Heart”. It is etched with frogs around the shoulder of the piece. Susan said the inspiration for the frogs was that desert frogs or toads rely on water and burrow underground where it stays cool and damp to hibernate through the dry months. During the first rain storms they are “revived” and return to life from their hibernation. There the frogs have clouds behind them and lightning below. The rim and the inside of the jar have carved stars! Yes, carved! This is technically difficult to carve the inside of a jar. Then as one looks down the neck of the jar there is a basket pattern painted in the clay. Note how the sections of the basket have a very “op art” appearance! For the inside of the jar there is a moon, on which she has painted a lightning bolt on one side and butterflies on the other. In the photos, I placed the moon outside the jar. It is signed on the bottom in the clay.