Goodman, Louise – “Rope” Water Jar
Louise Goodman (b. 1937) is from Cow Springs on the Navajo Nation. She began her pottery career-making utilitarian pottery. In the 1980s, she began making animal figures. Her stylized bears are notable for their small heads and legs and substantial torsos, as well as surface textures that mimic a bear’s thick fur. At the same time, she also began making her iconic “rope” pots. She worked in a “closet-sized studio” in her house in Cow Springs, Arizona, at the end of a trail leading from an abandoned trading post. This jar is one of her most iconic shapes and styles. It is a water jar with bands of clay made to look like rope. The jar was traditionally fired with exceptional coloration on the surface. It was then covered in pinon-pitch. It is signed on the bottom in the clay, “LRG”. It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration, or repair. While Louise no longer makes pottery, her work is important in the history of Navajo pottery.