Manymules, Samuel – Low Shoulder Jar with Sharp Ribs
This is a classic water jar by Samuel Manymules. It is coil built and slipped with a red clay and then traditionally fired. The jar neck which is fully polished. The lower section has melon ribs which are pushed out into the clay. The ribs are wide and sharp, narrowing down from the shoulder to the base. There is an indented ridge where the neck ends and the melon ribs begin. The entire jar is fully polished and traditionally fired to create the coloration. It is how Samuel places the jar in the firing and the smoke which determine how the colors will range from black to red. The color changes as the jar is turned. After the firing the jar is the covered with pine pitch in the traditional way expected of Navajo pottery. It is extraordinary vessels like this which keep Samuel among the top Navajo potters working today.