Manymules, Samuel – Large Jar with Sharp Melon Swirls
9"w x 7.5"h
This is a classic shape by Samuel Manymules. It is coil built and slipped with a red clay and then traditionally fired. The jar has the faceted sharp ribs extending from the base to the neck. It is the coloration on the jar which is so visually striking. It ranges from deep red to black to nearly gunmetal in areas. The color is created by the traditional outdoor firing. 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.