Spencer, Lorenzo – Jar with Bird Wing Designs
Lorenzo Spencer is one of the few Navajo male potters. He is married to Sue Williams and he learned to make pottery from his mother-in-law, Rose Williams. This large jar is coil-built and stone polished. The design of a bird is etched into the clay. Notice the precision of the design and there is a wonderful texture to the stippled area around the birds. The jar itself has an exceptional round shape with a short neck. It was traditionally fired to create blushes on the surface. After it was fired, it was covered in pinon pitch in the manner of historic Navajo pottery. The bowl is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Lorenzo Spencer”. It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration, or repair.