Trammel, Jennie – Wide Red Jar with Cloud Designs (1980’s)
Jennie Trammel was a daughter of Margaret Tafoya. Over the years Jennie did not make a lot of pottery as she lived a very private life and was virtually never involved in markets or gallery shows. However, she created stunning pottery with classic shapes and designs which were distinctive to her work. Each piece was coil built, and it was the carving, with the rounded edges, which was a visual key to her work. This is one of her very deeply carved pieces. The jar is an unusual shape with a wide shoulder and a slight neck. The rounded shoulder, however, is a great space for the deeply carved cloud and lighting design. The position of the carving is interesting and utilizes the form and the extension down from below the neck. The background area is slipped with the traditional cream-colored clay. The red clay slip is a deep, rich coloration. It is signed, “Jennie Trammel” in the clay on the bottom. This jar is in very good with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.