Tso, Faye – Large 28 Rib Melon Jar (1986)
Faye Tso was one of the first Navajo potters to use unconventional imagery in her pottery. While traditional Navajo pottery has very little decoration, Tso applied images of corn maidens, lizards, and dancers to the surface of the clay. Her grandson, Jarred Tso, is also an important younger potter who is carrying on this amazing family tradition. This is a striking and unusual piece of her pottery. This is a large melon jar with 28 ribs. The ribs are probably applique, as that was Faye’s favored technique. The jar was traditionally fired and then covered in pinon pitch. It is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Faye Tso”. It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration, or repair. Definitely a great piece of Navajo pottery history! The jar has an original tag from the 1986 Navajo Show at the Museum of Northern Arizona.