Tso, Faye – Tall Jar with Horned Lizards (1980s)
Faye Tso was one of the first Navajo potters to using 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 tall water jar shape. It has three horned lizards in relief on the sides. Separating them are cloud or mountain designs. Look below each of the lizards and she etched their tracks into the clay! The jar was traditionally fired and is covered at the end with pinon pitch. It is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Faye Tso”. It is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair. Definitely a great piece of Navajo pottery history!