Tso, Jared – “Fire” 21″ Tall Large Storage Jar
This is a large coil-built jar that is one of four he has created that are the largest of his career to this point. This jar has a rough texture, that has been “sanded” with a corn cob to create the texture. What is exciting about this piece is the firing. Jared said he had hoped to fire it all black, but that it turned out with a red base and smoke clouds billowing upward on the clay. At a distance, it almost appears as if the bottom is on “fire” and the remainder of the jar is the smoke from the firing. It is the unique creation of fire and clay! The style of the jar is classic Navajo Tus (a water or storage jar). Note the three rows of “necklaces” around the neck of the jar, creating additional dimension to the piece. The scale of this piece, at over 21″ tall, is massive and striking in person. The last photos are ones of Jared with all four of these important pieces together. I thought it created a sense of scale and size and it was Jared’s first time to have them all together at the same time! The jar is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Jared Tso”.
THE CONFLUENCE OF TRADITION AND MODERNITY: The Ceramic Art of Jared Tso