Tso, Jared – Large Open Bowl with Swirl Polish
Jared Tso is one of the rising stars of Native pottery. He is a grandson of potter Faye Tso and his pottery is exceptionally refined in technique and traditional in style. Each piece is coil built from traditional native Navajo clay and traditionally fired. This large open bowl is fully polished. There is a raised design on the exterior rim that has been textured to have the feel of rope. The raised band is incised with a linear design. The dynamic part of this bowl is the polishing and the firing. The interior is fully polished in a swirl pattern. This is visually striking as the polishing marks create the swirl and they are intensified by the coloration from the fire clouds. The exterior is also fully polished in a swirl pattern. The variation of colors from black to brown is a result of the firing. The browner areas are where it was fired to a higher temperature. After the firing, the jar is covered in pinon pitch, which harkens back to historic Navajo pottery when the pitch made them waterproof and utilitarian. Vessels such as this find strength in their traditional techniques yet are refined in a modernistic manner. The bowl is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Jared Tso”.