Tso, Jared – Traditional Large Water Jar with Swirl Polish
Jared Tso is one of the rising stars of Native pottery. He is a grandson of note Dine potter Faye Tso. 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 is a traditional-style Navajo jar with a sloping shoulder and elongated neck. The shape is inspired by the classic Navajo “tus” which has a similar narrow shape. The rim of the jar has two raised bands that are incised with rain and mountain designs. Note as well that there is the traditional “spirit line” break in the pattern. The jar is polished in a swirling direction which is intensified by the firing. The smoke and fire clouds accentuate the polishing strokes and create their own formations. After the jar was fired it was covered in pinon-pitch in the traditional Navajo manner for their pottery. Vessels such as this find strength in their traditional techniques yet are refined in a modernistic manner. The jar is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Jared Tso”.