Tso, Jared – Traditional Water Jar with Fire Clouds
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. This jar is coil built from micaceous clay and traditionally fired. This is a traditional style Navajo jar with a sloping shoulder and a turned out rim. The shape is inspired by the classic Navajo “tus” which has a similar narrow shape. The rim of the jar is incised with a rain design. The jar has been traditionally fired, which created the amazing fire clouds on the surface. It is a striking appearance. 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 jar is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Jared Tso”.