Wesaw, Jason – “Cardinal” Lidded Jar
Jason Wesaw is Potowatomi and from the Great Lakes area. Each piece is handmade and the simplicity of forms reflects modernism with the context of his art. For his pottery, he uses glazes, underglazes and the top of the lid is a dyed deer tail. The shapes are simple but with thoughtfulness in the content of the design. This jar is entitled, “Cardinal”. There is a single painted cardinal as the design with gold luster geometric surrounding shapes. It is signed on the bottom with his turtle hallmark. Jason has won numerous awards for his pottery and paintings. He is a creative force in Native art and we are excited to have his work in the gallery.
He says of his pottery,
“My work fits somewhere in between this deep connection to the land and the searching for spirit that resides within all things. This life-force reveals itself to me in bold colors, simple patterns, and straight forward forms. The vessel is important, in the sense that it acts as a body from which the spirit comes. But, my forms are decidedly simple and upright. The deer tail ornamentation of the lidded forms is the physical ‘emergence’ of this spirit. Each vessel, drawing, or textile is my re-interpretation of an old story, an observation of our connection to the natural world, or a confirmation of the deeply spiritual essence of all things in the physical realm of life.”