Whitegeese, Daryl – Tall Water Jar with Mesa and Rain Designs
I should start off by saying that is one of the tallest pieces we have had by Daryl Whitegeese. Next, sometimes a photo just doesn’t do a piece justice and this is one of those times. I realize looking at the photo that the top band looks “wavy” when in fact it is perfectly even. I had a hard time capturing the size, shine and carving on this large jar. I went for the polish and shape. The jar is an elegant form with a tall shoulder which turns in and then rises up to the tall neck. It is this proportionality which creates such an elegance to this piece. The center of the jar is fully carved with a design which depicts the mesa and the clouds , along with the rain and lightning designs. the carving is deep and the edges are VERY sharp. This style of carving has become a ‘signature’ for Daryl’s pottery. The jar is stone polished and it a glassy black surface. Note as well the edge of the rim of the jar and how he has polished into the rim! The size, shape and design all work perfectly on this piece. It is signed on the bottom in the clay. Daryl has won numerous awards at Santa Fe Indian Market and other events. He remains one of the exciting traditional potters working today! Simply stunning!