Williams, Lorraine – 12″ Tall Jar with Cloud and Mountain Designs
This is a large and intricately designed jar by Lorraine Williams. The piece is coil-built with a high shoulder and short neck. The top of the shoulder on the jar has bands of cloud designs. They are tightly incised into the clay. Below the shoulder are mountain designs. Again, there is a striking complexity to the designs. The bottom part of the jar is red. The designs were painted with red and black to accentuate the designs and then traditionally fired to create the surface coloration. The jar was traditionally fired to create the coloration from the smoke on the surface. After the piece is fired it is covered in pinon-pitch. The pitch is a reminder of the historic Navajo pottery when it was utilitarian. The jar is signed on the bottom in the clay, “LW”. Lorraine has won numerous awards for her pottery and has been featured in books such as “A Legacy of Generations”.