Williams, Lorraine – Large Jar with Rug Design
This is a large high-shoulder jar by Lorraine Williams. The jar has a high shoulder and a short neck. The jar is both incised and painted. The design is a classic “rug” pattern with stars and step designs. Lorraine has often used Navajo weavings as the inspiration for her pottery. You might notice the open space in the design. This is the “spirit line”, that is seen in the designs on most Navajo pottery. The jar was painted with red and black to accentuate the designs and then traditionally fired to create the surface coloration. 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”.