Williams, Lorraine -Large Square Neck Jar with Star Designs
This is a classic jar by Lorraine Williams. It is a long neck and a low shoulder with a sharp edge. The neck of the jar is square at the rim. The jar is designed along the neck but plain polished below the shoulder. The surface of the piece is incised with star designs that extend downwards in vertical bands. They alternate with red, black, and naturally colored sections. The background area is the natural color of the clay after the firing. It is a striking design that perfectly fits the size and shape of the jar. The jar has been traditionally fired to create the surface coloration. After the piece is fired it is covered in pine pitch, which is typical of all traditional Navajo pottery harkening back to when it was utilitarian. The jar is signed on the bottom in the clay, “LW”. Lorraine has won numerous awards for her pottery and been featured in books such as “A Legacy of Generations”.