Williams, Lorraine – Storage Jar with Eight Yei Figures
This is an exceptional large storage jar by Lorraine Williams. While she no longer makes pieces this size, the shape and scale of this piece is striking! The jar has a rounded base and straight sides. The shoulder is very sharp and comes across flat to the neck. Technically, this is amazing how she was able to achieve just a flat surface! On the sides are eight Yei figures and each is different in design. Above them is a rug pattern and a mountain pattern on the flat shoulder. There is also a flag design. The jar has been traditionally fired, which creates the variations in color. Interestingly, these large pieces are fired upside down! After the firing, it is covered in pine pitch, which is typical of all traditional Navajo pottery harkening back to when it was utilitarian. Lorraine has won numerous awards for her pottery and been featured in books such as “A Legacy of Generations”. The jar is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair. It is signed on the bottom in the clay, “LW”.