Williams, Rose – Jar with Rain and Cloud Designs (1980s)

8"w x 5.5"h

$ 550.00

Rose Williams (1915-2015) was one of the great matriarchs of Navajo pottery.  She was from the Shonto/Cow Springs area of the Navajo Reservation.  Rose was an adult when she learned to make pottery but continued doing so for over three decades.  Her children, Alice Cling, Sue Ann Williams, Susie Williams Crank, and her daughter-in-law, Lorraine Williams, are all recognized potters.  This is a classic jar with a sharp shoulder and a short neck.  The neck of the jar has an impressed semi-circular cloud design with linear rain designs.  The jar was traditionally fired and afterward covered in pinon pitch.  This was a traditional method historically to make the pottery waterproof. Today, potters continue this process as a testament to the past. The jar is signed on the bottom in the clay, “RW”.  It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.