Williams, Rose – Large Drum Jar with Mountain Design Rim
Rose Williams (1915-2015) wass one of the great matriarchs of Navajo pottery. Shew as 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, and Susie Williams Crank, and her daughter-in-law, Lorraine Williams, are all recognized potters. This is one of her classic pieces. It is “drum jar” with a low shoulder and elongated neck. The rim of the jar is sculpted with a mountain design. The remainder of the jar is fully polished. The jar was traditionally fired and afterward covered in pine pitch. This was a traditional method historically to make the pottery water-proof. 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.