Wilson, Jimmy – Water Jar with Cloud Designs and Raised Rain Band (1984), Ribbon
Jimmy Wilson (b. 1935) lives in Leupp, Arizona. He and his wife make pottery with Navajo (Diné) images from Creation Stories drawn on their surface; sometimes colored. Wilson makes shallow, incised geometric designs of Navajo people on his vessels. This jar is coil-built with a round body and a turned-out rim. The jar has a classic raised band around the neck with incised rain lines. Around the body of the jar is a cloud pattern that is inspired by the Navajo wedding baskets. The jar was traditionally fired with great coloration and then covered in pinon-pitch. It is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Jimmy Wilson”. It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration, or repair. There is a Blue (First Place) ribbon from the 1984 Santa Fe Indian Market.