Zane Smith, Richard – Corrugated Jar with Rug Designs (1998)
This a striking corrugated jar by Richard Zane Smith. For his pottery, the coils are smoothed out on the inside but left exposed on the outside of the vessel. This distinctive style of pottery is a revival of the pre-historic concept of corrugated pottery. The earliest corrugated pieces were often baskets that had clay applied to them and then fired, creating a “corrugated” appearance. The small coils are used as part of the design and give each piece a textural feel. The corrugated area of this jar is around the neck and it has a rug pattern to the design. The coils are incised and then slipped with clays to create the angular designs. The body of the jar is smooth and polished to have an appearance like leather. The jar has a great overall coloration and is just so thin-walled! It is signed on the bottom, “Ricard Zane Smith”. It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.