Plain Stone-Polished Red Jar
Carol is a member of a noted Jemez Pueblo pottery family. One of her sisters is Geraldine Sandia, and Carol herself is a respected potter.
This lovely jar is made entirely in the traditional way: gathering the local red clay, mixing, coiling, smoothing it; firing in the ground, and polishing it with a stone – all by hand.
The shape is pleasing and graceful, also traditional; the burnished clay finish is a far cry from the flower-pot texture is has after firing.
That transformation, from matte to gleaming, is accomplished by patient rubbing with a special polishing stone – a stone that fits comfortably in the potter’s hand and is abrasive enough to achieve a polished finish.
Well-formed, with a tapered base, this pot is fetching in its simplicity.
A handsome example of traditional, Jemez pottery.