Navajo pottery is not a common form, because water is plentiful only in a small area of the Reservation. The matriarch of Navajo pottery is Rose Williams, now her nineties and still going strong. Her extended family includes Michelle Williams, who has created this glossy, svelte little olla, much more sophisticated than the early, funky Navajo pots. The only decoration to distract from the sleek form is found in the dark fire clouds. These are produced when fired, as the melted pinon pitch, which is daubed on the piece, reacts to the heat. The gleaming polish is produced by burnishing by hand. With a presence larger than its size – which is easy to display – this strikingly simple beauty fits into the most contemporary, as well as traditional, decors.
Natural Clay, Natural Pigments
Width: 4 1/4″ Height: 3 7/8″