Unadorned Pinon Pitch Vase
Alice has gone so far beyond the traditional, functional and rather unrefined, style, she is like the Picasso of Navajo pottery – an original, an innovator with a slew of followers.
Her mother, Rose Williams is the matriarch of Navajo pottery, but Alice and her sisters have transformed her old-style into real works of art.
Alice’s characteristic elegance of form, and high burnish is evident in this lovely piece.
The markings of the fire clouds, a result of coating the piece with melted pinon pitch and pit firing, resemble wood grain.
However, in this beautifully formed and burnished jar, the fire clouds are kept to a minimum; the result is zen perfection.
Of course, the clay is hand gathered, mixed, and coiled. Like the entire making of her pottery, this lovely, glowing surface is achieved by patient, skillful hand work: burnishing the clay with a plastic hairbrush handle! At least she did in the past.
Whatever she used here, the result is gorgeous.