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Susie Williams Crank

One of the most accomplished daughters of Rose Williams, the matriarch of Navajo pottery. Susie keeps to more traditional forms than her sister, Alice Cling, as a rule, but has done more and more contemporary forms, as well. The third sister, Sue Williams, also works more in a transitional style.
Susie’s work is usually highly burnished, with a rich dark appearance. Just like the rest of the family’s, Susie’s pieces are entirely hand-made, from digging and preparing the clay to hand constructing the pot, and finally to firing it in a wood fire. Each piece is then coated with a thin veneer of melted pine pitch, enhancing the color variations that result naturally from the firing.