6 ¼” high by 8” wide

This blue-ribbon winner (Heard Museum 2017) is a marvelous example of the way Russell is reviving the old style San Ildefonso water jars. This is a classic form, with the wide belly and the wide mouth. Long ago, people would drink from that shaped mouth. This piece has the drop shoulder, with the double belly. On the lower quadrant of the jar, Russell has made sixteen indentations. Trying to polish those particular areas is a difficult task. But the polishing on this jar is magnificent. Russell has embedded into the neck, three strands of superfine black jet heishi. If you look inside the mouth, you will notice that Russell has polished several inches down into the jar. Only expert polishers can achieve that difficult skill. This is a superb jar.