Navajo handmade pottery by Susie Williams Crank. Susie is the daughter of renowned Navajo potter Rose Williams, and shares the art with her two sisters, Susie Crank and Alice Cling. Susie was taught to make the Navajo pine pitch pottery by her sister, Alice Cling. Navajo pots are hand coiled and covered with pine sap creating a rough surface. Susie then takes a smooth stone and burnishes the pot to smooth out the texture. The darkened areas of her pottery are made when the pottery is fired.
Susie Crank now resides near Shonto, Arizona. She was taught to make the Navajo pine pitch pottery by her mother, Rose Williams, who continued to make pottery into her late 80’s. Susie has 2 sisters, Alice Cling and Sue Williams, who also make the pine pitch pottery. All her pots are hand coiled and covered with pine sap which gives the pot a very rough look. She then takes a smooth stone and burnishes the entire pot as many as 10-15 times to smooth it out and give it a beautiful finish. The dark areas on the pot are from firing the pot.