Lorenzo Spencer

Lorenzo Spencer is a Navajo potter working in the Cow Springs area on the Navajo Nation. His wife is Susie Crank, daughter of Rose Williams (who is considered the matriarch of Navajo potters).

Susie taught Lorenzo to pot but they don't work together. Her designs are more basic while his are more like Navajo weaving designs. He'll lightly carve, add a darker slip and use sgraffito techniques to change the texture of his surfaces. She prefers a smooth surface with perhaps a small biyo' below the opening. Her colorings are generally part of her firing process. Lorenzo fires similarly and both coat their pieces with warm pinon pitch before they cool.

Navajo rug design on a brown jar
Brown jar with a Navajo rug design
3 1/4 in H by 5 in Dia
Navajo rug design on a brown jar with a square opening
Brown jar with a square opening and Navajo rug design
3 1/4 in H by 4 1/4 in Dia
Navajo rug design on a brown jar
Brown jar with a Navajo rug design
5 in H by 5 in Dia
Navajo rug design on a brown jar
Brown jar decorated with a Navajo rug design
6 1/4 in H by 6 in Dia
Arrowhead and geometric design on a brown jar with fire clouds
Brown jar with fire clouds and an arrowhead and geometric design
4 1/2 in H by 4 3/4 in Dia
Fire clouds and Navajo rug design on a brown jar
Brown jar with fire clouds and a Navajo rug design
3 1/4 in H by 4 1/4 in Dia
Navajo rug design on a brown jar
Brown jar with a Navajo rug design
3 3/4 in H by 4 1/4 in Dia

Navajo Potters