Aguilar, Rafaelita – 14″ Wide Jar with Star and Sun Designs (1980s)
Rafaelita Aguilar (b. 1936) is a daughter of Juan and Miguelita Aguilar. She is a sister of Joe Aguilar and the aunt of Joe and Robert Aguilar. Rafaelita is known for her large coil-built Santo Domingo (Kewa) pottery. She began making pottery around 1953. Each piece is coil-built, stone polished, painted, and fired black-on-black. This jar has a wide shoulder and a sloping neck. There is a cloud design around the neck with stars below. Below the shoulder are large sun designs. The jar was traditionally fired. It is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Rafaelita Aguilar”. It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration, or repair.