Aragon, Florence – Jar with Rain and Lightning Designs (1980s)
Florence Aragon was one of the great traditional Acoma potters. This water jar is indicative of the influence of her pottery and the continuation of traditional designs and forms. The jar is the traditional water jar or “olla”. The high shoulder and sloping neck are part of this form. The jar is painted with a traditional lightning, rain, cloud, and flower design. The thin lines, the small clouds, and the classic lines are perfect on this jar. The use of the red clay accents the linear imagery. The thin lines and tight painting were signatures of Florence’s pottery. The bottom of the jar is indented in the traditional manner when the pots were made to be worn on the head to carry water! The jar is signed on the bottom in the clay, “F. Aragon”. It is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration, or repair.