Baca, Alvin – Black Water Jar with Bear Paws
Alvin Baca is known for his classic melon ribbed jars. This jar is a piece with the classic Bear Paw as the design. The story of the bear paw on Santa Clara pottery is that a bear saved the Pueblo people during a drought by leading them to water. In return, the bear is remembered with a bear paw on the pottery. This jar is highly polished and fired a deep black coloration. The bear paw is impressed into the clay and then polished over. Even the base of the jar is polished! The jar is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Alvin Baca”.