Candelaria, Daryl – Pottery “Shard” Design Bowl
Daryl Candelaria is one of the few potters working at San Felipe Pueblo. He studied both historic and contemporary pottery at the School of American Research in Santa Fe, NM. This jar is one of his classic “Shard” pots. It is coil built and each of the “shards” is carved into the clay. What makes it so extraordinary is that each shard is either painted, polished or carved in a representative manner the various Pueblos. Few potters have the technical ability to create so many diverse surfaces, let alone on one vessel! As the jar is turned the classic Zia, Jemez and Hopi designs. The carved and polished red section with the avanyu head is reminiscent of San Ildefonso. The figure and parrot are inspired by the Awatovi murals. There are San Felipe geometric designs along with a red polished and micaceous section. Note as well the red-on-red section and the black-on-black section. Amazingly the various styles and techniques blend beautifully on the jar. It is signed by the artist and it is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair. What a perfect way to portray the history and techniques of Pueblo pottery in one vessel!