Ebelacker, James – Large Red Water Jar
This is a striking fully polished water jar by James Ebelacker. He is a son of noted potter Virginia Ebelacker and a grandson of Margaret Tafoya. He is known for his large vessels. This water jar has a wide shoulder and a short neck. At the shoulder of the jar there is a slight indention downward before rising to the neck. It is hard to see it in the photos but it creates a beautiful edge and reflection for light. The rim of the jar is just slightly turned out and polished on the inside. The entire jar is fully polished and fired a striking red coloration.
“With pottery, you can’t get discouraged. It can’t be rushed. You really have to invest the time to learn your path, and it will be revealed to you. So you slow down and think about what you really want to create. In the end, if you are serious about wanting to learn the art of making pottery, the clay will speak to you and instill a sense of what it is destined to become. Inevitably and thankfully, in doing so our ancient tradition of Santa Clara pottery will continue into the future, span the generations, and will not be lost to time.” James Ebelacker, Spoken Through Clay
It is signed on the bottom in the clay, “James Ebelacker”. His work can be found in museums throughout the southwest and he has won numerous awards for his pottery at events such as Santa Fe Indian Market and the Heard Market.