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Ebelacker, Jason – 17″ Storage Jar with Bear Paws

Ebelacker, Jason – 17″ Storage Jar with Bear Paws

13"w x 17"h
$ 8,000.00
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This is an exceptional storage jar by Jason Ebelacker. The storage jar is a classic shape for Santa Clara pottery.  It is also one which many potters try to achieve and many consider one over 16″ to be a goal height when each added inch adds additional risk.  The shape of the jar has a high shoulder and a short neck. This taller style of storgae jar (as opposed to rounder) is most often associated with the work of Jason’s father Richard Ebelacker, as well as Sarafina Tafoya (Jason’s great-great-grandmother).  The jar is coil built and stone polished.  There are two bear paws as the design on either side.  The bear paw is carved into the clay and then polished.  The use of the bear paw is part of a story where a bear led the Pueblo people to water during a drought.  Jason fired the jar a deep red, which is always a bit more difficult to fire than a black, as the color can vary more dramatically from the flames and smoke.  The jar is signed on the bottom in the clay.  Jason is a son of noted potter Richard Ebelacker, a grandson of Virginia Ebelacker and great-grandson of Margaret Tafoya.  He has won numerous awards for his pottery and continues to be one of the younger potters to watch.  It’s great to see the continuing evolution of his work in clay and to see him continuing a family tradition of storage jars!

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Ebelacker, Jason (b. 1980)

Jason Ebelacker

Jason is a son of Richard Ebelacker, a grandson of Virginia Ebelacker and a great-grandson of Margaret Tafoya. Jason learned to make pottery from his father Richard, and has been making pieces for the past ten years. His work is inspired by the classic shapes, with large ollas bowls, broad-shouldered pottery, bear paw imprints and the superior burnish and designs of his family and the Pueblo. He is also doing wonderful deep carving with crisp-edged which are indicative of Margaret Tafoya.  Jason uses only traditional methods of hand-coil construction, shaping, polishing and carving each work before they are traditionally fired.   Some of the very large olla shapes take weeks and months to construct, as only two to three coils are applied a day to allow for drying before the next coils can be added. Jason has won awards at Santa Fe Indian Market and his work can be found in museums and books on Santa Clara pottery.

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