Ebelacker, Jason – Red Gourd Jar with Bear Handles (2000) with Ribbon
This large oval jar by Jason Ebelacker is inspired by classic Santa Clara shapes. He is a son of Richard Ebelacker and grandson of Virginia Ebelacker. This jar has gourd indentions on the side where the clay has been pushed in. These were inspired by the gourds used by the potters for smoothing out their vessels when they are wet. The jar also has bear handles on the end. This form is one that was created by Margaret Tafoya on many of her pieces in the 1930s and 40s. The jar is fully polished and fired red. It is signed on the bottom, “Jas Ebelacker”. It has a third-place ribbon from the 2000 Santa Fe Indian Market. The ribbon is signed by Russell Sanchez, T. Dickerson, and Dick Howard. It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration, or repair.