Ebelacker, Jason – Wide Bowl with Bear Paw Medallions
This is a very deeply carved wide bowl by Jason Ebelacker. Jason is a son of noted potter Richard Ebelacker and grandson of Virginia Ebelacker. This bowl is coil built and very flat across the top. The bowl is carved with two bear paw medallions. Separating them are cloud and lightning designs. The bear paw design is classic in Santa Clara pottery as it represents a story of a bear leading the Pueblo people to water during a drought. The bowl is very deeply carved! Note as well the matte area which creates a strong visual contrast to the highly polished surface. The base of the bowl is also stone polished. It is fired a deep black coloration. The piece is signed on the bottom in the clay.