Ebelacker, Jerome – Red Storage Jar with Bear Paws (2010)
Jerome Ebelacker is a son of Richard Ebelacker, a grandson of Virginia Ebelacker and a great-grandson of Margaret Tafoya. Jerome learned to make pottery from his father. Today, he makes very little pottery. This jar is from around 2010. It is coil built and in the shape of a storage jar with a high shoulder and short neck. There are two impressed bear paws as part of the design. The bear paws tell the story of a bear that led the Pueblo people to water during a drought. The shape of the jar is similar to that of his grandmother, Virginia Ebelacker, who was known for her large vessels. The jar is highly polished and fired red. The base is polished tan. It is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair. It is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Jerome Ebelacker”. Jerome has won awards at Santa Fe Indian Market and his work can be found in museums and books on Santa Clara pottery.