Eckelberry, Victor & Naomi – Jar with Carved Avanyu (1994)
Victor Eckelberry (b.1958) is known for his deeply carved pottery. He is a son of Mary Louise Eckelberry and a grandson of Christina Naranjo. He is named after his grandfather, Victor Naranjo. He began making pottery around 1985. Naomi (b. 1961) is a daughter of Patricia Fuentes. She met Victor in 1984 and they began making pottery together. She was taught by her brother Lorenzo Fuentes. Victor and Naomi form their pots independently as each has special shapes. Naomi designs the pots and Victor carves the designs. Naomi then polishes the pieces and they are fired by Victor. This jar has a sharp shoulder and a short neck. It is deeply carved with an avanyu around the shoulder and clouds around the neck. The base has wave designs. It is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Victor & Naomi Eckelberry”. It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration, or repair.