Garcia, Jessie – Corrugated Canteen (1970’s)
This is an exceptional corrugated canteen by Jessie Garcia. She is one of the great names in Acoma pottery. Between 1950 and 1970, she along with Lucy Lewis and Marie Z. Chino, led the revival of Acoma pottery. This canteen seems inspired by both Acoma and Chao Canyon Puebloan pottery in both shape and designs. The body of the canteen is corrugated. “Corrugated” means that each individual coil is left exposed and she would press them down to create the triangular design. The result is a striking appearance as it seems as if each row overlaps the one below. The top of the canteen is painted with a linear rain design. However, take a closer look and note how it has a very modernist “op-art” style with the overlapping line! The entire piece was traditionally fired, so there is some slight color variation from the fire. The jar is signed on the bottom, “Jessie Garcia”. It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.