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 jar with a handle (pitcher) is certainly inspired by the shape of pottery from Chaco Canyon (see last photo). The low, round shoulder and straight neck are reminiscent of this form. However, it is the corrugated style for which Jessie is the most famous. “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 pitcher is fully corrugated in style with triangular indentions on the coils. The handles also has corrugated designs. The 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. Definitely a classic of her pottery!
Jessie Garcia was the mother of Anita Lowden and Stella Shutiva and the mother-in-law of Sarah Garcia. She was active in making pottery from the 1930s to the 1990s. Jessie Garcia is one of the great names in Acoma pottery. Between 1950 and 1970, she along with Lucy Lewis and Marie Z. Chino and Lolita Concho led the revival of Acoma pottery. Jessie is best known for her black-on-white revival vessels and figurative pottery.