Garcia, Jessie – Corrugated Jar with Handles (1969)
This is an exceptional corrugated jar with handles 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 has a low shoulder and an elongated neck. The entire piece is corrugated, the style in 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 jar is fully corrugated in style with triangular indentions on the coils. I have heard from a family member that she actually used two sticks that she would impress into the clay to create the diamond shape. If you look closely at each of the triangles, there is a small line where the two sticks met, so it may very well be a true story! The jar has handles on each side and they are also corrugated in style. The jar 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!