Garcia, Sarah – Jar with Lightning Designs and Bear Handle (1960s)
Sarah Garcia (1928-2015) was born at Laguna Pueblo to Maria Trujillo. However, she spent her adult life at Acoma Pueblo. She, along with Jessie Garcia, Lucy M. Lewis, and Marie Z. Chino, were largely responsible for the revival of Anasazi and Tularosa designs on contemporary Acoma vessels. Her daughter Goldie Hayah continues making pottery. This is an exceptional piece by Sarah. It is a jar with a handle or a pitcher. The piece has a low shoulder and the handle is in the shape of a bear. The jar is painted with a modernist style rain and lightning pattern. Note how it is divided into triangles to encompass the surface and create interlocking designs. Beautiful! The piece was traditionally fired outside so there are some color variations on the surface. It is signed on the bottom, “Sarah Garcia”. It is in excellent conditoin with no chips, cracks, restoration, or repair.