Garcia, Tammy – Red Jar with Heartline Deer & Flowers (2019)
This is a striking jar by Tammy Garcia. The jar is carved on numerous levels with contrasting polished and matte surfaces. The focal point of the jar is a large heartline deer on each side. Each deer has a carved heartline, which is also polished. One of the deer has a flower design on its flank. Separating them are large carved areas which are both stippled and have carved flowers. The flowers are polished. It is a complex combination of designs, textures, and imagery. The neck of the jar carved with a series of rectangular patterns. Tammy said the idea was to have it look like “coral” inlay around the neck but in clay. It gives the jar a jeweled appearance. Tammy has won numerous awards for her pottery and been the recipient of the New Mexico Governor’s award. It’s not surprising that with the intricate nature of her pottery she makes only about ten pieces of pottery a year. Yet each piece is unique and expands on her distinctive style and voice in the clay.