Garcia, Tammy – Red Jar with Heartline Deer & Flowers (2020)

3.5"w x 3.75"h

$ 3,500.00

This is a very intricate smaller 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 which is polished tan.  Note how the antlers of the deer are carved into the negative space of the jar!  The deer is surrounded by flowers that are carved at various levels.  The way she has placed them in the clay creates a “pillow” effect as if the clay has been pushed aside to place them on the surface!  The contrasting carved, polished, matte and stippled surfaces perfectly define the designs and surface of the jar.  The jar is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Tammy Garcia”.  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.  Tammy has said of her recent work:

“We hear the terms “layers” and think about levels and a progression of one idea on top of another.  I love to have options.  To me the “layers” are options.  It’s about quality.  Native clay takes effort to dig and refine and temper. There are layers in just making the clay pure enough to coil a vessel.  Because of that, with the little clay I have, my mindset has been quality, not quantity.  My love for jewelry also reveals itself in the clay.  I want to make each piece I make precious, jewel-like. My new “pillow effect” is really tapering.  It’s achieved in the carving process.  I do it so that the area surrounding the carved designs is higher and the edges are recessed.  It makes the carving more delicate but also less fragile.   I love the detail.  When I’m carving a piece the smaller the carved line the more fragile.  Each layer is a fragile, delicate balance of one design on top of another. I want to be able to get more detail and create the optical illusion of even more layers from a distance.  I’ve been working to create even more detail in my work than ever before. “

“The stippling (little dots) on my pottery takes patience.  It’s time-consuming and technical to make one dot at a time.  I must wrap my fingers with cloth because the pressure of the metal on my hands begins to hurt.  I can spend several days just stippling a single pot.”