Garcia, Tina – Black Gourd Bowl (1990)
Tina Garcia was well known for her focus on traditional shape and plain ware Santa Clara pottery. This is a “gourd” bowl, which derives its name from the impressed sections on the shoulder of the bowl. Sections of gourds were traditionally used to smooth out the inside of a bowl when it is being made so that there would not be any air pockets. The shape of the piece of gourd is similar to the shape of the indentions! This bowl is fully polished to a high shine and fired a deep black. Tina was always focused on form and polish and this created some exceptional vessels. It is signed on the bottom in the clay. It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.