Garcia, Tina – Large Red Gourd Water Jar (1990s)

8"w x 10"h

$ 1,500.00

This is a striking water jar by Tina Garcia.  She was well known for her focus on traditional shape and plainware Santa Clara pottery. This is a combination of both the “gourd” design and a water jar.  It is her two most iconic styles together in one piece!  The “gourd” design is one that 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 the gourd is similar to the shape of the indentions!  This water jar has eight gourd indentions on the side. There is a sharp shoulder and an elongated neck. The entire piece is fully polished to a high shine.  It is fired a deep red coloration.   Tina was always focused on form and polish and this created some exceptional vessels.  It is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Tina Garcia”.  It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration, or repair.