Garcia, Tina – Red Jar with Bear Paws (1991)
Tina Garcia was well known for her focus on traditional shape and plain ware Santa Clara pottery. This jar was from 1991 and it is a classic piece of her pottery. The jar has a sharp shoulder and it slopes up to the mouth. There are three bear paws impressed into the clay. The entire piece is fully polished and fired a deep red. The bear paws are part of a story where a bear led the Pueblo people to water during a drought. It is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Tina Garica”. It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.