Garcia, Tina – Red Water Jar with Fluted Rim (1990)
Tina Garcia was well known for her focus on traditional shape and plain-ware Santa Clara pottery. This water jar is classic in both form and color. The jar has a sharp shoulder which dips down before extending up to the neck. It is this indention at the shoulder, which is difficult at times to see in photos but easy to feel, which was a unique technique of Tina’s pottery. The result is often the “surprise” of feeling it when it is not really seen. The rim is fluted, which means that it is undulating. This
technique is always more difficult as there are more opportunities for it to crack in drying or polishing. The jar is fully polished and traditionally fired red. It is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Tina Garcia.” It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration, or repair.