Garcia, Tina – Water Jar with Indeted Shoulder and Fluted Rim (1988)

6"w x 6.25"h

$ 975.00

Tina Garcia was well known for her focus on traditional shapes and plainware Santa Clara pottery. This water jar is one of her classic shapes.  It is an elegant shape with a sharp shoulder and elongated neck.  The sharp shoulder is then indented downward before extending up to the neck. It is an elegant curvature of form. I remember the first time I saw one of her pieces with this simple style and was amazed at the technical complexity at the shoulder.  I have to admit, I was hooked and wanted to see more of her work!  The jar is highly polished and fired a glassy black.  As most of Tina’s pottery was plainware, the focus was always on shape and polish, which may be the two most unforgiving aspects of pottery.  A streaky polished surface or asymmetry in form is immediately visible on plainware vessels.  It was Tina’s strength in these areas to create sophisticated plainware vessels.  This is why here pottery continues to be sought after and remains relevant.  The jar is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Tina Garica”.  It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.