Naranjo, Bernice – Large Square Jar with Dragonflies and Butterflies
Bernice Naranjo is known for her distinctive etched pottery. She is married to Tito Naranjo and is a sister-in-law to Dolly Naranjo, Jody Folwell, and Michael Naranjo. She is the mother of Dusty Naranjo and Caroline Elliot and the grandmother of Johnathan Naranjo. This jar is coil-built and fully polished. It was fired a dark brown coloration and then the designs were etched into the clay. The top of the neck has flower designs and the entire piece has a square shape. The sides are fully polished and there are hummingbirds, flowers, and dragonflies as the design. Take a closer look at the flowers. The petals are more deeply carved into the clay in a reverse relief giving them more depth, dimension, and shadow. The bottom section is more deeply carved with additional leaf designs. It is an exceptional design and amazingly intricate in complexity. The jar is signed on the side with her sun hallmark.