Naranjo, Johnathan – “Water Bearers” Water Jar with Pueblo Rim
This is a long neck water jar by Johnathan Naranjo. He creates a unique style of sgraffito and etching on his pottery. The jar is fully polished. The rim of the neck is carved to resemble a pueblo. The neck of the jar has two Pueblo women carrying pottery on their heads. He has created exceptional realism as he etched into the clay the blankets worn by the women and the pottery on their heads. Note as well how he used the polished surface for their shadows. Below the shoulder are rain, lightning, and cloud geometrics. The lighter red areas are where Johnathan has lightly etched away the polished surface, but not deep enough to reveal the tan clay coloration. It is a delicate process but one that is distinctive to his pottery style. The jar was fired to a brown coloration and there are variations of brown across the surface. It is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Johnathan Naranjo”. Johnathan is definitely one of the young potters to watch!