Naranjo, Madeline – “Avanyu Trails and Rain Clouds” Jar
This is a classic water jar by Madeline Naranjo. Did you know that every piece is a pinch pot? Unlike most other Pueblo potters, she does not coil build her pottery, but each piece starts out as a ball of clay and she “pinches” it into its form. That is quite a process! This water jar has a fluted rim and a carved band around the body of the jar. There is a band of clouds over a water serpent. The jar has a striking contrast between the polished and matte surface. Madeline’s matte areas are sanded and perfectly smooth so that there are no indentations or areas where the matte might make a shadow. Her designs are always innovative and beautifully executed. The jar is signed on the bottom.