Naranjo, Madeline – “With My Breath Prayers are Given” Seed Jar
This is an intricate seed 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 piece is entitled, “With My Breath Prayers are Given”. The jar is carved with two swirling bands. They are separated by two polished bands. The carved sections have cloud, mountain, and rain designs. 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.