Naranjo, Nicolasa – Polychrome Jar with Clouds and Rain Designs (1975)
This is a striking red polychrome jar by Nicolasa Naranjo from 1968. She was a daughter of potter Tomasita Tafoya Naranjo and a niece of Margaret Tafoya. She created a wide variety of pieces over the years of her pottery career, including polychrome pieces as well as black-on-black pottery. This jar was originally purchased in 1975. It is fully polished a deep red. The jar is painted with red, blue, and white clay slips to create the coloration. There are two large sections with cloud, rain, mountain, and plant designs. The colors are painted first and then outlined in white. The red areas are very highly polished. It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration, or repair. It is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Nicolasa”.