Ortiz, Seferina – Jar with Lizard Handles (1990s)
Seferina Ortiz is the matriarch of a family of renowned potters, including Virgil Ortiz, Janice Ortiz, and Lisa Holt. This jar is coil built and painted with bee-weed (black) and red clay. The handles are lizards. There are additional rain cloud designs on the neck and rain extending down the sides. The piece is signed on the bottom “S. H. Ortiz”. It was traditionally fired and in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration, or repair. Definitely one of her classic shapes and a historic Cochiti style!