Paquin, Gladys – Large Five Color Water Jar with Birds and Flowers (2001)

8.5"w x 9.25"h

$ 1,000.00

Gladys Paquin was one of the great revivalist potters of Laguna Pueblo.  Each piece was coil built, painted with bee-weed (black) and native clay slips and traditionally fired.  This large jar is a classic shape, design and her most famous colorations.  The jar has three parrots encircling the piece.  Below them are flower designs.  Separating them are additional flowers that encircle the neck of the jar and extend downwards.  Note the complexity of the designs and especially the coloration of the berries below each of the birds!   On each bird is a rectangular design that is slipped with her famous “purple” coloration.  It is this color that was always the most sought-after in her pottery.  The bottom of the jar is also slipped in the purple clay coloration.  The contrasting colorations across the surface, plus the matte and polished area create an exceptional complexity for this piece.  The jar is signed on the bottom, “Gladys Sratyu’we Paquin”.  It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.