Paquin, Gladys – Large Four Color Water Jar with Rainbirds and Rainbows (2000)
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 olla shape. There is a double row of rainbows around the neck of the jar. Around the body of the jar are swirling rainbirds and cloud designs. It is a creative use of traditional imagery on her pottery. The jar is painted with bee-weed and two colors of clay slips 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.