Patricio, Robert – Four Color Jar with Sun and Eagle Designs
9"w x 7.5"h
This is a classically designed water jar by Robert Patricio. This jar with a high shoulder and a short neck. The jar is painted with bee-weed and different clay slips. The jar has an indented shoulder, which is where it dips down just about the shoulder and then extends up the neck. Technically, this is always difficult to create and not have it crack during drying or firing. Robert was inspired in this form by historic Acoma vessels. This jar has circular medallions on each side surrounded by traditional sun designs. They are accented with hatchwork and fine-line designs. Separating the sun sections are stylized eagle patterns with a lot of thin lines! All coloration and the unique form give this jar an impressive appearance. The base is painted with red clay. It is signed on the bottom, “R. M. Patricio”. The jar is an exciting extension of his artistry in clay and continuing the amazing Acoma legacy.
Robert said recently of his pottery:
““The pottery inspires me to keep going. Keeping the tradition alive in making pottery, that’s how we were brought up. Our ancestors started making pottery. It’s amazing what comes of a piece of clay. When you come to Acoma it’s peacuful and quite. When you look a piece of pottery, you see the same peacefulness.” Robert Patricio, 2020