Sanchez, Russell – Waterfall Rim, Gourd Base, Bear Paw Water Jar
This is a classic form of water jar by Russell Sanchez. The shape is a very traditional form with a wide round shoulder and straight rim. The edge of the rim is flat, but the inside of the neck is carved and polished with 16 melon ribs creating the “waterfall” effect! The neck of the jar has four bear paws and the shoulder has a micaceous clay slip which, when fired, is a mettalic coloration. Above and below the mica band are jet hei-shi beads. The base of the jar is carved or indented with a “gourd” design. The way the light hits is perfect creating a sort of “shimmer” when the piece is turned! The entire surface is stone polished and it is always amazing that when Russell polishes the inside of the neck, the jar doesn’t crack. It is fascinating how Russell has gone back to revive old style and create their modern versions. Russell continues to creatively revive historic San Ildefonso designs with his innovative style of pottery. The bottom of the jar has the classic indention of traditional San Ildefonso water jars. Russell uses these historic elements to keep them alive on his contemporary pottery. It is signed on the bottom in the clay, ‘Russell”.
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