Sarracino, Myron – 10″ Tall Jar with Clouds and Swirl Designs
Myron Sarracino is one of the few Laguna potters working today. He learned to make pottery from Gladys Paquin and creates pieces that are thin-walled and tightly painted. This large water jar has a high shoulder and a short neck. It is fully painted with designs that accent the form of the jar. The neck has alternating clouds in red and clouds in a step manner. Around the shoulder are large swirls designs. These were inspired by the Tularosa pottery of the 1150-1325 era (see last photo). The Tularosa swirls are around the shoulder of the jar and filled in with thin lines. Near the base are more cloud and mesa designs. The red clay slip used to accent the imagery is striking on this jar and draws the eye from the neck to the base. Note on the rim that there is a painted “spirit line”, which is where the “spirit” of the painter is able to leave the piece and it is also a tribute to the potters who came before. It is seen on much older Acoma and Laguna pottery. The jar is signed on the bottom, “Myron Sarracino”.