Sarracino, Myron – Jar with Feathers and Red Clouds
Myron Sarracino is one of the few Laguna potters working today. He learned to make pottery from Gladys Paquin and creates pieces which are thin-walled and tightly painted. This jar has a high shoulder and a more classic “olla” shape. It is painted with a feather pattern around the neck. The body of the jar has a stylized cloud pattern in black and white. The lines are the rain. Separating the larger clouds are the red slipped clouds. The bottom of the jar is also slipped with red clay. 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.