Sarracino, Myron – Jar with Heartline Deer and Plant Patterns
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 is a larger jar with a wide shoulder and short neck. The neck is painted with a mountain motif. The central band of the jar has four heartline deer as the design. This imagery is a classic to both Acoma pottery with the heartline signifying the center or “heart” of the animal. Myron has complemented it with plants which separate each of the deer. The plant motif is one which is easily recognizable as Laguna. Near the base of the jar there is another band of triangular patterns. The jar is a nice balance of form and design. 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.