Sarracino, Myron – Jar with Lightning and Cloud 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. The imagery on much of his pottery is derived from pre-historic pottery designs. This jar is a more classic Laguna shape with a high shoulder. The designs, however, are among his more complicated. The center of the jar is a modified style of the Tularosa swirl from the ancient black-and-white Tularosa pottery. This design has been squared off and has contrasting bold black and fine-line painted designs. The result is imagery that evokes rain and swirling clouds. The black and white coloration gives this jar both an ancient and very contemporary appearance. Around the neck are additional cloud designs and near the base are lighting patterns. 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. It is seen on much of the historic Acoma and Laguna pottery. It is signed on the bottom.