Sarracino, Myron – Jar with Lightning and Rain 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 piece has a water jar shape with a round shoulder and elongated neck. The neck of the jar has mesa and rain designs. Below are three bands of lightning designs. This pattern is often seen on Chaco and other Ancestral Puebloan pottery. This is also one of those iconic designs for Acoma pottery which was revived by Lucy M. Lewis. Myron reveals his ability to match shape and design with the flow of the pattern. 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 older Acoma and Laguna pottery. It is signed on the bottom, “Myron Sarracino”.