Sarracino, Myron – Jar with Lightning & Plant 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 has a sloping shoulder and a short neck. It’s a great shape for this dynamic lighting design. Looking from the bottom of the jar, there is a plant leaf design. The same leaf pattern is repeated on the neck. The use of plant designs is classic for Laguna pottery. The remainder of the jar is painted with a lightning pattern. Myron reveals his ability to match shape and design with the flow of the pattern. This is also one of those iconic designs for Acoma pottery which was revived by Lucy M. Lewis. 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.