Sarracino, Myron – Jar with Traditional Rain Designs
This is a very classic painted jar by Myron Sarracino. He 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 storage jar shape. It is painted with a classic rain and lightning design. Near the base, there are fineline rain and plant designs. The black-and-white patterns are highlighted by a red clay slip. 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.