Sarracino, Myron – Large Jar with Plant and Swirl Designs
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 jar has a high shoulder and a more classic storage jar shape. It is painted black-on-white. Around the neck are triangular cloud patterns. Around the center of the jar are cloud and water swirls along with plant designs. The swirls are all highlighted with linear designs. It is a striking and complex 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 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.