Sarracino, Myron – Large Jar with Swirl 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. This large jar has a high shoulder and a short neck, creating a lot of painted surface area. Myron has also painted one of his most complex design styles. The jar has clouds around the neck and swirls around the center of the jar. The swirl designs on the jar are inspired by the Tularosa pottery of the 1150-1325 era (see the last photo). The Tularosa swirls are around the shoulder of the jar and filled in with thin lines. There are more thin lines on the clouds and the same with the mountain design near the base. 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, “Myron Sarracino”.