Sarracino, Myron – Large Jar with Swirls and Lightning Design
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 round shoulder and a full neck. It is a strong shape and tightly painted. The use of the negative space throughout the design is a striking addition to Myron’s painting style There are large swirls on the shoulder of the jar. They are inspired by the Tularosa pottery of the 1150-1325 era (see last photo). The Tularosa swirls are around the shoulder of the jar and filled in with thin lines. However, it is the designs around the swirls that are so engaging. There are red slipped areas that create the lightning. The cloud and rain designs are painted with the black bee-weed and swirl up around the larger swirls and utlize the negative white space of the neck of the jar to add depth to the piece. Overall, the shape and design create an exceptional piece of his pottery. 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”.