Sarracino, Myron – Tularosa Swirl and Lightning Jar
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 “olla” shape. It is painted black-on-white. The large circles are inspired by the ancient Tularosa pottery, which often used this design. Myron has added to it with his fine-line painting. There is a geometric series of clouds and rain near the neck of the jar. 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.