Sarracino, Myron – Water Jar with Cloud 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 water jar has a round shoulder and a short neck. The design of the jar is a series of interlocking clouds painted with angular lines. They are surrounded by rain designs represented by straight thin lines. Myron has used the negative space of the neck and base to create additional imagery. Extending up from the base of the jar are the step mesa designs. It is an elegant balance of form, design, and using the open space to draw the eye across the surface 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, “Myron Sarracino”.