Suazo, Ron – Black and Sienna Jar with Medallions and Star Burst Lid (1990s)
Ron Suazo learned to make pottery from his mother, Clara Suazo. His sister is Margaret Garcia. He said of his work, “As a result of studying both traditional and early designs, my decision was to create my own style, yet include a combination of both, with feather designs, bear paws, and early designs with inlaid turquoise and coral stones on both completely polished black pots, and on matte finish pottery.”. This jar is matte and has three polished medallions. Each medallion is etched with a feather design. In the center of each is a single piece of turquoise. Surrounding two of the medallions are bear paws. The bear paws have inset turquoise, coral, lapis, and malachite. The bear paws and the center of each medallion have been “two-toned” sienna. The neck of the jar has been cut away in to create a triangular lattice. The neck is also sienna. The jar has a lid with a carved starburst and a polished central medallion. The medallion has etched feathers and a single inset piece of turquoise. There is A LOT going on one piece but it all seems to work together. The piece is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Ron Suazo”. It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.