Whitegeese, Daryl – Black Rainbow Ridge Water Jar

8"w x 9.5"h

$ 3,200.00

This is a classic double shoulder water jar by Daryl Whitegeese.  Daryl said he was inspired by the shapes of the water jars made by his grandmother, Margaret Tafoya.  The jar has the classic double shoulder or “rainbow ridge”.  This is not just an added coil on the surface, but if you feel inside the jar, you can actually feel the second shoulder.  I wrote of the rainbow ridge on Santa Clara pottery:

“Sarafina was inspired by the legends of Santa Clara Pueblo, which were incorporated into her pottery. On the shoulder of her water jars, a second raised section or ‘double shoulder’ created a ‘rainbow band.’ This band was a prayer to keep the water from evaporating from the jar.” —Charles S. King 2008, Born of Fire: The Life and Pottery of Margaret Tafoya

The jar is highly polished and traditionally fired a deep black coloration. The jar is signed on the bottom, “Daryl Whitegeese”.  Definitely a classic piece keeping the Tafoya family history alive!  Congrats to Daryl who won “Best of Pottery” at the Heard Museum Indian Market in 2019!