Polished Blackware Jar by Sharon Naranjo Garcia


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Sharon Naranjo Garcia, Santa Clara Potter

The Majestic Blackware Jar: A Testament to Sharon Naranjo Garcia's Artistry

This polished blackware jar stands as a remarkable symbol of the artistic prowess of Sharon Naranjo Garcia, a respected artisan from Santa Clara Pueblo. Garcia, who takes immense pride in preserving the traditions of her ancestors, has skillfully employed traditional methods and materials in the creation of this piece. The result is a modern interpretation of a traditional Tewa water jar, a testament to the seamless blend of past and present.

The jar's design is characterized by a dramatic shoulder and a tall neck, both of which contribute to its striking silhouette. The fluted rim and the impressed bear paw designs add a touch of intricate detail, enhancing the jar's aesthetic appeal.

With a towering height of over 15 inches, this jar is undeniably large. Despite its substantial diameter of 11 inches at its widest point, the slim neck and base give it a unique form that is both elegant and imposing. The exterior, polished to perfection, adds a radiant charm to the jar, amplifying its impressive presence.

The creation of such a piece is no small feat. Those acquainted with the traditional process of Native pottery know that crafting and successfully firing a piece of this magnitude demands an incredible level of skill, patience, and knowledge. The elegance of the final product is a clear reflection of Garcia's talent and experience, serving as a shining example of her mastery in the art of pottery.

Artist signature of Sharon Naranjo Garcia, Santa Clara Potter

The bottom of the jar is signed Sharon Naranjo Garcia, Santa Clara Pueblo.

Santa Clara Pueblo artist Sharon Naranjo Garcia (1951- ) is known for her amazing pottery creations. Many of today's potters began working with clay while incredibly young. Most learned the art of making pottery from an adult family member. Sharon Naranjo Garcia is no exception and had great role models to learn from. Born in 1951, she was raised by her famous grandmother, Christina Naranjo, and began making small animals using her grandmother's clay. From there, she developed into a full-fledged potter. Although she has lived at Ohkay Owingeh (San Juan Pueblo) since her marriage over 20 years ago, she still makes Santa Clara Pueblo style pottery.

Condition: excellent condition, a few light abrasions

Provenance: this Polished Blackware Jar by Sharon Naranjo Garcia is from a private Colorado collection

Reference: Pueblo Indian Pottery: 750 Artist Biographies by Gregory Schaaf

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Sharon Naranjo Garcia, Santa Clara Potter
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