Myron Sarracino Geometric Polychrome Wedding Vase

Item No: 4664

$ 900.00

  • This large-scale polychrome wedding vase was handcrafted by Myron Sarracino, one of the only potters working today in Laguna Pueblo. Brilliantly constructed by hand from natural clay, the pot is covered in intricate geometric black and orange designs painted freehand on a rosy-white surface. Wedding vases are a traditional form of Pueblo pottery used in wedding ceremonies, and the handle is said to represent the union of the couple, making this incredible piece a meaningful wedding or anniversary gift. Elevate your collection of Native American art with this elegant wedding vase, made even more valuable by Sarracino’s distinction as one of only a few potters carrying on the pottery tradition in Laguna Pueblo.

    • Wedding vase handmade by Myron Sarracino (Laguna Pueblo)
    • Natural clay with all-natural vegetal and mineral slip
    • Vase measures 12-1/2” x 8-1/2” x 8-1/2”
    • Comes with a signed Certificate of Authenticity

    Handcrafted works of Native American art require special care. For more information about proper care and cleaning, please read our Care Guide.

  • Award-winning artist Myron Sarracino (b. 1967) is one of only a few Laguna Pueblo potters working today. He was mentored by the great Pueblo potter Gladys Paquin and is known for creating thin-walled vessels with finely executed painted designs. He often draws upon prehistoric Anasazi, Mimbres and Tularosa designs for inspiration, as well as animal, plant and geometric forms.
  • Today there is very little pottery produced in Laguna Pueblo with no more than a handful of artists creating pottery using the traditional methods passed down for generations. The traditional pottery of Laguna is very similar in color, design and style to that of neighboring Acoma Pueblo. Sometimes the designs painted on Laguna vessels are simpler and more bold, but it can be very hard to distinguish between the styles of the two Pueblos. In the 1970s, Laguna artists re-established the traditional craft of pottery-making with the help of a federally-funded program. These artists began producing polychrome pottery with red, yellow and orange geometric designs. Today a very small group of artist including Myron Sarracino continues to create fine traditional work, but pottery from Laguna Pueblo remains rare and valuable.
  • The most celebrated and recognized art form of the Pueblo Indians of New Mexico, Pueblo pottery is known around the world for its remarkable beauty and craftsmanship. It has been made in much the same way for over a thousand years, with every step completed by hand using all-natural materials. Pueblo potters do not use a wheel but construct pots using the traditional horizontal coil method or freely forming the shape. After the pot is formed, the artist polishes the piece with a natural polishing stone, such as a river stone, then paints it with a vegetal or mineral slip. Finally, the pot is fired in an outdoor fire or kiln using manure or wood as fuel. Santa Clara, San Ildefonso, Jemez and Acoma Pueblos and the Hopi have distinctive pottery styles that are prized by collectors, but there are accomplished potters working in all Pueblos. Today Pueblo pottery is an exciting and dynamic form, with many artists pairing traditional techniques with innovative and stylized designs. Those potters who continue to create pots using traditional methods possess an extraordinary level of skill, and their pots are highly valuable works of fine art that will be enjoyed for generations to come.

    Read our Native American Pottery Collector's Guide.
  • At Shumakolowa Native Arts, we guarantee that your purchase is an original and authentic work handcrafted by Native American artists as defined by the Indian Arts and Crafts Act of 1990. We ask our artists to complete an extensive certification process, providing a CIB (Certificate of Degree of Indian Blood) card and other documentation of their Native American heritage. Our team of experts carefully inspects every product to guarantee it is handcrafted using traditional, sustainable processes and natural materials of only the highest quality. We record the place and date of each purchase and pride ourselves in paying a fair price that allows artists to make a living practicing their craft. Every work of handcrafted art comes with a Certificate of Authenticity signed by an artist or buyer. At a time when many commercially-made products are being sold as handcrafted Native American art, our in-depth purchase process allows us to guarantee the authenticity of every unique piece of fine art we offer. For more than 35 years, we have made it a priority to visit artists in their studio or home to purchase their latest handcrafted pieces and learn about their work. We have developed lasting relationships with artists, as well as dealers and collectors, and we take pride in being a trusted destination for fine Native American art.
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