A fine example of San Juan / Santa Clara Native American blackware pottery by known potter Tina Garcia (1957-2005). Tina Garcia was a full blooded Native American Indian born in 1957 into the Santa Clara Pueblo. Pueblo children are seldom taught to make pottery. They learn by watching and experimenting with clay on their own. She was inspired to learn the art of pottery making from Lydia Garcia (mother), Angela Baca (aunt), and Severa Tafoya (grandmother). As a young child, Tina observed them with a careful eye in hopes that someday she to would be able to add to the legacy of an artisan. Tina displayed a strong interest in continuing the family tradition of pottery making, at the age of 11. Her mother began to share traditional pottery making knowledge with her. Tina began hand coiling pottery for a living in 1980. She enrolled in the School of American Research to study older traditional pottery. Tina specialized in handmade traditional Santa Clara pottery (black or red). All of her materials are provided for her from elements of the earth. Her pottery shows remarkable gift for form, and her polish is of superior quality. She won numerous awards for her pottery at Santa Fe Indian Market and the Heard Market. She was known for her use of traditional shapes and her exquisite polishing. Her pottery can be found at the Heard Museum, the Denver Art Museum and other museums around the country.(Biography sources: Ruby’s Inn / King Galleries)
This pottery jar is decorated with two bear paw decorations, incised on base “Tina Garcia, San Juan / Santa Clara,” and is in excellent overall condition, with minimal surface imperfections and wear. Dimensions: 8 ¼” h x 4” diameter lip x 3 ½” diameter base.
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