Using clays from his home, and natural pigments from minerals in his area, his work has become very distinctive. He often draws inspiration for these designs from old, broken pottery shards from Tularosa. He uses crushed shards from this same pottery to instill that spirit into his pots and bring that spirit to new life. Doing this in his own way, Myron is bridging the gap between old and new, and reviving patterns once thought lost. He remains true to his tradition, culture, and spirituality of Pueblo life.
The design work on this water jar is wonderful. The Mimbres turtle is bordered by angled lines, swirls, clouds, stair steps and rain symbols. These fit so well on the shape of the tall vase. Myron uses the whole jar as a canvas, using the negative spaces to accentuate his bold, black painting. If you look closely at the lip on the jar, you will see a break in the line that surrounds the opening. This is referred to as a “spirit line.” I’ve been told that this represents the doorway between the piece’s spirit and its new home. It is also thought to be where the spirit of the potter leaves the piece. It was often seen in older Laguna and Acoma pottery.
10 ½” high by 9” wide