Figural Sgrafitto Vase
From Jemez Pueblo, with family ties to San Ildefonso Pueblo as well, she is considered to be “at the top of the ladder” among Jemez potters.
Her specialty of sgrafitto technique – designs that are scratched or etched into the clay – has brought her the respect and admiration of collectors and prestigious show judges.
Using all natural materials and pigments, the entire surface is embellished with a wonderful collection of precise, yet graceful, designs.
The striking palette of black, red, and beige is both serene and dramatic.
The abstraction of a corn maiden is surrounded by curved and angular floral and water symbol symbols. These all convey very good luck.
Corn is the staff of life; enough water results in a healthy crop, and therefore, health and happiness.
The design covers the surface of the piece like an embroidered fabric – a Glendora “signature”.
Her hallmark cornstalk, which is also her clan symbol, is seen on the bottom of this richly ornamental piece.