A lovely piece from Laguna, the nearest Pueblo to Acoma, which shares the bright white clay with its neighbor.
This artist, who learned from his mother, Gladys Paquin, and grandmother, Reyecita Padilla, is well-known for his beautifully simple forms, completely handmade according to tradition.
Wedding vases are actually used in certain Pueblo betrothal, wedding, and anniversary celebrations.
They make thoughtful and memorable gifts for those occasions in non-Native culture, too.
This particular one, in bridal white, is elegant in proportion, finish, and simplicity.
se The twisted handle is a handsome foil for the smooth, plain finish; the impressed bear paw conveys good luck and protection. (Note: do not uthe handle to hold the piece – it is added on, only.)
These comprise the only adornment, and are just enough.
This was made from natural clay that was gathered, mixed, coiled, smoothed, formed, stone -burnished – all by hand – and then fired in the ground.
The smooth surface, minimalistic design and refined proportions make this an elegant piece that adapts to every living environment.
This pristine wedding vase would look as much at home in New York as in Paris, Paris Texas, or Iowa City. A great value, too!
PS We include an account of the role of the wedding vase, in Pueblo weddings, written by a Santa Clara potter, with the sale of this piece.