Eudora Montoya is the most well-recognized potter from Santa Ana Pueblo. In 1972 she began teaching Santa Ana women the art of pottery making. She had 17 students in her first class. Only 5 or 6 of them continued making pottery. Although Eudora’s pottery was traditional in materials and construction, generally her designs were creations of her own.
In 1988, Indian Market Magazine honored Eudora Montoya (1905-1996) in a feature artist’s profile: “Eudora Montoya is a small, self-effacing woman, but as a bearer of Pueblo Indian culture her contribution has been larger than life. Through her efforts and the knowledge she safeguarded, the centuries-old tradition of Santa Ana-style pottery, once in danger of extinction, remains vitally alive.”
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