Aguilar, Joe – Whirling Water Design Polychrome Plate (1950’s)
Joe Aguilar began his career painting pottery for his mother, Susana Aguilar, He also made pottery with his wife, Rosalie, through the 1940s. In the 1950’s he created a fascinating group of polychrome pottery including both plates and vessels. He was one of the few potters at the time still using traditional techniques and designs for his work. This is an exceptional plate painted with polychrome designs. The center is a fine line pattern, which was often seen in the earlier black-on-black pottery. The central medallion then becomes a whirling circle of water with the extensions of the plant designs. The plate is in very good condition with no cracks, restoration or repair. There are two small areas where the white slip has flaked away. It is signed on the back, “Joe Aguilar”.