Atencio, Isabel & Gilbert Atencio- Buff-on-Red Bowl with Rain Designs
Isabel Atencio was a daughter of Nicolasa Montoya (the aunt who taught Maria Martinez to make pottery) and a sister of Rayita Montoya, Santana Montoya, and Alfredo Montoya (the first husband of Tonita Roybal). Among her children, Gilbert Atencio is known primarily for his paintings. Her daughters Helen Gutierrez and Angelita Sanchez are both well-known potters. This is one of her few collaborative pieces with her son, Gilbert. The bowl was made and polished by Isabel and painted by Gilbert. The design is a plant, rain, and mountain pattern. It is signed, “Belle + Gilbert”. It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.