Atencio, Isabel & Gilbert Atencio- Buff-on-Red Jar with Rain Designs (1970’s)
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. It is also the largest collaborative piece of their work we have had (ok, we have only had two in over twenty years!). The jar was made and polished by Isabel and painted by Gilbert. His is a buff-on-red coloration with rain cloud designs. It is a striking piece in shape and design. It is signed, “Belle + Gilbert”. It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.