Bread, Vesta – Bowl with Sun Design and Square Opening (1960s)
Vesta Bread was one of the revivalists of Maricopa pottery in the 1930-40 period. Her daughters Phyllis Johnson Cerna and Lauretta Bread continue in her traditional style of pottery. This bowl is from the 1960s. The bowl was made using a paddle-and-anvil technique and twice fired. The black designs are derived from a mixture of mesquite sap and cactus spines. The bowl has indented sides painted with a sun design. The mouth of the bowl is square in shape. Vesta Bread is referenced in the only book to date on Maricopa pottery, “Dirt For Making Things” by Mary Fernald as told to Janet Stoeppelmann. The bowl is signed on the bottom, “Vesta Bread”. It is in good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration, or repair.