Bread, Vesta – Bowl with Sun Designs and Ribbon (1971)
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 jar was originally purchased in 1971. It is made using a paddle-and-anvil technique and twice fired. The black designs are derived from a mixture of mesquite sap and cactus spines. There are sun and mountain patterns encircling the piece. The bowl has a ribbon from the 1971 Arizona State Fair (3rd Place). 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 very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.