Bread, Vesta – Long Neck Jar with Water Designs (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 long neck jar was originally purchased in 1971. It is a shape that is famous in Maricopa pottery. The jar 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 water designs around the shoulder and cloud designs around the neck, 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 jar is signed on the bottom, “Vesta Bread”. It is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.