Bread, Vesta – White Bowl with Cloud 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 white bowl 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. It is unusual as it is made from the white clay and not the more common red. There are cloud designs around the rim and the body of the bowl. 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.