Da, Popovi- Gunmetal Feather Design Jar (1971)
Popovi Da was a son of noted potter, Maria Martinez. While he worked with her painting designs on her pottery, he also created a few pieces on his own beginning in 1962. He was planning to continue making pottery on his own after Maria retired but unfortunately passed away before this could occur. His pottery pieces are definitely a rarity among Pueblo pottery and it is not often that we come across his work. This is one of his classic feather jars. It is highly polished and tightly painted. The elongated feather pattern is painted to encircle the piece. It is signed on the bottom, “Popovi 371” which is the firing date of March 1971. That makes this a very late piece of his pottery as he passed away in 1971. The jar is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair and it is certainly an important addition to any collection!