Da, Popovi- Red Water Jar (1971)
This red water jar is a late piece by Popovi Da, as he passed away the same year it was made. It is a classic water jar and fully polished. Popovi Da created both plainware and painted vessels. He was a son of 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 jar is signed on the bottom in the clay “Popovi 471” which is the firing date of April, 1971. It is stunning in color and form and certainly a rarity of his work!