Da, Tony – Red Jar with Avanyu and Turquoise (1972-4)
5"w x 4.25"h
This is a classic jar by Tony Da. Tony was a grandson of Maria Martinez and had a short career which spanned from 1967-82. He helped change the world of Pueblo pottery. He was among the first to begin etching into the surface of the pottery (sgraffito), adding stones, hei-shi and then began creating all matte carved vessels. This jar is from 1972-4 and it is a classic shape for his work with a round body and a short neck. It etched into the clay with a water serpent as the design. Tony etched all his designs into the clay before they were fired, which increased the risk but also created much sharper lines and stronger detail. The water serpent has four inset pieces of turquoise as well as a single piece of turquoise for the eye. It was fired a deep red. It is signed on the bottom in the clay, “DA”. It is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair. Over the course of his career, he said that he only created about 30 pieces a year. The pottery of Tony Da remains an important addition to any collection!