Dunlap, Carmelita – Brown Jar with Rain and Mountain Designs (1980s)
Carmelita Dunlap is one of the San Ildefonso potters best known for her large vessels. However, it is nice to see that on her smaller work she created pieces with equal precision and detailed painting. This jar is very highly polished and painted with a mountain design on two sides and a rain and cloud pattern on the other two. The piece is fired a chocolate brown, which is equally impressive in coloration. Typical of her work, there is a lot of open space to let the polishing, shine, and simplicity of design each stand on their own. The jar is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Carmelita Dunlap”. It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.