Garcia, Felicita Montoya -Incised Potsuwi’i Style Water Jar (1960)
Felicita Garcia was a daughter of noted San Juan potter Tomasita Montoya. She learned to make pottery from her mother and created extraordinary vessels in the revival styles. She was not a prolific potter but each piece was coil built and traditionally fired. This jar is polished red on the neck. The body of the jar is incised with rain and mountain designs. They are slipped with mica in the incised areas to give the jar a contrast of “sparkle” with the matte. Interestingly, the base of the jar is carved with lightning designs and then outlines with white clay. It combines both styles of Ohkay Owingeh pottery techniques. The jar is from 1960. The jar is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Felicita Garcia”. It is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration, or repair.