Juan, Mary – Red & Tan Jar with Cloud Designs (1960’s)
Mary Juan was a cousin of noted potter Ida Redbird. She was one of the original members of the 1938 Maricopa Pottery Cooperative. She was part of the early Revival Period artists from 1937-41. She continued to create pottery until the 1960s. Mary Juan was known for the finely polished deep red slip, graceful shapes, and finely painted designs. This jar is polished red on the top and tan below the neck. The top area is painted with a cloud and lightning design. This piece is traditionally handcrafted from native clay with the paddle and anvil method, iron oxide red slip is decorated with black mesquite sap paint and pit fired. This jar is signed on the bottom, “Mary Juan”. It is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.