Monahan, Grace – Long Neck Jar with Birds (1960’s)
Grace Monahan (1901-73) wasn’t one of the original potters in the 1937 Maricopa Pottery Cooperative. However, she worked alongside celebrated artists like Ida Redbird, Mary Juan, Mabel Sunn, and Alma Lawrence, and today her work has a similar importance. Her designs are distinctive enough so that most of her pieces are instantly recognizable without the signature. Each piece is traditionally handcrafted from native clay with the paddle and anvil method, iron oxide red slip is decorated with black mesquite sap paint, pit fired. This is a classic long neck jar. It is painted with three interlocking birds. The birds have outstretched wings and are connected by a cloud and sun design. The jar is signed on the bottom, “Grace Monahan”. It is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration, or repair.