Montoya, Eudroa – Santa Ana Canteen with Cloud Designs (1970s)
Eudora Montoya is the most well-recognized potter from Santa Ana Pueblo. In 1972 she began teaching Santa Ana women the art of pottery making. She had 17 students in her first class. Only 5 or 6 of them continued making pottery. Although Eudora’s pottery was traditional in materials and construction, generally her designs were creations of her own. In 1973 she visited the White House with other Pueblo potters. This is a very unusual canteen and one of the few canteens we have seen by Eudora. It has an asymmetric opening with a lip for pouring. The handles are slipped red. The body of the piece is painted with cloud and rain designs. They are more complex than many of her vessels. The canteen was traditionally fired so there are color some variations on the surface and a bit of smokiness. It is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration, or repair. It is signed on the bottom, “Eudora Montoya, Santa Ana Pueblo”.