Montoya, Eudroa – Santa Ana Jar 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 jar has a high shoulder and a short neck. The jar is painted with a cloud and rain design. The red and brown coloration on a white clay background is classic for Santa Ana pottery. The bowl was traditionally fired so there are color some variations on the surface. It is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration, or repair. It is signed on the bottom, “Eudora Montoya, Santa Ana Pueblo”.