Montoya, Eudroa – Santa Ana Jar with Rainclouds and Rainbow (1974)

7"w x 7"h

$ 825.00

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 is from 1974 and it is one of her more intricately painted pieces.  The jar has a classic Santa Ana shape with a high shoulder and short neck.  The white slip is applied first and then the designs painted with two different colors of clay. The neck has a rainbow in red.  Below the shoulder are very delicately painted rainclouds and rainbirds.  She has used a lot of hatchwork and checkerboard patterns in these designs.  The base is slipped red.  It is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration, or repair.  It is signed on the bottom, “Eudora Montoya, Santa Ana”.