Montoya, Eudroa – Santa Ana Open Bowl with Bird 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 open bowl is creative in design with classic Santa Ana birds (or they could be butterflies?). There are four of them painted onto the white clay surface. The bowl was traditionally fired so there are color variation 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”.