Calvert, Emilia Martinez – Large Jar with Carved Clouds and Fluted Rim (1940s)
This is one of the few pieces we have seen by Emilia Calvert (1905-1948). She was from Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo and married to Rex Calvert, who was Hopi. She was part of the pottery revival at San Juan Pueblo in the 1930s. Interestingly, there were only 2 or 3 potters remaining at the Pueblo around 1930 but by 1940 there were almost 60. This large jar is coil-built. It has a double shoulder and a fluted rim. The shoulder of the jar is carved with a cloud pattern. The surface is polished but the jar is made from micaceous clay so it isn’t a highly polished surface. The jar was traditionally fired so there are some slight color variations. The jar is signed on the bottom, “E. Calvert”. It is in very good condition with no cracks, restoration, or repair. There is one small chip near the base that can be seen in the photos and certianly not unexpted with a jar this size or age.