Montoya, Tomasita & Dominguita Sisneros – Carved Jar with Kiva Step Designs (1970’s)
Tomasita Montoya was one of the early revivalists in San Juan pottery. She was one of the original eight San Juan potters who revived the art form in the 1930s. The Pueblo was renowned for their pottery but by about 1900 there were no potters left. In 1930 Regina Cata organized a pottery study group at San Juan Pueblo with the intent of revitalizing pottery production. The group studied ancient potsherds of wares made at San Juan in earlier times and selected Potsuwi‘i Incised Ware (1450-1500) as a basis for a contemporary pottery type. This jar is a collaborative piece with her daughter, Dominguita Sisneros. The large jar was made by Tomasita and carved by Dominguita. The top and bottom are polished a deep red. The center section is carved and incised with cloud and kiva step designs. The various designs are slipped with red and white clays to create color variations. The jar is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair. It is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Tomasita Montoya, Dominguita Sisneros”.