Montoya, Tomasita – Red Bowl with Indented Rim (1960s)
This is a fully polished bowl by Tomasita Montoya. As opposed to her carved or incised pottery, this piece is fully polished red. The rim of the bowl is indented on five sides. This bowl is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration, or repair. It is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Tomasita Montoya”.
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 renown for their pottery but by about 1890 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.