Redbird, Ida – Large Jar with Mountain Designs and Ribbon (1965)
Ida Redbird is one of the best-known potters involved in the revival of Maricopa pottery from 1937-40. She was featured in Arizona Highways in 1948. Her pottery is made using a paddle-and-anvil technique and they are fired twice. The black designs are derived from a mixture of mesquite sap and cactus spines. This bowl is a classic shape with a round shoulder. This is a large piece of Ida’s pottery. The jar has a high, round shoulder and a short neck. The jar is fully polished and painted with mountain and lightning designs. The jar is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair. It is not perfectly symmetrical. It is signed, “Ida Redbird” on the bottom. There is a second-place ribbon from the 1965 Arizona State Fair.