Redbird, Ida – Long Neck Jar with Handles (1970) With Ribbon
Ida Redbird is one of the best known of the 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 twice fired. The black designs are derived from a mixture of mesquite sap and cactus spines. This is an exceptional piece of her pottery. The jar has a round shoulder and the classic elongated neck. There are two handles extending down from the neck to the shoulder. The jar is painted with scorpions near the base and cloud designs on the neck. It received a second place ribbon from the 1970 Gallup Inter-tribal Ceremonials. It is signed on the bottom, “Ida Redbird”. It is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair. Definitely an exciting piece of history!