Redbird, Ida – Polychrome Jar with Water Designs (1960’s)
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 very unusual piece of her pottery, as it combines white and red clay slips. The inside of the neck is slipped white while the outside area above the shoulder is slipped white. Below the shoulder the jar is red. There are mountain and water designs painted on the jar. It is not just a visually striking combination of colors but also tightly painted imagery on the surface. The jar is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair. It is signed, “Ida Redbird” on the bottom.