Romero, Teresita – Jar with Lightning and Cloud Designs (1960’s)
Teresita Romero is one of the great names in the revival of Cochiti pottery in the 1950-60 era. She was the grandmother or noted potter Diego Romero and painter Mateo Romero. Throughout her career she was known for her large vessels and use of traditional iconography in her work. This jar is a complex piece of her pottery. The jar has a round body and a slightly turned out neck. The jar is painted with two bands of designs. The top band is a cloud motif and the bottom is a lightning and water design. The black areas are painted with wild spinach and the red with clay slips. The red clay she used was distinctive for her pottery and had an orangish-red coloration. The jar is signed on the bottom “Teresita Romero”. The jar is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.