Roybal, Tonita – Jar with Rain Design & Goldtone Firing
8"w x 7.5"h
This is an exciting jar by Tonita Roybal, from the 1920’s. The bowl was made and paintd by Tonita. The shape of the jar is one of her classic shapes with the high shoulder and sloping neck. The design is a prayer feather and rain pattern. However, what really makes this jar exciting is the firing. There are areas which are gunmetal, which is the more metallic coloration. There are also areas with the “goldtone” firing, which gives them a more yellow-gold appearance. This is a technique which Tonita attempted to create on her pottery to create a distinctive appearance. It is not of then that we see it on her pottery but it is one of the many creative innovations she added to San Ildefonso pottery in the 1920’s. It is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair. It is signed on the bottom, “Tonita”.