Sanchez, Desideria – Large Jar with Rain and Cloud Designs (1920’s)
Desideria Montoya Sanchez was a sister of noted potter Maria Martinez. She was known for her traditional pottery and use of both classic and innovative designs. This bowl is a round shape and painted with a series of bold line cloud and wind patterns. The thick lines and the style of the imagery give the bowl a very modern appearance and are certainly unusual in the imagery of San Ildefonso. The firing of the bowl has given it a somewhat gunmetal appearance in areas. The gunmetal coloration is due to the heat of the firing and note how areas are more black and others are more metallic. The bowl is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair. It is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Desideria”.