Talachy, Joe & Thelma – Pojoaque Polychrome Jar with Plant & Rain Designs (1970s)
Joe Talachy (b. 1943) and Thelma Talachy (b. 1942) are two of the few potters from Pojoaque Pueblo in New Mexico. Thelma is a sister of Minnie Vigil, Lois Gutierrez, and Gloria Garcia. Their daughter, Melissa Talachy, is also a well-known potter. Each piece is coil-built and painted with natural clay slips. This small water jar has a high shoulder and a short neck. It is painted with a series of cloud, rain, and plant designs. There are four different colors of clay used on this jar, making it a true polychrome (more than three colors). The jar is tightly painted and traditionally fired. It is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Joe & Thelma Talachy”. It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration, or repair.