San Ildefonso Pueblo Black on Black Small Pottery Jar by Blue Corn

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Crucita Gonzales Calabaza - Blue Corn, San Ildefonso Pueblo Potter

This small black-on-black jar by Blue Corn of San Ildefonso Pueblo dates from the 1980s.  The upper half is decorated with a continuous row of vertical eagle feathers. Above the design of feathers is a single framing line and below the feathers is another single framing line.  The jar is signed Blue Corn San Ildefonso Pueblo on the underside.

Artist Signature - Crucita Gonzales Calabaza - Blue Corn, San Ildefonso Pueblo PotterBlue Corn was born in San Ildefonso around 1921 and was encouraged by her grandmother, at an early age, to "forget school and become a potter." She did attend school at the pueblo and later at the Santa Fe Indian School, however. At age 20, she married Santiago, a Kewa Pueblo (Santo Domingo) silversmith. During the 1940s, she worked at Los Alamos as a housecleaner for J. Robert Oppenheimer. Shortly after World War II, she took up pottery making and found her calling.  Blue Corn passed away in 1999.


Condition: this San Ildefonso Pueblo Black on Black Small Pottery Jar by Blue Corn is in original condition

Provenance: from the collection of John Barry, author of American Indian Pottery: An Identification and Value Guide

Relative Links: Maria and JulianSan IldefonsoKewa Pueblo - Santo DomingoSouthwest Indian PotteryCrucita Gonzales Calabaza - Blue Corn

Crucita Gonzales Calabaza - Blue Corn, San Ildefonso Pueblo Potter
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