San Ildefonso Large Polychrome Jar by Blue Corn

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Crucita Gonzales Calabaza - Blue Corn, San Ildefonso Pueblo Potter

Artist siganture of Crucita Gonzales Calabaza - Blue Corn, San Ildefonso Pueblo PotterThe shape of this jar may seem familiar to those accustomed to pottery by Blue Corn as it is a shape she favored; however, this is the largest version I recall seeing. This tall-neck jar features the traditional feather pattern design, with feathers in a vertical position. The feathers each have a dark green block near the feather tips.  At the upper neck, there is a checkerboard pattern alternating with dark yellow pigment and the base slip of the jar. Below the widest area of the jar, a pair of bands repeat the yellow and green colors above. The cream slip is the stone-polished slip that Blue Corn and her husband, Sandy, devised.

Crucita Gonzales Calabaza (1921-1999) Blue Corn was born in San Ildefonso around 1923 and was encouraged by her grandmother, at an early age, to "forget school and become a potter." The jar is signed with the artist's name, Blue Corn, and San Ildefonso Pueblo.


Condition: this San Ildefonso Large Polychrome Jar by Blue Corn is in excellent condition

Provenance: from an exhibit by Eagle Dancer Gallery of Denver that toured several cities in China in 1981, during which the gallery was forbidden to sell items displayed. Purchased in 1985 by the current owners after the exhibit returned to Denver.

Recommended Reading: Pottery by American Indian Women: The Legacy of Generations by Susan Peterson

TAGS: Maria and JulianSan IldefonsoKewa Pueblo - Santo DomingoSouthwest Indian PotteryCrucita Gonzales Calabaza (1921-1999) Blue Corn

Alternate view of this pottery vessel.

Crucita Gonzales Calabaza - Blue Corn, San Ildefonso Pueblo Potter
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