San Ildefonso Pueblo Polychrome Pottery Jar by Blue Corn

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Crucita Gonzales Calabaza - Blue Corn, San Ildefonso Pueblo Potter

One of the popular styles of pottery produced at San Ildefonso in the twentieth century is the revival of Polychrome wares.  The most prominent potter who produced Polychrome wares was Blue Corn. Certainly one of the most popular designs is the reintroduction of the Mimbres feather.  Put all these together—Polychrome, Blue Corn, feathers— and the result is this excellent jar.

Crucita Gonzales Calabaza (1921-1999) Blue Corn was born in San Ildefonso Pueblo around 1923 and was encouraged by her grandmother, at an early age, to "forget school and become a potter."  Blue Corn obviously succeeded as illustrated by this exceptional bowl. It is signed Blue Corn San Ildefonso Pueblo on the base.

Artist Signature - Crucita Gonzales Calabaza - Blue Corn, San Ildefonso Pueblo PotterBlue Corn and her husband, Sandy, spent two years in the 1960s experimenting with slips to revive the 19th-century Polychrome wares of San Ildefonso Pueblo. She stone-polished the base slip in the manner it was done before the introduction of the Cochiti slip in 1905, which required only rag polishing. In doing this, she achieved a highly-burnished finish. To this she applied the matte paint design at which she was so adept.


Condition: this San Ildefonso Pueblo Polychrome Pottery Jar by Blue Corn is in very good condition

Provenance: from the collection of  resident of Florida

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

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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