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San Ildefonso Two-tone Pottery Jar by Blue Corn

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Crucita Gonzales Calabaza (1921-1999) Blue Corn
  • Category: Contemporary
  • Origin: San Ildefonso Pueblo
  • Medium: clay, pigment
  • Size: 4-¾” height x 8-¼” diameter
  • Item # C4151E
  • Price: $2,500.00

Blue Corn was a very versatile artist.  She made Black pottery, Black-on-black, Polychrome, Redware, Beige-on-red, and Black-on-beige.  In any combination, she was exceptional.

This jar is remarkable in its soft tone.  The matte black color highlights the buckskin softness of the base color.  The vessel lines are soft, as is the design. It is a very soothing work to view.

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 (1921-1999) Blue CornBlue 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 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 Two-tone Pottery Jar by Blue Corn is in very good condition

Provenance: from the inherited collection of a family from Washington State.

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

Close up view of side panel designs

Crucita Gonzales Calabaza (1921-1999) Blue Corn
  • Category: Contemporary
  • Origin: San Ildefonso Pueblo
  • Medium: clay, pigment
  • Size: 4-¾” height x 8-¼” diameter
  • Item # C4151E
  • Price: $2,500.00

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