Carmelita and Carlos Dunlap

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Artist's Signatures of Carmelita and Carlos Dunlap, San Ildefonso Pueblo PottersThe specialty of artists Carmelita and Carlos Dunlap was re-creating the pre-1900 Polychrome pottery that San Ildefonso Pueblo was so famous for before the discovery of Black-on-black. Very few potters at San Ildefonso continued making Polychrome wares following the introduction of Black-on-black pottery by Maria and Julian in the 1920s. Blue Corn and Carmelita Dunlap were exceptions.

Carmelita Dunlap (1925-1999) and Carlos Dunlap (1958-1981) both continued making polychrome wares throughout their careers. As a comparison, Popovi Da and Gilbert Atencio on occasion made some but not very frequently.

The mother and son team of Carmelita and Carlos Dunlap worked together for a very few years before his untimely death.

Reference: Pueblo Indian Pottery: 750 Artist Biographies by Gregory Schaaf.

Relative Links: Carmelita DunlapSouthwest Indian PotteryRomando VigilSan Ildefonso PuebloDesideria MontoyaMaria MartinezBlue CornCarlos DunlapPopovi DaGilbert Atencio