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Santa Clara Pueblo Polished Black Melon Jar by Angela Baca - C4107A

Category: Pottery | Posted by Adobe Gallery Team Member | Mon, Aug 6th 2018, 1:38pm

Angela Baca Pottery - C4107AAngela Baca is most likely represented in every collection of contemporary pottery with one of her black melon jars, the style and shape that has been associated with her since the 1960s. She was probably the first potter to produce melon jars. I recall that the very first purchase I made at The Covered Wagon in Albuquerque in the 1960s was a black melon jar by Angela Baca at a price of $35. I was so impressed when I saw it that I put it on lay-away immediately.

Others must have thought like me because Angela's pottery received awards at Santa Fe Indian Marketevery year she entered for competition.  She also was awarded Best of Show at the Heard Museumand was presented with a Special Award by the French government. Her pottery was included in an exhibit of pottery by Maria and Julian Martinez in 1984 at a gallery in New Jersey and included in an exhibit of pottery by Margaret Tafoya at Sid Deusch Gallery in New York in 1985.

This jar has 16 ribs that run vertically from the rim to the base.  The depressions between ribs were stone polished as well. It probably dates to the last quarter of the twentieth century. It is signed Angela Baca Santa Clara on the underside.





Angela Baca Pottery - C4107A





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