MATT BRENNER (?–?)
MOJAVE RED ON BROWN PITCHER circa 1890
When we were writing Southwestern Pottery, Anasazi to Zuni, we stopped by the School of American Research (now Advanced rather than American), and we were told that Matthew Brenner was the last surviving traditional Mojave potter, and we duly reported that in our book. Later, when we were working on The Desert Southwest, Betty Barrackman set us straight. Matt was a studio assistant for Elmer (Betty left us with the impression that he was little more than a gofer), and his pottery is scarce and not particularly expert. We're always fascinated ty the remarkable ability of artists to make the intervals of an intricate design work out right all around a pot. This wonderful example of "plan ahead" thinking shows that potters are human after all. It belongs with a collector who wants an example by one of the only three traditional Mojave potterw who bothered to sign their pieces. This appears on page 197 of the First Edition of Southwestern Pottery, Anasazi to Zuni.
5" diameter x 4" high