MALINDA REDBIRD (circa 1925–? )
MARICOPA BLACK ON RED JAR circa 1975
Mary Fernald, the author of Dirt for Making Things and close observer of the Maricopa pottery scene during the 1970s, told us that after Ida Redbird's death in 1971, her daughter Malinda learned from and worked with Mary Juan. At her best, Malinda's pieces rival Mary's. This one, which appears on page 109 of the Second Edition of Southwestern Pottery, Anasazi to Zuni and page 153 of The Desert Southwest, Four Thousand Years of Life and Art, shows less of Mary's influence than the tall jar on the same page, but is expertly made. It may be earlier than the 1975 date we gave it in the books. W've been unable to learn much about Malinda, whom the books seem largely to ignore.
4-1/4" diameter x 3-1/4" high
Condition excellent considering its age