IDA REDBIRD (1892–1971)
MARICOPA BLACK ON RED WEDDING VASE circa 1965
A small piece by an important potter. Google Ida Redbird and you'll find that she's hardly forgotten. There are schools named after her, and Arizona history sites claim "her artistic influence spread across the nation." It's certainly true that she was the best-known Maricopa potter of the 20th century, and that, along with her cousin Mary Juan and a few others, she influenced raising Maricopa pottery standards. This piece offers a unique price/value opportunity because it has a barely visible stress crack running along one side that might have occurred in its original firing. Because of that crack, we can offer it at a price way below what it would normally be. If you don't have an Ida Redbird, this is a painless way to add her to your collection.
A larger Ida wedding vase appears in three of our books: on page 107 of the Second Edition of Southwestern Pottery, Anasazi to Zuni, on page 151 of The Desert Southwest, Four Thousand Years of Life and Art, and on page 52 of Pottery of the Southwest.
4-1/4" wide x 3-1/2" deep x 5-1/4" high
Other than that crack, condition very good, no restoration.
It has a few little scuffs consistent with its age.