TOMASITA MONTOYA (1899–1978)
OHKAY OWINGE POLYCHROME JAR circa 1965
In one of those anomalies that occurs during a collecting career, we've been strangely fortunate in finding pieces by this important artist. Several years ago, we sold a piece by Tomasita to a collector who was desperate to find anything by her. He planned to give it to Tomasita's daughter, who, if our memory of the moment is correct, had none. Tomasita was one of seven potters who, under the leadership of Regina Cata in the 1930s, created the incised style that dominated Ohkay pottery for the rest of the 20th century. The first pieces took linear designs from prehistoric incised pottery found near the Pueblo, but potters branched out soon after. This is a typical San Juan Revival piece made after World War II—a carved matte band at the midbody of a polished red piece. We put it on page one of our Second Edition of Southwestern Pottery, Anasazi to Zuni as the Ohkay example in our one-from-each-Pueblo photo. You can also see it on page 51 of our Pottery of the Southwest.
4-3/4" diameter x 3-3/4" high
One from each, in Southwestern Pottery