LAGUNA/ACOMA TALL JAR WITH GLAZED INTERIOR
(JOSEPHINE FOARD) circa 1905
This is a major piece and a major piece of history.It probably started life as an Acoma tall jar, but it reached its final form at Laguna. In 1899, a dedicated Anglo woman named Josephine Foard moved to Laguna with the mission of helping the Indians make commercially serviceable pottery. Her solution was to take existing pieces and put a ceramic lead glaze on the interiors, turning them into waterproof vessels suitable for flower arrangements in polite drawing rooms. She kept on with her mission for about ten years, and many of the pieces and photographs found their way to a collection at the University of Delaware, which prompted the Lanmons' book, Josephine Foard and the Glazed Pottery of Laguna Pueblo. This is clearly a Josephine Foard piece, one rather like the one she's holding in the 1902 photo on the cover of the book. The photographs show the color of the glaze on the interior. Pueblo potters disapproved of her efforts because once the pots were glazed, they lost their porosity and no longer cooled water from exterior evaporation. Although this is in immaculate condition, the exterior is slightly roughened as a result of the glazing. We featured this on page 100 of our Second Edition of Southwestern Pottery, Anasazi to Zuni.
11-1/2" diameter not including handles x 13" high
Condition excellent except for insignificant repaired rim chips
and slight exterior discoloration caused by the glazing process