ZIA POLYCHROME JAR circa 1960
This unsigned piece is as basic a Zia jar as you'll ever see. The roadrunner and the capped-step design occur over and over on Zia pottery. It reminds us a bit of Seferinal Bell's work, but it could be by several other potters of the period. It's skillfully formed and painted and has survived quite well over the last half century except for one little oops. Apparently someone was fooling around with a candle inside it. The candle left a scorch mark on the inside an put a fire cloud about the size of a quarter on the outside. Our solution to problems like this is merely to put the jar on a shelf and turn it the other way. We bought this from a dealer who remembered buying it years ago, and she put the 1960 date on it.
4-3/4" diameter x 5-1/4" high
Condition very good except for the fire cloud