LAGUNA POLYCHROME PITCHER circa 1925
This is the kind of piece that expatriate Laguna potters made at Isleta between 1900 and 1930. We'd have called it Isleta if the helpful potter hadn't painted Laguna N.M. on its footed base. Its only other Laguna-rather-than-Isleta characteristic is a slightly yellowish slip. Comparable Laguna pieces tend to have a clearly yellow color. What this piece does is give us a clear reminder of the Laguna-to-Isleta connection. The design elements on these pieces are pure Acoma/Laguna, but when the potters moved to Isleta in the late nineteenth century, they took their designs with them and turned out hundreds of little tourist pitchers, baskets and bowls for sale at the Albuquerque railroad station—enough to be a significant factor in Isleta's economy. This keeps us from forgetting where all those little pieces came from.
2-3/4" diameter excluding handle x 4-1/2" high
Condition just about perfect for its age. .