EUDORA MONTOYA (1905–1996)
SANTA ANA POLYCHROME BIRD DISH circa 1975
No collection is complete without a piece from Eudora Montoya. She was the best-known Santa Ana potter and the one who stood at the center of its 1972 revival. She and an interested Anglo, Nancy Winslow, organized a group of student potters, and Eudora and her students kept the pottery alive into the current century. This quirky little dish seems to come from the beginnings of the revival. There's not much to say about it other than it's in good shape, and any piece by Eudora gets our full attention. This is only the third signed piece by her we've ever found. We talk about Eudora and her students on pages 156 and 157 of our Second Edition of Southwestern Pottery, Anasazi to Zuni, and we felt she was so important that our co-author John Blom included her in his book dedication.
6-1/2" long x 3-1/4" wide x 2-1/8" high
Shows some age, but is intact and unrestored