AKA: Tomasita Montoya-Sanchez

Tomacita Montoya

Tomacita C. Montoya

Tomasita Reyes Montoya

Some vessels were made with her daughter:

Dominquita Sisneros/Naranjo

Some vessels were made by both Tomacita & Reyes, her husband, who probably collaborated by gathering the clay and conducting the firing (personal communication with Gregory Schaaf, author of Pueblo Indian Pottery: 750 Artist Biographies). These vessels are probably signed "Tomasita Reyes Montoya".

Lifespan: February 2, 1899 to May 22, 1978

Active: 1930 - 1970's

  

Not a common signature, "C' possibly stands for Cata, Tomasita's maiden name.

VESSEL FORMS: Bowls, Pottery Baskets, Jars

SURFACE TREATMENT: Incised polychrome redwares,

some fine line, and micaceous wares.

FAMILY:

Sister of Billy Cata & Reyes Cata

Wife of Juan Reyes Montoya

Mother of Dominguita Naranjo

Mother of Rosita de Herrera

COMMENTS:

One of the original seven potters of the 1930 "San Juan Revival"

 

1N Tomasita Montoya Encised Polychrome Jar

Circa 1970's

Approximate Dimensions: 4 1/2" by 6"

Auction Estimate Value: $200 to $300

 

2N Tomasita C. Montoya Encised Polychrome Pottery Basket

Signed in fired-on white paint.

Approximate Dimensions: 5" by 4 1/2 "

 

References:

R.G. Munn Auction, LLC; March 2006

(Lot # 60)

Pueblo Indian Pottery: 750 Artist Biographies

Gregory Schaaf, 2000

 

 

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