SAN JUAN POTTER
AKA: Tomasita Montoya-Sanchez
Tomacita C. Montoya
Tomasita Reyes Montoya
Some vessels were made with her daughter:
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.
Sister of Billy Cata & Reyes Cata
Wife of Juan Reyes Montoya
Mother of Dominguita Naranjo
Mother of Rosita de Herrera
One of the original seven potters of the 1930 "San Juan Revival"
1N Tomasita Montoya Encised Polychrome Jar
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 "
R.G. Munn Auction, LLC; March 2006
(Lot # 60)
Pueblo Indian Pottery: 750 Artist Biographies
Gregory Schaaf, 2000
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