San Ildefonso Pottery Vase by "Blue Corn" Crucita Gonzales Calabaza
We are offering a San Ildefonso Pottery red feather vase by "Blue Corn" (1921-1999). Blue Corn was born Crucita Gonzales into the San Ildefonso Pueblo. She was encouraged to start making pottery by her grandmother at the age of 3 but it was not until she was grown and had her first child with husband Santiago "Sandy" Calabaza (Santo Domingo) that she quit her housekeeping job (for J. Robert Oppenheimer) and started making pottery full time. Blue Corn is best known as a leader in the polychrome revival and for her highly polished surfaces, which she said she achieved by polishing very slowly. Blue Corn was masterful with the creation of her polychrome pottery. She did not create as many pots with red clay and the burnished high shine of this pot is wonderful. Using a slip, the artist has created a traditional design of feathers. It is a classic buff-on-red style of painted design. It is signed, “Blue Corn San Ildefonso Pueblo”. This beautiful vase is from the 1970's or very early 1980’s. It stands 4 7/8" high and measures 4 1/2" across at the widest. In good overall condition. No chips, cracks or repairs. Normal wear commensurate with age. Light crazing in the slip decoration. There are several tight firing lines on the top rim edge and the body as shown. Please study the photos as they are a part of the description.