Dunlap - San Ildefonso Pueblo
Carmelita Dunlap (1925 - 2000) was the niece of Maria Martinez,
who is considered the institution of San Ildefonso pottery. Carmelita
was born in 1925 and learned pottery making by watching her aunts
Maria and Desideria Montoya. Carmelita's mother passed away when
she was very young and Maria and Desideria raised her from then
on. Carmelita was considered the last living protégé of Maria until
her death in 2000. San Ildefonso Pueblo is known for its beautiful,
highly polished pottery. San Ildefonso pottery is formed and finished
by hand. Work such as coiling, molding and sanding are very important
to the way the pot will look when finished. The designs are then
carefully painted on the polished surface, using a mixture of clay
and water, which is called a slip. The work is then fired in an
outdoor open-air fire pit using wood and manure as fuel.
This is a black on black pot created
in the style of Carmelita' s aunt Maria Martinez. It is in
excellent condition and was made in 1981. The pot is incised
on the bottom "Carmelita Dunlap San Ildefonso Pueblo"
and measures 10" height x 8 1/2" diameter. Tapered
band from neck to shoulder creating a nice silhouette.
Gallery Cost: $3825. Does not include applicable
sales tax, shipping and packing cost.