The ribbon design painted with a matte finish, as well as the large size and cream color polished base really makes it a timeless classic. This pot is made by traditional methods using natural clay and pigments. It is handmade, hand coiled, hand polished with stone. It is signed at the bottom.BJ Fragua is known for her classic style of Jemez pottery. This jar has a round shoulder and a slightly turned-out rim. It is painted with her classic ribbon design using various clay colors and motifs. The remainder of the jar is fully polished tan ware which is the natural cream color of the clay. Her pottery is coil-built, stone polished and painted with native clay slips.
Condition: No cracks, chips, or repairs. Some irregularities which a common for handmade pottery.Please enlarge photos and look at them carefully as they are a large part of the description. Signature at base of pot. Dimensions: 8 1/2" high, 7" wide, 6" opening, 5" base approximately. 2.5 Ribbon Design Band. Belonged to the Corn Clan of Jemez Pueblo.
BJ Fragua is the daughter of the excellent potter, Juanita Fragua, sister of Glendora Fragua and sculptor Clifford Fragua. Betty Jean began making pottery in the 70's, her stone polished polychrome pottery is unique in its decoration.
She exhibited at Santa Fe's Indian Market since 1984 winning numerous awards. She is also cited in various books on pueblo pottery such as Berger & Schiffer's Contemporary Pueblo & Navajo Pottery as well as Hayes & Blom's book Southwestern Pottery Anasazi to Zuni (page 85).