Daily Postcard: ‘Black-On-Red Jar’ In White Rock

Daily Postcard: This photo of the replica of a ‘Black-on-Red Jar’ created by artist Tonita Roybal in approximately 1910, was taken Monday near the White Rock Visitor Center on N.M. 4. Pottery such as this with black designs on red slip was produced from about 1850 to 1945. The jar that inspired this replica dates from shortly after the railroad came to New Mexico. It was probably intended for trade with tourists who arrived via rail. Above the avanyu are four designs representing the main family groups living today at the San Ildefonso Pueblo. Designs on this replica, including the avanyu. or water serpent, were created by the artist. Source: Official brochure. In 2013, the Los Alamos Art in Public Places Board began evaluating artwork options for the new White Rock Visitors Center and the newly re-designed N.M. 4 corridor through White Rock. A suggestion was received by the board to place large Native American pottery replicas along the highway. The board expressed interest and contacted then Bandelier Superintendent Jason Lott. They were advised to use the pottery styles of the San Ildefonso Pueblo whose ancestors had inhabited the Pajarito Plateau. Over the next few years, the board identified willing San Ildefonso artists, and together decided on the six pottery styles represented by this collection. Photo by Jenn Bartram/ladailypost.com

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