Tonita Martinez Roybal(1892-1945) was a prominent potter in her lifetime and an excellent painter. She is the daughter of Dominguita Pino and Santiago Martinez. She learned how to make pottery from her mother, Dominguita Pino. She married Alfredo Montoya and they had one child, Tomasita Montoya Sanchez. Alfredo was a pottery painter and did birds, animals and flowers. He passed away in 1913. Tonita was presented with Hopi-Tewa pottery, Nampeyo. The 15th century Sikyatki yellow ware impacted Tonita's style of pottery. She experimented by combining ideas and made them into pots. In 1916 Tonita married her second husband, Juan Cruz Roybal and assisted in painting her pots for her(Schaaf, pg. This small bowl has some scuffing in painted areas. There are no cracks or other damages to this piece. It is signed Tonita under the pot. This is an elegant bowl to add to your collection.
1. Schaaf, Gregory. "Pueblo Indian Pottery 750 Artist Biographies"(2000) Center of Indigenous Arts & Cultures.