Joseph Latoma has a very rare distinction: he is a potter with a matriarchal lineage from San Felipe Pueblo. Very little pottery has come, or comes, out of San Felipe, and while his father is Zuni, most Native American cultures trace their lineage through their mothers. Joseph is best known, aside from being one of the rare San Felipe potters, for creating polychrome ollas in the traditional coil method. San Felipe pottery is not, historically, well-documented, so Joseph bases his designs on the memories of elders from both San Felipe and Zuni. This particular piece, created with his wife, Nona, features a muted red backdrop, painted in both black and red with traditional bird designs, as well as various geometric designs. Reoccurring bird designs are painted below the piece’s inflection, while intricate panels of geometric patterns are painted from rim to just above the inflection. Each bird’s body and feathers are also painted with various geometric designs, adding even more intricacy and interest to the piece. The rim is painted with a solid black band, while the base of the piece is painted red. 10″ tall x 10″ wide.