Sometime around the early 1970's, Maricopa Potters - Mabel Sunn and her daughter Barbara Johnson we asked to make Mojave Style Pottery by a Native American Indian Art dealer out of Casa Grande, Arizona. The dealer placed an order with Mabel Sunn for Mojave Style Effigies by providing a photograph of original Mojave effigies for Mabel to follow. These effigies are still being made today by Dorothea Sunn-Avery.

Mojave Style Double Headed Human Effigy Vessel by Barbara Johnson

Yuman - Mojave pottery was somewhat of a lost art, however with the help of Tony Soares we are seeing a revival. Tony was taught the skill of pottery making by his grandmother at the early age of seven has been working clay ever since. After seventeen long years of experimentation, Tony has perfected the previous lost art. Gathering of local clays from deposits throughout the Mojave Desert gives Tony the raw materials. Tony has taught his skills to the Cahuilla of Palm Springs and the Cocopa of Yuma, Arizona. Tony's work can be seen at the Palm Springs Museum and the Spring Mound Preserve in Las Vegas.


These vessels was made by a students of Tony Soares. They were from the

first student firing done in Yuma (Jan/Feb 2007). Effigy is signed "CeCe", jar is signed Vivian Menta.

Tony's work is so remarkable that it has been passed off as authentic Mojave. Tony 's pieces are signed by etching, dremel, or paint. Someone has taken some of Tony's work and by altering his pieces (removing his name) sold it as original Mojave. Please be advised that any "authentic" Mojave piece that has had damage to the bottom (sanding and/or abrasion, restoration and/or overpaint, or even a bottom sherd missing) must be given the assumption of being one of Tony's fantastic reproduction pieces.  Tony's work also includes Hohokam Style, Anasazi Style (including Corrugated), Plainware that has the most remarkable fire-clouding that I have ever seen, and his specialty - Cahuilla Style Pottery.  Tony's Cahuilla Style Pottery can be seen in the publication "The Desert Southwest, Four Thousand Years of Life and Art", by Allan and Carol Hayes, page 171.


Revised: 07/28/2007

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