Carmelita Dunlap

Carmelita Dunlap (1925-2000) was raised by her aunts Desideria Montoya and Maria Martinez after her mother died. As those aunts were in the heart of the pottery making scene at San Ildefonso Pueblo, Carmelita grew up learning the art from the best. As an adult, Carmelita won 20 First Place Ribbons while exhibiting her pottery at the Santa Fe Indian Market, a feat not achieved by anyone before or since. She was designated a National Treasure during the Nixon administration.

Carmelita passed her knowledge on to her children Martha Appleleaf and Carlos Dunlap.

Feather design on a black on black jar
Black on black jar with feather design
3 3/4 in H by 5 3/4 in Dia
Geometric design on a black on black jar
Black on black jar with geometric design
3 in H by 4 3/4 in Dia
Polished black jar
Polished black jar
3 1/4 in H by 4 1/2 in Dia
Geometric design on a tall-neck black on black jar
Tall neck black on black jar with geometric design
9 3/4 in h by 9 1/2 in Dia
Pottery photos courtesy of Andrea Fisher Fine Pottery