Tony Da

Tony Da was the grandson of Maria Martinez, son of Popovi Da. He grew up learning to make pottery from his grandmother and to paint from his father. There are many folks who consider his work to be among the very best of all Pueblo pottery. He was certainly among the most innovative.

Anthony Edward Da was born into San Ildefonso Pueblo in 1940 and grew up surrounded by potters, painters and jewelers. After high school he joined the Navy, then returned to the pueblo four years later. He became fascinated with what his father and grandmother were doing so he apprenticed himself to them. Three years later his works appeared alongside his grandmother's and father's at the "Three Generation Show," an exhibit honoring the Martinez-Da families at the US Department of the Interior in Washington DC in 1967.

His career was cut short in 1980 by a motorcycle accident that left him unable to work. He spent the rest of his life in Assistive Care and died on February 12, 2008.

Sgraffito animal design and inlaid turquoise on a polished red plate
Polished red plate with sgraffito stylized deer heart line design and inlaid turquoise
3/4 in H by 5 3/4 in Dia
Sgraffito avanyu design on a polished red jar
Polished red jar with a sgraffito avanyu design
1 1/4 in H by 3 in Dia
Sgraffito avanyu design on a polished red jar
Polished red jar with sgraffito avanyu design
4 1/4 in H by 5 3/4 in Dia
Sgraffito avanyu design on a polished red jar
Polished red jar with sgraffito avanyu design
2 3/4 in H by 4 1/4 in Dia
Signed Maria 670 DA
Sgraffito avanyu and bear paw design with two pieces of inlaid turquoise on a polished red jar
Polished red jar with sgraffito avanyu and bear paw design plus two pieces of inlaid turquoise
2 1/4 in H by 3 in Dia
Sgraffito avanyu design on a polished red jar
Polished red jar with sgraffito avanyu design
3 1/2 in H by 5 1/2 in Dia
Inlid turquoise and sgraffito avanyu and bear paw design on a red jar
Red jar decorated with inlaid turquoise and a sgraffito avanyu and bear paw design
2 1/4 in H by 3 in Dia
Sgraffito avanyu design on a red jar
Polished red jar decorated with a sgraffito avanyu design
3 1/2 in H by 5 1/2 in Dia
Sgraffito avanyu design on a red jar
Red jar with sgraffito avanyu design
2 3/4 in H by 4 1/2 in Dia
Heishe and arrowhead with inlaid turquoise on a polished red bear
Polished red bear with heishe and arrowhead plus inlaid turquoise
1 1/2 in H by 2 1/4 in Dia
Sgraffito geometric design on a gunmetal black jar
Gunmetal jar with sgraffito geometric design
3 1/2 in H by 4 1/2 in Dia
Two pieces of inlaid turquoise on a black jar with sienna rim
Highly polished black jar with sienna rim and two pieces of inlaid turquoise
4 1/4 in H by 7 1/4 in Dia
Signed Maria Poveka and Tony Da 669
Sgraffito avanyu design and sienna rim on a polished black jar
Black jar with sgraffito avanyu design and a sienna rim
3 3/4 in H by 4 3/4 in Dia
Heishe and sienna rim plus one piece of inlaid turquoise on a highly polished black swirl melon jar
Highly polished black swirl melon jar with heishe and sienna rim plus one piece of inlaid turquoise
7 3/4 in H by 8 1/4 in Dia
Sgraffito avanyu design on  gunmetal black plate
Gunmetal black plate with sgraffito avanyu design
1 3/4 in H by 11 in Dia
Inlaid stones and sgraffito geometric design on a black melon jar with a sienna rim
Sienna rim on a black melon jar with inlaid stones and sgraffito geometric design
6 in H by 5 1/2 in Dia
Sgraffito heart line on a gunmetal black bear with sienna stripe
Gunmetal black bear with sienna stripe and sgraffito heart line
3 1/2 in H by 5 3/4 in Dia
Sgraffito kokopelli design on a black plate with a sienna rim
Black plate with a sienna rim and decorated with a sgraffito kokopelli design
1 3/4 in H by 11 in Dia
Sgraffito avanyu design on a gunmetal black plate
Gunmetal black plate decorated with a sgraffito avanyu design
2 in H by 11 in Dia
Pottery photos courtesy of Andrea Fisher Fine Pottery