ELMER GATES (1929-1990)

MOJAVE RED ON BUFF DOLL circa 1970


Most observers would agree that Elmer Gates was the last celebrated Mojave potter, although Betty Barrackman has been active on and off in the years since. He and Annie Fields were certainly the most prolific, and he, Annie and Betty are the only ones who reached any kind of celebrity. Elmer Gates lived on a joint reservation near Parker, Arizona, away from the main Mojave population center at Needles, California and made pottery that diverged a bit from the usual Mojave ware—better finished, not the usual Needles clay and kiln-fired. Although this is unsigned, it’s clearly by Elmer, and the odds are that if we had the courage to take off the skirt, we’d find a signature underneath. (Others have done it on similar dolls, and the signatures were there.) This appears on page 143 of The Desert Southwest (Hayes & Hayes, 2006) and on page 57 of Pottery of the Southwest (Hayes & Hayes, 2006).


4-3/8” deep x 3-1/4” wide x 4-3/8” high


Condition excellent


H-1057      SOLD

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