A fantastic studio pottery sculpture of a mountain goat posing on a rock. Attributed to Frances Jean Sherman (1918-2014), a potter in Southern California who specialized in animal sculptures. Wonderful, slightly stylized form constructed from rough reddish-brown stoneware clay. Marked on the bottom with "JS", but was found in the Glendora area (where Sherman taught elementary school) along with another sculpture signed with full "Jean Sherman" name.
Believe this was probably an earlier work, maybe 1950s-60s. It shares some characteristics with the work of other SoCal potters from that area and era - reminded us of artists like Betty Davenport Ford and Hildred Reents.
In good vintage condition with no damage or chips. There are some manufacturing firing cracks near where the feet attach to the bottom rock, but definitely made in manufacturing - see the last photo. Some very light wear, a little spot of red paint or mark on the rock outcrop, and some dust here and there.
Measures about 9 1/4 inches tall, 6 inches widest.