Black on Cream Oval Olla

Luis Armando Rodriguez



This is an impressive piece of pottery! Nearly a full foot tall, surpassingly thin-walled, smooth and even on the interior, and burnished to a finish that feels like solid satin – all done by hand, of course. Son of Armando Rodriguez, an experienced, well-reputed potter and friend of Juan Quezada (who revived the centuries-old pottery tradition in this area), Luis Armando has produced pieces of incredible beauty, like this superb olla. The Paquime are descendants of Pueblo Indians who fled south in the 1600’s, to avoid the revival of Spanish authority after the Pueblo Rebellion. Juan Quezada taught himself how to reproduce their pottery, during the early 1970’s, from shards he found in the fields. This marvelous pot demonstrates how well a younger generation learned, and created their own, distinctive styles. The plant-derived paint is used for designs that are a mix of ancient Mimbres motifs, from southwestern New Mexico, and Pueblo water/rain symbols. The fish and fishermen figures are directly inspired by Mimbres pottery, which was also characterized by this marvelously graphic black on light background palette. Remarkably modern in look, this is a faithful rendering of these age-old, yet ageless, designs. From gathering the earth to make the clay, to coiling the form, stone polishing, and firing in the ground, it has been made in the centuries -old, Pueblo tradition. Imposing size, the platonic ideal of form – a finely proportioned oval – snappy, clean, graphic painting of well-placed creative decoration, and – certainly not least of all – the most amazingly smooth, silky finish on the beige background, make this an extraordinary piece to look at and to caress (without rings or bangles, please).

Natural Handmade Clay and Pigment

11″ H x 8 1/2″ D