This award-winning potter has long been a collector’s favorite, for appealing figural pieces that feature adorable children, birds, insects and other “critturs”.
Her heritage is that of one of the premier pottery families: her sisters are the celebrated Judy Lewis, Carolyn Concho, Diane Lewis, and Rebecca Lucario.
This endearing figural piece, incorporates a finely formed dish, with a winsome sculpture of a little boy.
Entirely traditional in execution, from hand-gathering the local clay, to painting with natural pigments and clay slips.
You can enjoy it for its whimsical charm, but also appreciate the spiritual symbolism and expert technique.
This smiling little boy is relaxed, one knee bent, holding a pottery canteen, with a lizard clinging to one side of the plate, and a ladybug on one shoulder.
He holds a water canteen painted with a Kokopelli, seed basket on his back. A water spiral and a musical note complete the decoration.
Kokopelli plants the seeds that water encourages to thrive. The swirl of designs on the top of the plate include more water signs.
These include: a large spiral, stepped rain symbols, and parallel fine lines symbolizing rainfall.
There is also a stylized eagle, on the left, who is meant to carry prayers for water, and a good harvest, up to the heavens.
The concave shape of the dish and the sculpted lizard relate to the larger sculpture of the little boy.
The half-circle of painted decoration accentuates the circular form of the dish.
Carefully composed to take the eye around the piece, the lovely palette of earthy hues and pretty pastels (all natural!) adds definition to the snow-white Acoma clay.