One half of a renowned couple acclaimed for their meticulous interpretations of historic, traditional pottery, Barbara usually paints the large, perfectly formed ollas that her husband Joseph coils.
Every once in a while she makes a piece by herself, so this seed pot is an infrequent, as well as delightful, work – and highly collectible.
She combines both her Hopi and Acoma heritage in this one little gem: The geometric and fine-line tradition of Acoma, and the Kokopelli figure of the Hopi.
Kokopelli is the seed-blowing Bringer of Life, animating crops and all living matter.
Lizards are iconic desert creatures who eat pesky insects and are also considered to be healers.
The zig-zag lines may refer to lightning, as there are rain signs, as well.
The orange and yellow are natural pigments; diluted red clay slips. The brown comes from wild spinach paint mixed with a bit of the red clay slip.
The entire piece is hand made, from clay to form, to paint, to firing.
Signed “Barbara Cerno” alone, for you collectors.