Leaving innovations to younger hands, Marie has consistently explored the repertoire of traditional Acoma designs – animals, birds, rainbows, snowflakes, etc. – creating fine pottery in the old way, the way she learned from her mother: digging the clay, mixing, coiling, shaping, smoothing, painting with natural pigments and clay slips – all by hand – and pit-firing.
This dish is beautifully formed, and beautifully painted in a charming design. The center motif is a pair of traditional Acoma parrots, with a jazzy zig-zag border that mixes in a bit of a contemporary look. These little birds are plump and adorable; facing each other, they are definitely lovebirds, rather than majestic parrots. The natural clay slip colors of terra cotta and orange add a lively jolt of color.
The plate can be placed upright, on a shelf or mantel, or laid flat on a table, for display. Either way, it is a captivating addition to any collection: country antiques, folk art – Native American, European, Latin American – or…yours. Or, just a sweet gift for your lovebird.