Melon pots are derived from the gourds and squash that were staples in southwestern Native life. What makes Andrew Padilla’s melon pots awesomely different from others? These ribs are all pushed out from the inside, as the pot is formed in coils, and then smoothed – all by hand, of course. Much more difficult than applying ribs to the exterior of a pot already formed, or carving them out.
This splendid piece is beautifully formed, tapering sharply to a narrow base.The lid is shaped after the distinctive steeples of the historic church in Old Laguna village. The stepped design also refers to kiva steps, and the symbol for rain. The form is voluptuously rounded and impressively regular. The snowy clay is native to the Laguna-Acoma-Zuni area, and natural. It is burnished to a soft glow, also by hand. Although based firmly in tradition, this work fits in any and every setting, with its impressive presence and simplicity.