Recognized as contemporary artists of the first rank, this collaborating couple are universally acknowledged as one of the very best potters of today – or any day
Joseph researches historic designs and creates the beautiful forms; Barbara is responsible for the precise painting.
Symmetrical, and amazingly thin-walled, their pieces are among the finest that hand-coiled pottery can produce.
This deep bowl is inspired by the prehistoric Mimbres culture of southwestern New Mexico.
Usually in a black and white palette, the Mimbres designs look surprisingly contemporary.
This impeccably formed bowl features a figural design of a striped dancer, very like the modern Koshares of Pueblo culture.
Entirely hand made in the traditional way, the pure white clay of the Acoma area is smoothed so that no sign of the coiled fabrication is visible.
Wild spinach leaves have been steeped, to produce the black paint which contrasts so marvelously with the white background.
Crisp, graphic and exquisitely formed, this bowl is typical of the Cernos’ pottery.
They are justifiably acclaimed for the perfection of Joseph’s forms, and the excellence of Barbara’s painting.
Numerous awards at the most prestigious Native art shows attest to their special gifts.