This veteran, award-winning potter is now in her eighties, still producing classic Acoma pots, though at a slower rate.
Here is a very appealing smaller olla, in a warm palette of russet and chocolate brown, rather than the usual black and white.
The white clay of Acoma Pueblo is the base, with fine-line rain symbols, and triangles of red clay slip and clay slip tinted brown by natural means.
The pot is made traditionally, from gathering the clays, to mixing, coiling, smoothing, painting with natural colors – all by hand – and firing in a pit in the ground.
Plump in form, and well-proportioned, the design is complex, symmetrical, and very pleasing.
This is a traditional olla that would have been made any time in past centuries, except that the painting is probably more exact and refined, now.
A delightful piece, that is part of Pueblo pottery history, too. Lovely to look at; easy to display!