Duane was one of the celebrated Rebecca Lucario’s sons, and specialized in traditional, Acoma fine-line designs, primarily.
He grew up learning from one of the best and was making a name for himself as a potter, when, tragically, his life ended in a car accident, in 2015.
Happily, we found we still had one of his beautiful pots, in a marvelous, intricate fine-line design.
Traditional in its fabrication. as well, of course: local white Acoma clay, gathered, mixed, coiled, smoothed, pit-fired, and painted, all by his hand.
The deep, rich brown is achieved by a paint made from wild plants steeped in hot water. The complex pattern in traditional, with original touches of the artist.
Basically, the pattern consists of an eight-pointed star design, enclosed in a series of diamond-shaped borders, with partial sunbursts at the top and bottom.
However, it is not that simple: straight lines intersect with other lines, in a dizzying combination of shifting patterns, a lot like modern op-art, only much, much older in origin.
A border of red clay slip inside the rim, and at the bottom, is also a traditional touch.
Precision is notable, in both the painted design and the finely tapered form of the pot.
Handsome in every way, this is a classic polychrome olla, by a fine, younger potter whose work is finished, sadly.