Williams Gallery West - Native American Art and Artifacts - tools, pottery, baskets. From a California private collection. Dimensions: approx 2 1/4" long x 2" wide x 2 high. Very nice example of an. In black and rusty orange over a white slip background.
Rounded body decorated with circles, dots, and geometric designs. Original price 2.00 marked on bottom in pencil. No chips, cracks or repairs.
Typical light wear from age and display. Some tag residue on bottom. She was born at Sky City in Acoma Pueblo, New Mexico to Lola Santiago and Martin Ortiz. Lucy Lewis began making pottery at age eight, after studying with her great aunt, Helice Vallo. Her early pottery was made for tourists.She had nine children, seven of which went on to become potters. Her work began to be recognized in 1950 when she won the a blue ribbon at the annual Gallup Intertribal Ceremonial. After the Gallup prize, Lewis began to sign her work, an act which created controversy within the Pueblo community. Her work continued to gain recognition and her pieces now reside in many prominent museums including The National Museum of Women in the Arts, Cooper Hewitt, and the American Art Museum. Can be recognized by its fluted rims, thin walls and complex geometric designs.
Clay is collected locally, often from jealously guarded sources, then formed and decorated by hand. Early ollas (water jars) had indented bottoms to make them easier to carry on the bearer's head. Pieces are molded and kiln fired. Traditional works tend to be thinner, lighter, slightly asymmetrical, and have a slightly coarse surface.
The colors of contemporary pots tend to be more consistent and vivid. Pottery created before 1950 is usually unsigned.
THe most famous of the Acoma potters are the Lewis and the. Lucy Lewis and Marie Chino are considered by most to be the matriarchs of 20th century. Traditional designs include highly abstract rainbows, feathers, parrots, deer, and geometric motifs. And black are traditional colors.
Abstract patterns can symbolize the cycle of life, water, sky and rain, as well as lightning, thunder clouds and mountains. Acoma pottery was originally functional, used for storage, cooking and serving food. Other pots were used to store seeds and other foodstuffs.
By the mid 1930s many pots were being created for the decorative market, due to the growing interest in Western tourism and Native American traditions. The item "Nice signed Lucy Lewis Acoma pottery miniature turkey Native American Indian Art" is in sale since Sunday, May 13, 2018. This item is in the category "Collectibles\Cultures & Ethnicities\Native American\ US\1935-Now\Pottery".
The seller is "galw001" and is located in Oakhurst, California. This item can be shipped worldwide.