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Acoma Pueblo pottery

Most of Acomas heritage comes from a pueblo on top of a mesa in Acoma, "Sky City", dating
back to the 1200's or earlier. However today few families live in Sky City year round, most
live in the surrounding farming communities of Acomita, San Fidel and McCarthy's.

Acoma pottery clay is special, its dark grey, nearly as dense as shall, and must be ground to a powder
before a temper is added. Acoma potters collect pot sherds (shards) from ruins, thrn grind them
up and use its temper. Those Acoma pots were made of ground sherds themselves, so any one pot can
contain several generations worth of clay. Most potters will say that sanding is the most difficult
task in traditional pottery. However Acoma potters say that preparing the clay is. Clean, soak, dry,
crumble, sift, grind, soak, the hours begin to add up quickly for Acoma potters. None the less
they must take their time, and be sure not to "rush the clay" or else the pot will pit as bits of
Alkali absorb moitsure and fall off. This is common in Zia as well, and has little to do with the
skill of the potter. Some artists minimize the problem with unique cleaning techniques, while
others turn to kiln firing, which is known to prevent pitting. As a last resort, more and more artists
are using commercial clay, as many consumers wont buy Acoma pots due to pitting.

Acoma potters hand make large water jars, famous for their thin, hard fired walls. White slip is
applied with a rag or flannel. The pot is then stone polished by hand. Acoma potters specialize in
polychrome paints, creating beautiful abstractions or swirling red bands, flowers and parrots. Today
parrots are kept for their feathers, which are used in ceromonial costumes. In Acoma culture,
parrots symbolize the zenith and its clouds; nadir, ancestors and death, or the south and the sun.
The color red represents the south, the sun, summer, and fertility.


Lucy M. Lewis Rare Acoma Pottery
Lucy Lewis - The Matriarch of Modern Acoma Pottery

Barbara and Joseph Cerno Acoma Pottery
Barbara and Joseph Cerno - Acoma Polychrome Pottery

Darrin Victorino Acoma Pottery
Darrin Victorino - Sanda Victorino's Nephew

Brian Delorme Acoma Pottery
Brian DeLorme


Barbara and Joseph Cerno Acoma Pottery
Barbara and Joseph Cerno - Acoma Polychrome Pottery 2

Sandra Victorino Acoma Pottery
Sandra Victorino - Extremely Fine Line Pottery

Rachel Concho Acoma Pottery
Rachael Concho - One of the Lewis Sisters


C Marcus Chino - Large Oil Painting of Deer Hunter Kachina