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Acoma - Polychrome Olla with Birds and Flowers by Diane Lewis (Acoma)

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Price: $265.00
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Item Number: ATPO0057A

Diane Lewis’s artistry transcends the realm of Acoma polychrome pottery with her beautifully painted images of birds, flowers, butterflies, and fish. Reaching back into time, Lewis has honored the Ancient Ones of Mimbres through her renderings of their ancient imagery. She has taken a step further by adding earth tones in soft greens, golds, browns, and rusts. Diane Lewis is known for her small, thin walled vessels; however, this skillfully created olla/pottery bowl was handmade by her brother, Junior (his given name). What a true delight to have such a large canvas for Diane's beautiful painting and flowing designs.

Contemporary American Indian pottery is the legacy of a tradition thousands of years old. To be considered a "traditional" piece of pottery the potter must dig the clay out of the ground and construct the pot entirely by hand without the use of a potter's wheel. Many traditional potters eschew the use of electric kilns for firing their work, instead using an outdoor pit fueled by wood and dung. Designs are either carved or scratched into the surface of a dried piece before it is fired. Designs can also be applied with a "slip", a thin mixture of water and clay. Different clays, ground minerals, or plant materials are used to make slips of different colors. Many Navajo potters coat their pieces with pine pitch, which gives them a lustrous finish. No glaze is ever used in traditional American Indian pottery. Pottery with a shiny finish has been polished by rubbing the surface of the piece with smooth stones. Often a single piece will incorporate several of these techniques.

Height: 3.5”; Diameter: 4.75”

An additional $10 shipping fee will be applied at check out and will be marked as "handling" on your receipt. This item requires specialized packaging to ensure safe delivery.

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