Acoma polychrome & Tularosa black-on-white
Left: Acoma polychrome jar, circa 1900, 11 x 12.25 inches; inset: Tularosa black-on-white jar, circa 1250, 15 x 16 inches. Images courtesy Museum of New Mexico Press.
Approach to Acoma Pueblo
Approach to Acoma Pueblo with water carriers, circa 1880-1890; the image shows the Burro Trail leading to the top of Acoma Mesa; image courtesy Museum of New Mexico Press
Lola (Hinio) Vallo
Acoma potter Lola (Hinio) Vallo and her daughters, 1936; image courtesy Museum of New Mexico Press
- Background check
In one section of The Pottery of Acoma Pueblo, authors Dwight P. Lanmon and Francis H. Harlow identify 941 Acoma potters from the mid-1800s to today. In cases of renowned potters, such as Mary Histia and Pablita Pino, the entries offer details about their work, and all entries provide family affiliations.
After the book’s publication, Lanmon received an email from an Acoma potter. She wrote, “I was going through the pages and started questioning my dad about his parents. I was so excited to find out that my grandmother on my dad’s side is Marie Paytiamo Vallo. Then I saw a beautiful pottery made by her in the book, and it is at SAR. Now, I really want to go and see it. I remember seeing a huge bread pottery at her house when I was a little girl. My dad told me she made really huge ollas for storing bread. I will continue questioning him with more pictures and names.”
Posted: Friday, May 24, 2013 5:00 am
Updated: 5:11 pm, Thu Jun 6, 2013.
The Pottery of Acoma Pueblo, fourth in a series of books about Pueblo ceramics by Dwight P. Lanmon and Francis H. Harlow, is a remarkable record in text, photographs, and diagrams. There is such range and depth in the discussions of materials, paints and slips, pottery forms, and decorative motifs. Consider, for example, the title of Chapter 14 (and this is no more detailed than other chapter titles): “Acoma Pottery with Red Patterns on the Underbody and/or Interior and with Interior Droplets, circa 1850-1920.”
“I don’t think anyone else has ever noticed those red swashes on the inside and tried to come up with any sort of overall picture of what they are,” Lanmon said from his Phoenix home. “Since the book came out, a couple of Acoma potters have said those were signatures of the potter.”
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Friday, May 24, 2013 5:00 am.
Updated: 5:11 pm.