Brian Delorme Acoma Bear Claw Wedding Vase

Item No: 31874

$ 625.00

  • Pueblo potter Brian Delorme has crafted this traditional Acoma wedding vase by hand from natural clay. The pot is covered in intricate, precise designs painted freehand. The black hatched lines represent rain, stair step patterns represent clouds, and stylized bear claw represents protection.

    Wedding vases are a traditional form of Pueblo pottery used in wedding ceremonies. The handle, presented in Delorme's piece with a beautiful twist design, is said to represent the union of the couple.

    Elevate your collection of Native American art with this historic art form, or choose as a meaningful and unforgettable gift for a loving couple.

    • Wedding vase handmade by Brian DeLorme (Acoma Pueblo)
    • Natural clay with all-natural vegetal and mineral slip
    • Traditional Acoma orange, black, and white polychrome style
    • Vase measures 9-3/4” x 5-3/4” x 5-1/4”
    • Comes with a signed Certificate of Authenticity

    Handcrafted works of Native American art require special care. For more information about proper care and cleaning, please read our Care Guide.

  • Brian DeLorme is an Acoma Pueblo potter who handcrafts pots using traditional materials and methods. One of the most skilled pottery painters in Acoma, he is known for covering his work with intricate fine-line designs. DeLorme is inspired by the traditional Acoma style of polychrome — black, white and orange — though he often embellishes the form with modern interpretations of traditional designs.
  • Acoma Pueblo has a tradition of pottery that stretches back centuries. Today, it is most known for a matte polychrome style of pottery featuring orange and black designs on a white background, or black fine-line designs on a white background. This traditional style is widely sought after by Native art collectors, and in addition to its distinctive color scheme, can be identified by fluted rims, very thin walls, and complex geometric designs.

    Acoma artists are known for the fineness of their pottery painting, often incorporating hatching patterns that symbolize rain as well as rain parrot designs—an animal that in Acoma legend led people to water. Lightning, clouds, rainbow bands, and other elements of weather and nature are also popular designs. One of the most iconic and valuable pottery styles, Acoma pots represent a storied history of beauty and craftsmanship.

  • The most celebrated and recognized art form of the Pueblo Indians of New Mexico is pottery. Pueblo pottery is known around the world for its remarkable beauty and craftsmanship. It has been made in much the same way for over a thousand years, with every step of creation completed by hand.

    Pueblo potters do not use a wheel, but construct pots using the traditional horizontal coil method, or freely forming the shape. After the pot is formed, the artist polishes the piece with a natural polishing stone, such as a river stone, then paints it with a vegetal, mineral, or commercial slip. Finally, the pot is fired in an outdoor fire or kiln using manure or wood as fuel.

    Santa Clara, San Ildefonso, Jemez, and Acoma Pueblos have distinctive pottery styles that are especially prized by collectors, but accomplished potters are working in all Pueblos.

    Today, Pueblo pottery is an exciting and dynamic form, with many artists pairing traditional techniques with innovative and stylized designs. Those potters who continue to create pots using traditional methods possess an extraordinary level of skill, and their pots are highly valuable works of fine art that will be enjoyed for generations to come.

    Read our Native American Pottery Collector's Guide.
  • At Shumakolowa Native Arts, we guarantee that your purchase is an original and authentic work handcrafted by Native American artists as defined by the Indian Arts and Crafts Act of 1990. We ask our artists to complete an extensive certification process, providing a CIB (Certificate of Degree of Indian Blood) card and other documentation of their Native American heritage. Our team of experts carefully inspects every product to guarantee it is handcrafted using traditional, sustainable processes, and natural materials of only the highest quality. We record the place and date of each purchase, and pride ourselves in paying a fair price that allows artists to make a living practicing their craft.

    Every work of handcrafted art comes with a Certificate of Authenticity signed by an artist or buyer. At a time when many commercially made products are being sold as handcrafted Native American art, our in-depth purchase process allows us to guarantee the authenticity of every unique piece of fine art we offer. For more than 40 years, we have made it a priority to visit artists in their studio or home to purchase their latest handcrafted pieces and learn about their work. We have developed lasting relationships with artists, as well as dealers and collectors, and we take pride in being a trusted destination for fine Native American art.

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