Debbie Brown Small Polychrome Geometric Acoma Bowl

Item No: 29641

$ 375.00

  • This lovely bowl was handmade by Acoma Pueblo potter Debbie Brown, known for creating very elegant fine-walled vessels. Made in the traditional Acoma polychrome style of orange and black on a white background, this piece features hand painted geometric designs that represent rain, mountain ranges and other elements from the natural world. A classic work from a renowned artist, this pot is a breathtaking work of art that beautifully honors the history of Acoma pottery.this pot is a timeless addition to any collection of fine art.

    • Bowl handmade by Debbie Brown (Acoma Pueblo)
    • Natural clay with all-natural vegetal and mineral slip
    • Crafted through traditional horizontal coil method
    • Pot measures 3-1/2” high x 4” long x 4” wide
    • Comes with a signed Certificate of Authenticity

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  • Debbie Brown is a highly regarded third-generation potter from Acoma Pueblo. She learned the art of pottery-making from her mother, Sarah Garcia, and grandmother, Jessie Garcia. Brown’s own style has been significantly influenced by the work of her grandmother, who helped keep alive the traditions of corrugated wares and large storage jars in Acoma. Brown creates her elegant pots using traditional methods, first mixing her own clay with natural clay collected from the mountains, then constructing each pot using the traditional coil method, with gourd and pottery pieces to help shape the piece. She then scrapes off excess clay and polishes with a river rock to create very fine-walled vessels with a smooth and silky surface. Finally, Brown paints the pot using a yucca brush and mineral-based paints, giving her vessels elegant colors and designs inspired by nature. Brown is known for traditional painted designs, including expressive deer figures, as well as highly polished white slipped wares. Her sisters, Donna Chino and Goldie Hayah, are also renowned potters.
  • 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, 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 there are accomplished potters 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.

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  • 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 35 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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