This stunning bowl was handmade by Emma Lewis Mitchell, daughter of the legendary Pueblo potter, Lucy M. Lewis. Mitchell honors her ancestors by creating vessels in the ancient Mimbres style, characterized by the black and white color scheme and stylized animal designs. This beautifully polished fine-walled vessel features a rugged unfinished rim to evoke the look of pottery artifacts, and the painted design depicts a four-legged animal with a feathered tail and geometric rain parrot icons. This breathtaking one-of-a-kind pot is the work of an incredible artist who builds upon her mother’s storied legacy and the celebrated traditions of Acoma pottery.
- Bowl handmade by Emma Lewis Mitchell (Acoma Pueblo)
- Natural clay with all-natural vegetal and mineral slip
- Crafted through traditional horizontal coil method
- Pot measures 4” x 4-1/2” x 4-1/2”
- Comes with a signed Certificate of Authenticity
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Emma Lewis Mitchell (b. 1931), is a famed potter from Acoma Pueblo who learned the art from her mother, legendary potter Lucy M. Lewis. Mitchell is inspired by the pottery of her Anasazi ancestors and was one of the first to use designs of the Mimbres, an ancient people who lived in Southern New Mexico sometime around 1000 A.D. Known for exquisite fine-walled vessels in black-and-white and polychrome styles, she creates all of her work by hand using traditional methods passed down for generations. Mitchell’s work has taken home awards from Santa Fe Indian Market and other prestigious shows and is included in museums collections around the world, including the Heard Museum, Peabody Museum, Maxwell Museum and Brooklyn Museum of Art.
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 completed by hand using all-natural materials. 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 or mineral 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 and the Hopi have distinctive pottery styles that are 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.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 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.