The pottery-making tradition of Acoma Pueblo is one of the most significant among the surviving Pueblos of the American Southwest, and the craft continues to be important and profitable there today. Pottery made at Acoma has evolved considerably in form and decoration over the last seven centuries. This book is a comprehensive illustrated survey of Acoma pottery made between about 1300 and the present, illustrated with more than 1400 images examples from museum and private collections, many published for the first time. There are also more than 940 names and biographies of potters working between the mid-1800s and the present.
- Author: Dwight P. Lanmon, Francis H. Harlow
- Hardback: 623 pages
- Publisher: Museum of New Mexico Pr (March 31, 2013)
- ISBN-10: 0890135762
- Product Dimensions: 11.3 x 9.4 x 2 inches
Dwight P. Lanmon has written or collaborated on more than a half-dozen landmark publications about Southwest Native American pottery including The Pottery of Zia Pueblo and The Pottery of Santa Ana Pueblo (with Francis H. Harlow and Duane Anderson). He has served as director of the Winterthur Museum and director and curator of European glass at the Corning Museum of Glass.
Francis H. Harlow’s life’s work is the study of Pueblo ceramics. A foremost authority on Pueblo pottery, he is the author of numerous books including Historic Pottery of the Pueblo Indians, 1600-1880 (with Larry Frank) and The Living Tradition of Maria Martinez (with Susan Peterson). He was a physicist in the Theoretical Division of the Los Alamos National Laboratory and is an accomplished artist, with paintings included in many international and national collections.
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.
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