Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Acoma Pottery by L Vallo

Acoma Pottery by L. Vallo
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Unlike traditional Pueblo pottery shaped by hand,  pottery formed by pouring into a mold (sometimes referred to as greenware) to cast the final shape of the object is preferred by a few fine Acoma Pueblo artisans. Their artistic works are often just as intricate and dazzling on display, but nonetheless are less valuable and do not tend to appreciate in value like the traditional hand coiled pieces.   You may have noted that the pot on the right above is cracked.   It fell from my photo platform, but is glued together again to be shelf-displayed in my home as a salvage work of story value only.     Like the 3 inch pot on the left, it had a retail value about $22 before its unfortunately shattering fall today.