Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Precision Pottery Painting by L Vallo

Acoma Pueblo Horned Toad Motif Greenware Vase by L Vallo, circa 2012
The horned lizard triplets on this vase appear very nearly identical, subtle differences are found only on very close inspection.   I choose this piece to illustrate an example of the meticulous paint work that defines the art work by many Southwestern Native American artisans. This high level of precision painting is common on many Acoma Pueblo works.   One might expect that such attention would be reserved for decorating traditional hand coiled pots priced in the three to four digit range; however, this pot measuring approximately 5 x 5.5 inches is made from a mold and poured liquid casting material.  The retail value is a mere $50.