Atencio, Luteria – Incised Polychrome Bowl with Rain Designs (1960’s)
Luteria Atencio is one of the early revivalists in San Juan pottery. This bowl is from the 1960’s and a later piece of her pottery. The bowl is incised with a mountain and rain designs. The incised designs are then highlighted with red and white clay slips. The rim and base of the bowl are fully polished red. It is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Luteria Atencio”. The bowl is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.
Luteria was one of the Original Eight San Juan potters who revived the art form in the 1930s. She is a fascinating personality who promoted San Juan pottery and art throughout her career. Her grandson, Mike Bird, is a well-known jeweler. At San Juan, the Pueblo was renown for their pottery but by about 1890 there were no potters left. In 1930 Regina Cata organized a pottery study group at San Juan Pueblo with the intent of revitalizing pottery production. The group studied ancient potsherds of wares made at San Juan in earlier times and selected Potsuwi‘i Incised Ware (1450-1500) as a basis for a contemporary pottery type