Chino, Marie Z. – Jar with Rain Designs (1970s)
This is a classic jar by Marie Z. Chino. Marie is famous as one of the revivalists at Acoma Pueblo, along with Lucy M. Lewis, Jessie Garcia, and a few others. This jar is thin-walled and tightly painted. There are vertical lines which represent the rain. The other sections are painted with stylized rain designs. It is a variation on her classic bird wing pattern. Note how the imagery is smaller at the neck and larger at the shoulder. It is an example of the “op-art” influence in Acoma pottery. The jar was traditionally fired so there are some very slight color variations to the white. It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair. The jar is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Marie Z. Chino”. It is a classic jar where shape, history, and design are in perfect balance!