Leno, Juana – Bowl with Butterfly, Moth & Flower Design (1970s)
Juana Leno is one of the four revivalist matriarchs of contemporary Acoma pottery (including Marie Z. Chino, Lucy Lewis, and Jessie Garcia). She was a daughter of Lupita and Jose Vallo and learned to make pottery from her grandmother Eulilia Vallo. This bowl has a wide shoulder and it is fully painted. The central design is a plant pattern. Above the plant are two butterflies (painted with the triangular wings slipped in red). Below the plant is a mont design painted with the fine-lines in black-and-white. Separating each of the sections is a mountain and rain design. It is a complex design for a smaller bowl. The bowl was traditionally fired and it is very thin-walled. It is signed on the bottom, “Juana Leno”. It is in excellent condition and a creative piece of pottery by this important Acoma Pueblo potter!