Leno, Juana – Bowl with Fineline Clouds and Stars (1968)
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 is from 1968. It is thin-walled and intricately painted. The design above the shoulder has two rows of cloud designs. Below the shoulder is a single row of stars. Interestingly, the top row of stars and the bottom row of clouds interlock. The patining is so precise on this piece! The bowl was traditionally fired, which gives it the coloration on the surface. It is signed on the bottom, “Mrs. Juana Leno”. It is in excellent condition and a creative piece of pottery by this important Acoma Pueblo potter!