Leno, Juana – Bowl with Interlocking Cloud Designs (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 is thin-walled and tightly painted. Lena was masterful at her forms. The design is an interlocking cloud pattern which encircles the piece. It is painted in three rows. There is a variation of shapes as the bowl is turned, much like watching the clouds float by in the sky. The bowl was traditionally fired, and there is a slight coloration resulting on the surface. The piece is from the early 1970s, and signed on the bottom, “J Leno.” It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration, or repair. It is a classic piece of pottery by this important Acoma Pueblo potter!