Leno, Juana – Bowl with Interlocking Stars (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 from the early 1970s. It is thin-walled and intricately painted. The bowl is round and there are 12 interlocking stars encircling the piece. There are eight-sided stars interlocked with four-sided stars. Note how she perfectly painted them to fit the shape of the bowl. The bowl was traditionally fired, which gives it the coloration on the surface. It is signed on the bottom, “J. Leno”. It is in excellent condition and a creative piece of pottery by this important Acoma Pueblo potter!