Leno, Juana – Bowl with Interlocking Stars and Butterflies (1969)
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 was originally purchased in 1969. It is thin-walled and fully painted. The design is a series of interlocking butterflies and stars. The stars are diamond-shaped and connect each of the butterflies. It is a complex and visually striking design. 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!