Leno, Juana – Bowl with Interlocking Stars and Corrugated Rim (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 is an exceptional larger bowl. It is thin-walled and painted with fine-line interlocking stars. There are four rows of stars. The rim of the bowl corrugated with a triangular design and slipped with red clay. The bowl was traditionally fired, which gives it the coloration on the surface. The piece is from the early 1970s. It is signed on the bottom, “Leno”. It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration, or repair. It is a creative piece of pottery by this important Acoma Pueblo potter!