Leno, Juana – Bowl with Interlocking Stars and Corrugated Rim (1976)
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 large bowl. It is thin-walled and painted with a fine-line interlocking star design. 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 received a second-place ribbon from the 1976 New Mexico State Fair. It is signed on the bottom, “J. Leno”. It is in very good condition and a creative piece of pottery by this important Acoma Pueblo potter!