Leno, Juana – Bowl with Lightning Design and Corrugated Rim (1960s)
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 a traditional Acoma design with the lighting and plant designs. The lightning is the jagged line, the rain is the fine-line and the plants are near the rim. It is a striking combination of designs and one that while “classic” also seems to test the skill of the artist to do everything from lines to various shapes to color. The rim of the bowl corrugated with four rows of corrugation in a triangular design and slipped with red clay. The bowl was traditionally fired, which gives it a slight coloration on the surface. The piece is from the early 1960s. It is signed on the bottom, “Juana 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!