Leno, Juana – Bowl with Mimbres Turtles (1970’s)
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 coil built and painted with bee-weed. There are four stylized turtles as the design. Each has linear designs on the back and an elongated neck. Juana seems in her stride when she is creating such complicated and creative designs. The bowl was traditionally fired and it is very thin-walled. It is signed on the bottom, “Juana Leno”. It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration, or repair and a creative piece of pottery by this important Acoma Pueblo potter!