Leno, Juana – Bowl with Tularosa Swirl Design (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 bowl is from the 1960s. It is thin-walled and intricately painted. The design is inspired by the ancient Tularosa pottery. The swirls on the side are the “Tularosa swirls”. They are painted with bee-weed and there are very thin lines. Each swirl is separated by a plant design. The patining is so precise on this piece! The bowl was traditionally fired, which gives it the coloration on the surface. It is signed on the bottom, “Leno”. It is in excellent condition and a creative piece of pottery by this important Acoma Pueblo potter!