Leno, Juana – Large Bowl with Fineline Interlocking Stars (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 a series of a fine-line interlocking stars. There are four rows of stars vertically and 10 on each row horizontally. Note how each eight-sided star connects to the four-sided one beside and below! The bowl was traditionally fired, which gives it the coloration on the surface. It is signed on the bottom, “Mrs. Juana Leno”. It is in excellent condition and a creative piece of pottery by this important Acoma Pueblo potter!