Leno, Juana – Triple Lobe Canteen (1980s)
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 one of her most famous shape, the “triple lobe” canteen. It was inspired in form by the ancient Chaco Canyon and Tularosa pottery. It was also the shape that was featured in National Geograpic magazine. The piece is coil built and they chambers connecting the lobes are hollow. The piece is painted with a classic “Tularosa Swirl” pattern on each section and then filled in with thin lines. The jar canteen was traditionally fired, which gives it the coloration on the surface. It is signed on the bottom, “Leno”. It is in very good condition and a creative piece of pottery by this important Acoma Pueblo potter!