Lewis, Lucy – Bowl with Interlocking Fine-Line Star Pattern (1966)
This large jar is by Lucy M. Lewis. It is one of her classic pieces from 1970. There was a brief period between 1966 and 1970 when she not only signed but dated her pottery. Many consider these some of the best of her career. The jar has a classic Acoma shape with the high shoulder. The piece is painted with three rows of interlocking stars. Each star connects to the one beside and below. It is one of the most complex patterns used by Lucy in her pottery. The jar was coil built, painted with bee-weed (black) and traditionally fired. It always amazes me that she was self-taught and was able to create such extraordinary pottery through just examining historic Acoma and then later, Mimbres, pottery. This jar is signed on the bottom, “Lucy M. Lewis, 1970”. It is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair. It is certainly one of her classics in shape and design!