Lewis, Lucy – Four Color Wedding Vase with Bird and Rainbow (1962)
This is an exceptional wedding vase by Lucy Lewis. She was one of the great Matriarch potters of the past century. This vase is coil built and painted using bee-weed, a plant for the black, and two different colors of clay. The piece has birds on each side with a rainbow over each of them. The birds are painted with plants, and the rainbows are slipped with two different colors of red clay. The white area of the jar is polished, and the handle is twisted clay. The jar is dated “1962”. Interestingly, both Rick Dillingham and Richard Spivey said that they helped reintroduce “four colors” back to Acoma pottery in the late 1960s/early 1970s. This jar would certainly pre-date that, and there is a strong complement of the various colorations. Lucy’s dated pieces are among her best, and she only dated work in the 1960s’ into the early 1970s. The wedding vase is signed on the bottom, “Lucy M. Lewis.” It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration, or repair. Definitely a classic and a piece of history!