Lowden, Anita – Bowl with Face and Handle (1960s)
Anita Lowden was a daughter of Jessie Garcia and a sister of Stella Shutiva. She was one of the earlier Acoma Pueblo potters to use Mimbres designs. This is an unusual piece with a bird face on one side and a handle. The face is in relief and the sides are painted with bird wings. The handle is two bands of clay together. The piece is painted with h bee-weed (black). We see very little of her pottery, as she passed away in 1970, just as the Acoma pottery revival was growing in excitement. However, the work we have had of hers is always beautifully painted and thin-walled. The bowl is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration, or repair. It is signed on the bottom, “A. Lowden”.