Lucario, Rebecca – Water Jar with “Op-Art” Butterfly Design
This is a spectacular water jar by Rebecca Lucario. She is known for her delicate and intricately painted pottery. She uses traditional Acoma clay and paints with bee-weed (a plant) and clay slips. Ever since one of her plates appeared on the cover of the “Changing Hands” exhibition catalog, her work has become iconic with fine-line and “op-art” style painting. This jar is a classic Acoma shape with a high shoulder and short neck. Nearly the entire surface of the jar is fully painted with an interconnecting butterfly design. The design starts small at the rim and larger at the shoulder and smaller down to the base. Each of the butterflies interconnects and there is a diamond-shaped “star” in between. There is simply a beautiful balance of shape and design on this piece. The bottom is the traditional Acoma red clay slip. The jar is signed, “R. Lucario”.