Patricio, Robert – Four Color “Sunset Clouds” Jar
10.5"w x 8.75"h
This is a complex use of traditional designs by Robert Patricio. He is known for his classic forms and use of both traditional and pre-historic imagery. This wide jar is coil-built and thin-walled. The design has a modified version of the classic lightning design. In the larger rectangular designs, there are thin lines representing rain. There are smaller, interlocked red and orange colored-clay sections that are the “sunset clouds” seen through the rain. The jar is an elegant and classic Acoma shape with a high shoulder and a short neck. The flow of the design on the wide shape of the jar gives it both an ancient and yet modern appearance. Robert is certainly one of the leading traditional Acoma potters working today which is evidenced by his stunning forms and complementary designs. The jar is signed on the bottom, “R. M. Patricio”.
Robert said recently of his pottery:
““The pottery inspires me to keep going. Keeping the tradition alive in making pottery, that’s how we were brought up. Our ancestors started making pottery. It’s amazing what comes of a piece of clay. When you come to Acoma it’s peacuful and quite. When you look a piece of pottery, you see the same peacefulness.” Robert Patricio, 2020