Patricio, Robert – Four Color “Swirling Butterflies” Water Jar

10"w x 10.25"h

$ 2,800.00

This is a tightly painted jar by Robert Patricio.  He is known for his classic forms and use of both traditional and pre-historic imagery.  This jar is made from native clay, and it is coil-built and thin-walled. The design is a new one for him, with a series of interlocking butterflies. They are painted with red and orange clay slips along with black fine-line.  The butterflies seem to swirl around the jar from the rim to the base.  It is a striking design!  The jar has both an ancient and yet modern appearance.  Robert is certainly one of the leading traditional Acoma potters working today, as 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