Patricio, Robert – Large Four-Color Tan Deer, Rainbows and Red Birds Jar
12"w x 12.5"h
This is a very complex large water jar by Robert Patricio. This jar with a high shoulder and a short neck. The jar is painted with bee-weed and different clay slips. The jar has four large heartline deer painted tan. They are surrounded by flowers and above each of them is a three-color rainbow. Surrounding the neck are Acoma birds, each holding one of the flowers. Note the complexity in the leaves of the flowers around the deer and thin lines! The heartline deer are symbolic in Acoma potter. It was borrowed from Zuni pottery around 1910 and the heartline is said to represent life itself. The jar has a kinetic flow of design that is emphasized by the variety of clay colors! The base is painted with red clay. It is signed on the bottom, “R. M. Patricio”. The jar is an exciting extension of his artistry in clay and continuing the amazing Acoma legacy.
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