Patricio, Robert – Large Jar with Birds and Plant Designs
Robert Patricio is known for his classic forms and use of both traditional and pre-historic imagery. This jar is coil built and thin-walled. It has a classic water jar shape with the high shoulder and the elongated neck. Robert said he was inspired for this jar by some of the classic Acoma pottery of the late 1800s. The neck has birds and a cloud formation. Below are plant designs in black-and-white. The bottom has a mountain pattern. It is a striking and complex piece. The red areas are natural clay slips while the black is bee-weed (a plant). 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”.