Patricio, Robert – Long Neck Jar with Interlocking Stars and 8 Pueblo Birds
8"w x 10.5"h
Robert Patricio is known for his classic forms and use of both traditional and pre-historic imagery. The shape of this jar is inspired by the work of his great-grandmother, Marie Z. Chino. The jar has a long neck and a round shoulder. The last two photos show the jar in process. It is coil built and panted with bee-weed and clay sips (reds). The jar has a fine-line interlocking star pattern around the neck. At the shoulder, the design becomes a larger star pattern in red. Around the shoulder, it has Acoma birds and parrots. They are painted with red and tan clay slips. They are complex designs and there are eight birds along with plants. The base of the jar is slipped red. 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”. There is also a photo of him holding the jar.