Peters, Franklin – Jar with Bird Wings and Rainclouds
This is a tightly painted jar by Franklin Peters. He is known for his thin-walled pottery and use of traditional Acoma imagery on his pottery. The jar is coil built with native clay and painted with native slips. The design of the jar as bird wings around the center. Above and below are lighting and rain patterns painted using thin lines. The inside rim of the jar and the base are both slipped with traditional red clay. The jar has an indented base which is reminiscent of historic Acoma pottery when water jars were made to be carried on one’s head! There is a space in the painting on the rim, which is the “spirit line”, which is seen on traditional Acoma pottery. It is signed on the bottom, “Franklin Peters”.