Torivio, Dorothy – Large Jar with Interlocking Butterfly Designs (1995)
This is a distinctive shape jar by Acoma potter Dorothy Torivio. She was among the first to utilize and then refine the “op-art” style in her Acoma pottery. She took classic Acoma patterns and then repeated them on a vessel, ranging the size from small to large and then small again, in accordance with the shape of the vessel. This shape was designed to have a high shoulder and a short neck. The designs start small at the base and increase in size to the shoulder. They then begin to decrease in size to the rim. The short neck allows for some of her most intricate painting! The butterflies are the oval shapes with the three red dots. Each set of four wings is then connected to the next, creating a flow of design across the surface. The jar captures her “op-art” style with increasing and diminishing sizes of butterfly designs. The jar is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair. It is signed on the bottom, “Dorothy Torivio”.