Torivio, Frances – Clay Bell with Bird (1950s)
Frances Pino Torivio was known as one of the revivalist Acoma potters in the 1970s. As one of the Matriarchs of the pueblo, she was influential in teaching other potters at that time. This is an early piece of her pottery from the 1950s. It is a clay bell with a painted bird. The bird is painted with bee-weed (black) and has fine-line designs on the body. There is a clay stopper and the original leather to hold it. The piece was traditionally fired with very light blushes to the surface. It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration, or repair. It is signed, “Mrs. F. Torivio” on the inside.