Torivio, Frances – Clay Owl Figure (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 owl and note the raised eyes and the use of the gray-colored clay around the eyes! The rest of the body is painted with a feather design. 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 bottom.