Torivio, Frances – Jar with Sun and Basket Design (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 a classic Acoma jar and was made in the 1950s. It is a fascinating design that I haven’t seen before. The five bands around the neck of the jar look like they could be a painted version of either corrugated pottery, or a “basket” design. They could also be raindrops. Around the sides are a sun, mesa, and rain pattern. It is an unusual design for Acoma pottery. The jar 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.