Torivio, Mike & Jackie – “Clouds, Rain and Sun” Seedpot (1991)
Mike and Jackie Torivio are a collaborative pair known for their innovative pottery. Jackie (b. 1957) is Acoma/Laguna/Acoma and Mike (b. 1958) is from Acoma. They use traditional clay and slips to paint their pottery. Jackie learned to make pottery from her grandmother and mother. Mike only took to making pottery as an adult. Mike forms all the pottery while Jackie paints the very intricate designs. Jackie says she draws inspiration for her designs from the Pueblo traditions she learned as a child. This seedpot is entitled, “Clouds, Rain, and Sun”. It is thin walled and very intricately painted. The designs start small at the rim and spiral down to the base. Note the very thin lines in the designs. The piece is signed on the bottom. It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.