Torivio, Mike & Jackie – “Feathers and Rain” Seedpot (1993)
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 jar is entitled, “Feathers and Rain”. It is truly an “op-art” designed seedpot. There are six medallions with feather designs. They fan out from a central point. Separating them are a complex series of thin fine-lines that represent “rain”. It’s amazing in person! It is an intricate and fluid design painted with very fine-lines using bee-weed (a plant). The piece is signed, “Mike & Jackie Torivio”. It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration, or repair.