Torivio, Mike & Jackie – “Feathers and Rain” Seedpot (1995)
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. The top has a rain pattern in fine-lines. The sides have feather patterns that are patined fanning out and overlaid. What makes it “op-art” is that when you look at it, it looks as if it is carved and the feathers are overlaied. It’s amazing in person! It is a complex design painted with very fine-lines using bee-weed (a plant). The piece is signed on the bottom, “Mike & Jackie Torivio”. It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration, or repair.