Torivio, Mike & Jackie – “Feathers for Blessings” Owl Seedpot (1995)
Mike and Jackie Torivio are a collaborative pair known for their innovative pottery. Jackie (b. 1957) is Acoma/Laguna 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, “Feathers for Blessings“. It is in the shape of an owl, with raised ridges along the head. The piece is made from red micaceous clay, which gives the entire piece some sparkle, which can be seen in the photos. The eyes are fine-line spirals. The remainder of the piece is a series of fine-line designs which are meant to emulate the feathers of the owl. It is very detailed in design! The piece is signed on the bottom, “Mike Jacquie Torivio”. It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.