Torivio, Mike & Jackie – “Night Protector” Owl Seedpot (1994)
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, “Night Protector”. It is in the shape of an owl, with raised ridges along the head. The eyes and beak are slipped with a red clay. The eyes are painted with a spiraling feather pattern. 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. It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.
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