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Torivio, Mike & Jackie – “Night Protector” Owl Seedpot (1997)
3.25"w x 3.5"h
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, “Night Protector“. It is in the shape of an owl, with raised ridges along the head. The piece has red slipped eyes and beak. There are feather designs on the front and the remainder of the feathers are a series of very thin lines that appear to overlap like 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.