Vallo, Leland – Jar with Deer Dancers (1990s)
Leland Vallo was a son of noted potter, Marie Vallo, and the brother of Kim Vallo. He learned to make pottery from his mother and began making pottery in 1991. This jar is coil built and intricately painted. There are four medallions with Deer Dancers circling the shoulder. Around the neck and shoulder are complex rain and feather designs. It is a striking flow of imagery that brings the eye back to the Deer Dancers. Below the shoulder is a classic Tularosa Swirl design in black-and-white. The jar is signed on the bottom, “L. Vallo”. It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration, or repair.