Traditional pottery of Acoma is strongly recognized for fluted rims, thin walls, and geometric design. Acoma pottery is made using a slate-like clay found within the hills surrounding the Pueblo. Working with Paula is a real pleasure. It is exciting to chat with her about certain shapes, and about which designs will fit those various forms. This hand coiled vase is painted with natural pigments.

This new vase has a beautiful pie crust scalloped lip, slipped with black paint. Her pottery is hand-coiled to near-perfect shape and painted with incredible designs of remarkable complexity. Her pieces can truly be called eye dazzlers. This red/white/black piece is painted to exhibit such a high level of skill. Notice how well Paula can make the design stretch out on the vase – tiny triangles at the top graduating in size to the larger triangles on the body of the jar. You can see what an expert painter she is. Traditional and modern at the same time. Her work is fabulous.

Signed on the bottom: P Estevan, Acoma NM ‘23
6 ½” high by 8” wide

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