Large Pottery Vessel by Frances Concho, Acoma Pueblo
Large Pottery Vessel, c. 1980 Frances Concho, Acoma Pueblo hand coiled clay, natural pigments 13" high x 12.5" diameter
Traditional Acoma pottery is made using a slate-like clay found within the hills surrounding the Pueblo. When fired using traditional methods, this clay allows the potters to form very thin walls, a common and sought after characteristic of Acoma pottery. Decorations are painted on this layer with a brush made of a yucca plant, and the pigments are all natural. Hand coiled pottery is preferred for its collectability.
Frances Concho is a daughter of Jose and Helen Patricio. She is a wife of Isidore Concho and the mother of Marietta Juanico and Norbert Patricio. She learned to make pottery from her mother.