Pottery vase by Lucy Lewis (Acoma)
Lucy Martin Lewis was born around 1898- 1900. She began making pottery around the age of 8 after studying with her aunt Helice Vallo. She never attended school or learned to speak English. She is credited with helping revive black on white pottery designs inspired by the ancient pot sherds she saw littering the mesa where she lived. She worked professionally from about 1920 until 1990, achieving wide recognition for her work by the 1940's although she did not start signing her work until around 1950 when she started entering competitions. In 1983 she received the governor of New Mexico's award for Outstanding Personal Contribution to the Art of the State and the Women of Achievement award from Northwood Institute in Houston, TX. In 1991-92 she received Gold Medal awards from the American Craft Council and the College Art Association. Her work is in the permanent collections of the Smithsonian Institution, the National Museum of the American Indian, the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art, the Museum of North Orange County, and the Lowell D Holmes Museum of Anthropology, among others. She passed away in 1992.
This vase measures 6 1/4 inches tall by 12 1/2 inches in circumference. Approximate diameter measures 4 inches. THis item is in very good condition for its age. There is minor wear on the surface decoration but the clay body has no cracks. It is signed "Lucy M Lewis- Acoma" on the bottom.
This item is an estate item and is not eligible for member discount or return.