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Emma Chino Polychrome Olla


Item Number: DR 2247
Pueblo: Acoma Pueblo
Artist: Emma Chino
Medium: Clay, slip and vegetal paints
Age: Circa 1990s
Dimensions: 7” by 8”


SKU: DR 2247 Categories: , , ,


This lovely small olla depicts the elements of rain, clouds and flora around the jar. Each of the sections surrounding the jar exhibit various floral aspects from leaves, to petals, to full flowers   Rain is such a vital component to successful living in the pueblo and is represented by the very fine closely spaced lines along the jar. Without rain there would be no water to drink, nor crops to feed the people.  The blowing clouds are found encircling the top rim of the jar. The lower section is separated by a thin line of bee weed and is red in color.

Emmalita (or Emma as she prefers) specializes in handmade traditional pottery. She gathers natural pigments from within the Acoma Pueblo, soaks the clay, grinds, cleans the clay for imperfections, mixes, hand coils, shapes, sands, polishes, paints, and fires her pottery, the traditional way, outdoors. She hand paints, without stencils or other means, intricate fine line patterns, some of which are borrowed from her mother-in-law. She also uses all natural paints derived from plants and minerals also found within her pueblo. Continuing the family tradition of pottery making is very important to her.

Emma Chino was taught to make beautiful pottery by her mother-in-law, Marie Z Chino. Emma has been active since the early 1940s, and has won multiple awards in New Mexico, Arizona, and Utah. Her art has also been published several times in a variety of books and magazines.

Condition: Excellent – original condition with signs of wear commensurate with age.
Provenance: Acquired from private collectors wanting to downsize their collection.