Franklin Peters is known for his very thin walled pottery and for the use of traditional Acoma imagery. His work is characterized by vegetal painted colors, and sharp lines. The bowl is a beautiful shape with a high shoulder. The orange triangles of the main body represent the four sacred mountains and fine lines represent the falling rain. The clouds of the sky are represented by the dark shaded areas. Orange slip on the lower section symbolizes the morning sun rising, while the orange on the inside the rim of the pot signifies the evening sun set. The entire vessel is a representation of Mother Earth.
Franklin is an incredible artist with great attention to detail. He begins his clay with old ground up Acoma pottery sherds and grinds them until smooth and pliable. After creating his pottery, Franklin polishes by each piece by hand using small rounded stones. Yucca paint brushes made by hand are used to paint the natural stand-stone slips on each piece. The yucca brushes only have 2-3 bristles on each brush which makes them perfect for achieving such fine even lines. The colors of the paints come from natural plants and minerals and grinding them down or steeping them. Bee weed creates a beautiful dark brown black color.
Franklin has stated that the “pottery itself is mother-earth…. designs are about the world around us, which have meaning.” His fabulous pottery is characterized by bold slips and colors with mixes of traditional and contemporary Acoma designs. Franklin has won numerous awards and recognition during his career, including Santa Fe Indian Market and The Heard Indian Show.
Condition: Excellent – original condition – new
Provenance: Purchased from the artist