Sharon Stevens specializes in the large hand coiled Acoma jars, and this is a beautiful example of one of her large polychrome ollas. She gathers her clay and other natural pigments from within the grounds of the Acoma Pueblo. Then, she cleans the clay, mixes, hand coils, shapes, paints, and fires her pottery. She fashions a yucca stem into a brush and paints her pottery using the natural pigments such as bee weed (wild spinach). Brilliantly constructed by hand from natural clay, this polychrome olla is covered in intricate geometric designs. Sharon likes working with the larger pottery because she feels she can be more creative.
Sharon “Butterfly or Turquoise” Stevens is a member of the Bear Clan. She was born into the Acoma Pueblo in 1960. Sharon was inspired to continue her family’s tradition of making pottery from her grandmother, the late Lolita Garcia, and her mother, Rosita Stevens. At the age of 15, Lolita and Rosita began teaching Sharon the fundamentals of hand making traditional pottery, using the ancient methods of their ancestors. She is related to the following artists: Virginia Garcia (sister) and Manuel Stevens (brother).
Condition: Excellent – original condition.
Provenance: Acquired from a private collector.
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