Lucy M. Lewis
Born: Acoma, New Mexico 1902
Died: Acoma, New Mexico 1992
earthenware 5 1/2 x 7 1/2 in. (14.0 x 19.0 cm) diam. Smithsonian American Art Museum Museum purchase
Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 4th Floor, 53A
Luce Center Label
To create her pieces, Lucy Lewis used traditional pottery techniques from her home in the Acoma Pueblo, New Mexico. She built up coils of clay to create the initial shape, then smoothed them out and polished the form before firing the work using cow dung. In decorating her works, however, Lewis moved away from tradition by using very little background decoration. She also commonly incorporated images inspired by ancient American Indian symbols. In this bowl, Lewis applied the deer with heart-line design, a spiritual symbol associated with many activities, such as asking the gods for a successful hunt and a wish for a peaceful death (Art Education, September 1990).
Animal - deer
decorative arts - ceramic
Crafts - Clay
ceramic - earthenware
About Lucy M. Lewis
Born: Acoma, New Mexico 1902 Died: Acoma, New Mexico 1992
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