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ca. 1960-1965 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 1965.54.1 Smithsonian American Art Museum
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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).

Keywords

Animal - deer

decorative arts - ceramic

Crafts - Clay

ceramic - earthenware

About Lucy M. Lewis

Born: Acoma, New Mexico 1902 Died: Acoma, New Mexico 1992