DescriptionThis beautiful bowl is a true masterpiece handcrafted by renowned Santo Domingo Pueblo potter Robert Tenorio using all-natural paints and clay gathered from within Santo Domingo Pueblo. With ram and geometric designs hand-painted in black and hues of red designs on a buff background, this bowl is a wonderful celebration of the traditional pottery pieces of Santo Domingo Pueblo.
Robert Tenorio (b. 1950) of Santo Domingo (Kewa Pueblo) is one of the foremost Pueblo potters working today, and has played an extremely important role in reviving and bringing attention to the legacy of Santo Domingo pottery. He first learned the fundamentals of working with clay from family members at the age of 10, including his grandmother Andrea Ortiz. Today he is known for his polychrome pots created in the traditional Santo Domingo style, which typically features a red base and interior, and black designs painted on a buff background. Tenorio is particularly known for his large vessels with striking geometric and nature designs inspired by centuries-old Santo Domingo pottery. All of his pots are constructed by hand using the traditional coil method, and fired outdoors in an open kiln using cottonwood bark as fuel. Tenorio’s pigments are also created from natural organic materials, including Rocky Mountain Bee Weed. Tenorio studied at the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) and has won numerous awards at Santa Fe Indian Market and other prestigious Native arts shows.
Bowl measures 8-1/4" long and wide, stands 6-1/4" tall. Comes with certificate of authenticity.
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