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Virginia Lowden

Native American, b. 1936


8.75 x 10 x 10 in.
Gift of the Nora Eccles Treadwell Foundation

Virginia Lowden’s Jar exhibits the hallmarks of the ceramic tradition of the Acoma Pueblo peoples; a grey clay body, covered in a white slip, then decorated with geometric designs. Her use of black, orange, and cream-colored pigments creates a striking design. Lowden uses the yucca plant as a brush to apply the vessel’s surface decoration, the pigments harvested from natural materials in the local environment. Lowden primarily produced polychrome jars, as seen here, but also experimented with figures.

Born in Sky City, a mesa in Acoma Pueblo, New Mexico, Lowden has been an active potter since the 1950s. Her work has received prominent critical attention at the Santa Fe Indian Market.

Matthew Limb

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