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Marie Z. Chino

Native American


6.75 x 9.75 in. (17.145 x 24.765 cm)
Gift of the Nora Eccles Treadwell Foundation

Marie Chino’s Jar is steeped in Native American ceramic history. Drawing upon traditional Anasazi, Mimbres, and Tularosa ceramic traditions and design motifs, Chino relied upon historic pottery shards as points of reference and inspiration in the development of her technique. Chino became aware of these historical designs by gathering broken shards to make temper—a material made from ground up shards, shell pieces, and fragments of granite that are added to clay early in production to aid the drying process. Jar exhibits the qualities her work was best known for: delicate, fine-line black-on-white pottery that used abstracted geometric forms and symbols.

Marie Z. Chino was a key Acoma Pueblo potter credited as being one of the four Matriarchs responsible for the revival of Acoma pottery, along with Lucy M. Lewis, Jessie Garcia, and Juana Leno. Marie was a heavily decorated potter, winning several awards at the Santa Fe Indian Market. She received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Southwestern Association for Indian Arts in 1998.

Matthew Limb

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