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Marie Z. Chino

Native American


7.25 x 9.875 x 9.75 in.
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 traditions and design motifs, Chino relied upon historic pottery fragments as points of reference and inspiration in the development of her technique. She 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 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 widely honored 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.

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