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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 gray clay body covered in a white slip, then decorated with geometric motifs. Her use of black, orange, and cream-colored pigments creates a vibrant design. Lowden uses a brush made from the yucca plant to apply the decoration, with pigments harvested from natural materials in the local environment. She primarily produced polychrome jars, as seen here, but also experimented with figural imagery.

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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