LUCY LEWIS (1898–1992)
ACOMA MINIATURE JAR circa 1960
This is Lucy in the fineline mode that brought her the most recognition. As one of the anointed matriarchs in the 1974 Seven Families in Pueblo Pottery exhibition, Lucy received a permanent place at the top of the prestige ladder, and of the seven matriarchs, only she and Maria Martinez had coffee-table books devoted to their work. This is hardly a major piece, but Lucy did it at the peak of her skills. This piece had minor spalling, typical of the period. If you look at the signature picture below, you'll see the largest one in the hatched area to the left of and just below the signature. There are a couple of other insignificant ones you can see in the left-hand picture above. For a discussion of spalling on mid-century pottery that bedeviled Lucy, Marie Chino, Jessie Garcia and every other fine Acoma potter, see the Second Edition of Southwestern Pottery, Anasazi to Zuni, Hayes & Blom, page 56.
2-1/2" diameter x 1-1/2" high
Condition excellent for its age, noticeable spall near base.