JUNE PINO (circa 1980– )
ACOMA BLACK ON WHITE OLLA circa 2005
We saw this in a shop in Santa Fe, and we couldn't take our eyes off it from the moment we walked in the door. The desigh—abstract leaves in descending spiral panels—was totally new to us and totally fascinating. In order to make her panels end up in the right place, she modified each compartment by compressing or extending the design, creating a pot that offers a different viewing experience with each quarter-turn rotation.
We know next to nothing about June Pino. She's pictured holding a dramatic heartline deer olla in Schaaf's 2002 encyclopedic Southern Pueblo Pottery, but there's no biographical information. We'll dig deeper, and as we learn more, we'll report. Meanwhile, appreciate this for what it is: a big, elegant jar by a young potter with a design that stopped us in our tracks. You can see it on page 35 of our Pottery of the Southwest (Shire Publications, 2012) and on page 63 of our expanded Second Edition of our Southwestern Pottery, Anasazi to Zuni (Taylor Trade Publishing, 2015).
11" diameter x 7-3/4" high