ACOMA SALT & PEPPER SHAKERS circa 1950
This strange pair demonstrates how far mid-century Acoma potters went to try to capture tourists' attention. The clay, decoration and colors are pure traditional Acoma, and the hasty manufacture is typical of lower-end Acoma tourist ware. What sets these apart is the precarious-looking top-heavy shapr, not like any salt & pepper shakers in our experience. It's hard to picture these on the dining room table. We find ourselves thinking about how much they look like those elevated water tanks you see along country roads.
S-669, salt, 2-1/4" diameter x 3-1/2" high
S-670, pepper, 1-7/8" diameter x 3-1/4" high
Condition very good after minor spall touchups.
Spalling was almost universal on Acoma pottery during this period.