x 10" W
Another fun functional piece
of pottery art, this canteen by Jackie Shutiva caught our eye
for one reason in particular. Beside the fact the designs are
bold, the presence of mica is strong, and the vessel well executed,
we were intrigued because Jackie deliberately fashioned this
piece to rest on a slightly inverted angle, instead of straight
up and down. The base or pedestal of the pot is not directly
under the spout, but offset so as to give the piece the very
best profile when being displayed. Bravo, Jackie - good thinking!
You can see the angle in the photos to the left.
Jackie Shutiva was born in
1961 into the Acoma Pueblo. She is a member of the Sun Clan and
the Yellow Corn Child Clan.
Jackie was taught the traditional
methods used by her ancestors from her mother, Stella Shutiva
at the age of 19. Stella shared all the fundamentals of working
with clay and using ancient hand coiling methods.
Jackie specializes in hand
coiled, traditional, contemporary, corrugated pottery. She gathers
her clumps of raw clay from within the Acoma Pueblo. Then she
breaks down the clumps into a fine powder form and mixes with
sand to temper the clay.
Once the clay has been properly
cleaned and mixed Jackie begins the hand coiling process by rolling
the clay into snake like coils and building a vessel to a desired
shape and size.Then, she hand pinches her thumbnails into the
clay to give it that corrugated look. Finally, she fires her
pottery the traditional way, outdoors.
On occasion Jackie also hand
crafts clay corn symbols in her clay to denote her Clan origin.
Jackie hand coils a wide variety of shapes and sizes of pottery.
She signs her pottery as:
JM Shutiva, Acoma, NM.
She is related to: Ernest
D. Shutiva (father), Stella Shutiva (mother), Shelly Shutiva,
Alicia Shutiva, and Lindsey Shutiva (daughters).
-New Mexico State Fair
-Eight Northern Arts and Crafts Show
-Southwest Indian Arts Show
-Southern Pueblo Pottery 2,000
-Talking With The Clay
-Southwestern Pottery Anasazi to Zuni