x 8 1/2" D
We recently returned from
a trip to Acoma and brought back this lovely traditional Acoma
olla with the immediately recognizable Parrot motif by the well-known
husband-and-wife pottery making team, Joseph and Barbara Cerno.
In addition, we caught a glimpse
of another special pottery - a 17" (D) x 14 1/2" (H)
masterpiece olla by the same couple. This piece was too large
to travel with us, but we were able to take photographs. This
size piece would sell at Santa Fe Indian Market for $15k plus,
our regular gallery price would be $10,750.00. Our special offer
is $8,600.00 - for more information click
From an early age, Joseph
Cerno showed an interest in the designs and shapes of old Acoma
pottery. He studied photographs in books and magazines and has
accumulated an extensive reference library.
Joseph is essentially a self-taught
artist who has spent many hours of trial-and-error in learning
how to properly prepare the clay, the natural paints, and the
many skills involved with traditional firing. Barbara Cerno descends
from a long line of Hopi artists, both potters and kachina carvers.
Joseph and Barbara are widely
recognized for their ability to create pottery that reflects
the traditional aesthetics of their ancestors. They have demonstrated
their talents at the Heard Museum in Phoenix, the Inter-Tribal
Indian Ceremonial in Gallup and at Indian Market in Santa Fe.
We are proud to present the
work of this talented, awar-winning couple. Combined, these two
artists need pages to list all of their awards, exhibitions,
and inclusions in significant private and museum collections.
Acquiring a pot by these extremely talented artists is a milestone
of achievement for any collector. Their ollas range up to $10,000
each and beyond.
According to author Gregory
Schaaf, Barbara & Joseph Cerno "are a husband and wife
pottery making team that has created some of the largest and
finest traditional polychrome ollas in the Pueblo world. They
use natural clay, mineral and vegetal paints and fire their pottery
outdoors. They are well-recognized masters, honored as top award
winners." Schaaf, Southern Pueblo Pottery.
This pot has perfect shape,
color and detail. It measures 8 inches tall by 8.5 inches wide.