Lucy M Lewis Acoma Pottery Turkey Appraisal
We bought this pottery in New Mexico in the late 60’s. It’s possible th it was ‘over-fired’ since there are some black marks on it.
Otherwise it is in perfect condition
We bought a fine bowl by J. Lewis at the same time.
AW says: That’s an excellent example of Lucy Martin Lewis Acoma pottery. These piece of hand coiled pottery are pit-fired. It’s rare that these pieces of clay art come out perfect.
Lucy began making pottery at the age of eight years old under the supervision of her aunt.
She mastered the traditional black on white design technique of the Acoma Pueblo Native Americans. She is sometimes compared to Pablo Picasso. You have a wonderful piece of American history. The Acoma Native Americans considered the clay they worked with to be sacred.
- Acoma pottery
- Native American Pottery
- Lucy M Lewis
- Lucy Martin Lewis
- Black on White pottery
Melanie asks: What can you tell me about this bowl?
Big Elk Pottery Bowl
AW says: Robert Big Elk who passed in January of 2001 was a master Native American Potter. His work is collected nation wide and he is well known for this burnt finish technique. He taught frequently, which is why I requested a close-up of his signature. I wanted to make sure it was his work and not that of one of his students.
- Retail value: $500-$700
- Wholesale: $300-$400
Sherry asks? I don’t know if this is Hopi or not, I’ve donated it to a local auction and want to know how much it’s worth.
AW says: Although you didn’t send a measure,emt, it appears from the pictures and the plants in the background that your Kachina is about 4 feet tall. He’s contemporary and is pretty neat. It’s definitely in the Hopi style, and one would hope from the feathers in his headdress that he was made by a Native American. (they are the only ones allowed to use eagle feathers) but without a signature or attribution, I have now way of knowing for sure. I’m going to assume for the sake of this appraisal that it is made by a Native American, as it likely is.
Retail value: $350-$450
Wholesale value: $200
- Native American
- American Indian