Lucy Martin Lewis was born (11/2/?-3/12/92) in Sky City, a mesa in Acoma Pueblo, NM to Lola Santiago and Martin Ortiz. She began making pottery at age eight, after studying with her great aunt Helice Vallo. Lucy's parents worked in nearby towns like Grants. The pottery she made in early years were for tourists. They were usually small ash bowls that were sold for five or ten cents. In the late 1910s, she married Toribio 'Haskaya' Luis. The family name was changed to Lewis when the oldest son Ivan, went into marines during WWII. She had nine children and seven became potters.
Lucy's designs were inspired by Ancestral Pueblos (Anasazi), including the Mimbres design of the Mongollen. Her family began to buy books and research old designs and incorporated them into their pots. Lucy's pots became popular in 1950 after she won the blue ribbon at the annual Gallup Intertribal Ceremonial. The pots she makes are usually small, have animals, line work and intricate.
This is a seed pot with kokopelli images that wrap around the pot. It is a light pot with thin walls that is common for Acoma pots. Since the clay used is slate like and can be made thin. This pot has a creamy white clay slip with a dark brown paint that is used for the design. An elegant pot to add to your collection.