Katherine Poleviyaoma was born into a family of craftswomen in New Mexico’s Acoma Pueblo where she learned traditional pottery forms and painting techniques. She continues making pieces using clay harvested at the Acoma Pueblo.
In her pieces a white background symbolizes the earth, orange represents the sun, and strong black lines and shapes represent mountains, lightning, clouds, and rain. She is currently teaching her daughters this ancient art form.
Image: Katherine Poleviyaoma, Rain Drop Blessed by Sun Rays, State of Utah Alice Merrill Horne Art Collection, 2018