Item #: PT2
Artist: Melissa Antonio
Melissa Antonio hails from the Acoma Pueblo, where she was born in 1965. She sparked an interest in becoming an artisan by observing her mother, Lillie Concho, starting at age 12. Lillie taught Melissa the process of gathering clay, preparing the clay, and making natural colors from other natural pigments which were gathered from within the Acoma Pueblo.
By the age of 23, Melissa's skills had improved vastly and her art reflected her experience as a fine artisan. Melissa specializes in hand-coiling the traditional black-on-white eye dazzler patterns Her pottery is all constructed by methods used by her ancestors. Occasionally, Melissa accents her pottery with kokopelli designs on the sides. She signs her pottery as: M.C. Antonio, Acoma.