Torivio- Acoma Pueblo
Dorothy Torivio has been an active potter since 1974 working with
traditional black on white and polychrome bowls, jars and seedpots.
She was taught by her mother, Mary Valley, and mother-in-law, Lolita
Concho, and gives recognition to Lucy M. Lewis and Marie Concho
as well. Dorothy's only student has been her niece, Sandra Victorino.
This is one of Dorothy's larger creations,
measuring 6 1/2 inches in diameter by 7 inches tall. The interwoven
chain-link-like pattern is one of the most attractive pottery
decorations to be invented. This is Dorothy's "Star Pattern,"
but closer scrutiny reveals it to be quite a bit more. The
center of the design is a four-pointed star. Her interpretation,
"These are the stars, shapes I see at night. And the
four points in each star represent the four directions. Then
each star is formed by four yucca leaves, each with two crossing
white lines, connected in the center; again, a symbol of the
four mystic directions." Now take a close look. The pattern
is really an optical illusion if you focus at the white center
you see a four-pointed star. Focus on the black elements,
where they intersect, and you see four intersecting yucca
leaves. The pot is signed on the bottom "Dorothy Torivio
Gallery Cost: $6825. Does not include applicable
sales tax, shipping and packing cost.