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When I'm doing my pottery I think of Mom [Marie Z. Chino] first, and that she could help me. I want to do like she does. She didn't need outlining, she just painted, and sometimes I do that now I know the design and I just do it.

-Grace Chino, quoted in Rick Dillingham, Fourteen Families in Pueblo Pottery (1994)

The Chino family, led by the matriarch Marie Z. Chino, was innovative in adapting the designs found on prehistoric pottery shards to modern pottery forms. Grace Chino here used a dazzling, closely lined black-and-white design on a new vessel form reminiscent of ancient Pueblo pots. The result is a form of abstraction that embraces tradition as essential to innovation.

MEDIUM Clay, slip
DATES 1989
DIMENSIONS 15 x 36 3/8 in. (38.1 x 92.4cm) diameter at top: 2 7/8 in. (7.3 cm)  (show scale)
COLLECTIONS Arts of the Americas
CREDIT LINE Augustus Graham School of Design Fund
PROVENANCE June 21, 1990, purchased from Mudd-Carr Gallery, Santa Fe, NM by the Brooklyn Museum.
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CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Clay pot with overall dark brown and cream-white design except for bottom area which is undecorated cream-white. The Chaco Canyon stepped design decreases as it moves from the lower, bulbous body of the pot to the upper, cylindrical neck, giving the viewer the illusion of greater depth in space. Condition: Excellent
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
CAPTION Grace Chino (Haak’u (Acoma Pueblo), 1929–1995). Vase, 1989. Clay, slip, 15 x 36 3/8 in. (38.1 x 92.4cm). Brooklyn Museum, Augustus Graham School of Design Fund, 1990.68. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 1990.68_PS20.jpg)
IMAGE overall, 1990.68_PS20.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2024
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