Mary Histia (1881-1973)
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Mary Histia, is recognized as certainly the finest Acoma Pueblo potter of the early 20th century. According to Batkin, she traveled to Washington DC and became popular as an unofficial potter to President Roosevelt. Her pottery soon decorated many government offices.
Mary Histia deserves to be classed as a Modernist. Her art is old, yet alive and dynamic-an expression of a continuing vigor. She did not confine her art to a mere repetition of her previous work, nor did she resort to meaningless geometric designs, but she continually experimented and added to her repertoire. Her designs are at once classic and modern.
Upper photo by AC Vroman.
Photo right courtesy of Jeffrey Trent Collection.
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