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Dorothy Torivio (1946 - 2011)


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Picture of Dorothy Torivio of Acoma Pueblo, New Mexico

Dorothy Torivio (1946 - 2011) signatureDorothy Torivio, Acoma Pueblo, active ca. 1974-2011: traditional black-on-white and polychrome jars, bowls, seed pots, figures, deer, owls. Dorothy Torivio was the daughter of Mary Vallo; wife of Peter Concho; daughter-in-law of Lolita Concho; sister of Juanita Keene; aunt of Sandra M. Victorino; mother of four children. Dorothy learned pottery making from her mother and mother-in-law.

Dorothy Torivio was respected as one of the finest Southwest Indian potters. She was a top award winner. She was noted for her traditional pottery with eyedazzler designs based on the repetition of singular design elements in both positive and negative patterns.


Reference text and image (left): Southern Pueblo Pottery: 2,000 Artist Biographies by Gregory Schaaf.  Subject to copyright, used here with permission.

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