Robert Patricio

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Robert Patricio

Robert Patricio (given name: Bear) was born into Acoma Pueblo in June, 1976. When he was eight he began learning the traditional methods of hand coiling pottery from his great grandmother Marie Z. Chino. Today he specializes in hand coiled and hand painted pottery. After collecting the various clays, slips and natural vegetation (for the colors he uses), Robert begins the creation process. First, he prepares the clay by cleaning for impurities and then hand mixing with water. Next, he constructs his vessels from snake-like coils. These are then set out to air dry. Once dry enough, he sands them for a smooth finish. While the pottery is curing he boils the natural vegetation (such as wild spinach and flowers) and creates his colors. The process is finished after he applies designs and color to the pots by firing them.

Robert interprets the designs on his pottery from ancient pottery shards found within Acoma Pueblo. His polychrome and black and white designs include Tularosa swirls, fertility, geometric, parrots, and kiva step patterns. Robert was awarded “Best in Pottery” at the Santa Fe Indian Market in 2010, cementing his position as a rising star in the world of Pueblo pottery.

Robert signs his pottery as: R. Patricio, Acoma, NM and R. & M. Patricio, Acoma, NM., the "M" coming from his wife, Melony (with whom he almost always collaborates). The couple have five daughters, two of whom have already been learning the pottery creation process from their father: Felisha and Kylie.

Fine line design on a black and white jar
Black and white jar with fine line design
6 3/4 in H by 8 in Dia
Traditional designs on a polychrome jar
Polychrome jar with traditional designs
6 in H by 7 in Dia
Floral and geometric designs on a polychrome jar
Polychrome jar with floral and traditional geometric designs
10 1/4 in H by 12 1/4 in Dia
Traditional geometric designs on a black and white jar
Black and white jar with traditional geometric designs
 
Traditional geometric designs on a polychrome jar
Polychrome jar with traditional geometric designs
10 3/4 in H by 11 3/4 in Dia
Geometric designs on a polychrome jar
Polychrome jar with geometric designs
10 1/4 in H by 13 in Dia
Lightning bolt design on a black and white jar
Black and white jar with lightning bolt design
6 3/4 in H by 7 1/2 in Dia
Geometric design on a black and white jar
Black and white jar with geometric design
7 in H by 8 in Dia
Kiva step interlocking design on a black and white jar
Black and white jar with kiva step interlocking design
12 1/4 in H by 13 in Dia
Interlocking geometric design on a black and white jar
Black and white jar with interlocking geometric design
9 1/2 in H by 11 in Dia
Lightning, rain and geometric design on a polychrome jar
Polychrome jar with interlocking lightning, rain and geometric design
10 1/2 in H by 12 1/2 in Dia
Geometric design on a polychrome jar
Polychrome jar with a geometric design
6 3/4 in H by 7 3/4 in Dia
Geometric design on a polychrome jar
Polychrome jar with geometric design
3 in H by 3 3/4 in Dia
Medallion and geometric design on a black and white jar
Black and white jar with medallion and geometric design
10 in H by 11 1/4 in Dia
Fine line geometric design on a polychrome seedpot
Polychrome seedpot with fine line geometric design
5 1/2 in H by 6 3/4 in Dia
Parrot, floral and geometric design on a polychrome jar
Polychrome jar with parrot, floral and geometric design
11 1/2 in H by 12 1/2 in Dia
Medallion and geometric design on a black and white jar
Black and white jar with medallion and geometric design
5 in H by 6 1/2 in Dia
Medallion and geometric design on a polychrome jar
Polychrome jar with medallion and geometric design
3 1/2 in H by 3 3/4 in Dia
Interlocking lightning bolt, rain and geometric design on a polychrome jar
Polychrome jar with interlocking lightning bolt, rain and geometric design
7 3/4 in H by 9 in Dia
Shard and geometric design on a polychrome olla
Polychrome olla with a shard and geometric design
10 in H by 11 in Dia
Interlocking kiva step and rain design on a black and white jar
Black and white jar with interlocking kiva step and rain design
10 3/4 in H by 12 1/2 in Dia
Bird element and geometric designs decorate a black and white jar
Black and white olla decorated with bird element and geometric designs
9 1/4 in H by 10 in Dia
Lightning bolt, rain, kiva step and geometric designs on a black and white olla
Black and white olla with lightning bolt, kiva step, rain and geometric designs
8 in H by 9 in Dia
Eight panels and geometric designs on a black and white jar
Black and white olla decorated with eight panels and geometric designs
8 1/4 in H by 10 1/4 in Dia