Unique one of a kind Acoma pottery pendant with a black 20-inch cord. The pendant features a parrot, which has an important role in Acoma history. Sharon Miller is a 6th generation Acoma potter, who is still making and painting pottery in the traditional way. Occasionally after the pottery has been etched, painted and then fired, the firing process breaks the pottery. Sharon then uses these broken pieces to make these wonderful pendants.
Traditionally, Acoma potters use only three colors on their pottery. Sharon makes her own paints made from minerals found on the Acoma reservation. The black is made from black rock mixed with wild spinach that is grown in Acoma. The white is a sandstone found a few miles east of the mesa.
This pendant was purchased in person from the potter Sharon Miller on the Acoma pueblo reservation and is signed by her. A Certificate of Authenticity explaining the process and the various symbols used on the piece is included. The parrot feathers were used in Acoma traditional dances. The importance of the parrot is described on the Authenticity Certificate.