Dorothy Torivio – Acoma

Published on August 14, 2014 by Carol

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Dorothy Torivio’s Avant-Garde Seed Jars

Dorothy Torivio was born in 1946 into the Acoma Pueblo. She is one of Acoma’s finest potters around today. She travels all over the U.S. demonstrating her skills. She has been making abstract designs on pottery since 1974. Dorothy would observe her Mother, Mary Valley, make pottery at a very young age. However, Dorothy was self taught and did not receive any direct instruction from her.

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Dorothy specializes in Acoma hand coiled abstract pottery. She got the idea one day, back in 1982, to paint a design and repeat it over and over again on the shape of the pot. Dorothy basically combines the traditional pottery with her own penchant for the kinetic image, and thus creates an eye catching swirl design that contains both radiating and spiral motion. She uses a chewed yucca stalk that she fashions into a brush to paint with. Dorothy breaks off only what she needs so that the plant is not damaged and since it comes from Mother earth, it’s free. Dorothy says “I love the travel and expressing myself about my pottery, it creates inspiration for the younger artists out there.” Among the many relatives Sandra Victorino (neice) is one following her footsteps.


  • New Mexico State Fair 1999 2nd and various years
  • Heard Museum Show
  • Santa Fe Indian Market
  • Eighth Northern Arts and Crafts Show
  • Others too numerous to list
  • Publications:

    Southern Pueblo Pottery 2,000 Artist Biographies

  • Art of Clay by Lee Cohen
  • Talking With The Clay by Stephen Trimble
  • Southwestern Pottery Anasazi by Hayes/Blom
  • Beyond Tradition by Lois Essary Jacka
  • Field Guide to Southwest Indian Arts & Crafts
  • Southwestern Pottery 1999 Edition
  • Heard Museum Permanent Art Collection
  • Albuquerque International Airport Collection
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