Kim Vallo – Acoma

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Pueblo Pottery, Acoma pottery jar
by Kim Vallo 1990, Hand coiled clay

Kim Vallo is a full blooded Native American Indian. She was born in 1968 into the Acoma Pueblo. Kim is a member of the Red Corn Clan and the Small Oak Clan. She grew up in Grants, N.M. Her inspiration for continuing a long lived tradition comes from many different sources. However, her immediate family is where her encouragement to learn to paint comes from. The lucrative aspect of the business also was inspiration for her to become an artist. While attending school she would often catch herself drawing lines on paper.

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Kim specializes hand painting ceramic pottery. She hand paints fine line, feather, and starburst patterns on a wide variety of shaped pots like wedding vases, water jugs, olla’s, and traditional shapes. She has recently sparked an interest in hand coiling traditional pottery. She is currently in the early stages of becoming a traditional hand coiling artist. She is currently working mainly with miniature pottery. However, Kim feels she needs more practice with hand coiling pottery the way of her ancesstors. She signs her pottery as: Kim Vallo, Acoma, N.M. Kim is related to Leland Vallo, Thomas Vallo (brothers), and the late Simon & Marie Vallo (parents).

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