Acoma Sky City Pueblo
Carmel Lewis was born in 1947 into the Acoma Sky
City Pueblo. She is one of the daughters of the world renowned late,
Lucy M. Lewis.
Lucy was Carmels biggest inspiration for learning the ancient traditional
methods of working with natural handmade pottery. Carmel gathers her
clay from the pits within the Acoma Pueblo. She cleans her clay by hand
to purify the natural ingredients that mother earth has provided her
with. She hand mixes, hand coils, and hand paints her pottery using
the ancient traditional outdoor firing techniques.
Her unique hand painted designs are replicated from tradition symbols
found on ancient pottery sherds. Lucy was the driving force behind the
revival of pottery making as an art in the pueblo of Acoma.
The Lewis family keeps the same patterns and does not move to a contemporary
style because it is very important to them to keep alive true traditions
and designs of the ancient mimbres people alive. Some of the of these
designs which are replicated are the deer pot, lighting bolt pattern,
and the many variations of the mimbres patterns.
She is related to Emma Lewis-Mitchell, Dolores Lewis-Garcia (sisters),
and Drew Lewis (brother).
There are numerous books referencing Lucy M. Lewis and her daughters,
they can be found in:
-Southern Pueblo Pottery 2,000 Artist Biographies
-Fourteen Families in pueblo pottery
-Southwestern pottery Anasazi to Zuni
-Talking with the Clay
-American Indian Pottery 2nd Edition
-Seven Families in Pueblo Pottery
-Santa Fe Indian Market Various 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Place numerous years
-Eight Northern 1st various years
-Heard Museum show
-New Mexico State Fair
-Others received too many to list