Dorothy Torivio was born in 1946 into the Acoma Pueblo.
She is one of Acoma’s finest potters. 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.
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
-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
-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