Acoma Pueblo

Adrian Vallo was born to the Pueblo of the Acoma in 1964. He began his interest in pottery making when he was 20 years old, back in 1985.

Mr. Vallo was inspired to make hand coiled pottery by his Grandmother, the late Santana Cerno, who taught Adrian to coil, shape, paint, and fire pottery.

Adrian specializes in the hand coiled traditional style shaped pots and designs. He gathers natural pigments from the Acoma Pueblo to make his pottery. He cleans, mixes, hand coils, shapes, paints, and fires his pottery the traditional way, outdoors.

He paints traditional designs, deer patterns, and parrot motifs with natural pigments He was quoted as saying: “They are more challenging to create and I enjoy the challenge.”

Adrian signs his art as: A.Vallo, Acoma.

Adrian is related to the following artists: The late Santana Cerno, Eva Histia (grandmothers), The famous Joseph & Barbara Cerno (uncle & aunt), and Ergil Vallo (cousin).

-1992 New Mexico State Fair 2nd place
-1994 Arizona Casa Grande 3rd place

-Southern Pueblo Pottery 2,000 Artist Biographies
-New Mexico State Fair