H x 5" D
Terrance M. Chino, Sr. is
a member of the Sun Clan and was born in 1965 into the Acoma
Pueblo. He learned the ancient traditional methods of working
with clay art from his mother, the late, Evelyn L. Chino. She
taught him all the fundamentals of where to gather clay and how
to prepare and hand coil pottery. She also taught him the importance
of continuing the long lived tradition of his ancestors.
Terrance gathers his clay,
natural pigments, and vegetation from within the Acoma Pueblo.
He cleans it for impurities and hand mixes it with sand and water
to temper the clay. Then, he begins the hand coiling process,
he prays and chants while he works on his pottery so that each
piece is blessed.
When he has completed the
hand coiling and his pot has taken form he sets them out to dry.
While the pottery is drying he breaks down all his plants so
that he may begin hand boiling colors for his masterpieces.
He gathers plants such as
spinach plant and wild flowers for this process. When his pottery
is fully dried he sands each piece to a smooth finish and begins
hand painting with the stem of a yucca plant which has been fashioned
into a brush.
He hand paints his favorite
designs of checkerboards, flowers, mimbres, and sunfaces. Finally,
Terrance fires his pottery the traditional way, outdoors.
He signs his pottery as: Terrance
M. Chino, Sr., Acoma, N.M.
Terrance is related to: Terrance
M. Chino, Jr. (son) Emil Chino, Jeffrey Chino, Sr., (brothers),
Ilona Chino, Colleen Marian, Marlene Vallo, Idene Mariano (sisters),
Ivan F. Chino (father), and the late, Evelyn L. Chino (mother).