The wedding vase has been part of Pueblo life for centuries. The two spouts represent the separate lives of the bride and groom, which are united by the bridge at the top. The groom’s parents provide the wedding vase for use in the ceremony. On the day of the wedding, the vase is filled with holy water and given to the bride. She drinks from one side and the groom drinks from the other. This ceremony is equivalent to the exchanging of wedding bands.
The wedding vases presented here are meant to be used for display only and make wonderful wedding and anniversary gifts. Ceremonial pottery is considered sacred and is only made and given as gifts among tribal members. The pottery must be fired in a certain way to be hardened against water permeation, or otherwise sealed using pine pitch or wax.
Jay specializes in hand painting ceramic pottery. She hand paints eye dazzling starburst and fine line patterns on wedding vases and other shapes of pottery. Jay was taught the traditional methods of hand coiling pottery using ancient traditional methods from her family members. However, she really enjoys the hand painting side of working with the pottery. She signs her pottery as Jay Vallo, Acoma.
13 5/8" Tall, 8 1/2" Wide