Ida Vacit Poblano ( ? - 1987)
Vacit Poblano was married to famous Zuni jeweler Leo Poblano. She
was the mother of Veronica Poblano and the niece of Frank Vacit.
Leo Poblano (1905-1959) is widely regarded as one of the best and
most versatile Zuni artists. Poblano taught carving and jewelry-making
to Daisy Hooee Nampeyo and Ida Vacit, the last two of his succession
of wives. The daughter of famous Hopi potter Nampeyo, Daisy was
also an accomplished ceramic artist who had studied sculpture at
the L'Ecole des Beaux Arts in Paris in 1929. She conveyed the representational
relief carving skills she acquired in France to Leo, who incorporated
them into his mosaic inlay work. Leo, in turn, passed his accrued
knowledge and skills along to his next wife, Ida. After Leo's early
death in 1959 in a fire-fighting accident, Ida finished many of
her husband's pieces.
(Zuni lapidarist) and Mary Morgan (Navajo silverworker)
Mosaic Inlay Katsina Figures (Set of 27)
silver, turquoise, shell, mother-of-pearl, coral, jet, abalone, pipestone,
dimensions vary; each figure approximately 3.5-4.0 in. high x 1.5-2.0
Harmsen, William, ed. Patterns and Sources of Zuni Kachinas. Arizona:
Harmsen Publishing Company, 1988, p. x, 4-5, 154.
Ostler, James with Rodee and Nahohai. Zuni: A Village of Silversmiths.
Zuni, NM: A:Shiwi Publishing, 1996, p. 100-101.
Schaaf, Gregory. American Indian Jewelry 1: 1200 Artist Biographies.
Santa Fe, NM: CIAC Press, 2003, p. 257.
Wright, Barton, Bill Harmsen, and Clara Lee Tanner. Patterns and
Sources of Zuni Kachinas. Denver: Harmsen Publishing Company, 1988.