Adrianne creates delicate seed pottery very much like those of other fine Acoma potters. Her pottery is characterized by black and orange slips on white pots that carry detailed symbols of rain and clouds from the shoulder to the foot of each pot. Adrianne's well built and balanced pots are beautifully painted. The single most important feature is the textured surface near the opening of each pot. Triangular shaped surface texture radiates outward from the mouth like rays from a light source. Shadows add depth and distinction to her work.
Credited with the revival and popularization of polychrome and corrugated pottery, Adrianne Roy Keene builds pots that go beyond artistic expression to acts of creation. Adrianne combines her own self determination with Hopi clay, rainwater and natural pigments, to create award winning and highly collectable pots.
Working from an inspirational base, she pots with a deep sense of tradition whose roots go back into the spiritual and civic affairs of her pueblo.The influence of her mother, aunt, and grandmother blend with her own delicate touch to create a style that is unique among Acoma potters.
Using a centuries old corrugation technique, Adrianne carefully incises a sunflower or sun design with overlapping triangular marks that radiate in concentric circles from the mouth of her pots. Boiled spinach and rock mineral make her traditional black slip that is applied with brushes made of dried cactus stems. Ancient shards provide inspiration for the variety of rain patterns that distinguish Keene's' pottery.
Adrianne was born in Albuquerque New Mexico in 1956. She spent many years of her life away from the pueblo in casual employment, and far remote from the very successful career she enjoys as a recognized contemporary potter. Adrianne has received numerous awards, she has exhibited her work widely, and is represented in private and public collections throughout the United States. In 1976, she went to her first show in Santa Fe, New Mexico (Indian Market). She entered her first pot which received first honors. In the summer of the same year, Adrianne jumped from being an artist to a well known potter.
Adrianne often gives thanks and requests assistance in prayers to mother earth regarding pottery. Adrianne says, "To feel the acceptance of mother earth is a feeling that no one can describe in words, but the sensitivity within your heart is so sensational." Adrianne says. "I ask that each pot I sell bring laughter, joy, and contentment to the home where it lives."