Clay to Silver: Southwest Indian Seed Pots

Historically, the world has valued containers as both utilitarian and sacred objects.  The Southwest Indians stored their life giving seeds over the winter in clay pots, and the pots had a small hole to keep the seeds safe from vermin.  The seeds came from their three sacred plants: corn, squash, and beans.  At the beginning of the planting season they would need to shatter the clay pot to retrieve the life giving seeds.

The evolution from ancient clay seed pottery to the contemporary seed pot occurred  approximately in the mid-1970s.  Navajo silversmith, Norbert Peshlakai, and Commanche/Mexican artist White Buffalo are attributed as the first makers of the sterling silver seed pot.  Both Norbert Peshlakai and White Buffalo are master jewelers who are always striving for new artistic and technical skills, they both initially began by forming the rigid silver into Pueblo pottery shapes.

Southwest silversmiths are influenced by their history, culture, environment and personal vision and skill levels.  For them, the seed pots have become a venue to display and show off their extraordinary talents, and push themselves to higher artistic heights.

Citation:
Loscher, Tricia. (2007). Old Traditions in New Pots: Silver Seed Pots from the Norman L. Sandfield Collection. Phoenix, AZ: Heard Museum.

Shop For Seed Pots

Sterling Silver Seed Pot with Stamped Designs by Sunshine Reeves

 

Silver and Turquoise Horse Seed Pot by Sam Gray

Silver and Turquoise Horse Seed Pot by Sam Gray

 

Gold on Silver Seed Pot by Julius Keyonnie

Gold and Silver Seed Pot by Julius Keyonnie





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Although the best way to test the size and fit of a piece of jewelry is to try it on in the store, we know that is not always an option. In an effort to help you choose the piece that is right for you, we have included measurements of each piece on the website. Here is how our measurements are defined:

Bracelets

Finding the right size bracelet for your wrist has always been a tricky endeavor, since, unlike rings, there isn't a standardized, universal sizing chart for wrist size. One reason for this is that we all have different shaped wrists, some of us have round wrists, while others have more oval. Bracelets, like wrists, also have different shapes.

So, while bracelet sizing will never be an exact science, we've done what we can to ensure the greatest chance of a comfortable fit. The best thing you can do if you don't know your wrist size is to take a soft measuring tape and loosely measure the circumference of your wrist at the point you plan on wearing it. Try not to have the measuring tape dig into your skin, as this will result in a smaller than ideal size. Once you have the circumference of your wrist, compare it to the chart below to find the correct bracelet size. If your wrist measures in-between two sizes, we recommend rounding up to the larger size. (ie: if your wrist measures 6.375"- you should shop for size "Medium" bracelets.)

 Wrist Circumference

Corresponding Bracelet Size

5.5"

XX-Small

5.75"

Extra-Small

6"

Small

6.25"

Small-Medium

6.5"

Medium

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Medium-Large

7.25"

Large

7.5"

Extra-Large

7.75"

XX-Large

8"

XXX-Large

 

You may want to drill down further on the bracelet sizing to make sure the cuff is a comfortable fit. You will notice on our website that we generally list four measurements for bracelets:

Keep in mind that certain bracelets can be adjusted slightly to fit your wrist, but those with inlay or stones all the way around will be damaged if bent. In any case, it is always best to check with with us to see if a particular bracelet is adjustable.

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Buckles

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Concha Belts

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