Pottery

51 products

Pottery

HAND-COILED AND TRADITIONALLY FIRED

Pueblo pottery dates back as far as 700CE and was entirely utilitarian. The arrival of railroads and tourists began the emergence of pottery as art. Not only is pottery beautiful to look at, but it is also very satisfying to know that the pottery artists of today make their pots in the same manner that their ancestors did in prehistoric times.

The clay to make the pots is still being gathered at historic sites near their pueblos. After gathering the clay and painstakingly preparing it, the potters form the coils, or ropes, of clay and shape the pot coil by coil. Then the pot is dried, scraped with a piece of gourd, sanded, and slipped with a fine clay mixture. The pot is polished over and over with a polishing stone often handed down from generation to generation. The skillful polisher gives the pot its lasting and beautiful sheen. Pueblo pottery is hand-coiled, and no wheel is used – which makes the perfect symmetry of the pots even more impressive. Pots are still traditionally fired in an open pit fire outdoors utilizing slabs of wood for fuel. The fire can be smothered with sheep manure to turn the clay a deep black color.

Santa Clara (often carved) and San Ildefonso pottery are usually red or black. If a pot is to be painted (e.g. Hopi or Acoma pottery) the potters make their own vegetal or mineral paints; using the blade of a yucca cactus, they paint their designs freehand. Many artists still hand paint their designs with natural pigments from materials gathered near their homes. The traditional potters fire their pots in a homemade oven built outdoors.

51 products
1990s Sityaki-Style Pot
Gloria Kahe
$ 375.00
Santa Clara Jar
Jody Folwell
$ 650.00
Hopi Jar
Joy Navasie
$ 1,200.00
Hopi Pot
Cindy Namoki
$ 290.00
Hopi Bowl
Mary Williams
$ 150.00
Winged Water Vessel
Ramon Tahbo Howato
$ 2,200.00
Butterfly Jar
Ramon Tahbo Howato
$ 450.00
Micaceous Pot
Angie Yazzie
$ 2,900.00
Santa Clara Jar
Margaret Garcia
$ 250.00
Hopi Parrot Jar
Fawn Navasie
$ 1,950.00
Hopi Rain Cloud Jar
Fawn Navasie
$ 600.00
Mata Ortiz Butterfly Pot
Lupe Soto
$ 225.00
Horse Pottery Figure
Leonard Tsosie
$ 360.00
Parrot Pottery Figure
Darrick Tsosie
$ 340.00
Storyteller
Dorothy Herrera
$ 850.00
Storyteller
Judy Suina
$ 275.00
Storyteller
Judy Suina
$ 275.00
Storyteller
Judy Suina
$ 275.00
Nativity Scene
Irwin and Jeanette Pecos
$ 460.00
Nativity Scene
Irwin and Jeanette Pecos
$ 250.00
Nativity Scene
Irwin and Jeanette Pecos
$ 250.00
Hopi Jar
Maxwell Talahytewa
$ 590.00
Pottery Figure
Irwin and Jeanette Pecos
$ 550.00
Pottery Figure
Irwin and Jeanette Pecos
$ 395.00
Hopi Seed Jar
Charles Navasie
$ 950.00
Hopi Seed Jar
White Swann
$ 675.00
Bird Effigy
Michael Kanteena
$ 160.00
Hopi Canteen
Gloria Mahle
$ 495.00
Hopi Seed Jar
Lawrence Namoki
$ 450.00
Hopi Seed Jar
Lawrence Namoki
$ 450.00
Hopi Jar
Lawrence and Maxwell Namoki
$ 950.00
Storyteller
Rose Pecos
$ 650.00
Jemez Woman Sculpture
Laura Gachupin
$ 390.00
Mimbre Style Effigy
Michael Kanteena
$ 150.00
Hopi Canteen
Emma Naha
$ 750.00
1990s Acoma Jar
Velma Vallo
$ 895.00
Hopi Jar
Loretta Navasie Laban
$ 950.00
Navajo Pottery
Ida Sahmie
$ 590.00
Santa Clara Bison and Star Vase
Polly Rose Folwell
$ 1,300.00
Hopi Seed Jar, White Swann, Pottery, Garland's Indian Jewelry
Hopi Seed Jar, White Swann, Pottery, Garland's Indian Jewelry
Hopi Seed Jar
White Swann
$ 795.00