12 products



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.

12 products
1980s Santa Clara Canteen
Maria Naranjo
$ 1,100.00
1980s Wedding Vase
LuAnn Tafoya
$ 4,800.00
Santa Clara Jar
Jody Folwell
$ 650.00
1970s Large Black Jar
Ernest and Marian Rose Naranjo
$ 3,600.00
Santa Clara Jar
Margaret Garcia
$ 250.00
1980s Santa Clara Bowl
Flora Naranjo
$ 300.00
1980s Santa Clara Vase
Tina Garcia
$ 1,800.00
Santa Clara Bison and Star Vase
Polly Rose Folwell
$ 1,300.00
Avanyu Olla - Pottery - Toni Roller - 1
Avanyu Olla - Pottery - Toni Roller - 2
Avanyu Olla
Toni Roller
$ 4,800.00
Santa Clara Bowl - Pottery - Tina and Leon Garcia - 1
Santa Clara Bowl - Pottery - Tina and Leon Garcia - 2
Santa Clara Bowl
Tina and Leon Garcia
$ 675.00
Miniature Pot - Pottery - Debra Dewyenie - 1
Miniature Pot - Pottery - Debra Dewyenie - 2
Miniature Pot
Debra Dewyenie
$ 450.00
Large Santa Clara Vase, Vickie Martinez, Pottery, Garland's
Large Santa Clara Vase, Vickie Martinez, Pottery, Garland's
Large Santa Clara Vase
Vickie Martinez
$ 1,650.00