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  • Introduction to Pueblo Pottery

    “Our land, our religion and our life are one.” Acoma Pottery by Beverly Garcia The young girl stood at the edge of the mesa facing the rising sun. She, her mother, aunt and grandmother whispered prayers in the dawn's first light: prayers for long life, health and well being. After breathing her prayers into the sacred cornmeal held in her hands, the girl threw the meal to the east, releasing her prayers to the wind. This was a special day for the maiden, her first trip with the elders to collect pottery clay. From earliest childhood she'd watched the ... [Read More]

  • Hopi Pottery

    Introduction to Hopi Pottery Perhaps some of the most skilled Hopi artisans create a style of pottery called Hano polychrome or Sikyatki Revival. This pottery stands out amongst all of the pueblo and non-pueblo pottery makers as exceptional. The white wash with poly-chrome painting is some of the most recognizable art in the world. Brilliant black on orange, black on yellow, and / or red images, shapes, or hieroglyphs painted on pots, bowls, plates, and even ladles, once you see Hopi pottery it will become almost instantaneously recognizable. In fact, as you become more experienced, it is fairly easy ... [Read More]

  • Acoma Pottery

    The Acoma Pueblo is one of the oldest still inhabited dwelling places in North America. Located approximately 80 miles west of Albuquerque, N.M., The "Sky City" of Acoma is perhaps one of the most beautiful and mystifying locations. Acoma pottery by Victoria Garcia Acoma Pottery, with its recognizable monochrome and polychrome designs, is some of the most beautiful American Indian (Native American) pottery available. Acoma Pottery is known for its very thin walls, stylistic fluted rims, and beautifully painted geometric designs. Creating Acoma Pottery is a time consuming and resource intensive venture. From collecting the clay to the ... [Read More]

  • Wearing Water - Native American Jewelry

    It is said that we create our own world, paint our own canvas so to speak. Thoughts are things, ideas take material form. “Whatever the mind contemplates materializes instantly.” It is in this light that we consider the conceptual world of Native peoples in the American southwest, those who live in a parched desert thirsty for water, yet through belief, ceremony, dress and Native American jewelry move confidently across their landscape in a protective cocoon of mist, germination, clouds and rain. Rare Macaw sash discovered What draws us to this consideration is the haunting image of a 900 year old ... [Read More]

  • Zuni Pottery

    Zuni Pottery Like the other Pueblos, the Zunis have a long and fruitful tradition of pottery making and their historic ceramics are among the best. Zuni Pottery came close to dying out in the last century, but a handful of ladies, including the Tewa, Daisy Nampeyo, began teaching young people the art, and pottery is making a comeback. Many young potters use commercial clay, some even poured greenware, which keeps down the price, but there are several deposits of high grade clay on Zuni lands. This clay is very clean and has high-fire capability. Claudine Haloo - Zuni Pottery ... [Read More]

  • Nampeyo Hopi Tewa Pottery

    Nampeyo Hopi Tewa Pottery Though the First Mesa Tewa village of Hano has been occupied for more than three centuries and the people there have mixed freely with their Hopi hosts, Hano still maintains its separate Tewa language and cultural identity. Nampeyo’s father was a Hopi from the First Mesa village of Walpi. She spent a lot of time with her maternal grandmother who taught her the rudiments of pottery making. This would be the influence of Nampeyo Hopi Tewa Pottery. At the time, Hopi potters were turning out utility ware they didn’t even bother to decorate. What designs they ... [Read More]