Monday, August 19, 2013

Pueblo Pottery Traditions

While the Navajo people are known for woven rugs,
woven on a vertical loom with patterns specific to each region,
the Pueblo people are known for their pottery.
Like Navajo rugs, pottery styles can be region specific.

Santa Clara and San Ildefonso are neighboring Pueblos,
south of Taos. Their pottery is typically black or red.

Santa Clara Pueblo

San Ildefonso

The Laguna and Acoma Pueblos are west of Albuquerque.
Their buff slipped pottery often features animals
or symbols of nature. Black and brick colors are used.

Laguna Pueblo Pottery

Acoma Pueblo Pottery

Taos,  Picuris, and Isleta Pueblos create pottery from micaceous clay.
Mica is a shining mineral that is also found in adobe buildings.

Taos Pueblo

Picuris Pueblo

Although similar in color to Acoma and Laguna Pueblos,
the Zuni Pueblo uses it's own patterns and designs.

Zuni Pueblo

Zuni Pueblo

The Jemez Pueblo utilizes a red-slipped pottery with buff,
white, red or black designs.

While pottery was once a practical daily use item that could be offered in trade,
Pueblo pottery has reached the status of fine art with modern and historical
museum quality pieces cared for in museums and private collections.

Somewhere in between quality ancient historical pieces, pieces made by famous
artists of an earlier era, and the tourist quality pottery that can be collected for a more
affordable price, there are collector's pieces that can be found in homes
across the southwest, adorning tables and the edges of the kiva fireplace.

Find the piece that will fit in your budget and your suitcase,
and you will have a fine souvenir of New Mexico.

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