Clarence Cruz Pueblo Pottery Mug

Item No: 10696

$ 25.00

  • A Shumakolowa Native Arts exclusive! This unique café-style ceramic mug is a replica of a single beautiful clay pot handcrafted by skilled Ohkay Owingeh artist Clarence Cruz.

    This mug features traditional designs of Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo, and evokes the long history of utilitarian ware that the village is known for creating.

    Cruz is a skilled potter and pottery instructor, teaching students of all skill levels. He specializes in traditional corrugated polychrome styles, and micaceous pottery.

    This replica is practical way to bring the beauty of traditional Pueblo pottery designs into your everyday life, and also makes a great gift.

    The originals for Series 1 through 3 are on display at Shumakolowa Native Arts, located inside the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center. All of the participating artists receive royalties for each mug sold, with proceeds also supporting the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center and the 19 Pueblos of New Mexico.

    Collect all five designs in Series 3, available exclusively at Shumakolowa Native Arts!
    • Collectible tall café-style mug
    • Original designs by artist Clarence Cruz (Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo)
    • Cup measurements: 6" H x 4-1/2" L x 3-1/4" W
    • 16 oz
    • Ceramic
    • This Item is Not Dishwasher or Microwave Safe
    • The mugs are designed by Pueblo artists from New Mexico, and printed on imported ceramics.

  • Clarence Cruz is Tewa from Ohkay Owingeh, formerly known as San Juan Pueblo, and a graduate of the University of New Mexico.

    As a potter and instructor, he works with raw materials that he gathers from different sites on public lands. These materials consist of clays, slips, mineral pigments, volcanic ash, and Rocky Mountain bee weed used for paint (black) or as a binder.

    Clarence's traditional pottery firings are outside firings, including reduction firing, oxidation firing, and open firing (fire clouds), but also utilizes kilns when necessary. He instructs classes in Pueblo pottery at graduate and undergraduate levels at the University of New Mexico.

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