This beautiful vase was handcrafted with shimmering micaceous clay by Tesuque Pueblo artist Bea Duran. It features a stylized corn plant. A necessity in Pueblo culture, corn brings blessings and nourishes the people. This one-of-a-kind vase will bring beauty and blessings to your Native American art collection.
The simplicity of the vessel reflects the tradition of utilitarian micaceous pottery, where the natural shimmer of mica shines through in place of painted decoration.
- Vase handmade by Bea Duran (Tesuque Pueblo)
- Natural clay with all-natural vegetal and mineral slip
- Vase measures 5-1/2” high x 5-1/4” long x 5-1/2” wide
- Comes with a signed Certificate of Authenticity
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Bea Duran is one of the few Tesuque Pueblo potters still producing wares and participating in respected art shows. An elder in her community, Duran has mastered weaving, embroidery, pottery, and drum-making, and is and plays a vital role in educating others. She feels it’s important to preserve her culture, and often does workshops to show new or interested artists the beauty of Pueblo art.
Tesuque is a small Tewa-speaking Pueblo located 10 miles north of Santa Fe, a site it has inhabited since 1200 A.D. The Tesuque people played an important role in the Pueblo Revolt of 1680, with two of its members acting as messengers who spread news of the uprising throughout the territory.
Tesuque has a great reverence for its traditions and continues to practice ancient customs despite pressures from other cultures. Farming remains one of the primary activities of the Tesuque people, and there are a few artists creating traditional work, including pottery. Handcrafted figurines decorated with colorful designs are a popular form with collectors of Native American art. Tesuque artists also create silver and bead jewelry, traditional clothing, painting, and weaving.
Native American and Pueblo people of the Southwest have been making clay pottery figures since ancient times. Their creation was discouraged by Christian missionaries and the form was not widely practiced in the 16th–19th centuries. Figurative pottery was revived in the 20th century, and clay figurines have since become one of the most popular and widely collected Native American art forms.
Storytellers are a type of clay figure that is unique to the Southwest. They were developed by Helen Cordero of Cochiti Pueblo in 1963 and traditionally depict a male elder telling stories to children, all with open mouths. Cordero was inspired by the traditional “Singing Mother” figure often represented in clay, and by her grandfather, a legendary Cochiti storyteller.
In Pueblo culture, stories are passed down orally from generation to generation, and the storyteller figure represents the importance of the storytelling tradition. Today, Native artists across the Southwest create storytellers, sometimes depicting the elder and children as clowns, drummers, acrobats, cowboys or animals, and handcrafted figurative pottery continues to be one of the most exciting, colorful and successful pottery forms.Read our Native American Pottery Collector's Guide.
At Shumakolowa Native Arts, we guarantee that your purchase is an original and authentic work handcrafted by Native American artists as defined by the Indian Arts and Crafts Act of 1990. We ask our artists to complete an extensive certification process, providing a CIB (Certificate of Degree of Indian Blood) card and other documentation of their Native American heritage. Our team of experts carefully inspects every product to guarantee it is handcrafted using traditional, sustainable processes, and natural materials of only the highest quality. We record the place and date of each purchase, and pride ourselves in paying a fair price that allows artists to make a living practicing their craft.
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