This gorgeous micaceous clay vase was handmade by Cordie Gomez, she was one of only a few recognized Pojoaque Pueblo potters, which makes this pot a rare and distinguished treasure. The beautiful coppery tan finish and distinctive shimmer comes from clay found in northern New Mexico that has a high mica content. Evoking the traditional pottery style of Taos Pueblo, this beautiful piece is also a functional vessel able to hold hot or cold water. A classic handmade vessel to add to your Native American art collection from one of Pojoaque Pueblo's true pottery pioneers.
- Pot handmade by Cordie Gomez (Pojoaque Pueblo
- Natural clay with all-natural vegetal and mineral slip
- Crafted through traditional horizontal coil method
- Functional pot that can be used for cooking
- Pot measures 7” x 7” x 6”
- Comes with a signed Certificate of Authenticity
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Cordie Gomez was a renowned potter who helped revive the art of pottery-making in Pojoaque Pueblo. Her family was one of the first to come back and live in the abandoned Pojoaque Pueblo in 1932, and Gomez considered herself the first modern potter of the Pueblo. She learned the ancient art from an aunt from Santa Clara Pueblo, who taught her how to gather and make clay in the traditional way. She has passed on the art of traditional pottery to her son, Glenn Gomez. Cordie passed away in March 2017 and will be missed for her spirit as well as her beautiful work.
Today it is extremely difficult to find handcrafted pottery from Pojoaque Pueblo as there are only three or four active potters. Micaceous clay wares were the traditional style created in the 17th and 18th centuries was but today no one is creating work in this style. The pottery created by Pojoaque is derived from other Pueblos, particularly Santa Clara polychrome and incised styles. Cordie Gomez, who created micaceous clay pottery that evoked the style of Taos Pueblo, was the closest to being a true Pojoaque potter. With so few Pojoaque artists creating pottery using natural clay and traditional methods, any piece is a rare and valuable work of art.
The most celebrated and recognized art form of the Pueblo Indians of New Mexico, Pueblo pottery is known around the world for its remarkable beauty and craftsmanship. It has been made in much the same way for over a thousand years, with every step of creation completed by hand. Pueblo potters do not use a wheel but construct pots using the traditional horizontal coil method or freely forming the shape. After the pot is formed, the artist polishes the piece with a natural polishing stone, such as a river stone, then paints it with a vegetal, mineral or commercial slip. Finally, the pot is fired in an outdoor fire or kiln using manure or wood as fuel. Santa Clara, San Ildefonso, Jemez and Acoma Pueblos and the Hopi have distinctive pottery styles that are prized by collectors, but there are accomplished potters working in all Pueblos. Today, Pueblo pottery is an exciting and dynamic form, with many artists pairing traditional techniques with innovative and stylized designs. Those potters who continue to create pots using traditional methods possess an extraordinary level of skill, and their pots are highly valuable works of fine art that will be enjoyed for generations to come. 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. Every work of handcrafted art comes with a Certificate of Authenticity signed by an artist or buyer. At a time when many commercially-made products are being sold as handcrafted Native American art, our in-depth purchase process allows us to guarantee the authenticity of every unique piece of fine art we offer. For more than 35 years, we have made it a priority to visit artists in their studio or home to purchase their latest handcrafted pieces and learn about their work. We have developed lasting relationships with artists, as well as dealers and collectors, and we take pride in being a trusted destination for fine Native American art.