Handcrafted pottery plate by Zia Pueblo artist Diana Pino Lucero.
Lucero was taught by her adoptive mother, Vicentita Pino, and learned to gather and process the clay, and hand-coil her unique creations. This piece features a beautiful deer figurine in the center painted by hand with all-natural pigments.
- Handmade Plate by Diana Lucero (Zia Pueblo)
- Natural clay with all-natural vegetal and mineral slip
- Crafted through traditional horizontal coil method
- Deer design
- Plate measures D: 6-1/4" H: 6-1/4"
- Comes with a signed Certificate of Authenticity
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Diana Pino Lucero is a well-recognized, award-winning Zia Pueblo potter who actively participates in many Southwestern Native American Indian Market events. Diana’s lifelong teacher was her mother, Vicentita Pino, and Diana’s mother learned pottery-making from her grandmother—the skill handed down through the generations.
Diana continues to work in her traditional hand-coiling building method. She does not purchase clay from a store, but rather hand-grinds her clay and tempers it to a fine powder, then adds water to the finely ground earth, and kneads her clay into a perfect consistency for building her pottery.
Each piece is painted by hand with natural ground minerals applied with a yucca leaf. The designs painted are traditional designs from her Zia Pueblo heritage.
She is respected throughout the Southwest, and through the years has gained great recognition for her finely skilled and beautiful award-winning artwork.
Zia Pueblo has a centuries-old tradition of making fine pottery. Historically, pottery was a thriving industry for this water-poor Pueblo and they were able to sustain themselves by trading their fine ceramics with Jemez, Santa Ana, and San Felipe Pueblos. Zia artisans traditionally made large jars and bowls for storage that were prized by neighboring Pueblos. Zia is the only Pueblo to use red clay tempered with crushed black basalt.
The traditional Zia style features a slipped white or buff background with a red base and designs painted onto the central area in black, brown, or red. The Pueblo’s signature design is the Zia bird, depicted with a single large eye and forked tail feathers. Zia potters also paint deer, flowers, arches, rainbow bands, and other natural imagery onto their vessels.
Today, pottery remains a vital art in Zia Pueblo with many artists still creating beautiful handcrafted pots with natural clay, carrying on a celebrated legacy of pottery-making.
The most celebrated and recognized art form of the Pueblo Indians of New Mexico is pottery. 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 have distinctive pottery styles that are especially prized by collectors, but accomplished potters are 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.
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