This handmade seed pot from award-winning Jemez potter Glendora Fragua showcases the sophisticated detail and vibrant personality of her work. Created through traditional Pueblo methods, the pot was entirely made by hand, from the gathering of clay to polishing, painting and firing. Exuberant dragonflies, flowers and wave designs have been etched by hand into the polished surface of the pot, symbolizing water and the gifts of nature.
- Pot handmade by Glendora Fragua (Jemez Pueblo)
- Natural clay with all-natural vegetal and mineral dyes
- Crafted through traditional horizontal coil method
- Features hand-etched sgraffito designs and painted with all-natural plant dyes
- Pot measures 2-1/2” x 1-1/2”
- Comes with a signed Certificate of Authenticity
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Glendora Fragua (b. 1958) of Jemez Pueblo is one of the most celebrated Pueblo potters working today. She comes from a family of acclaimed artists and was taught pottery-making by her mother, renowned Jemez potter Juanita Fragua. In her work, she uses the traditional methods passed down from her ancestors, gathering clay from Pueblo land, constructing each pot with the traditional coil method, polishing by hand and firing in an open kiln.
Fragua’s pots are instantly recognizable because of her use of a scratch technique called sgraffito, the etching of intricate and precise designs into the surface of a pot. She often uses corn designs in her work, which represent her family’s origin in the Corn Clan of the Jemez Pueblo. She has won Best of Show at the Gallup Inter-Tribal Indian Ceremonial and First Place awards at Santa Fe Indian Market, Heard Museum Indian Fair & Market and Eiteljorg Museum Market.
Like many Pueblo pots, this handmade seed vessel tells a story of water and precipitation. In Pueblo mythology, the dragonfly mediates with the clouds to bring rain. The dragonfly is surrounded by flowers and wave patterns that also symbolize water and life-giving rain.
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 have distinctive pottery styles that are especially 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. 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.