Martha Romero Pueblo Pottery Mug

Item No: 9210

$ 25.00

  • A Shumakolowa Native Arts exclusive! This unique café-style ceramic mug is a replica of a single beautiful micaceous clay pot handcrafted especially for Shumakolowa by award-winning artist Martha Romero of Nambé Pueblo. Martha utilized traditional hand-gathered clay and coiling methods to create a beautiful work of functional art. Romero burnished the entire pot with her polishing stone prior to pit-firing it outdoors, giving it a natural balanced pattern throughout. The simplicity of the vessel reflects the tradition of utilitarian pottery Nambé is known for, where the natural shimmer of mica shines through in place of applied decoration.

    • Collectible tall café style mug
    • Based on original by artist Martha Romero (Nambé Pueblo)
    • Cup measurements: 6" H x 4-1/2 L x 3-1/4 W
    • 18 oz
    • Ceramic
    • Dishwasher safe
    • Microwave safe
    • The mugs are designed by Pueblo artists from New Mexico, and printed in the USA on imported ceramics.

  • Martha Romero is a renowned potter from the Pueblo of Nambé who creates unpainted pieces that allow the clay’s nature to shine through, creating a unique parallel to her Indian name, Kwahtenbay, which means Rainbow. She draws her cultural and artistic influence from her mother, Rose Alice Baca, and she has studied under pottery instructors Clarence Cruz, Pamela Lujan-Hauer, and Michael Bancroft. Martha has shown her work at SWAIA Santa Fe Indian Market and the Heard Museum Guild Indian Fair and Market.
  • Nambé Pueblo was historically known for making elegant pottery and valuable cookware, but today it is extremely difficult to find handcrafted pottery from Nambé. For hundreds of years, the Nambé people made cooking pots from micaceous clay as well as plain blackware for utilitarian purposes, but traditional pottery-making declined in the 20th century. When the Native arts market boomed in the 1970s, a handful of artists began producing micaceous clay and polychrome pottery again, as well as polished blackware influenced by Santa Clara styles.
  • 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. 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.

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