Myron Sarracino Pueblo Pottery Mug

Item No: 10697

$ 25.00

  • A Shumakolowa Native Arts exclusive! This unique café-style ceramic mug is a replica of a single beautiful traditional Laguna Pueblo clay pot handcrafted especially for Shumakolowa by award-winning artist Myron Sarracino.

    This replica is practical way to bring the beauty of traditional Pueblo pottery designs into your everyday life, and also makes a great gift.

    Sarracino is one of the only potters working today in Laguna Pueblo. Brilliantly constructed by hand from natural clay, the pot is covered in intricate geometric black and orange designs painted freehand on a rosy-white surface.

    The originals for Series 1 through 3 are on display at Shumakolowa Native Arts, located inside the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center. All of the participating artists receive royalties for each mug sold, with proceeds also supporting the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center and the 19 Pueblos of New Mexico.

    Collect all five designs in Series 3, available exclusively at Shumakolowa Native Arts!
    • Collectible tall café-style mug
    • Original design by artist Myron Sarracino (Laguna Pueblo)
    • Cup measurements: 6" H x 4-1/2" L x 3-1/4" W
    • 16 oz
    • Ceramic
    • This Item is Not Dishwasher or Microwave Safe
    • The mugs are designed by Pueblo artists from New Mexico, and printed on imported ceramics.

  • Myron Sarracino was born in 1967 at Laguna Pueblo. He began creating pottery at the age of 17, and is one few working Laguna potters. Known for taking traditional designs and adding his own contemporary style, he credits his friend Gladys Paquin for teaching him his pottery skills.
  • Today there is very little pottery produced in Laguna Pueblo, with no more than a handful of artists creating pottery using the traditional methods passed down for generations.

    The traditional pottery of Laguna is very similar in color, design, and style to that of neighboring Acoma Pueblo. Sometimes the designs painted on Laguna vessels are simpler and more bold, but it can be very hard to distinguish between the styles of the two Pueblos.

    In the 1970s, Laguna artists re-established the traditional craft of pottery-making with the help of a federally funded program. These artists began producing polychrome pottery with red, yellow, and orange geometric designs.

    Today a very small group of artists, including Myron Sarracino, continues to create fine traditional work, but pottery from Laguna Pueblo remains rare and valuable.

  • 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. 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 work directly with artists or partner with trusted wholesalers who can provide documentation that their artists and artisans are of Native American heritage. 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, we stand behind the authenticity of every unique piece of fine art we offer. For more than 35 years, we have developed lasting relationships with artists, dealers and collectors, and we take pride in being a trusted destination for fine Native American art.

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