Pueblo & Navajo Contemporary Pottery and Directory of Artists

Item No: 34834

$ 29.95

  • A guide to Pueblo and Navajo pottery and pottery artists from Arizona and New Mexico, showcasing work that combines traditional styles with new interpretations. Parts I and II present vessels and figures arranged alphabetically by potters in various tribal families.
    • Author: Guy Berger and Nancy Schiffer
    • Paperback: 168 pages
    • Publisher: Schiffer Pub Ltd (June 2000)
    • ISBN-10: 0764310240
    • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.5 x 11 inches
  • Guy Berger is a specialist in pottery and second-generation trader in Indian goods at Palms Trading Company in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Nancy N. Schiffer has written books on Southwest arts and jewelry and Japanese ceramics.
  • 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.
  • At Shumakolowa we are proud to sell rare and hard-to-find books that celebrate Native American and Pueblo culture, history and art. Our selection of books has been carefully curated by our team of experts to inspire and provide insight into these unique art forms.
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