This bowl was inspired by the unseen forces tied together that provide life for us.
The Sun Face in the center radiating life-giving warmth is encircled by a blossom of ever-moving cloud patterns, providing another life-giving force of rain. Two kiva step lightning designs spring upwards from the clouds, which rain spirits dance out from.
In Native life we are shown that everything which our Creator has blessed us with has life and spirit. From this spiritual dance of all elements springs forth the beauty of life with the vines of flower blossoms, and continues the circle of life.
The bowl is also symbolic of our individual emotional journeys. As long we have warmth in our hearts and spirits, surround ourselves with nourishing love, good things, good people, it will always spring forth a beautiful life. The kiva step rim is designed with traditional style Isleta geometric cloud patterns.
- ”Sun Blossom” pottery bowl handmade by Robin Teller (Isleta Pueblo)
- Natural clay with all-natural vegetal and mineral slip
- Bowl measures 3½” high x 9¼” wide
- Comes with a signed Certificate of Authenticity
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Teller began sculpting in 1988, and in 30 years of work has become known for her iconic storytellers, Nativity groupings, and polychrome vessels. She was born and raised in Isleta Pueblo by Stella Teller, herself an artist who has been actively making pottery since 1962.
In addition to being an award-winning artist, Teller was one of five Pueblo potters commissioned to honor the grand opening of Starbucks at Avanyu Plaza in 2015, the first Native American-owned Starbucks, by crafting a custom clay Pueblo-style coffee mug. That mug was replicated along with the others for sale through Shumakolowa, making Teller one of the very few Pueblo potters to be represented on a wide-scale, international level.
Today there are very few artists creating traditional pottery in Isleta Pueblo, and Isleta pottery is one of the most difficult to find of all types of Pueblo pottery. Very little is known about the history of pottery production in Isleta Pueblo. Historically, Isleta artisans made heavy redware similar to Ohkay Owingeh but eventually moved to polychrome, a style introduced by Laguna Pueblo potters who came to Isleta in the late 19th century.
Traditional pottery-making nearly died out in the 20th century but was revitalized in the 1980s by Stella Teller and her family, known for their exquisite handmade figurines and storytellers. Caroline Carpio is another prominent potter who has won acclaim for her elegant contemporary fine art pottery. With so few Isleta artists creating pottery using natural clay and traditional methods, any piece is a rare and valuable work of art.
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.