Southwestern Pottery may be the most entertaining book you read this year. It’s an art book, a history book, and a reference book that is fun to read and beautiful to look at. Showing more than eleven hundred pots, there isn’t a more complete Southwestern pottery guide. One hundred and forty color photographs show, as nearly as possible, “one of each.” Tracing the art from its beginnings almost two thousand years ago to the present and showing pieces from every pottery-producing tribal group in the Southwest - Yuman to Hopi to Taos to Casas Grandes - it is the book the authors wished they had when the pottery bug first bit them. With humor and plenty of good sense, Al Hayes and John Blom explain what to look for when buying a pot, how much to pay, and when and how to trade.
- Authors: Allan Hayes and John Blom
- Paperback: 200 pages
- Publisher: Cooper Square Publishing Llc (October 1, 1996)
- ISBN-10: 0873586565
- Product Dimensions: 9.6 x 0.5 x 10.7 inches
Allan Hayes studied Southwestern pottery and, in 1996, wrote Southwestern Pottery, Anasazi to Zuni, now generally recognized as the basic introduction to the art.
John Blum is a respected scholar on Pueblo pottery who has written and contributed to numerous books on the subject.
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.
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