Acclaimed Zuni potter Tammy Bellson handcrafted this contemporary wedding vase in an elegant and eye-catching terra cotta hue. In this uniquely dimensional work, a black-and-white frog emerges from each side of the pot, an example of the raised details that have made Bellson’s pottery widely known. This piece was constructed by hand from natural clay, then painted after firing with contemporary paint. A contemporary interpretation of a favorite pottery form, this lovely wedding vase will stand out in your collection of Native American art.
- Wedding vase handcrafted by Tammy Bellson (Zuni)
- Natural clay with commercial paint
- Crafted through traditional horizontal coil method
- Vase measures 5-1/4” x 2-1/2” x 2-1/4”
- Comes with a signed Certificate of Authenticity
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Tammy Bellson is a contemporary Zuni potter who has been creating remarkable handcrafted pots since 1988. She and her sister, Yvonne Nashboo, learned pottery from their grandmother. Bellson creates pottery in the black-on-white and reddish-brown polychrome styles. Lizards and frogs are her signature design and she is known for creating these animals in relief, adding a unique sculptural element to her work. See Featured Artist Page
Making pottery is a centuries-old Zuni art. In the 19th century Zuni pottery-making thrived and works from this classic period can be identified by their designs, including the deer-in-house or heart-line deer, which is a deer with a spirit line running through it, as well as rosettes and rain birds. Pots from this period often featured brown slip on their base, rim and interior. After the 1920s, traditional pottery-making declined as Zuni artists focused on jewelry, which had greater success with tourists. The popularity of petit point cluster jewelry and channel inlay made jewelry-making a staple of the Zuni economy. Traditional pottery-making was revived in the 1970s by Hopi potter Daisy Hooee Nampeyo, granddaughter of famed potter Nampeyo, and Acoma potter Jennie Laate. Today, more and more Zuni artists are making exceptional pottery from handmade natural clay, some with the traditional deer, rain bird and rosette designs. Many create pottery in more contemporary styles, incorporating stylized lizards, frogs, dragonflies, feathers and hatched lines that represent rain. Black-on-red and black or brown on a white background are popular colors, though contemporary Zuni potters are creating fine art pottery in a range of beautiful colors.
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 completed by hand using all-natural materials. 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 or mineral 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 and the Hopi have distinctive pottery styles that are 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.Read our Native American Jewelry 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.