Natseway specializes in hand-coiled and hand-painted miniature pottery. His pieces are difficult to construct because a finger usually doesn’t fit inside the lip of the vessels. The scale he works in is unbelievable, and the amount of detail is incredible.
Natseway hand-paints each piece carefully and fires the pottery in a kiln, and is strongly influenced by prehistoric designs and figures. This miniature three-sided Native birds seed pot is true masterpiece, and a welcome addition to any Native American collection.
- Seed pot handmade by Thomas Natseway (Laguna Pueblo)
- Natural clay with all-natural vegetal and mineral slip
- Crafted through traditional horizontal coil method
- Three Sided “Native Birds Design
- Seed pot measures 1 ½ cm H x 2 cm W
- Comes with a signed Certificate of Authenticity
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Thomas Natseway began making his miniature creations in the early 1980s. His works range in size from one-quarter to three-quarters inch in height and diameter. Each vessel is made from Acoma clay dug from a deposit some distance from the Pueblo.
At first Thomas was decorating his miniatures with traditional Acoma fine-line designs, but after doing some research into old Mimbres, Ancestral Pueblo (formerly referred to as Anasazi), Hohokam, and Sikyatki (Hopi) motifs, he got very interested in recreating those prehistoric designs. He also sometimes incorporates designs of contemporary Pueblo pottery.
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 artist 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. 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.