Thomas Tenorio Santo Domingo Contemporary Vase

Item No: 4751

$ 4,330.00

  • This beautifully formed contemporary one-of-a-kind vase, handcrafted by Santo Domingo Pueblo potter Thomas Tenorio, is uniquely bold in its form and design. The elegant vessel features a black base with red interior. Red and white circular designs are hand-painted throughout on a black background. A unique contemporary interpretation on traditional design elements.  From the clay to the pigments, all elements of this piece were gathered, processed, and applied by the artists hands. Meticulously constructed and painted using techniques passed down over generations, this is a stunning vessel that captures a historic art. Let this lovely vase be a timeless addition to your collection of Native American pottery.
    • Contemporary vase handmade by Thomas Tenorio (Santo Domingo Pueblo)
    • Natural clay with all-natural vegetal and mineral slip
    • Crafted through traditional horizontal coil method
    • Contemporary circular designs
    • Pot measures 16-1/2” high x 17” long x 10” wide
    • Comes with a signed Certificate of Authenticity

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  • Thomas Tenorio (b. 1963), is a self-taught potter from Santo Domingo Pueblo. He began creating pottery as a personal attempt to save the ancient traditional methods that he saw dying within his Pueblo. With this deeply personal mission, he was inspired to resurrect this legacy. By reading textbooks, conducting one-on-one interviews with other potters, through research, and by trial and error, Thomas is now creating unique and contemporary work, using all-natural clay and pigments gathered within the Santo Domingo Pueblo. With traditional techniques of gathering and processing his clay and pigments, shaping his vessels, and firing outdoors, Thomas has revitalized this ancient craft. Adding his own unique and contemporary style to the traditional Santo Domingo look, he has made a name for himself within the world of collectors.
  • Santo Domingo is most known for its beautiful heishi necklaces handcrafted from shell and gemstones but the Pueblo also has a long and distinguished tradition of beautiful handmade pottery. The pottery of Santo Domingo can appear more simple in form and design than the work of other Pueblos, with artists often specializing in larger forms like water jars, ollas and dough bowls. The traditional Santo Domingo style features brown, black or red designs on a buff background, often with a red base, though red-on-black and blackware pots are also made today. Santo Domingo vessels are most easily distinguished from pottery of other Pueblos by their large, blocky and often symmetrical designs. The Pueblo is one of the most conservative, and painting realistic animals, human figures or other sacred symbols on pottery is discouraged. Common designs include flowers, geometric motifs such as circles and scalloped patterns, and stylized birds and animals. Today there are a number of skilled Santo Domingo potters creating elegant traditional pots, carrying on the legacy of an ancient and beautiful craft.
  • 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.

    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.
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