The Pottery of Zuni Pueblo

Item No: 28091

$ 150.00

  • The potters of Zuni Pueblo, in western New Mexico, are recognized for their superbly functional and aesthetically unique polychrome ceramic vessels. The book offers a history of Zuni Pueblo, an introduction to Ashiwi (Zuni) pottery, as well as a chronological history of the craft. The definitive treatment of the extraordinarily popular Zuni Pueblo's long and complex ceramic tradition, this book sets the gold standard and will be an indispensable reference for researchers, collectors, native arts enthusiasts, archaeologists and visitors to the Southwest.

    • Author: Dwight P. Lanmon, Francis H. Harlow, People of Zuni Pueblo
    • Hardcover, 604 pages
    • Publisher: Museum of New Mexico Press (June 1, 2008)
    • ISBN-10: 0890135088
    • Product Dimensions: 2” x 9.1” x 11”
  • Dwight P. Lanmon has written or collaborated on more than a half-dozen landmark publications about Southwest Native American pottery including The Pottery of Zia Pueblo and The Pottery of Santa Ana Pueblo (with Francis H. Harlow and Duane Anderson). He has served as director of the Winterthur Museum and director and curator of European glass at the Corning Museum of Glass. Francis H. Harlow’s life’s work is the study of Pueblo ceramics. A foremost authority on Pueblo pottery, he is the author of numerous books including Historic Pottery of the Pueblo Indians, 1600-1880 (with Larry Frank) and The Living Tradition of Maria Martinez (with Susan Peterson). He was a physicist in the Theoretical Division of the Los Alamos National Laboratory and is an accomplished artist, with paintings included in many international and national collections.
  • 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 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.
  • At Shumakolowa we are proud to sell rare and hard-to-find books that celebrate Native American and Pueblo culture, history and art. Our selection of books has been carefully curated by our team of experts to inspire and provide insight into these unique art forms.
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