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Native American Pottery

Native American PotteryNative American pottery such as the well known southwest Indian pottery of New Mexico can be fine works of Indian art or primitive and utilitarian in design. Tarahumara pottery is made of rough earthen clay in white, orange and brown. Rather than being polished and smooth Indian pottery, Tarahumara Indian pottery is rustic and still made as it has been for generations. We have come upon antique Indian pottery pieces, pitchers, bowls and clay pots.

It is a thrill to hold an old piece of Indian pottery and to imagine the lives and times it has experienced. Among the Tarahumara Indians, those Indian pottery makers make pottery with ancient pottery traditions that they in turn give to their children. Unlike the Mata Ortiz phenomenon, it is Indian women potters who make Tarahumara Indian pottery.

Native American pottery began as useful utensils and has evolved into beautiful Indian art. Indian pottery from an Indian pueblo of the southwest can be rough with dark earth tones like Hopi Indian pottery or highly polished pieces with hand painted designs or fine quality thin walled such as Tigua Indian pottery. Pueblo pottery has been sought after for years. The variety of Indian pottery is exciting for collectors because there seems to be no end to Indian pottery styles. American Indian pottery has always been a part of Native life. In recent years the resurgence of collecting Indian pottery has been fueled by the revival of ancient traditional Mata Ortiz pottery in the Casas Grandes region of Chihuahua. The wide appeal of this traditional Paquime Indian pottery has helped the Native American potter in other southwestern areas such as the Tigua Indian pottery artists who create hand painted pottery in traditional colors and styles.

Tarahumara Indian pottery pots or ollas are used for a variety of cooking purposes. An Indian pottery olla may be used to cook beans, boil corn with lime for making tortillas, roasting corn for pinole, and in the larger pots, for making the Tarahumara traditional corn beer, tesguino. Indian pottery is made in different sizes and shapes which define the use of a particular pot. Tarahumara Indian pottery art is simple and functional.

The first step in any Native American pottery making is to gather clay. This may require a trip of several miles. Once the clay has been obtained, it is ground on a stone metate because Indian pottery requires a fine clay powder. Water is then added to this mixture and it is kneaded until the right consistency is achieved. When it is time to begin making pottery, the base is formed first and the sides are built up using coils of clay. The olla is a traditional basket or vase shape and pottery bowls are usually low rise with a simple rim. Native American Indian pottery including Tarahumara Indian pottery is formed by hand, by the coil and pinch method, with out the use of wheels. A piece of gourd, stone or wood may be used to smooth Tarahumara Indian pottery and scrape away roughness. After drying in the sun, a hot fire is made in a shallow pit and the pot is fired. When Tarahumara Indian pottery is decorated, the paint is obtained from red ochre, iron oxide or hematite and applied with the fingers or by means of a feather or cloth-wrapped stick.

Southwest Indian pottery making is definitely a rich tradition among all Native Americans and collectors are captivated by Indian pottery works. Watching Indian pottery being made and then holding it in our hands seems to span generations and connect us with Indian potters from years gone by. Native American pottery is a piece of culture and history.



Etched Navajo & Pueblo Indian Pottery
Rainbow Etched Horse Hair Navajo Pottery
Native American Pueblo Indian Pottery
Etched Navajo & Pueblo Indian Pottery

Collectible Native American hand etched Navajo Indian pottery with beautiful southwestern and Native symbols for rustic decor.

Rainbow Etched Horse Hair Navajo Pottery

Etched Navajo horse hair pottery with colorful rainbow color bands inspired by the southwestern colors of the Navajo Nation.

Native American Pueblo Indian Pottery

Hand painted Native American Pueblo Indian pottery with colorful patterns from the rich culture of the southwest Pueblos.

Mata Ortiz Pottery Painted Pottery
Native American Navajo Horse Hair Pottery
Native American Navajo & Sioux Indian Painted Pottery
Mata Ortiz Pottery Painted Pottery

Mata Ortiz pottery is individually formed and painted by hand, very thin-walled, and highly symmetric. The incredibly fine detail of the brushwork can be unbelievable.

Native American Navajo Horse Hair Pottery

Native American horse hair pottery with real horse hair designs is a classic of traditional Indian art pottery, perfect for southwest style and western home decor.

Native American Navajo & Sioux Indian Painted Pottery

Beautiful Native American painted pottery for southwest decor and western decorating hand painted by the famous Navajo and Lakota Sioux Indians.

Hand Painted Andean Indian Pottery
Tarahumara Indian & Mexican Pottery
Hand Painted Andean Indian Pottery

Authentic hand painted Andean Indian pottery from the mountains of Peru with intricate designs.

Tarahumara Indian & Mexican Pottery

Tarahumara Indian pottery is a classic primitive form of utilitarian pottery used for cooking and everyday use.


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Native American Pottery
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Native American Pottery

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