Native American Pottery

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.

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