Native American Pueblo Pottery

Southwest Native American Pueblo pottery is treasured by collectors for its long history. The pottery’s beauty is revered. Also, the ware’s utility is second to none.

Before the White Man came, hunters and gatherers went through a slow change. They learned how to farm and adapted to that way of life. As a result, they expanded the use of their vessels to include clay based vessels. This lifestyle’s debut marks the start of widespread use of Native American Pueblo pottery. Due to the sedentary lifestyle of farming, potters were able to master their craft.

Coiling is the most common method of shaping the vessels body. Also, the combination of the clay, slips and tempers identify the location of where the pots came from. Even more, paints and shapes identify the exact tribe that made these wares. The common designs and styles are derived from the Anasazi culture and their contemporaries. These designs and placements on the pottery determine the period within the culture and age of the piece. Other factors used to determine the pieces origin are if they were pit-fired with wood or dung. Still, some were coal-fired or finished. However, Many vessels today are done in a modern kiln.

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