American Indian Pottery
Slide 0: Diana Lewis Garcia Seed Pot
Diana Lewis Garcia Seed Pot
A specialist in handmade seed jars, Diana Lewis Garcia of the Acoma Pueblo made this Seed Pot by hand-coiling its shape. She then painted the intricate design with natural pigments (gathered from within the Acoma Pueblo) with a brush fashioned from a yucca plant. A one-of-a-kind artwork, this exquisite, outdoor-fired Diana Lewis Garcia Seed Pot beautifully represents ancient Acoma pottery traditions. Handcrafted in New Mexico.
Slide 1: Sandra Victorino Seed Pot
Sandra Victorino Seed Pot
An award-winning potter, Acoma Pueblo artist Sandra Victorino creates this stunning Seed Pot by coiling the locally gathered clay. After it is fired in an open, outdoor kiln, the resulting white vessel becomes a canvas for Sandra Victorino’s op-art inspired motifs. A one-of-a-kind artwork, this gorgeous Sandra Victorino Seed Pot is hand-painted with beeweed to create the black (or brownish) colorations. A native clay slip is used to make red coloration. Handcrafted in New Mexico.
Slide 2: Michelle Shields Hummingbird Jar
Michelle Shields Hummingbird Jar
Continuing a nearly 800-year-old Acoma Pueblo tradition, Acoma artist Michelle Shields hand-paints this Hummingbird Jar with exceptional beauty and precision. A one-of-a-kind work of art, she formed this breathtaking Michelle Shields Hummingbird Jar from coils of locally gathered clay, then fired it over an outdoor, open-pit kiln. Handcrafted in New Mexico.
Slide 3: Rose Pacheco Butterfly Pot
Rose Pacheco Butterfly Pot
This one-of-a-kind polychrome Butterfly Pot is hand-built with coils of locally gathered clays by potter Rose Pacheco of the Santo Domingo Pueblo. She uses a yucca brush and natural pigments to paint the enchanting butterfly and flower designs gracing her Rose Pacheco Butterfly Pot before she pit-fires it outdoors. An egg white finish imparts a glossy sheen. Handcrafted in New Mexico.
Slide 4: Santana Phillips Fine-Line Seed Pot
Santana Phillips Fine-Line Seed Pot
Intricately delineated with stylized floral motifs, this traditional Santana Phillips Fine-Line Seed Pot is a one-of-a-kind work of art. Reflecting centuries of Acoma Pueblo pottery making, Santana Phillips paints his handmade clay Fine-Line Seed Pot with natural pigments before pit-firing it outdoors. Handcrafted in New Mexico.
Slide 5: Rose Pacheco Feather Pattern Pot
Rose Pacheco Feather Pattern Pot
This one-of-a-kind Rose Pacheco Feather Pattern Pot is made entirely by hand—from the hand-built coils of locally gathered clays to the hand-painted contemporary feather pattern of this striking polychrome pot. A Santo Domingo Pueblo artist, Rose Pacheco uses a yucca brush and natural pigments to decorate her Feather Pattern Pot. Fired over an outdoor pit kiln, the traditional motif is interpreted in a contemporary style. An egg white finish imparts a glossy sheen. Handcrafted in New Mexico.
Slide 6: Rose Pacheco Pot
Rose Pacheco Pot
Hand-built from coils of locally gathered clay, this one-of-a-kind Rose Pacheco Pot is hand-painted with traditional Santo Domingo geometric motifs. Using a yucca brush and natural pigments, she applies the polychrome designs. A Santo Domingo Pueblo artist, Rose Pacheco fires her polychrome Pot over an open, outdoor kiln. An egg white finish imparts a glossy sheen. Handcrafted in New Mexico.
Slide 7: Santana Phillips Seed Pot
Santana Phillips Seed Pot
Acoma Pueblo artist Santana Phillips has adorned this one-of-a-kind Seed Pot with a stylized petal lattice within which he has painted multi-direction fine wavy lines. This compelling Seed Pot with its characteristic black geometric motifs reflects centuries of Acoma Pueblo pottery making. Santana Phillips paints his handmade clay Seed Pot with natural pigments before pit-firing it outdoors. Handcrafted in New Mexico.
Slide 8: Terrance Chino Seed Pot
Terrance Chino Seed Pot
Acoma Pueblo artist Terrance Chino learned the ancient methods of working clay from his mother, Evelyn L. Chino. To create his Terrance Chino Seed Pot, Terrance cleaned and tempered locally gathered clay which he hand-coiled and shaped. Throughout this process, he chanted and prayed to ensure every piece was blessed. While the vessel dried, he hand-boiled certain plants to make the colors with which he decorated this one-of-a-kind Seed Pot. Next he sanded the pot until the surface was smooth, then used a yucca-plant paint brush to apply his complex geometric designs. Handcrafted in New Mexico.
Slide 9: Titus Davis Pot
Titus Davis Pot
One of the newest and youngest Acoma Pueblo potters, Titus Davis paints modern masterpieces—like this one-of-a-kind Titus Davis Pot—which he makes entirely by hand from locally gathered clay. Known for complex lines and broad white curves, the white “canvas” of this open-kiln fired pot lends drama to his intricate designs. Handcrafted in New Mexico.
Slide 10: Denise Chavarria Blackware Vase
Denise Chavarria Blackware Vase
This one-of-a-kind Denise Chavarria Blackware Vase with hand-carved designs and a contrasting matte/polished finish is handmade by Santa Clara Pueblo artist Denise Chavarria. The black carbonized finish of this elegant clay Blackware Vase is achieved by placing the clay jar over a smothered, outdoor fire. Handcrafted in New Mexico.
Slide 11: Marcella Yepa Melon Vase
Marcella Yepa Melon Vase
A specialist in contemporary hand-coiled, melon-styled pottery, clay artist Marcella Yepa has handmade her one-of-a-kind Marcella Yepa Melon Vase from clays and natural pigments found within the Jemez Pueblo where she was born. Employing the traditional hand-coiling and pinching methods to shape the vase, her Marcella Yepa Melon Vase is fired on an open outdoor kiln. Handcrafted in New Mexico.