Jemez PuebloThe history of pottery at Jemez is one of absence and rebirth. The instantly recognizable look of the pottery today, happened in barely more than 20 years.
Traditional name: “Walatowa”. This Towa name is sometimes signed on Jemez pottery. Jemez Pueblo is tucked away in the beautiful Jemez Mountains 50 Miles northwest of Albuquerque, NM. During the mid-20th century Jemez potters experimented with brightly painted pottery known as poster-paint. Today, Jemez has over 500 potters producing high quality sgraffito red ware, melon ware, corn maidens and figurines.
The Jemez are known for a variety of different styles and clay bodies; red to cream and high polished sheen to rough matte. Sgraffito or etchings done post firing are also popular among the Jemez potters as well as sculptural melon and swirl ware. Friendship vases are unique to the Tewa speaking Pueblos. Many popular designs include water serpents, bear paws, feathers and stylized birds.