POTTERY OF THE SOUTHWEST

Artists and Pieces from Southwestern Pottery - Anasazi to Zuni

Jemez Pueblo

The 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.

Jemez 706n -Pauline Romero - Polished Red Vase

Polished Red Vase

Pauline Romero Details

Jemez 709 - Geraldine Sandia - Polychrome Pueblo Lady

Polychrome Pueblo Lady

Geraldine Sandia Details

Jemez 714 - Marcella Yepa - Carved Wedding Vase

Carved Wedding Vase

Marcella Yepa Details

Jemez 740 - Antoinette Concha - White on Red Mudhead Figurine

White on Red Mudhead Figurine

A. Concha Details

Jemez 741 - Geraldine Sandia - Polychrome Pueblo Lady

Polychrome Pueblo Lady

Geraldine Sandia Details

Jemez 750 - Unknown Artist - Poster Paint Jar

Poster Paint Jar

Unknown Artist Details

Jemez 767 - Vangie Tafoya - Redware Seed Jar

Redware Seed Jar

Vangie Tafoya Details

Jemez 774 - Teri Cajero - Polychrome Turtle Figurine

Polychrome Turtle Figurine

Chris Fragua Details

Jemez 782 - Chris Fragua - Polychrome Turtle Figurine

Polychrome Turtle Figurine

Teri Cajero Details