POTTERY OF THE SOUTHWEST

Artists and Pieces from Southwestern Pottery - Anasazi to Zuni

Laguna Pueblo

Laguna Pueblo Pottery is considered the new kid on the block. Even so, Laguna has a pottery tradition that just got better and more traditional.

During the end of the seventh century Laguna was formed by refuges from neighboring Cochiti, Zia and Santo Domingo pueblos escaping the Spanish incursions. Laguna lies 42 miles west of Albuquerque, New Mexico between the Isleta and Acoma Pueblos. Pottery making during the mid-twentieth century declined, but since then, a newfound interest has brought a revival to Laguna.

Laguna potters share neighboring Acoma style with slightly thicker walls and bolder designs. Laguna potter Gladys Paquin explains, “Acoma pottery designs are sectioned into fours while Laguna designs are broken up into threes and are less busy and more spacious.” Popular Laguna motifs include plants, parrots, rainbows and other geometric shapes. Tularosa swirls are also prevalent.

Laguna Pueblo 1336 - Max Early - Polychrome Canteen

Polychrome Canteen

Max Early Details

Laguna Pueblo 1309 - Gladys Paquin - Polychrome Olla

Polychrome Olla

Gladys Paquin Details

Laguna Pueblo 1305 - Gladys Paquin - Polychrome Olla

Polychrome Olla

Gladys Paquin Details