Nambe PuebloNambé pieces are seldom decorated, the micaceous surface is interesting enough in itself that additional painted designs seem unnecessary.
Traditional name: Nanbé Owingeh. “The Place of the Rounded Earth.” Nambe is a Tewa speaking pueblo located northeast of Santa Fe, NM and neighboring Pojoaque. The Nambe Pueblo was settled around the 13th century and consisted of eight small villages. Today, visitors from all over the world come to experience the beautiful lakes and waterfalls that made this scenic land a spiritual destination.
Today, the arts and craft revival continues, but Nambe is still better known for farming and fishing than pottery. Pre-historic pottery shards still surface on the land cultivated by the Nambe farmers and the hope for pottery revival is ever present. Up until the 1830’s, Nambe was known for their polychrome pottery that resembled Powhoge Polychrome – painted black and white geometric decorations applied in organic paint on red clay. The change in design style was influenced by neighboring Santa Clara Pueblo’s high relief red ware and Picuris Pueblo’s plain tan micaceous ware. The micaceous pottery usually lacks painted designs. Instead, potters etched or carved designs. Nambe and other Tewa speaking tribes were known for bear paws, water serpent, feathers, kiva steps and cloud motifs.