POTTERY OF THE SOUTHWEST

Artists and Pieces from Southwestern Pottery - Anasazi to Zuni

Pojoaque Pueblo

The Pojoaque pottery revival is a blend of modern and traditional Pueblo architectural design, culture and art. The Poeh Cultural Center and Museum embodies that pathway.

Traditional Name: Po-Suwae-Geh (water drinking place). Pojoaque Pueblo is located 16 miles north of Santa Fe, NM. Traditionally it was and still is a place for travelers to rejuvenate before journeying across the southwest. Pojoaque Pueblo was inhabited as early as 500 A.D., but the pueblo was abandoned multiple times over the centuries. Many Pojoaque descendants married into other pueblos or forged new lives across the country, leaving behind a lost culture and the rich tradition of pottery making.

James Stevenson for the Smithsonian institute, collected a small group of Pojoaque pottery during the 1880’s. A few of the collected pieces included yellow micaceous ware blackened by daily use, a black on red ware pitcher and a white polychrome bowl painted with black and red geometric motifs. The Pojoaque revival began again in 1934 when the Tapia, Romero, and other Pojoaque families reclaimed their lands. Today, the style is similar to other Tewa pueblos. Micaceous ware is still popular as well as white traditional Pojoaque polychrome pottery and polished black and red ware with sgraffito designs. Many popular Pojoaque motifs include feathers, bear paws and water serpents.

Pojoaque 2100 - Lois Gutierrez - Polychrome Olla

Polychrome Olla

Lois Gutierrez Details

Pojoaque 2111 - Cordelia Gomez - Polished Black Standing Bear Figurine

Polished Black Standing Bear Figurine

Cordelia Gomez Details