Taos PuebloTaos micaceous clay with it's glittery flecks produced pottery ware that was strong and safe enough for cooking, and for much of it, that was it’s main purpose.
The English name Taos derives from the native Tiwa language meaning “at red willow canyon mouth.” Taos is the northernmost Pueblo. in northcentral New Mexico. It is also a designated UNESCO World Heritage site. Rio Pueblo de Taos, a multi-story adobe village built around 13th and 14th century, is one of the oldest continuously inhabited communities in the United States. The first European visitors to Taos were a small detachment of Vasquez de Coronado’s expedition in search of the mythical Seven Cities of Cibola, under the command of artillery captain Hernando de Alvardo in 1540.
“As with Picuris, Taos micaceous clay with its glittery flecks produced ware that was strong and safe enough for cooking, and for much of it that was it’s main purpose.” – Southwestern Pottery Anasazi to Zuni, Second Edition, Revised and Expanded by Allen Hayes & John Blom, 2015.
Taos potters made utilitarian ware up until recently when tourist and collectors started noticing the eye-catching metallic forms. The pots are unpainted, thin walled pottery with elegant shapes decorated with sculptural features, impressions, incised motifs and applique details.