search to obtain a collection of traditional Native American pottery from
every one of the
Southwest Pueblos, we discovered beautiful examples of Indian pottery from all over North
America. The above represents our findings. Most of the sites are
active, while others are only occasionally active. These sites can be
located on the associated pottery maps page.
the fabulous Pueblo pottery and other pottery of the Southwest desert,
pottery - with its wonderful forms - was a
surprise to us. Except in a few cases, these
harder to find. But most of our Eastern pottery was
located by searching the
Internet for contacts, as well
as from the Ebay auction site. We would like to encourage other
collectors of traditional pottery to pursue more representatives from the historical
Woodland areas - you will discover some magnificently talented potters.
while you're at it, pick up some reference material
regarding the early
Mississippian and other Eastern
pottery. The forms and
effigies will astonish those who first see them; and the artistic
skill will give the reader a new respect for the skills of the early pre-Columbian people who
settled throughout the Continent. You'll also discover that much of
what you might think as "contemporary" Native American pottery is not so
contemporary after all. Ancient styles and forms continue to influence
Those of us
who have been attracted to the native art of traditional pottery in North
America understand each other. We are surrounded by "non-collectors"
who rarely comprehend our appreciation - among whom, we carry our hobby like
a hidden addiction. When we attempt to share the excitement of a new
acquisition with our non-collecting friends, we mostly receive blank stares or
polite responses. Some are genuinely struck by the skill and beauty of
a piece, but still can't join our deeper passion. So we remain
self-contented in our joy.
But we are proud
of the beauty (and moved by the historical aspects) of our collections and
wish to share them as best we can. So to you, we present our modest
By doing so,
we hope to encourage others to become spectrum collectors by expanding their interest
into all places of North American traditional pottery - so that none of it dies out due to
lack of interest. There are far too many locations where the tradition is
fading or almost gone. We have to remember that we aren't just collecting, we're also helping to
preserve the historic talents of traditional potters.
If you are aware of
other active sites, please
let us know.
We found out about several places this way. And let's see your collections! We know that there are some huge ones
or even small ones that you're proud of. I don't know about you, but
we never get tired of admiring different pieces of traditional pottery.
We hope that you
enjoy the fruits of our quest. And remember,
it only takes three pieces to make a collection...