Sunday, May 10, 2009

Tribal Art - The Glory of Native Pottery

If you missed the 9th Annual Pueblo Pottery Exhibit and Sale in New York City the weekend of May 1-3, you are not out of luck for finding and acquiring outstanding examples of Native American pottery making.

The referenced exhibit took place at the Hotel Beacon and included comments by Dr. Bruce Bernstein, PhD, a noted expert on the subject of pueblo pottery. Dr. Bernstein also is the Executive Director of the
Southwest Association for Indian Art, headquartered in Santa Fe, NM. Also in attendance, according to advance publicity, were potters Nathan Youngblood, Virgil Ortiz, Susan Folwell and Verma Sequatewa.

According to Dr. Bernstein, "Pottery making offers artists a way to profitably fit an old pattern to contemporary needs and provides community members with a means to enter the American cash economy while staying at home, instead of traveling to urban centers for employment."

Stated in
another way, Aboriginals: Art of the First Person owner,
William Waites, describes pottery making by Native Americans, "as a way for non-native people to interact with one of the oldest Indian art forms, one which is still created in largely the same way it was generations ago."

Examples of this captivating art can be seen at the Native-PotteryLink website, which is open 24/7 and offers authentic Native American creations for sale, with a satisfaction guarantee.

(Left) Olla by Lela & Luther Guiterrez, Santa Clara


damnsith said...

nice post : ), Very informative

Sire said...

That certainly doesn't look like any pot I've ever created. Now I know why I turned to blogging to express myself. ;)

William & Susanne Waites said...


Little wonder. That pot by Lela and Luther Guiterrez is a classic pot by classical native American potters from Santa Clara.


Thanks. I'm glad you found it informative

Sire said...

I take it that they are renowned for what they do over there? I've often admired some of the pottery we have over here, and have bought some pieces but nothing like that.