A PHOTO A WEEK CHALLENGE – DETAILED ACOMA SEED POTS – Marilyn Armstrong

Acoma Pueblo Pottery

The pottery of Acoma is strongly recognized for fluted rims, thin walls and geometric design. Potters of the pueblo implement similar techniques found in the local region, from collecting of the clay material from limited sources, forming the vessel for a specific use, decorated with hand-painted patterns and designs, to firing the pot at high temperature.

Traditional Acoma pottery is made using a slate-like clay found within the hills surrounding the Pueblo. When fired using traditional methods, this clay allows the potters to form very thin walls, a common and sought after characteristic of Acoma pottery.

Smaller seed pot

I bought these two seed pots years ago. I would have loved to own more of this pottery, but it is — not surprisingly — expensive and fragile. These designs are painted freehand. Again, no surprise, these artists often suffer from serious eye-strain.

Larger seed pot

Amazingly beautiful, incredibly detailed work … and these are not by any means the most detailed work. There is much finer work available. These were what I could afford.

Two Acoma seed pots

Author: Marilyn Armstrong

Writer, photography, blogger. Previously, technical writer. Retired! Yay!

23 thoughts on “A PHOTO A WEEK CHALLENGE – DETAILED ACOMA SEED POTS – Marilyn Armstrong”

      1. Yes, probably so. Are you familiar with the book, “Maria the Potter of San Ildefonso”? It describes in detail the processes used for making the pottery on the mesas (probably written ca. 1955).

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        1. When we had cats, everything got broken. It is the primary reason we no longer have cats. They jump. And they knock things off shelves and mantels. And they claw everything. I love them, I enjoy their company. But they have wrecked the house and I don’t feel like having it wrecked again. So … no cats. Too much breakable stuff. At least I can put things high enough so the dogs won’t get to it, but cats? They leap for the highest places and I just can’t deal with the breakage.

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  1. So beautiful. And the pottery is stunning as well. 😉 Beautiful work, Marilyn. I love everything about this post. Now I must save my pennies and get some Acoma pottery for me. 🙂 Thanks for joining the challenge!

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    1. Go look online. Some of the work they do is astonishing. All well-made native pottery (Navajo, Pueblo, Acoma, etc.) is incredibly detailed, but the designs on these are something else. Try to buy from the sellers rather than a gallery. The galleries take all the money and the artists wind up with nothing.

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