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



Categories: Photo A Week Challenge, Photography, Pottery-plates-porcelain

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23 replies

  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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  2. They are lovely, Marilyn, I can see why you wanted more of them.
    Leslie

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  3. Wonderful work and true artists

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  4. They are very beautiful. I did look online, and while I marvel at the craftsmanship of the more intricate designs, I actually prefer the relative simplicity of yours.

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  5. Beautiful pottery, as is all the Acoma pottery and that from other mesas!

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  6. Amazingly beautiful! Hard to believe these were done by free hand.

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