Category Archives: Pottery

Horsehair Pottery and Animals

Horsehair Pottery and Animals

A Native American art form developed hundreds of years ago, horsehair pottery is used to make detailed animal figures as well as classic bowls and pots. Created to honor a favorite horse or to celebrate the birth of a foal, the animal’s coarse hair creates dark, clear lines in the sculptures. A long-haired maiden was… Continue Reading

The Wedding Vase Tradition

With wedding season upon us, look to the Native American wedding vase ceremony for inspiration for your upcoming nuptials or for a beautiful and thoughtful wedding gift. The Native American wedding vase tradition has been followed by tribes in the southwest for hundreds of years. Traditionally made by the groom’s parents, the wedding vase is… Continue Reading

Native American Ceramics

Native American Ceramics

    Pottery has been a functional art form for the Native American people for over 7,500 years. It’s a cultural tradition that has carried over into the present day and continues to evolve. In the past, ceramics would be used to create essential items such as pots, pipes, masks, toys, sculptures, musical instruments, and… Continue Reading

Handbuilt Pottery by Mata Ortiz

If you study the indigenous cultures through time, most societies were found to have developed pottery, particularly if they were a farming culture. Native North American tribes used pottery for hundreds of years before the Europeans arrived, and their arrival brought additional techniques to create pottery and textiles that have shaped the way we see… Continue Reading