The traditional pottery of the Hemish, or Jemez People, this black and white (-ish) pottery is tempered with volcanic tufa, slipped with a white clay, painted with a vegetable paint, and fired in a pit. Archaeologists typically date this pottery type from between AD 1350 and 1700.Joshua Madalena, current governor of Jemez Pueblo, rediscovered this type of pottery when he managed the pre-historic Jemez State Monument, around 2000.In 2005, Jemez Black-on-White was reintroduced to the art market, at Santa Fe Indian Market, after a 300-year absence. Mr. Madalena received the SWAIA (Southwestern Association of Indian Arts) and Allen Houser Lifetime Achievement Legacy Award for Pottery in 2012, in recognition of his efforts to bring this pottery back to life.Very different from the typical red or cream clay of contemporary Jemez pottery, this revival style is made traditionally, of hand-gathered, mixed, coiled, smoothed, painted and pit-fired clay and clay slip, with vegetal black paint. The authentic, pre-historic motifs are similar to current symbols: rain clouds and rain, lightning, water, etc. The graceful center design resembles two swans, and are certainly some sort of water bird.Strikingly different, yet hauntingly familiar, this earl Jemez pottery resembles the black and white Mimbres culture pottery, but with a look and designs all its own. For collectors who thought they had every style of pottery, here is something new – and very old. New or old, it is strikingly handsome.
Natural Clay, Natural Pigments
Height: 3 1/2″ Diameter: 10″