This area in Northern Mexico is inhabited by the descendants of Pueblo people who fled the re-establishment of Spanish rule, in the late 1600s.
Their pottery tradition was rediscovered in the 1970s, by accident.
Thanks to the persistent experimentation of Juan Quezada, the farmer who first found centuries-old shards, this area is now a thriving pottery destination, with many, wonderful, full-time potters.
Made just like our American Pueblo pots, with hand-gathered, -mixed, -coiled, and -smoothed clay, and fired in the ground.
It is also incised, so the creamy base clay shows through, and decorated with red clay slip and black spatters, done with vegetal paint.
The animated pattern includes lizards, along with an all-over series of scratched out irregular and angular shapes.
Together with the spattered pattern of terra cotta red and black, the effect is jazzy, yet balanced.
The beautifully formed egg-like oval shape tamps down the energy of the design, and the squared curve of the rim gently echoes the incised patterns.
Striking from every angle, this is a flawlessly constructed and decorated example of an artist’s individual vision, with hints at her long-ago ancestral themes.