One of the foremost Pueblo potters working today, he has played an important role in reviving and promoting the legacy of Santo Domingo-Kewa pottery.
Examples of his work are included in private and public collections around the country.
This is a totally traditional, pottery form, recreating the water canteens that workers carried with them when tending their fields and crops.
(DO NOT use this for water, or any other liquid, unless you prefer a mass of mud. Pueblo farmers could count on someone replacing their canteens, as needed.)
The familiar Pueblo bird motif is the primary design, with a charming interpretation of a yucca plant, curving along one, curved side.
Made with hand-gathered, -mixed, -coiled, and -smoothed, local clay and cream clay slip, the black paint is derived from steeping wild spinach plants.
The piece was fired in the ground, as has been done for centuries, shaped with a flat back for ease of carrying and storing it.
It would have been attached to a belt, and stored on the home’s wall; the buckskin thong is there for authenticity, and also to hang it if you like.
Unassuming, and faithful to tradition and history, this is a well-made, charming piece.
The artist has signed it with faint etching, on the back.