Native American Indian Pueblo Handmade Pottery
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In comparison to other Pueblos’ intricately-designed pottery, pottery made by Santo Domingo artists is simple—traditional ollas of buff clay are decorated primarily with black and terra cotta paints, geometric patterns and floral and animal designs.
What makes Santo Domingo pottery so unique and remarkable, however, is the ways in which artists create the vessel’s appearance. Many Pueblos use a stone-finish technique to give their pieces a polished gloss, but Santo Domingo artists use an egg white finish to achieve a glossy sheen.
Renowned Santo Domingo Pueblo Artists
Among the Pueblo’s thriving pottery tradition is renowned artist Robert Tenorio. Tenorio learned the art of pottery-making from his grandmother and continues to use the traditional hand-coiling and outdoor-firing techniques. His work has won several awards at the Santa Fe Indian Market, Eight Northern Pueblo shows and New Mexico State Fair.
Adding Santo Domingo Pottery to Your Collection
Because of its lack of ornamentation often associated to European influence, Santo Domingo pottery best reflects indigenous Pueblo culture among the Native American Indian pottery traditions. Adding Santo Domingo pottery to your collection lends a touch of antiquity to the Southwestern style.
Palms Trading Company carries a fine selection of Santo Domingo pottery, including a number of pieces by artist Robert Tenorio. Even more are available in our store. If you’d like to view more of our Santo Domingo pottery collection, contact us for assistance from our personal shopper.
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