Created at Acoma Pueblo by Martina Pino (b. 1880), matriarch of the distinguished Pino Family, leading artists of the Zia Pueblo pottery tradition, during the first third of the 20th Century. | A Southern California collector acquired this jar from the Bishop Gallery in Los Angeles during the 1960s.
Mata Ortiz Pottery. In the village of Mata Ortiz, master potter Juan Quezada, inspired by ancient potsherds, leads a renaissance of the region's native art tradition. Contemporary work reflecting art of indigenous Hopi, Zuni, Acoma Indians and others, has come to be known as Mata Ortiz Pottery. Unlike most U.S. potters, those in Mata Ortiz use local, naturally occurring clay. First, the potters dig the clay, then use a unique water filtration process that produces a very fine clay body.
American Indian pottery is very popular among collectors of southwest and western pottery. Each piece of Indian pottery is handcrafted to make a unique piece of southwestern art. Horse hair pottery made by the Navajo Indians is a popular style, but getting harder to find. The wedding vase is also a very significant piece because of what it represents.
"Sharing Our Lives Together" - Bronze sculpture by Larry Yazzie. - Acclaimed Native American sculptor Larry Yazzie graduated with honors from the Institute of American Indian Art in Santa Fe in the mid-1980s.
Hopi pottery by Rainy Naha, Hopi-Tewa. This jar shows the Hopi Butterfly Maiden on the front, and back. In Hopi, this is the Palhik Mana, and she appears in many of the Hopi social dances held during the winter months.