DescriptionAn Indian Pueblo Store! This unique café-style ceramic mug is a replica of a single beautiful clay pot handcrafted by skilled Ohkay Owingeh artist Clarence Cruz.
This mug features traditional designs of Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo, and evokes the long history of utilitarian ware that the village is known for creating.
Cruz is a skilled potter and pottery instructor, teaching students of all skill levels. He specializes in traditional corrugated polychrome styles, and micaceous pottery.
This replica is practical way to bring the beauty of traditional Pueblo pottery designs into your everyday life, and also makes a great gift.
The originals for Series 1 through 3 are on display at the Indian Pueblo Store located inside the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center. All of the participating artists receive royalties for each mug sold, with proceeds also supporting the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center and the 19 Pueblos of New Mexico.
Collect all five designs in Series 3, available exclusively at the Indian Pueblo Store!
- Collectible tall café-style mug
- Original designs by artist Clarence Cruz (Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo)
- Cup measurements: 6" H x 4-1/2" L x 3-1/4" W
- 16 oz
- This Item is Not Dishwasher or Microwave Safe
The mugs are designed by Pueblo artists from New Mexico, and printed on imported ceramics.
About the Artist
Clarence Cruz is Tewa from Ohkay Owingeh, formerly known as San Juan Pueblo, and a graduate of the University of New Mexico.
As a potter and instructor, he works with raw materials that he gathers from different sites on public lands. These materials consist of clays, slips, mineral pigments, volcanic ash, and Rocky Mountain bee weed used for paint (black) or as a binder.
Clarence's traditional pottery firings are outside firings, including reduction firing, oxidation firing, and open firing (fire clouds), but also utilizes kilns when necessary. He instructs classes in Pueblo pottery at graduate and undergraduate levels at the University of New Mexico.
The most celebrated and recognized art form of the Pueblo Indians of New Mexico is pottery. Pueblo pottery is known around the world for its remarkable beauty and craftsmanship. It has been made in much the same way for over a thousand years, with every step of creation completed by hand.
Pueblo potters do not use a wheel, but construct pots using the traditional horizontal coil method, or freely forming the shape. After the pot is formed, the artist polishes the piece with a natural polishing stone, such as a river stone, then paints it with a vegetal, mineral, or commercial slip. Finally, the pot is fired in an outdoor fire or kiln using manure or wood as fuel.
Santa Clara, San Ildefonso, Jemez, and Acoma Pueblos have distinctive pottery styles that are especially prized by collectors, but accomplished potters are working in all Pueblos.
Today, Pueblo pottery is an exciting and dynamic form, with many artists pairing traditional techniques with innovative and stylized designs. Those potters who continue to create pots using traditional methods possess an extraordinary level of skill, and their pots are highly valuable works of fine art that will be enjoyed for generations to come.Read our Native American Pottery Collector's Guide.