DescriptionThis unique café style ceramic mug is a replica of a single beautiful clay pot handcrafted by skilled Jemez Pueblo artist Natalie Sandia.
Natalie is well-known for her highly polished and finely detailed polychromatic designed pottery pieces. She creates her pottery utilizing the traditional methods taught and inspired by her large extended family of potters. Natalie is the daughter of well-known Jemez Pueblo artist, Geraldine Sandia.
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.
- Collectible tall café-style mug
- Original designs by artist Natalie Sandia (Jemez Pueblo)
- Cup measurements: 6" H x 4-1/2" L x 3-1/4" W
- 18 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
Natalie has long been creating highly polished pieces with finely detailed traditional designs, and uses all-natural clays. She utilizes traditional methods taught to her by her award-winning mother, Geraldine Sandia, and a large extended family of successful Jemez potters.
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.