A Shumakolowa Native Arts exclusive! This unique cafe-style ceramic mug is a replica of a single beautiful clay pot handcrafted by award-winning San Ildefonso Pueblo potter Erik Fender. Fender hand-coiled and sculpted the original according to age-old methods and fired it using San Ildefonso's characteristic outdoor kiln and smothering technique, which produces the piece's rich black color. He then added his own personal touches in the form of turquoise accents, whose colors shine in this design. While the original clay piece is already at home in a permanent collection in Albuquerque, this replica is a great gift idea and a meaningful way to bring traditional Pueblo pottery designs into your everyday life.
Collect all five designs, available exclusively at Shumakolowa Native Arts!
- Collectible tall cafe style mug
- Original designs by artist Erik Fender (San Ildefonso 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 in the USA on imported ceramics.
About the Artist
Erik Fender (Than Tsideh or Sunbird, born 1970) is a highly skilled and creative potter from San Ildefonso Pueblo. His work has been influenced by his mother, Martha Appleleaf, and his grandmother, legendary potter Carmelita Dunlap.
Over the years Fender has worked in a variety of styles both traditional and contemporary, including polychrome, black-on-black, and black-on-red with sgraffito carving. He is also known for his innovative green-on-black and green-on-red vessels. His designs often include traditional feather patterns as well as his own contemporary interpretations of petroglyphs and animal forms.
All of Fender's work is made by hand with clay gathered from San Ildefonso Pueblo and constructed using the traditional coil method. Also a talented painter and sculptor, he has won First Place awards at Santa Fe Indian Market and other prestigious shows.
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.