DescriptionA Shumakolowa Native Arts exclusive! This unique café-style ceramic mug is a replica of a single beautiful clay pot handcrafted by skilled Jemez artist Juanita C. Fragua.
Juanita has utilized traditional corn designs painted against the traditional buff color background.
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 Shumakolowa Native Arts, 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 Shumakolowa Native Arts!
- Collectible tall café-style mug
- Original designs by artist Juanita C. Fragua (Jemez 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
Juanita C. Fragua is the matriarch of a family of well-known artists, and started making pottery in the early 1950s.
In the early 1970s, Juanita researched historic pottery of the Southwest. Experimenting with minerals and plants for pigments, she developed her own style and designs, inspired by her family's corn clan affiliation.
Juanita is a valued member of her community, and leads in keeping many of the essential traditions alive for her pueblo.
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.