DescriptionA Shumakolowa Native Arts exclusive! This unique café-style ceramic mug is a replica of a single beautiful clay pot handcrafted by Lisa Holt collaborating with Harlan Reano. Holt and Reano were inspired by the purple flowers on the beeweed plant, from which their traditional black paint is derived.
- Collectible tall café style mug
- Based on original by artist Lisa Holt of Cochiti Pueblo collaborating with Harland Reano of Santo Domingo 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
Lisa Holt (Cochiti) and Harlan Reano (Santo Domingo/Kewa) have been creating pottery together since 1999. Holt is of Cochiti Pueblo heritage on her mother’s side, and comes from an illustrious family of artists, including her uncle, Virgil Ortiz. She learned the art of pottery from her mother, Inez Ortiz, and her grandmother, well-known Cochiti potter Seferina Ortiz. Holt uses clay from Cochiti Pueblo to sculpt pottery that is then painted by Reano.
Reano is Santo Domingo/Kewa on his mother’s side, and his painted designs are sometimes inspired by older Santo Domingo pottery. The two artists complete their collaborations by firing the pots together.
When they first began collaborating nearly two decades ago, the pair initially specialized in large ollas and figurative pottery inspired by the old Cochiti tradition of human and animal forms, including frogs and lizards. More recently they have expanded into pots, jars, and figures that are rooted in tradition but have a more contemporary, sometimes edgy, feel to them.
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.