This one-of-a-kind functional handmade pottery cup was crafted by Martha Romero of Nambe Pueblo. Romero created this rustic yet elegant "kitchen essential" using traditional techniques and all-natural materials gathered within her pueblo. This unique, large cup could double as a small pitcher, and features a rattle bottom.
Romero burnished the entire pot with her polishing stone prior to pit-firing it outdoors, giving it a natural balanced pattern throughout. The simplicity of the vessel reflects the tradition of utilitarian pottery Nambe is known for, where the natural shimmer of mica shines through in place of applied decoration.
- Handmade traditional outdoor-fired cup by Martha Romero of Nambé Pueblo
- Natural clay with all-natural vegetal and mineral slip
- Crafted through traditional horizontal coil method
- Natural smoke cloud designs
- Pitcher measures L: 8” W: 5.5” H: 5.5”
- Comes with a signed Certificate of Authenticity
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About the Artist
Martha Romero is a member of the Pueblo of Nambé, and her Indian name is Kwahtenbay (Rainbow). She was influenced by her mother, Rose Alice Baca, in her culture and artistic path. Martha has studied under pottery instructors Clarence Cruz, Pamela Lujan-Hauer, and Michael Bancroft. She has shown her work at SWAIA Santa Fe Indian Market and the Heard Museum Guild Indian Fair and Market.
Martha not only educates a wide variety of people on the history of micaceous clay pottery and how to use it for cooking today, but also passes the knowledge and methods on to Pueblo youth so that they may continue the craft and traditions of their heritage. She is also one of Shumakolowa’s select Pueblo Pottery Mugs artists, which you can read more about here.
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.
Our Guarantee of Authenticity
At Shumakolowa Native Arts, we guarantee that your purchase is an original and authentic work handcrafted by Native American artists as defined by the Indian Arts and Crafts Act of 1990. We ask our artists to complete an extensive certification process, providing a CIB (Certificate of Degree of Indian Blood) card and other documentation of their Native American heritage. Our team of experts carefully inspects every product to guarantee it is handcrafted using traditional, sustainable processes and natural materials of only the highest quality. We record the place and date of each purchase and pride ourselves in paying a fair price that allows artists to make a living practicing their craft. At a time when many commercially-made products are being sold as handcrafted Native American art, our in-depth purchase process allows us to guarantee the authenticity of every unique piece of fine art we offer. For more than 35 years, we have made it a priority to visit artists in their studio or home to purchase their latest handcrafted pieces and learn about their work. We have developed lasting relationships with artists, as well as dealers and collectors, and we take pride in being a trusted destination for fine Native American art.