A Shumakolowa Native Arts exclusive! This unique café-style ceramic mug is a replica of a single beautiful clay pot handcrafted by Isleta Pueblo potter Robin Teller. Robin hand-coiled and sculpted the original according to age-old methods and painted traditional symbols in natural black and orange pigments on a white background. Daughter of renowned artist Stella Teller, Robin is one of only a handful of artists carrying on the pottery legacy in Isleta today. 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 Robin Teller (Isleta 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
Born in 1954, Robin Teller of Isleta Pueblo is the daughter of Stella Teller, an artist actively fashioning pottery since 1962. Teller has been making pottery from roughly 1988 forward, including storytellers, nativity groupings, human and animal figures, polychrome jars, and bowls.
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.