Southwestern Pottery may be the most entertaining book you read this year. It’s an art book, a history book, and a reference book that is fun to read and beautiful to look at. Showing more than eleven hundred pots, there isn’t a more complete Southwestern pottery guide. One hundred and forty color photographs show, as nearly as possible, “one of each.” Tracing the art from its beginnings almost two thousand years ago to the present and showing pieces from every pottery-producing tribal group in the Southwest - Yuman to Hopi to Taos to Casas Grandes - it is the book the authors wished they had when the pottery bug first bit them. With humor and plenty of good sense, Al Hayes and John Blom explain what to look for when buying a pot, how much to pay, and when and how to trade.
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.