Toh-Atin Gallery is fortunate to have an excellent Southwest pottery collection, which includes very fine Navajo, Ute and Pueblo pottery. Durango area visitors can find pottery from Maria Martinez and the Nampeyo and Navasie families. In addition, we carry some very fine Mata Ortiz pottery, including pieces by the Quezada family. We are proud to provide access to such beautiful works for our customers all over Colorado.
This site contains most, but not all, of the Southwest pottery we currently show in the gallery. If you are looking for a special piece or the work of a particular artist, please let us know.
Today, the artists from such Pueblo villages as San Ildefonso, Santa Clara, Acoma, Santo Domingo, Zuni, the Hopi villages and others create beautiful pottery, not to use, but to celebrate the culture that has survived for centuries. These pots are still made from natural clay, cleaned and shaped by hand, without the use of a potter's wheel. They are polished using smooth stones and painted with vegetal and clay slips before being fired under piles of sheep manure or pinion wood.
One of the oldest and most collectible of Native American art forms, Pueblo pottery is a testament to the survival of this wonderful culture.
We have included a separate page for Storytellers, as potters from other pueblos, in addition to Cochiti, are now making many of these fine pieces.
For finely crafted Pueblo pottery, Durango and Cortez, CO area art connoisseurs and enthusiasts depend on the selection at Toh-Atin Gallery.