Toh-Atin Gallery is fortunate to have an excellent Southwest hand-coiled pottery collection, which includes very fine Navajo, Ute and Pueblo pottery. Among the potters whose work we show currently are Maria Martinez and the Nampeyo and Navasie families. In addition, we carry some very fine Mata Ortiz pottery, including pieces by the Quezada family.
Much of the biographical information on these fine potters has been taken from the three volumes of Pueblo Indian Pottery . . . Artist Biographies by Gregory Schaaf, CIAC Press, Santa Fe, New Mexico.
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 art pottery, not to use, but to celebrate the culture that has survived for centuries. These pots are still made from the 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.