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    Posted 4 years ago

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    Have micaceaous pottery, size 4.5" H X 5.5" W. What pueblo is it from? Looks like writing on bottom 'Jones'....Name of artist?

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    1. CanyonRoad, 4 years ago
      Although Taos and Picuris Pueblos are usually thought of as specializing in micaceous pottery, it is, or has been, made at every Southwest pueblo with the possible exception of Zia and Zuni. The Jicarilla Apache also have a traditional connection with it, and are even credited by some to having originally introduced the use to neighboring Taos. In addition, there are some Navajo potters making micaceous pottery, Hispanic potters who make and sell it at the annual Spanish Market in Santa Fe, and non-Indian, non-Hispanic potters who also make and sell micaceous pottery. So the chance of positively identifying this "Jones" is rather slim.

      If it's any help, the definitive reference is "All That Glitters, The Emergence of Native American Micaceous Art Pottery in Northern New Mexico" by Duane Anderson. It contains lists of micaceous pottery in museum collections dating back to the 1800s, with the names of known potters, and current active micaceous clay potters. The only potter with the surname Jones listed in the book is Jack Jones, identified as a Navajo potter active in 1998, who showed at the first Micaceous Pottery Market in 1995 in Santa Fe. I am not familiar with his work, however, so can't confirm that this is his work or signature.

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