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    Posted 6 years ago

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    So I found a pot with similar decor which had a sticker on the base reading Tesuque Pueblo, mine looks like a slightly different clay or consistency and lighter color than the other but decors match. This is a miniature vase, 3", handcrafted and handpainted. From what I've read, Tesuque was one of the few Pueblo communities that produced colored pottery, that and their decor is quite distinct. These may have been made for souvenirs, I'm guessing this is 70s era. Normally I would have said CanyonRoad will confirm or reject the ID but s/he didn't respond to my last pot thread. Thanks for looking.

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    1. katherinescollections katherinescollections, 6 years ago
      Here is the similar pot/pitcher:
    2. racer4four racer4four, 6 years ago
      I know nothing about American native art because it's rarely seen here, but I know I love colour and this hits the spot. Even better, it's a great shape, and has some age. So nice!
    3. katherinescollections katherinescollections, 6 years ago
      Thanks for the love, brunswick, fortapache, valentino97, racer4four, Efesgirl, and mikelv85. :)

      Thanks, Karen, the colors on this pot do pop, it's an attractive decor, as Native American art often is, whether made for themselves or as souvenirs. We do see a lot of native art from around the world here though not much from your part of the world. :)
    4. CanyonRoad, 6 years ago
      Sorry I missed your other post. I've been away from home, stuck with only a phone and undependable internet connections. I appreciate your responses to my posts, and certainly didn't mean to overlook your other pottery question. (I've now added what I could.)

      As to this one, you're absolutely right, only two Pueblos (Jemez and Tesuque) made this type of souvenir, poster paint pottery. Tesuque started it, Jemez followed soon after, and they are similar. Generally Tesuque clay was a light tan, and Jemez had a clay with a more pinkish tone. Tesuque decoration tended to be a little more subdued in the colors. And Jemez often used a distinctive black-tipped white feather design, a little different from this.

      Both switched to acrylic paint when it became available (which Al Hayes and John Blom describe in their book "Southwestern Pottery" as being the "lowest-common-denominator tourist ware" but they do admit the poster paint pots have a certain charm that elevates them a bit above the latter.

      I've got a couple boxes of some poster paint pots I've put away, hoping that the book that supposedly has been in the works for several years, may do for this genre what "When Rain Gods Reigned" did for rain gods. But I'm not holding my breath.

    5. bananapeel, 6 years ago
      I have a similar vessel that dates to the 1960's (that's when friends gave it to my mom after a trip to the Southwest). I think mine is Jimez. Your pot is very charming. I like the light tan clay.
    6. katherinescollections katherinescollections, 6 years ago
      Thanks for the love, JImam, and bananapeel. :)

      CanyonRoad, thanks so much for your comments, forgive me for being disappointed when you didn't reply to my other post, I had noticed your posting on other threads and thought you'd skipped over mine, for what reason I couldn't guess. I'm glad to hear you confirm my own research on this pot and of course add so much more to what little I know, you have helped me learn so much, and for that I thank you. As to this little pot, I'd assumed it was souvenir ware, but it was so charming and the colors so fetching, I had to add it to my other souvenir pots. :)
    7. katherinescollections katherinescollections, 6 years ago
      Bananapeel, thank you for the compliment, and for the information which possibly dates my pot further back than I had thought. I hope CanyonRoad's information was helpful to you as well. :)

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