Shapes and Forms: Seed Pots

Seedpots came about as a means of effectively preserving seeds for planting. It used to be that a vessel was made with a small hole in it, large enough to pass seeds through but small enough to put a plug in. When planting season came around again, the pot would be broken and the seeds released for planting.

Today, the seedpot design has been stretched, flattened, blown up and used as a background for all kinds of decorations.
Lady bug, butterfly and shard design on a polychrome seedpot Polychrome seedpot with lady bug, butterfly and shard design
by Carolyn Concho, Acoma

1 1/4 in H by 3 in Dia
Sgraffito turtle and dragonfly motif on a brown seedpot Brown seedpot with a sgraffito turtle and dragonfly motif
by Dusty Naranjo, Santa Clara

2 1/2 in H by 5 1/4 in Dia
Sgraffito and painted lizard and geometric designs on a polychrome seedpot Polychrome seedpot with sgraffito and painted lizard and geometric designs
by Glendora Fragua, Jemez

1 1/4 in H by 2 3/4 in Dia
Sgraffito hummingbird, feather and geometric design on a black seed pot Black seed pot decorated with a sgraffito hummingbird, feather and geometric design
by Dean Haungooah, Santa Clara

2 in H by 2 1/2 in Dia
Pottery photos are courtesy of Andrea Fisher Fine Pottery