Pot from an unknown Santo Domingo potter
Santo Domingo pot, unknown potter

When compiling something like this website, a number of different resources come into play. Over the years some authors have invested considerable time and resources of their own in researching and cataloging who the various pueblo artists are (were), where they are (were), what they made, what awards they have won, who they are related to, etc. It's not an easy undertaking as so much of the data is essentially contained as "oral history." That said, there are some reputable and reliable sources available for those who chose to dig deeper into the subject of Puebloan pottery.

In my creation of this website, I have relied heavily on the photos and data of of Santa Fe, NM, as they present what are most likely the largest and best photos of the pottery that has passed through their business. I also know that most of the folks who work there have many years of museum training behind them and they know what Pueblo pottery is about. I have used other resources to a lesser extent and those are attributed below or on the pages where they are used.

My text for this website has come from collecting tidbits of data from all across the web and from many of the artists themselves in face-to-face situations. That collection/compilation process has shown me the need for a website such as this because so many purveyors of Southwestern Pueblo pottery on the web have simply copy-pasted all their biographical data about the artists. Many of them use books compiled in the 1990's (or before) that were based on questionable data collection methods. When it comes to family trees and who an artist most likely is (or was), some of those books are simply wrong. And so many who have copied that data have tried to dress it up a bit, only to muddy the waters further. My effort here has been to clear the waters a bit and inject some new data in the stream. That said, I know I'm significantly more successful in simply displaying a few of their creations than I am in saying anything about their lives...

Print Resources I've used:

  • The Legacy of a Master Potter, Nampeyo and Her Descendants, by Mary Ellen and Laurence Blair. © 1999, Treasure Chest Books
  • Pueblo Indian Pottery, 750 Artist Biographies, by Gregory Schaaf, © 2000, Center for Indigenous Arts & Studies
  • Southern Pueblo Pottery, 2000 Artist Biographies, by Gregory Schaaf, © 2002, Center for Indigenous Arts & Studies
  • Hopi-Tewa Pottery: 500 Artist Biographies, by Gregory Schaaf, © 1998, Center for Indigenous Arts & Studires
  • Navajo Folk Art, by Chuck and Jan Rosenak, © 2008, Rio Nuevo Publishers

Online Resources I've used:

There are some other good resources out there, too, if you search wide and far. The problem is there is so little about so many of the artists in my list and so much of what there is is copy-pasted misinformation. I list here only those I have used for more than a hint of data here and there.