Shapes and Forms: Seed Pots

Seed pots came about as a means of effectively preserving seeds for planting next season. 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 seed pot 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
Carolyn Concho, Acoma

1 1/4 in H by 3 in Dia
Sgraffito turtle and dragonfly motif on a brown seed pot Brown seed pot with a sgraffito turtle and dragonfly motif
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 seed pot Polychrome seed pot with sgraffito and painted lizard and geometric design
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 with a sgraffito hummingbird, feather and geometric design
Dean Haungooah, Santa Clara

2 in H by 2 1/2 in Dia