Shapes and Forms: Cylinders

Corn, cotton and water design on a polychrome umbrella stand Polychrome umbrella stand
by Thomas Tenorio, Santo Domingo

17 3/4 in H by 12 1/2 in Dia
Rope biyo' around the neck of a tall brown jar Typical large brown cylinder-type jar
by Rose Williams, Navajo
16 in H by 11 3/4 in Dia
Bird element design on a polychrome yellow ware cylinder Cylinder
by Rachel Sahmie, Hopi-Tewa
4 1/4 in H by 2 1/2 in Dia
Palhik Mana and geometric design on a polychrome yellow ware cylinder Cylinder
by Jean Sahme, Hopi-Tewa
11 3/4 in H by 5 1/2 in Dia

Most cylinders I have seen come from Hopi-Tewa potters. It's a form they have used for more than 100 years, possibly derived from their interpretions of ancient Sikyatki and Awatovi shapes. Some Santo Domingo potters used to produce umbrella stands for the tourist trade that were similar to today's Hopi cylinders. The form has been revived by potters like Robert and Thomas Tenorio. Rose Williams was famous for her large, brown cylindrical pots, many of which have been used to make drums. Diego Valles of Mata Ortiz has also produced some pure cylinders (most Puebloan cylinders have bottoms while Diego's don't: they are thin-walled, beautifully carved and exquisitely painted tubes).

Pueblo design carved into a beige sculptural cylinder Beige sculptural cylinder
by Al Qoyawayma, Hopi
12 3/4 in H by 8 1/4 in Dia
Black micaceous cylinder Black micaceous cylinder
byRobert Vigil, Nambe
8 3/4 in H by 5 1/4 in Dia
Pottery photos courtesy of Andrea Fisher Fine Pottery