Historic Southwestern Pueblo pottery from New Mexico and Arizona varies in their traditional designs and with the local materials (clay,temper and slips) available to the potters. There are as many as eighteen of these pottery-making Pueblos in the Southwest. In Northern New Mexico, Taos and Picuris pueblos still use a micaceous clay and/or slip that imparts a golden sparkle to their rather utilitarian vessels. The Tewa pueblos in central New Mexico such as Santa Clara and San Juan (Ohkay Ohwingeh) made primarily undecorated red and black wares. The Keres speaking pueblos in central New Mexico, Santo Domingo (Kewa), Zia, Cochiti and the western Pueblos of Acoma, Zuni and Hopi, all made polychrome or multicolored pottery with various colors of slips. Dating the pottery of the Pueblos can be tricky, although today there are some very good references (books by Batkin, Harlow and Lanman), can be very useful.
We focus on Pueblo pottery dating from about 1870 to the 1930s with the exception of later pottery made by the “Matriarchs” like Margaret Tafoya and Maria Martinez.