Wukoki Ruin, Flagstaff,
Southwest Potters and Other Native American Artists
Welcome to Southwestpotters.com
The photos you are about to see were taken during many trips made by my wife, Georgann,
and me to the Pueblo country of northern Arizona and New Mexico. The pottery, jewelry,
Katchinas, and other art were either gifts, or were purchased as part of our personal
collection. We hope you enjoy them as much as we do. If you wish to have additional
information about any of the artists, use the Contact link and I will be happy to respond.
I have been an anthropologist for more than 50 years, and have spent much of that time
learning about Native American cultures of North America. I have been struck by the
profound simplicity and elegance of their art, and by the exceptional talent they have.
During my career, I have been privileged to meet many of the artists whose work you will
see as you browse through this Web site. They represent some of the finest artists in this
hemisphere, and they have devoted a substantial part of their lives to the preservation and
development of the pottery and other artwork of their cultures.
Each of these artisans has a fascinating and very personal story. I believe that we are
fortunate as a nation to have their craftmanship. The considerable effort they have made to
revitalize this original art helps to tie the past together with the present and gives us a
perspective from which to better understand and appreciate Native American culture.
I do not claim that the photo-essays presented here are exhaustive, or even extensive. To
provide background on the subject of pottery, I have included photo essays on several
prehistoric living sites, including Wukoki, Wupatki, Walnut Canyon, Mesa Verde, and Chaco
Canyon. Again, these photos and the sites that are their subject are only an attempt to give
representative examples of the incredible design and construction abilities of these prehistoric
people. The pottery shown in these pages is primarily representative of Hopi and Navaho
arts and crafts, along with some discussion about the origins of their revived art, including
photos of early, prehistoric pottery and crafts. If you are interested in any additional
information about these artists and their work, please email me and I will help you make
contact with the artist. We do not become involved in any transaction, nor are we
compensated in any way by the artists or those who purchase from them.
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