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Native American Slip Cast Ceramics

Our Southwest Decor Collection of pottery is created by Native American artists of the Southwest pueblo tribes in New Mexico. It is formed using the slip cast method of pouring liquid clay into molds rather than the traditional hand coiling technique which utilizes hand dug native clay and slips. Every slip cast piece is handcrafted with paints or etching by Pueblo Indian potters and each signed by the artist. Because slip cast pottery is considerably less labor intensive than hand coiled pieces, it is offered at near half the price a collector of authentic Native American art would pay. The fine quality art work and lower prices make these pieces ideal for use as decor in homes wherever the unique beauty of Southwest art would be appreciated from the West coast to New England.

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West Mountain is of Laguna and Cochiti Pueblo heritage and has been actively crafting pottery since 1998, working with both traditional and slip cast pottery. He was taught to create pottery in the traditional hand-coiled way by his grandmother, Reina Kohlmeyer Waquie, who was known for her storytellers. West would often accompany his grandmother to Acoma Pueblo where they would spend the day at the home of Lucy Lewis. Lucy would talk about her grandmothers and show him the many designs that had been handed down to her. “I was blessed to know her” says West, “and considered her as my grandmother and she saw me as her grandson.” The slip cast, horse hair, bear effigy at left measures 9 inches tall by 15 inches long. Really beautiful self piece. Not incised on the back side. Your price $300 ~ Item #PJ8. SALE PRICE $195

Although raised in an impoverished community, West never lost sight of the wealth and riches that surrounded him in the form of family love, the creativity of the pueblo people, and the beauty of the Southwest landscapes, wildlife and vegetation. As a child, the passion to create art grew with every new day. Today, as a man, it has become a driving force in his life nurtured and encouraged by the love of his children and his wife, Sonia.

“On weekends as a child, I would go out to Laguna or Cochiti Pueblo to spend time with family” West remembers. “At Laguna, my great grandfather had a sheep camp and we would spend time helping with the up-keep and caring for the yearlings. I spent hours lost in the beauty of the Laguna landscapes and rock formations. I remember going to school and drawing pictures of mountains, trees, rocks, and animals I’d seen. In Cochiti, I would visit my great grandmother who lived near many other family members who were well known potters. The people in the village called her ‘Grandma Cochiti’. She was a first cousin to Helen Codero who is credited with making the first storyteller figures then known as Singing Mothers.”

West’s greatest love has always been his gift for illustration and over the years he has worked tirelessly to improve his drawing skills and techniques which he now applies to his horse hair, slip cast pottery. Although a gifted potter in the traditional way, West has chosen slip cast pottery as the canvas on which to express his vision of the Southwest. Utilizing his drawing talent and skills, he incises each piece as a unique creation never forgetting that there is an equally unique human being somewhere whose heart will be touched by its beauty.


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