Micaceous Pottery

Micaceous Clay Pottery

Featuring work by Taos Pueblo/Southern Ute master potter Karen Cordova; Myrtle Cata of San Felipe and San Juan Pueblos; Marcella and Emma Yepa of Jemez Pueblo; Phogeh Povi of San Juan Pueblo; Jennifer Tse-Pe of San Ildefonso Pueblo; Glen Gomes of Taos and Pojoaque Pueblos; Allen Lasiloo of Zuni Pueblo; George Gonzales of Taos Pueblo, and Ignacia Duran of Tesuque Pueblo.

We believe that micaceous pottery offers the greatest potential for increased popularity and collecting by those who appreciate Native American pottery. It's 'discovery' is only a matter of time. To learn more about the wonderful work being done by potters working with micaceous clay read "All That Glitters" by Duane Anderson or contact the Indian Arts Research Center. To read an excerpt from Duane Anderson's book, click here.

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Myrtle Cata created these very fine micaceous pots. She is a full-blooded Native American; a member of the Turquoise Clan; and part of the San Felipe and San Juan Pueblos. She has been an active potter since 1979 and is principally self-taught. At left is one of Mytle's beautiful and graceful swirl pots. It measures 8.25 inches tall by 7 inches wide. Your price $435 ~ Item #MIC345 Includes Shipping!

Myrtle specializes in contemporary hand coiled San Juan style pottery although a Santa Clara Pueblo influence can be seen in some pieces undoubtedly the result of her good friendship with Tina Garcia of Santa Clara. They often shared their special techniques and learned each other's methods of working with clay. Her pottery style is simple in appearance, graceful, and undecorated. She gathers her clay within the San Juan Pueblo, hand coils her pots and fires them outdoors in the traditional way. Myrtle has been given awards for her work at the Santa Fe Indian Market, the New Mexico State Fair, and the Gallup Inter-Tribal Ceremonials at which she consecutively placed first for two years.

At right, above, is a beautiful micaceous hip pot that measures 8 inches tall by 6.5 inches wide. Your price $435 ~ Item #MIC346. Includes Shipping!

Myrtle's work is included in Gregory Schaaf's books "Southern Pueblo Pottery: 2000Artist Biographies" and "Pueblo Indian Pottery 750Artist Biographies"as well as in Hayes & Blom's book "Southwestern Pottery: Anasazi to Zuni".

At left is a very fine swirl pot measuring 6 inches tall by 5 inches wide. Your price $210 ~ Item #MIC347. Includes Shipping!

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George Gonzales has been making pottery for 30 years and produces some of the nicest, award-winning (New Mexico State Fair) micaceous pottery in New Mexico. He was born into the Pueblo of Taos and usually makes his pottery in collaboration with his wife, Percie Chinanna, who is from Jemez Pueblo. He is particularly well-know for his bean pots.

At top, left is a beautiful micaceous hip vase with incised design on the shoulder. It measures a grand 11 inches tall by 8.5 inches wide. Your price $510 ~Item #MIC348. Includes Shipping!

The vase at left has a fluted top and incised band at the should. It measures 8 inches tall by 6.25 inches wide. Your price $195 ~ Item #MIC 350. Includes Shipping! SOLD

"With my hands I take my Mother Earth and give her shape. The heat from my Father, the sun, gives her life and the rainbow of my New Mexico sunset gives color to her child. Every piece I make is a piece not taken away but placed in my life and with the blessing of the Great Spirit I live." says George Gonzales. "The clay tells you what it wants you to do with it.You create the shape with each coil. It is more personal when you make a pot that can sit on its own without any decoration. Then you have something,"

The lidded pot at right is stunning and graceful with superb shape. It measures 9 inches tall by 11 inches wide. Your price $295 ~ Item #MIC351. SOLD

These are some excellent examples of George's work in micaceous clay. He loves his work and takes great pleasure in creating these pots and selling them at very affordable costs which makes them an ideal addition to anyone's collection. Although micaceous pots can be made for use in cooking these pots are not recommended for that use.

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