Oak Creek Indian Art

Southwestern Pottery

Southwest American Indian pottery is the legacy of a tradition over one thousand years old. To be considered a "traditional" piece of pottery the potter must dig the clay out of the ground and construct the pot entirely by hand without the use of a potter's wheel. Designs are then painted on to the surface of a dried piece before it is fired. Designs can also be applied with a "slip", a thin mixture of water and clay. Different clays, ground minerals, or plant materials are used to make slips of different colors. Many traditional potters do not use electric kilns for firing their work, instead using an outdoor pit fueled by wood and dung. Pottery with a shiny finish has been polished by rubbing the surface of the piece with smooth stones. Our focus is on fine quality, southwest pottery. Hopi potters: Fannie Nampeyo, Fawn, Dextra Quotskuyva, Thomas Polacca (1970's). San Ildefonso potters: Carmelita Dunlap, Carlos Dunlap, Blue Corn. Acoma potters: R. Concho, Dorothy Torivio, Lucy Lewis.... and many others. Please look at the variety of our fine southwest pottery and feel free to ask any questions you may have. We guaranty the authenticity of every item in our inventory.

San Ildefonso jar

San Ildefonso jar

Signed Mountain Flower Dunlap

4" x 4"

SOLD

Geometric design bowl

Geometric design bowl

Signed S.C.C. which are initials for Sarah Collateta of Hopi.

7" x 3"

$175
Large Carmelita Dunlap Olla

Large Carmelita Dunlap Olla

Large beautiful olla by Carmelita Dunlap of San Ildefonso Pueblo

7" x 9"

SOLD

San Ildefonso olla

San Ildefonso olla

Linda Dunlap, daughter of Carmelita Dunlap - dated 1982

7" x 6 1/2"

SOLD

Hopi Bowl

Hopi Bowl

8" x 2"

SOLD

Hopi - Fannie Nampeyo

Hopi - Fannie Nampeyo

7 1/2" (long) x 4"

SOLD

Jeddito bowl

Jeddito bowl

Museum quality, unrestored condition.

6" x 3"

$1,100