Traditional Southwest Pottery

Working to authentically recreate the traditional pueblo pottery of the Southern Southwest. The ancient Salado, Mogollon and Hohokam potters left a legacy of beautiful pottery, following in their footsteps is not easy.

Salado Poly 101

30 years of trial and error boiled down to the essential elements Ingredients Local alluvial brown to red firing clay White smectite clay (location of authentic material remains elusive) Red hematite or ochre, finely powdered Organic paint, almost any plant can be used Steps Build vessel from brown clay When leather hard “paint on” white …

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Salado as a Technology

Salado has been looked at from a lot of different angles, culture, cult, phenomenon… Since pottery is the defining characteristic why not see it as a technology? It was as much about a new technology as anything else and it was market demand and trade routes that propelled it across the region.

Thoughts on the Non-Smothering Paradigm

I was excited to read Rod Swenson’s excellent article in the November 2014 issue of Pottery Southwest ( He has definitely thought outside the box to come up with some interesting ideas on firing Anazasi style black on white pottery, the information he presents in his article will cause many replicators to rethink or at …

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Southwest Pottery Renaissance

When the Spanish first entered the Southwest in 1540 they found crumbling ruins of abandoned pueblos. Vast areas of the Southwest had been depopulated by pueblo dwelling peoples about one-hundred years before the Coronado expedition arrived, leaving behind ruins, broken pottery and many unanswered questions. One thing about the abandoned pueblos all over the Southwest …

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