The Acoma pottery of today is based upon techniques that have been in practice since the Acoma Pueblo civilization was first established in 1150 A.D. Acoma pottery is a fine example of the traditions and lifestyle of the Acoma people. These beautiful works of art feature hand painted animal motifs, black and white geometric patterns, and muted warm coloration. Acoma pottery is commonly handcrafted into bowls, seed jars, effigy pots, and drinking pots.
Browse all our Acoma pottery here to collect or give as a gift! Our pottery in this category demonstrates traditional geometric designs from the Acoma Pueblo people.
The History of Acoma Pueblo Pottery
Acoma Pueblo pottery has a rich, beautiful history. The Acoma Pueblo, which is also known as “sky city,” is known as the oldest inhabited community on the North American continent. The unique pottery style of the Acoma people was first developed around the year 1150 A.D..
The style Acoma potters have used throughout the centuries is highly stylistic and recognizable. With a focus on functionality, their pottery was commonly crafted for everyday purposes like eating, drinking, storing, and even for ceremonial use.
Acoma Pottery Designs
The “Coil and Scrape” Method
The clay that Acoma potters commonly use is lightweight yet durable. The color is gray initially, but because it’s layered with Kaolin (a soft white clay), it’s appearance looks white in the final design.
The pottery of the Acoma people is crafted using the “coil and scrape” method. To start, the clay is gathered and prepared. This process involves removing impurities and tempering the clay. The clay is set aside for curing. Next, the potter will make the pigments from natural materials. Once the clay is finished curing, the potter will start coiling the clay. When the clay is formed to the desired shape and size, the potter will scrape to create a smooth surface.
The last steps of the process involve the potter applying a thin coat of liquid clay and polish it with a stone. Then he or she will paint any decorations using a yucca plant brush. Lastly, the pottery will be fired in a traditional kiln.
Acoma Pottery for Sale
Are you looking for Acoma pottery for sale online? No matter if you or a loved one is from the Acoma Pueblo tribe, or you simply enjoy collecting this beautiful, unique, pottery style, you’ll find that our small collection of Acoma pottery will make the perfect gift or decoration for your home. These geometric patterns and distinctive stylization will suit your interior decor, complementing wall art, furniture, rugs, etc.. They will also serve as the perfect way to nod to your Acoma heritage!
Our current Acoma pottery samples include the PT5098, PT5099, and PT5056 pieces. Each of these is a traditional Acoma seed pot that demonstrates hand coiled clay and geometric designs which are distinctive of the Acoma pottery method.
Cameron Trading Post, originally established in the year 1916, has been a source for unique, one-of-a-kind Native American pottery, jewelry, art, and antiques for over a century. On our website, you’ll find other pottery types from the Hopi and Navajo peoples, as well as specific styles like horse hair or ceramic pottery. If you’re looking for a meaningful gift for a friend of family member, please browse our other Native American pottery options here.