Historic San Juan Pueblo Pottery Serving Bowl with Red Band


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There are certain styles of historic pottery from San Juan Pueblo that seem to never have changed in shape or design.  This plainware deep bowl is one of those that we can say is “traditional San Juan” in every detail. The bowl was constructed from traditional San Juan Pueblo clay with a small amount of mica within the clay.  The natural clay was stone polished, without the application of a slip to the surface, except for the red slip around the exterior rim.  The red slip was also stone polished.

The vessel shape is globular except for the neck area, which was traditionally applied in a concave finish, over which the red slip was applied.  The decoration, other than the red slip, consists of faint fire clouds.  That had always been the tradition at San Juan Pueblo, until the 1930s when a new style of pottery was adapted as a product aimed at appealing to an outside market.  

Most vessels of this older style were made before the 1930s, however, it is quite likely that some of the older potters did not switch to the new style but continued making this older style as long as they were capable.  It is not likely that any of this style were made after the mid-1940s, as the new style proved immensely popular with the post-WWII tourists who began traveling to the Southwest after being homebound for four years because of the war.

For the collector who prefers to collect only traditional historic pottery, this is the one to consider.  It is probably from the 1920s-1930s.

Condition: excellent condition

Provenance: this Historic San Juan Pueblo Pottery Serving Bowl with Red Band is from a gentleman from Albuquerque

Recommended Reading: Pottery of the Pueblos of New Mexico 1700-1940 by Jonathan Batkin

Relative Links: Southwest Indian PotterySan Juan PuebloHistoric Pottery

Alternate view of the inside of this bowl.

Pueblo Potter Unknown
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