Jennie Laate, Zuni Pueblo Potter

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Artist signature of Jennie Laate, Zuni Pueblo PotterJennie Laate was an accomplished potter. Her birthplace was Acoma Pueblo, New Mexico. When she married a Zuni Pueblo man she moved to his pueblo. So, we identify her pottery as Zuni.

Jennie Laate (1933-1994) was the art teacher at Zuni High School where she taught the students how to make pottery. She taught them all the traditional techniques of gathering, cleaning and working the clay, and gathering and processing the slip for the paints. The school had an electric kiln, so she let the students use it rather than fire their pottery outdoors. She felt that learning to process the clay and form the pottery was sufficient for class study.

Reference: Southern Pueblo Pottery: 2,000 Artist Biographies by Gregory Schaaf.

TAGS: Acoma PuebloZuni PuebloSouthwest Indian Pottery