Jennie Laate, Zuni Pueblo Potter

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Artist signature of Jennie Laate, Zuni Pueblo PotterJennie Laate (1933-1994), an accomplished potter, originally from Acoma Pueblo, married a Zuni Pueblo man, and then identified herself as a Zuni potter. She was the art teacher at Zuni High School where she taught the students 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. Her pieces contain all the allure of conventional Zuni designs.

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

TAGS: Acoma PuebloZuni PuebloSouthwest Indian Pottery