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Beyond Utility: The Sacred Art of Pueblo Pottery

Category: Pottery | Posted by Todd | Tue, Apr 23rd 2024, 12:31pm

When pottery is referred to as "utilitarian," it often overlooks the pueblo people's perspective. While pottery may serve utilitarian purposes, it holds deeper meanings for the potters. They do not view their vessels as mere utensils. This is evident in the time and effort potters invested in beautifying a water jar, treating each vessel as a sacred gift from Mother Earth.

The use of the terms "prehistoric," "historic," and "utilitarian" is not necessarily wrong or insensitive, provided we understand them as descriptive terms and acknowledge the significance of vessels at the pueblo, beyond their utilitarian function. As collectors, we admire the beauty of a vessel with its elaborate designs and appreciate the effort put into making it so.