AMERICAN INDIAN POTTERY – an identification and value guide
by John W. Barry
Publisher: Books Americana, Florence, Alabama, 1984
Hardback with slip cover, 2nd edition, 1985, 214 pages, color and black and white illustrations. Excellent condition
“An overwhelming conviction, by the author, that an uninhibited, natural pursuit of the ceramic arts by Native Americans is essential in maintaining their culture, resulted in this informative guidebook. Ceramics provides a link with the past, a pattern for the future and a means of communicating with today’s generation of artists as well as the outside world.
“Achievements in pottery-making are a source of individual and communal pride and income for many families. Rooted in generations of tradition are techniques from which have evolved dramatically contemporary pottery. The progression of these unique ceramic art forms is delineated in this guide to styles and values of pottery. Also, it is a documentation of the present state of the art, serving as a reference for students.
“Complete descriptions of types of pottery, and over 400 full-color plates, give the new purchaser a complete resource to use in making wise choices, while comprehensive history sections educate collectors and admirers of Pueblo and other Indian pottery. A glossary to clarify terms, an index for reference and a source list of pottery provide a basis for intelligent decisions in evaluating and upgrading present collections.
“This handsome book will serve as a complete reference guide ranging from the person recently intrigued by the beauty of American Indian ceramic art to the inveterate collector constantly in search of newer levels of sophistication in the traditional art of Native American cultures.”
The Railroad—Introducing Southwest Pottery Arts
Pueblos of the Southwest
Archaeology—a New Era
Pre-historic Pottery Section
Contemporary and Historic Pottery Section
(Over 100 pages of information on pottery from the pueblos and non-pueblo sources)