Jemez Pottery Jar by Bertha Gachupin
The Jemez Pueblo is located in Central-Northern New Mexico. The pottery produced there is known for its distinctive earth-tone colors blending stone polished and matte finishes with painted and etched designs. The people of Jemez abandoned the craft of pottery making sometime in the early 18th century and relied instead on purchasing wares from other Pueblos, mostly Zia. Eventually they began to create their own work again during the 1920s and 30s, incorporating Zia's traditional designs and styles. It was not until the late 70s or 80s when Jemez pottery, with the help of noted potters such as Juanita Fragua and Mary Small, that Jemez pottery began to take on more distinctive designs and qualities that have made it very popular among collectors and enthusiasts.
About the artist: Bertha Gachupin, “Thunder Flower”, was born into the Jemez Pueblo in 1954. She is a full blooded Native American Indian and a member of the Zia and Corn Clan. Her pottery falls into the Pueblo category.
Bertha specializes in handmade corn stalk pottery. She has continued to use only traditional methods to make her pottery and has mastered the hand coiling, stone polish, and traditional firing needed to perfect her pottery.
Bertha’s unique style is to use a buff or red slip on the pottery, then applies melon swirls that are carved into the her pottery. She then accents the finished product with corn painted designs to denote her clan origin. The pottery is then hand polished after firing. She signs her pottery as Bertha Gachupin, Jemez, followed by a corn symbol.
- Dimensions: 8" height, 5.5" Diameter
- Clay pot
- No chips or cracks. Some minor signs of use. In good vintage condition
- 1 available