This book introduces potters from twelve Pueblos located south of Santa Fe: Acoma, Cochiti, Isleta, Jemez & Pecos, Laguna, San Felipe, Sandia, Santa Ana, Santo Domingo, Tigua/Ysleta del Sur, Zia, and Zuni.
This book is organized alphabetically like a telephone book. Looking up a particular artist takes only seconds. The volume actually profiles 2,150 potters from the past two centuries, featuring over 1,000 illustrations of pottery and artist portraits. Because Pueblo pottery making is a family tradition, their history reveals how different forms, techniques and designs were passed down from generation-to-generation.
This book was created with the cooperation of Pueblo Indian artists. Through artist surveys, archival research and personal interviews, information was collected in 25 categories: including the artist's pueblo, moiety (social group), clan (group of extended families), active years, lifespan, family relationships, education, teachers, students, awards, demonstrations, exhibitions, collections, favorite designs, publications, and twenty years of auction records. Many completed a personal statement, "I enjoy creating artwork, because..." Some wrote or narrated autobiographical statements.