Traditional Navajo pottery has changed much over the centuries. At one time they made not only very large storage jars, but also painted pottery. Then, sometime in the 1800s, the hataathli or Medicine Men decreed that painted pottery was off limits – too dangerous to make. Plainware then dominated. Most were coated with pinyon pitch immediately after firing to make them waterproof. Cooking pots, drums and serving bowls were made. It was beginning to disappear by the late 1940s, with only one Navajo family making pottery.

    It was revived in the 1950s largely to the efforts of Navajo potter Rose Williams and Bill Beaver, a trader fluent in Navajo, who liked the pottery and worked closely with the potters. On his first venture to sell Navajo pottery to shops he was having no luck until he came into my father's shop: dad bought every single piece he had.


(More Navajo ceramic pieces can be found in the  Wedding Vase Gallery and the Treasure Chest Gallery.)




By Alice Cling's daughter, Susie Crank. (TUCSON)  SOLD

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Two views of a beautifully polished jar made by Susie Crank It measures 5.5 inches high and 6 inches across. $195.(TUCSON)

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Miniature pottery jewels by Wallace Nez. The wolf is 1.75 inches across and 1.25 inches high. SOLD. The delicate butterflies are 2 1/8 by 1.75 inches and $400. The magnificent eagle is 2 1/8 by 1.5 inches  and SOLD. (IN SANTA FE)

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The small dish with the horned lizard in it is by Elizabeth Manygoats. SOLD She also made the vase at right, which is also known as a wedding vase. Decorated with horned lizards, yucca plant and cactus. (TUCSON)

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