Native American Culture/pottery



Mr. Sutton,
This wedding vase was purchased at an antique show and the seller had no information about It. I have just started collecting native american pottery and would appreciate any info you can provide. The vase is about 12 inches high and 6 inches in diameter and weighs just under 3 lbs. If you would like any more photos or info please let me know.


The vase is very likely from Jemez Pueblo, or possibly, Santa Ana Pueblo there are several families in both, working in a similar style. Another possibility might be Zia Pueblo, but I'd have to see more detail of the finish inside the spouts and the clay texture there. If it is Jemez, it might be from the Melchor family, but I'll check my not4es and my trader contacts and see if anyone can shed some light. strike the handle gently by flicking it with your fingernail to see how it sounds. If it rings, it's probably kiln fired, otherwise it might be wood fired, especially if it is heavy in the hand and it thunks. I'll get back to you 8in a couple of days if I've learned more.

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Richard Sutton


As a direct reservation trader in all aspects of American Indian arts since 1985, I've answered questions regarding cultural property issues, origins of traditional crafts, materials and techniques, collecting, authenticity, symbols and, of course, repairs! We have operated a retail gallery since that time, bricks and mortar until 2007 and online since 1996. Our online operation closed in 2/2015, to allow me to finally write full-time. My writing site can be found at I'll be adding a book or two from our trader experiences under the pen name of W.T. Durand and the rest of my fiction is under my own name. We are not "New Age" practitioners of adopted American Indian religious ceremonies or combined philosophies. If you are seeking such knowledge for spiritual reasons, we will only provide answers that address factual information on these subjects. Unless one is raised in a traditional, American Indian family with language, culture and religious belief intact, we don't believe that simply applying the trappings or cultural property of a given traditional group will give a non-Indian (Native if you prefer)any insight other than the academic.


My primary focus is on Southwester American Indian Nations and their people, but I also have experience in Plains and Northeastern traditions, having engaged in active trade and retail since 1985 and study for most of my life. I am not claiming any expertise at all in the work, techniques, lifeways or crafts that are made by the Native People of Mexico. They are not the same, either linguistically or culturally but certainly their crafts deserve discussion and appraisal by those who are able to provide real information.

I was a guest on Fox Network "Lifestyles" program, during the 1990s, to discuss how to tell forgeries, and authenticating jewelry as Native American work. I have also written extensively for our website, and our Ebay Store.

UofO, 1970 active in the Authentic American Indian Arts business and direct Trader since 1985. Graphic Designer and published novelist.

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