This special pottery combines the traditions of Pueblo and Navajo artists from Arizona and New Mexico with daring new interpretaions by the modern generation. In hundreds of beautiful color photos, styles inherently connected with old beliefs and Southwest clay are shown to have a fresh appearance in the hands of contemporary potters. Bowls, plates ollas, pitchers, and vases by potters in Acoma, Hopi, Jemez, Navajo, San Felipe, San Ildefonso, San Juan, Santa Ana, Zia, and Zuni families are featured along with storytellers and charming animal figures. The Directory of Artists, including kachina carvers, jewelry makers, sculptors, and potters, cross-references the pottery shown in this book. This reference section alone makes the work indispensible for all who are concerned with contemporaty Indian arts.
Guy Berger is a second-generation trader in Indian goods at Palms Trading Co. in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Nancy Schiffer is a writer whose works include books on Southwest arts, jewelry, and Japanese ceramics.