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Beauty From The Earth


The major essay by renowned art historian J. J. Brody traces the development of southwestern pottery from the prehistoric Anasazi through modern Pueblo. A section on pottery technology examines the different types of clays and details the pottery-makings process. Rebecca Allen has contributed an essay on the history of the Museum's southwestern collection, providing insights into the personalities of the collectors and the ways their personal tastes affected the contents of their collections. The catalogue includes a compendium of the 104 objects in the exhibition, each accompanied by a photograph.

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Guide to Anc Pueb Pottery Mesa Verde Region

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Messages from High Desert


Nearly 1,000 years ago, when the Mesa Verdeans mysteriously abandoned the high Colorado Plateau desert of the American southwest, they took with them their ceramic production knowledge while leaving behind a legacy of enchanting pottery. Now, like no other book in the world, Messages From the High Desert details authentic production techniques of that pottery based on 18 years of dedicated research and production by Clint Swink.

Lavishly illustrated with 605 Black-and-white photos and 50 line drawings, Messages guides the reader through the processes necessary to authentically replicate not only painted ware, but corrugated pottery as well. The clear illustrations and easy to follow text, make this book a valuable potterÂ’s resource while the wealth of research data creates a unique archaeological reference. All will find the firing chapter to be the most thorough presentation on prehistoric firing anywhere.

Southwestern Pottery A-Z


When this book first appeared in 1996, it was "Pottery 101," a basic introduction to the subject. It served as an art book, a history book, and a reference book, but also fun to read, beautiful to look at, and filled with good humor and good sense. After twenty years of faithful service, it's been expanded and brought up-to-date with photographs of more than 1,600 pots from more than 1,600 years. It shows every pottery-producing group in the Southwest, complete with maps that show where each group lives. Now updated, rewritten, and re-photographed, it's a comprehensive study as well as a basic introduction to the art.

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