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Storage Jar, Trinidad Medina, c. 1945
Storage Olla, Margaret Tafoya, 1940 & Wedding Jar, Nestor Silva, 1951
Melon Jar, Andrew Padilla, 1995 & Seed Jar, Dorothy Torivio, 1982
Jar, Lonnie Vigil, 1990


The pottery displayed in The Buchsbaum Gallery of Southwestern Pottery demonstrates a tradition stretching back at least two thousand years. Pueblo potters tell of pottery making as a part of the world's creation. It is the ancestors' storybook that connects the people to the land.

Tony Chavarria (Santa Clara), Curator at the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture, talks of these connections. "Pottery and farming are associated with the earth. They are giving things. The earth brings life: from soil comes food and from clay comes living pieces of pottery which are more than just art. Art is infused in everything. There is no separation between the secular and the non-secular. Religion permeates everything. It guides you in how you interact with people, animals and the earth...clay being part of that."