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What is "Spalling" in Native American Pottery?

Spalling is a common issue that occurs on Native American pottery, particularly on pieces that were created prior to the introduction of kiln-firing techniques. It is a process in which small pieces of the pottery's surface break off or flake away, often resulting in the gradual deterioration of the piece over time. Understanding the causes and mechanisms of spalling is essential for preserving and maintaining these cultural artifacts for future generations. One of the primary causes of spalling on Native American pottery is the exposure of the pottery to environmental factors, such as changes in temperature and humidity. This is particularly true for pieces that were created using the traditional method of pit firing, which involves burying the pottery in...

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Certificates of Authenticity for Native American Art

What is a Certificate of Authenticity in regards to Native American art?  Typically abbreviated COA, it is a document that is typically given to a buyer during the purchase of a piece of art. Most COA’s will have specific information about the artwork including, Artist name, title, medium, date created, name of gallery, name of issuer, a photo of the piece and signature of artist or issuer. Certificates of authenticity are often problematic and most can even be worthless. Many people believe that art with a COA is automatically genuine, but that's not necessarily the case. For instance, no laws govern who is or is not qualified to write certificates of authenticity, or what types of statements, information or documentation...

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The History And Culture Behind The Santa Clara Pueblo Tribe

The History And Culture Behind The Santa Clara Pueblo Tribe In Rio Arriba County, New Mexico, the Santa Clara Pueblo is home to the Native American Santa Clara Pueblo Tribe. The Santa Clara Pueblo is famous for producing stunning pieces of Native American pottery, and its potters continue to maintain this tradition today. In this article, we will dive deeper into the history of the Santa Clara Pueblo Tribe, discuss the history of the pottery that they produce, and explain why pottery from the Santa Clara Pueblo is so distinctive.  The History of the Santa Clara Pueblo Tribe Travel 25 miles north of Santa Fe, and you will find the Santa Clara Pueblo on the west bank of the Rio...

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The Unique Symbols and Colors of Native American Art

The Unique Symbols and Colors of Native American Art Native American Art is incredibly beautiful. However, from pottery and sculptures to paintings, these pieces of artwork are more than mere aesthetics. They also carry a great depth of meaning, which is something to be admired and appreciated. With that being said, below, we will discuss more about this by taking a look at Native American pottery identifications — particularly the unique symbols and colors of Native American Art.  Symbols Permeate Every Element of Native American Culture, Art Included Symbols permeate every element of Native American culture. So, it is of little surprise that American Indian artists create artworks that are filled with images that have profound significance in terms of...

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