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Product Details

  • Paperback: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Cooper Square Publishing Llc (October 1, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0873586565
  • ISBN-13: 978-0873586566
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 9 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #108,566 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Four or five years ago two lifelong friends with a considerable amount of pocket change developed a lust for pueblo pottery. Together they visited the pueblos and villages of the Southwest, bought "insignificant" pieces from potters, traders, shops, and shows, and came up with a stunning collection. The authors write about these pots in a breezy, amusing, but well-informed style. They explain their "cheapskate" buying policy?"If it's over $40, think hard about it"?and tell what to look for in a pot. They also explain regional differences in clay and treatment and provide great maps. After discussing the styles and traditions of the past and their influence, they revisit the pueblos in alphabetical order and discuss each pueblo's style ("Where Acoma and Laguna's bird is a parrot, Zia's is a roadrunner often startled"). The authors claim "Southwestern pottery is not only one of the world's import art forms, it's the most accessible." For those who agree, there's not another book like this slick, smart, up-to-date invitation to collect.?Gay W. Neale, Southside Virginia Community Coll. Lib., Broadnax
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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It's a beautiful book with lots of photos of pottery and great information.
Vada A. Tate
I would highly recommend this book to anyone looking for a place to begin learning about Southwestern Pottery.
Richard S. Guier
If you're new to collecting, or you want to buy just one book about Pueblo pottery, buy this book.
John Thomson

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46 of 46 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 3, 1999
Format: Paperback
This is an outstanding book for the beginning collector. It's informative without being dry, and comprehensive without being boring. The authors show that you don't have to be expert or wealthy to collect SW pottery, and that it's okay to settle for the imperfect. I loved they way they bucked the "common wisdom". These authors convey with great feeling the true joy of collecting SW pottery.
This was my first book on SW pottery. Eleven pottery books later, it's still my best general reference book on the subject.
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Poupart on March 11, 1999
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Easily the most accessible introduction to a vast subject. Collectors are masters of rationalization, and Al Hayes and John Blom have rationalized their passion for collecting Southwestern Pottery by writing this superb book for those who share their addiction. By far the best overview of prehistoric pottery available, this book also thoroughly surveys the contemporary state of this artform in what the authors claim is a new "golden age". This book is rarely in my bookcase, I refer to it so often!
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By John Thomson on November 17, 2001
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If you're new to collecting, or you want to buy just one book about Pueblo pottery, buy this book. Period.
This is the most down-to-earth treatment of this involved subject that you'll find. The authors stress simplicity while encouraging readers to buy what they like and not to overspend. More than that, the authors have practiced what they preach, and the pages of color photographs are a testament to the fact that their approach works. For me, the advice in this book made this beautiful art approachable and affordable.
This book will teach you about the history and basics of the art form and introduce you to the various pueblos and their pots and potters. On top of that, it's well indexed and a great reference book. Most of all, you will enjoy the authors' writing; their style is conversational and pleasant, rather than academic or haughty. It makes for a work that's not only informative, but fun to read. And whether you read this book front cover to back, pick out individual chapters of interest, or simply use it as a reference, it will be worth every penny you pay for it. It's my favorite (and most useful) book on the subject.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Richard S. Guier on February 26, 2003
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This is an excellent book for both the beginner or serious student of Southwestern Pottery. It gives examples of all styles, types, and designs, making it easy for anyone to understand what makes each Pueblo's pottery unique. Perhaps not as "in depth" as some others, this book is easily the best book out there today as far as explaining and illustrating the basics. It really is an indispensable guide and reference book. The authors are regular guys rather than scholars, so it is easy and enjoyable to read, and filled with great photos of their quite amazing collections. I would highly recommend this book to anyone looking for a place to begin learning about Southwestern Pottery.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By David Hughes on August 10, 2005
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I'd been looking for a book like this for ages. It goes through every pueblo's pottery, describing the special characteristics of each, and talks about the important potters in each pueblo.

This is very well written in an easy going, non-snobish style, instantly increasing your depth of knowledge in southwestern pottery. The photographs are excellent and plentiful, giving many diverse examples from each pueblo/region/era.

Highly recommended for those new to collecting. I gave a copy to my parents in New Mexico, and even though they had been doing a bit of collecting for years, they have a much better understanding of the history of some of the pottery sitting on their shelves. They love this book.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Robert T. Nicholson on January 25, 2002
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An excellent introduction and reference on Southwestern pottery. The authors cover each of the major styles and pueblos, with history, anecdotes, and great color pictures.
They also have a delightful approach to collecting, emphasizing pieces that teach something or appeal to them, rather than perfect (and expensive!) museum-quality work.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By stm on July 26, 1998
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This is my favorite book on Native American Pottery. Often funny, always practical, a great book for the beginning collector as well as a good reference for the experienced trader. Tons of color pictures which always identify potter, pueblo and dates. Good index which includes all of the artists' names. It's organized by pueblo and for the more prolific communities, further breaks things down by period, style or family lines. Covers prehistoric pottery too. My only complaint is that it has no information on prices.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Book lover on December 14, 1997
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A sometimes funny, always informative summary of historical and, most importantly, contemporary southwestern Native American pottery. The authors analyze their own extensive collection, and in the process give the reader a good insight into what is what in each pottery style. Not an indepth treatment - a VERY good overview with information about current and up-and-coming potters in each pueblo and tribe of the Four Corners area.
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