Collecting Native American pottery is fun. When researching places to visit in New Mexico, you’ll notice that there are many different pueblos. Each pueblo has its own style and designs of pottery. You’ll learn a lot about Native American art and culture through pottery when you explore different places to visit in New Mexico, especially in Albuquerque.
Pottery has long been a part of New Mexican culture and has been continuously improving because new artists are using modern techniques and learning new designs. The older pottery is more expensive, especially if it’s in good condition, because of its value as an antique. Newer pottery, however, can be just as beautiful because of its modern appeal. It’s important to only collect clay pots that you like and can afford.
When searching for different places to visit in New Mexico, you may want to learn more about the state’s arts and culture. Try to visit some websites and look at photos of Native American pottery. When you see enough quality pottery, you’ll train your eyes to recognize what’s good pottery. Be sure to read some books or articles on the subject as well.
If you can go to different places to visit in New Mexico or Arizona, be sure to visit some of the pueblos where the pottery is made. Often, the pueblo will have a cultural center, museums, or galleries where they display works by local artists, along with a lot of information about their history and crafts. All of these will help you get a feel for the pottery as well.
You can try buying pottery products directly from the artists while in New Mexico. Make sure to avoid the souvenir shops in Albuquerque and Santa Fe when buying pottery products as the prices will be marked up; this is why it’s always best to buy directly from the artists themselves.
When going to different places to visit in New Mexico, try to get the widest range of pottery you can afford. The pottery you buy shouldn’t have any chips or cracks, as that will reduce its value. Handmade pottery is more valuable when it’s made from molds, but it should be beautifully handpainted to make it more marketable.
Collecting pottery from different pueblos is fun and amazing because you can see the differences in each piece of pottery. The differences could be in the color of clay used, the shapes of the pottery, the subject matter of sculptures, the amount of carving on the piece, the style of painting, and so on.
Some of the Native American potters have become quite famous, and their work can be very expensive, but it’s also extremely beautiful. Don’t forget that the work of lesser known potters can be lovely as well, and is much more affordable. You can always start out simply and purchase more expensive pottery as you get more familiar with it.
Enjoy your new hobby of collecting Native American pottery and exploring all of the places to visit in New Mexico.