Micaceous Rope Bowl


Item Number: DR 217
Pueblo: Picuris Pueblo
Artist: Frances Martinez
Medium: Clay and pigment
Age: Circa 1970s
Dimensions: 5″ X 5″


SKU: DR 217 Categories: , , ,


This is a small bowl with a twisted rope design along the upper portion. It was created from a wonderful unique clay rich in mica flakes.  The clay, when fired, turns a warm orange tone and the mica causes a glittery appearance.

Micaceous pottery has long been known for its strength, durability and as superior cookware. Some theorize that the Spanish conquistadors mistook this beautiful pottery for actual gold which fed the stories of treasure and ‘cities of gold’. At Taos and Picuris, the two northernmost Pueblo villages, painted wares had died out long before anthropologists and traders began encouraging the revival of Indian arts and crafts at the beginning of the twentieth century, but micaceous wares were retained for their superior cooking and heating qualities. Micaceous cooking pots were so durable and so popular among the northern Pueblos and their Hispanic neighbors; they were used alongside the metal pots and pans coming in by way of the Santa Fe Trail, and later on the railroad. It has significantly grown in popularity as collectible art over the last several years.

Condition: Excellent – original condition
Provenance: Purchased from the artist by a private collector from Texas

Additional information

Weight 15 oz