Santo Domingo Olla. Olla has chip on rim. Olla measures 8″ tall x 8″ diameter.
Santo Domingo Pueblo is reputed to be one of the most unchanged Pueblo cultures since the arrival of Spanish explorers. Indeed, European influence is as little evident in minimalistic stone-slab and Heishi Santo Domingo Pueblo jewelry as in its traditional pottery.
In comparison to other Pueblos’ intricately-designed pottery, pottery made by Santo Domingo artists is simple—traditional ollas of buff clay are decorated primarily with black and terra cotta paints, geometric patterns and floral and animal designs.
Even more impressive is the painting. Many Santo Domingo Pueblo pottery designs are created by large blocks of black color and negative space, unlike the intricate fine line patterns of the Acoma Pueblo. But Santo Domingo artists use all natural paints that are all but invisible until the piece is fired. To create any design, artists must be sure of their brushstrokes because there is no room for error.
Adding Santo Domingo Pottery to Your Collection
Because of its lack of ornamentation often associated to European influence, Santo Domingo pottery best reflects indigenous Pueblo culture among the Native American Indian pottery traditions. Adding Santo Domingo pottery to your collection lends a touch of antiquity to the Southwestern style.