News for Monday, May 6, 2013

SAR Research Associate Publishes New Book on Acoma Pottery

Water Jar, Acoma Pueblo, 1900-1925Water Jar, Acoma Pueblo, 1900-1925Ceramic, IAF.1156. Indian Arts Fund purchase for the permanent collection. Photograph by Addison Doty.

Copyright 2006 SAR. Image may not be copied or distributed for any purpose without the express written permission of SAR.
Water Jar, Acoma Pueblo, 1900-1925Ceramic, IAF.1156. Indian Arts Fund purchase for the permanent collection. Photograph by Addison Doty.

Copyright 2006 SAR. Image may not be copied or distributed for any purpose without the express written permission of SAR.

The Pottery of Acoma Pueblo, a new book by SAR research associate Dwight Lanmon and his colleague, Francis H. Harlow, will be released in May by the Museum of New Mexico Press. This exhaustively researched book traces the history of Acoma pottery over the past 700 years, concentrating on the period from 1300 to 1930, with a summary of the modern period. The authors studied several thousand examples, presenting more than 800 examples in the book, along with dozens of photographs of potters. The book identifies more than 900 Acoma potters who worked from about 1880 to the present, several of whom are credited for the first time. The collections of SAR's Indian Arts Research Center and the Catherine McElvain Library are central to the research and publication.

Acoma pottery has evolved significantly in form and decoration over the past several hundred years, each change reflecting the interplay of many factors, including advances in technology, individual innovations, changing markets, and the evolving uses of pottery vessels. The Pottery of Acoma Pueblo is a comprehensive illustrated survey of Acoma pottery at a depth and level of detail that has never before been achieved and will be the standard for all studies in the future.

Prior to his retirement and relocation to Santa Fe, Dwight Lanmon served as CEO and director of the Henry Francis du Pont Winterthur Museum near Wilmington, Delaware. He was earlier the director and curator of European Glass at the Corning Museum of Glass in Corning, New York, where he published several books and articles on glass history. He is a fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London. He and his wife, Lorraine, an art historian, have been collectors and students of Pueblo pottery for more than thirty years, and coauthored Josephine Foard and the Glazed Pottery of Laguna Pueblo (Museum of New Mexico Press, 2007). He has co-authored three other comprehensive books on Pueblo pottery with Francis H. Harlow.

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