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All That Glitters

The Emergence of Native American Micaceous Art Pottery in Northern New Mexico

Duane Anderson; Foreword by Lonnie Vigil

All That Glitters, the first comprehensive study of the micaceous pottery tradition in New Mexico, explores the current transition of micaceous pottery from a traditional culinary ware to an exciting contemporary art form. The illustrated catalog of the micaceous pottery collection at SAR’s Indian Arts Research Center and a roster of micaceous potters practicing in northern New Mexico today further details the art form.

1999. 216 pp., 6 black-and-white and 259 color illustrations, 3 maps, notes, 4 appendices, references, index, 8 x 9.5.

Contributors: Duane Anderson, Lonnie Vigil

Awards: 2000 Southwest Books Award

“With its numerous excellent photographs, focus on potters, and uncluttered referencing style, the book succeeds as a popular introduction to micaceous art pottery. For those who have more academic interests, the book lays the groundwork for further research on micaceous pottery, documenting micaceous pottery production in the 1990s, and particularly in the four appendixes that inventory museum collections and list potters, suggesting sources for future studies on what came before the 1990s emergence of micaceous art pottery.”
—Dennis Gilpin, New Mexico Historical Review, Vol. 75:4 (October 2000)

“[Duane] Anderson’s well-written narrative, supplemented by magnificent color images … is an essential book for anthropologists, historians, and students of American southwest cultures.”
—C. C. Kolb, Choice Vol. 37, no. 3 (November 1999)

“All That Glitters is a treasure trove for anyone who loves the culture of the Southwest and the beauty of hand-thrown clay. ”
—Alice Auer Connor, Bloomsbury Review Vol. 20, no. 1 (January/February 2000)


  1. Clay in Context
  2. Traditions in Transition
  3. The Question of Origins
  4. From Culinary Ware to Art
  5. Masters and Masterworks
  6. The First Micaceous Pottery Market
  7. Times of Tension
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