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IARC has one of the most definitive collections of Southwestern Indian pottery extant, representing more than twenty Pueblo communities and numerous other Southwestern tribes, including Navajo, Apache, and Mojave. This collection represents all stylistic and technical traditions of these communities, spanning more than four centuries of artistic production.

The collection of Rio Grande Pueblo pottery numbers almost 4,000 pieces and is thought by some scholars to be one of the most extensive collections available for study. While the majority of the collection dates from the late nineteenth to the mid twentieth centuries, there are also examples of pre-contact pottery, as well as contemporary pottery made by artists who are still creating magnificent works of art.

For more information on pottery, you may want to visit the SAR Press to view or purchase publications such as:

All That GlittersAll That Glitters
1999. 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.

Mimbres Painted PotteryMimbres Painted Pottery, Revised Edition
2005. J. J. Brody

The Mimbres cultural florescence between about AD 1000 and AD 1140 remains one of the most visually astonishing and anthropologically intriguing questions in Southwest prehistory.



Talking with the ClayTalking with the Clay, 20th Anniversary Revised Edition
2007. Stephen Trimble

When you hold a Pueblo pot in your hands, you feel a tactile connection through the clay to the potter and to centuries of tradition. You will find no better guide to this feeling than Talking with the Clay.


The Pottery from Arroyo HondoThe Pottery from Arroyo Hondo Pueblo, New Mexico
1993. Judith A. Habicht-Mauche

Arroyo Hondo Pueblo, one of the largest fourteenth century sites in the northern Rio Grande region, was excavated by the School of American Research under the leadership of Douglas W. Schwartz between 1970 and 1974. In this eighth volume of the Arroyo Hondo Archaeological Series, Judith A. Habicht-Mauche presents a masterful description and interpretation of the pottery from Arroyo Hondo.

Ceramic jars.