American Native Pottery Facts

If you are a fan of art, American Indian pottery in specific, then you are aware of the rich history Native American Indian pottery has. For thousands of years their history has been in the making. One of the earliest pieces of pottery was found in Northern America on the Stallings Island found in the Savannah River in Georgia. Many of the art pieces on the market are dated up to 4500 years ago. With so many years of being around, the art pieces have grown in popularity and have in some ways evolved. If you are looking to study up on this form of pottery, below are some facts, very interesting to get you started.

Interesting Facts on Native American Indian Pottery

  • Native Americans, back in the day when they lived in, used their pottery for a variety of purposes depending on their need. There are those who used them for cooking, others for preserving food, storing water, storing grains, to decorate the rooms and others still, for sale. Speaking of sale, there are sites and stores like 123-Native-American-Indian-Pottery-Gifts that provide these pottery for sale as gifts to loved ones.
  • If you have watched YouTube videos, you probably have an idea of how pottery items are made. The process involves shaping of wet clay and then heating it at extremely high temperatures to harden it and cause it to maintain its shape. Where the Native American Indians got this technique is unknown. There are some historians who believed that the creative Indian tribes residing in America came up with the process on their own and there are those who believe they got it from native tribes inhabiting the southern side of MesoamericaWhat is known and sure though is that the process works all too perfectly.
  • Some evidence exists showing that pottery making grew and developed when the native American Indians used to line their cooking baskets with a layer of mud in order to make it slightly more durable. However, they soon realised that hardening clay without having the woven basket makes for an even superior container.
  • Pre-Colombian pottery was made completely by hand. Potter’s wheels and machines were not used in the shaping of the pottery.
  • Some of the earliest Native American Pottery was not decorated in any way. However, later as the art and artists learnt new techniques, they started including decorative designs. Today, finding authentic American Indian Pottery designs devoid of decorations is quite an uphill task. As a matter of fact they are scarce, and can be pretty darn expensive.
  • Semi-nomadic and nomadic American Indians Tribes had little or no pottery at all. Ad for obvious reasons. Pottery, though beautiful to look at is highly breakable and is not suitable for a lifestyle requiring frequent movement. Tribes who settled in one place produced more pottery. Also, tribes that did more of hunting had far less pottery than tribes that did more of farming.
  • Clay to be used to make pottery was not easy to find. And when the clay was found, it had to be taken through a difficult process of purification. To make the mining and purification easier, the Native American Indian tribes had more of ceremonies set up associated with the process.
  • Native Americans back in the day used a process and technique that is referred to as coiling to give their pottery shape. Coiling involved rolling the clay into long and thin pieces and then layering these coils on top of each other as the vessel was built up. To reduce the evidence of the coiling, the potters would blend the coils together and later on after the clay had hardened, scrape the vessel to completely eliminate the evidence of the coils made.

With these few facts, you are more knowledgeable than an average pottery buyer or collector.