Micaceous clay is a traditional type of clay found only in the Pueblo areas. It is wood fired outdoors to temperatures of 1200 degrees F. The color of the Pottery is caused from the smoke and heat from the fire and can range from red to orange to gray. Traditional Seed Pots contained exactly what their names suggest, Seeds! Native Americans across the country had such pots that were used to store seeds 'til the next grow season, the pots are designed to protect the seeds and keep them safe
Jemez pots can typically be used for cooking and seed/water storage and have a beautiful distinctive shimmer that comes from the high mica content in the clay. Nowadays these pots are highly prized for collection of fine art while the micaceous clay pots celebrate centuries of Pueblo pottery making! Jemez Pueblo pottery from the late 1990 to the early 2000's. Each piece is up to 25 years old. This Seed pot is approx. 3.50" tall.
This piece is signed but unfortunately the signature has faded and its a bit hard to read, it looks like it says the artist name which is possibly "BONNY" or "SOPHY" along with their tribe, Jemez Pueblo, NM. followed by what could be the name of the seed pot (it appears to say MOTHER EARTHS BLESSING) then the year it was made, which is 2003. This is one of the older pieces in the collection.
#1736 or NT165