Vignettes of vessels crafted in the Southwest

Photos display an array of pottery made by Native American artists.

  • Autumn Borts-Medlock (B. 1967)

  • 2009, 20x12.5 in

    Autumn Borts-Medlock
  • Tammy Garcia (b. 1969)

  • 2001, 10 x 10.5 in.

    Tammy Garcia
  • Yvonne Lucas (b. 1959)

  • 2010, 11 x 19.5 in.

    Yvonne Lucas
  • Les Namingha (b. 1967)

  • 2010, 11.25 x 14.25 in.

    Les Namingha
  • Jacquie Stevens (b. 1949)

  • 'Double Spouted Jar,' 2003, 34 x 24 in.

    Jacquie Stevens
  • Lonnie Vigil (b. 1949)

  • 25x25 in.

    Lonnie Vigil


Spoken Through Clay features the artwork and stories of more than three dozen Native American potters from the American Southwest. Photographs of clay vessels — their sides painted or carved with designs ranging from abstract motifs to realistic depictions of people, butterflies, fish and other creatures — form the heart of this gathering of contemporary clay art, carefully chosen by author Charles S. King.

Vignettes describing the meaning and inspiration behind the pieces accompany the images. Each selection of vessels, grouped by artist, begins with a portrait of the potter by Diné photographer Will Wilson. Narrative accounts of each artist’s personal experience and creative process, written by the potters themselves, add depth and nuance to the collection of vessels and their histories. As one Pueblo artist writes, “You can look at pottery — and see there’s a story there.”

Spoken Through Clay: Native Pottery of the Southwest
By Charles S. King.
352 pages, hardcover: $125.
Museum of New Mexico Press, 2017.