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Acoma Pottery

The Acoma pottery tradition includes some of the most iconic pieces in American Indian production. Dating back through the last millennium, it comes from the Acoma people, whose origins can be traced to their pueblo in the American Southwest. Relying on the hard clay native to the area’s geology, Acoma potters created remarkably durable pieces, their strength reinforced by the inclusion, in some cases, of smashed pottery shards into their clay mixture.

Adding to these pots’ durability, even with their characteristically thin walls, are their delightful painted designs. From stylized animals to geometric motifs, Acoma pottery is known for its characteristically rich patterns and conveyed textures, which is part of the reason why it is still collected today.


Quick Facts

  • Most traditional Acoma pots are hand coiled, meaning the pot is constructed out of a coil of rolled clay that is then smoothed into the curved contours of the vessel
  • The Acoma Pueblo, which consists of three villages – Sky City, Acomita, and McCartys – is considered one of the oldest American Indian communities to be continuously inhabited
  • The fragmented pottery used as reinforcement to the clay came from the Acoma test of a pot’s quality. Acoma potters believed that all good pots should ring when lightly struck. If not, the pot would be smashed and repurposed

Recommended Items at Auction

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A Large 19th C. Acoma Four Color Pot
Apr 28, 11:00 AM MST
A Large 19th C. Acoma Four Color Pot
by Monarch Auction and Estate Services
Est: $5,000- $10,000
$2,64031 Bids
AN EARLY 20TH CENTURY ACOMA JAR WITH SPALLING
Apr 13, 11:00 AM CDT
AN EARLY 20TH CENTURY ACOMA JAR WITH SPALLING
by Dirk Soulis Auctions
Est: $150- $200
$4756 Bids
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FRANKLIN PETERS ACOMA POTTERY BOWL
May 05, 9:00 AM MST
FRANKLIN PETERS ACOMA POTTERY BOWL
by Bradford's
Est: $0- $0
$654 Bids
AN ACOMA POTTERY JAR WITH TRADITIONAL GEOMETRIC DESIGNS
Apr 13, 11:00 AM CDT
AN ACOMA POTTERY JAR WITH TRADITIONAL GEOMETRIC DESIGNS
by Dirk Soulis Auctions
Est: $400- $500
$2503 Bids
VINTAGE ACOMA POLYCHROME OWL
Apr 23, 9:00 AM CDT
VINTAGE ACOMA POLYCHROME OWL
by Jackson's International
Est: $50- $100
$503 Bids
Stella Shutiva Acoma 6.75 IN Pottery [Corrugated]
Apr 24, 9:00 AM PDT
Stella Shutiva Acoma 6.75 IN Pottery [Corrugated]
by Grant Zahajko Auctions, LLC
Est: $100- $200
$502 Bids
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3PC LUCY LEWIS / RACHEL CONCHO ACOMA PUEBLO POTTERY
May 05, 9:00 AM MST
3PC LUCY LEWIS / RACHEL CONCHO ACOMA PUEBLO POTTERY
by Bradford's
Est: $0- $0
$852 Bids
Acoma / Laguna Polychrome Parrot Pottery Jar
Apr 19, 10:00 AM EDT
Acoma / Laguna Polychrome Parrot Pottery Jar
by Hindman
Est: $800- $1,200
$4002 Bids
Ophelia Leon Native American Acoma Pottery Pot
Apr 20, 10:00 AM MST
Ophelia Leon Native American Acoma Pottery Pot
by EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
Est: $0- $0
$102 Bids
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3PC ACOMA POLYCHROME POTTERY CANTEENS
May 05, 9:00 AM MST
3PC ACOMA POLYCHROME POTTERY CANTEENS
by Bradford's
Est: $0- $0
$51 Bid
SANTA CLARA AND ACOMA PUEBLO POTTERY
Apr 13, 11:00 AM CDT
SANTA CLARA AND ACOMA PUEBLO POTTERY
by Dirk Soulis Auctions
Est: $150- $300
$701 Bid
Acoma Pottery Wedding Jar
Apr 19, 10:00 AM EDT
Acoma Pottery Wedding Jar
by Hindman
Est: $1,000- $1,500
$5001 Bid
An Acoma polychrome olla, first quarter 20th century
Apr 30, 11:00 AM EDT
An Acoma polychrome olla, first quarter 20th century
by Freeman's | Hindman
Est: $1,000- $2,000
$5001 Bid
A Fine native American Acoma Pottery Pot NM E. Antonio Signed
Apr 13, 12:00 PM EDT
A Fine native American Acoma Pottery Pot NM E. Antonio Signed
by RB Fine Arts
Est: $50- $250
$201 Bid
Acoma Polychrome Pottery Jar
Apr 19, 10:00 AM EDT
Acoma Polychrome Pottery Jar
by Hindman
Est: $600- $800
$3000 Bids
Acoma, New Mexico Polychrome 6IN Pot
Apr 24, 9:00 AM PDT
Acoma, New Mexico Polychrome 6IN Pot
by Grant Zahajko Auctions, LLC
Est: $50- $100
$300 Bids
Pauline Abeita Native American Acoma 4.25IN Pot
Apr 24, 9:00 AM PDT
Pauline Abeita Native American Acoma 4.25IN Pot
by Grant Zahajko Auctions, LLC
Est: $50- $100
$300 Bids
F.W. Acoma Pottery 4IN Jug [Deer]
Apr 24, 9:00 AM PDT
F.W. Acoma Pottery 4IN Jug [Deer]
by Grant Zahajko Auctions, LLC
Est: $40- $75
$200 Bids
I. Patricio Native American Acoma 5IN Pot
Apr 24, 9:00 AM PDT
I. Patricio Native American Acoma 5IN Pot
by Grant Zahajko Auctions, LLC
Est: $50- $100
$300 Bids
M. Garcia Acoma Native American 7IN Seed Pot
Apr 24, 9:00 AM PDT
M. Garcia Acoma Native American 7IN Seed Pot
by Grant Zahajko Auctions, LLC
Est: $75- $125
$400 Bids
Sharon & Bernard Lewis Acoma Seed Pot / Jar
Apr 24, 9:00 AM PDT
Sharon & Bernard Lewis Acoma Seed Pot / Jar
by Grant Zahajko Auctions, LLC
Est: $75- $150
$400 Bids
Large Acoma Pueblo Signed 10.5IN Olla
Apr 24, 9:00 AM PDT
Large Acoma Pueblo Signed 10.5IN Olla
by Grant Zahajko Auctions, LLC
Est: $75- $150
$400 Bids
Mary Seymour Acoma 5.5IN Polychrome Vase
Apr 24, 9:00 AM PDT
Mary Seymour Acoma 5.5IN Polychrome Vase
by Grant Zahajko Auctions, LLC
Est: $50- $100
$300 Bids
Garcia Acoma NM 4.5IN Seed Pot
Apr 24, 9:00 AM PDT
Garcia Acoma NM 4.5IN Seed Pot
by Grant Zahajko Auctions, LLC
Est: $50- $100
$300 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Acoma Pottery


Grant Zahajko Auctions, LLC

Grant Zahajko Auctions, LLC

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