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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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Frederica V. Antonia Acoma Indian pottery jar
Jun 26, 9:00 AM EDT
Frederica V. Antonia Acoma Indian pottery jar
by Pook & Pook Inc.
Est: $160- $220
$2204 Bids
Early Acoma Pottery Jar
Jul 20, 10:00 AM EDT
Early Acoma Pottery Jar
by Old Barn Auction
Est: $40- $1,000
$502 Bids
Five miniature Acoma Indian pottery vessels
Jun 26, 9:00 AM EDT
Five miniature Acoma Indian pottery vessels
by Pook & Pook Inc.
Est: $60- $80
$301 Bid
Acoma Indian pottery bowl
Jun 26, 9:00 AM EDT
Acoma Indian pottery bowl
by Pook & Pook Inc.
Est: $100- $150
$501 Bid
Native American (2) Acoma Polychrome Olla Pots
Jun 26, 9:00 AM PDT
Native American (2) Acoma Polychrome Olla Pots
by Grant Zahajko Auctions, LLC
Est: $75- $150
$401 Bid
Theresa Salvador, Acoma Indian pottery jar
Jun 26, 9:00 AM EDT
Theresa Salvador, Acoma Indian pottery jar
by Pook & Pook Inc.
Est: $80- $120
$401 Bid
Two Acoma Indian pottery bowls
Jun 26, 9:00 AM EDT
Two Acoma Indian pottery bowls
by Pook & Pook Inc.
Est: $80- $120
$401 Bid
Paula Estevan Acoma Indian pottery jar
Jun 26, 9:00 AM EDT
Paula Estevan Acoma Indian pottery jar
by Pook & Pook Inc.
Est: $80- $120
$401 Bid
Native American Acoma 8 IN Polychrome Vase
Jun 26, 9:00 AM PDT
Native American Acoma 8 IN Polychrome Vase
by Grant Zahajko Auctions, LLC
Est: $50- $100
$300 Bids
Emma Lewis Acoma Small Pot
Jun 26, 9:00 AM PDT
Emma Lewis Acoma Small Pot
by Grant Zahajko Auctions, LLC
Est: $150- $225
$750 Bids
Acoma Antique Olla As-Is
Jun 26, 9:00 AM PDT
Acoma Antique Olla As-Is
by Grant Zahajko Auctions, LLC
Est: $200- $300
$1000 Bids
Acoma Pottery Jar Red Black and White
Jun 23, 10:00 AM PDT
Acoma Pottery Jar Red Black and White
by California Auctioneers
Est: $100- $200
$500 Bids
Two Acoma Indian pieces of pottery
Jun 26, 9:00 AM EDT
Two Acoma Indian pieces of pottery
by Pook & Pook Inc.
Est: $60- $80
$300 Bids
An Acoma Style Ceramic Pot
Jun 27, 9:00 AM PDT
An Acoma Style Ceramic Pot
by Abell Auction
Est: $100- $200
$500 Bids
Twelve Miniature Signed Pueblo Pots
Jul 10, 10:00 AM EDT
Twelve Miniature Signed Pueblo Pots
by Brunk Auctions
Est: $200- $400
$1000 Bids
Hilda Antonio Acoma Corrugated Olla
Jul 10, 10:00 AM EDT
Hilda Antonio Acoma Corrugated Olla
by Brunk Auctions
Est: $400- $600
$2000 Bids
Anne Lewis Acoma Indian pottery jar
Jun 26, 9:00 AM EDT
Anne Lewis Acoma Indian pottery jar
by Pook & Pook Inc.
Est: $80- $120
$400 Bids
Anita Lowden & Sarah Garcia Acoma Vases
Jun 26, 9:00 AM PDT
Anita Lowden & Sarah Garcia Acoma Vases
by Grant Zahajko Auctions, LLC
Est: $100- $200
$500 Bids
C.H. Acoma New Mexico Native American Redware Pottery Bowl
Jun 29, 9:00 AM CDT
C.H. Acoma New Mexico Native American Redware Pottery Bowl
by Matthew Bullock Auctioneers
Est: $50- $150
$250 Bids
TWO SOUTHWEST NATIVE AMERICAN ACOMA PAINTED POTTERY VASES.
Jun 27, 11:00 AM EDT
TWO SOUTHWEST NATIVE AMERICAN ACOMA PAINTED POTTERY VASES.
by Sloans & Kenyon
Est: $200- $300
$1000 Bids
Lorianne Concho & Cyrus Concho Acoma Indian jar
Jun 26, 9:00 AM EDT
Lorianne Concho & Cyrus Concho Acoma Indian jar
by Pook & Pook Inc.
Est: $80- $120
$400 Bids
Acoma Indian pottery bowl
Jun 26, 9:00 AM EDT
Acoma Indian pottery bowl
by Pook & Pook Inc.
Est: $100- $150
$500 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Acoma Pottery


Pook & Pook Inc.

Pook & Pook Inc.

Grant Zahajko Auctions, LLC

Grant Zahajko Auctions, LLC

Brunk Auctions

Brunk Auctions

Sloans & Kenyon

Sloans & Kenyon