Taos

Taos Pueblo, the northernmost of all the Pueblos, sits at the base of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains in New Mexico. Its multistoried adobe homes have captivated painters and photographers for decades. This Tiwa-speaking Pueblo consists of approximately forty-five hundred members.

The appearance of Taos Pueblo pottery is distinctive due to the micaceous clay used at the Pueblo, which results in a glittery look unique in American Indian pottery (although neighboring Picuris Pueblo, with a tiny production, also uses this micaceous clay). Taos pottery differs from most other Pueblo pottery in that it is fired at higher temperatures, as a result of which pots actually suitable for cooking are sometimes produced. While paint and other decoration is traditionally not used on Taos pottery, textured, appliqued or sculpted surface detail is not uncommon.