Pot by Corrine Chino of the Acoma Pueblo, New Mexico, USA

My wife and I bought this pot in Santa Fe two years ago.

Pot by Corrine Chino

As anybody who has been to Santa Fe can tell you, it is just one giant art market.  As a matter of fact Santa Fe is the second largest art market in in the US.   Most of the quality painted and sculptural art is sold out of the galleries on Canyon Rd. Unfortunately for people like my wife and I who don’t have unlimited funds to splash out on art with, much of what was on offer in Canyon Rd was simply out of our reach.

The stores that surround the Old Town Square are where one can find plenty of amazing native American pottery. Again, much of the pottery, due to its quality and the renown of the artists who created it, was too rich for our blood. Sure, it was beautiful, but it was just more than we could afford.

Because my wife was in Santa Fe for a seminar I was able to spend a few days hunting around in the smaller shops away from the town centre. I finally found a nice pot by Corrine Chino that I could afford.  So, from my experience, if you have limited funds and you’re in Santa Fe, and like us you’d like to take home something made by the indigenous population, I’d say, that is well worth your time looking through some of the less glitzy looking stores on the edges of town.

3 thoughts on “Pot by Corrine Chino of the Acoma Pueblo, New Mexico, USA”

  1. I’m glad you found an affordable souvenir to take home, because “affordable” is hardly a word that describes ANYTHING to do with art in Santa Fe. The place is full of greedy people who feel they must gouge every tourist in the world, and foreigners, who don’t know any better, pay the exorbitant prices. The thinking goes like this: “Oh, if it’s THAT expensive, it must be VERY valuable!” Nonsense! Santa Fe may have lots of valuable art, but it’s also full of artsy-fartsy fakes, “crystal” people, new age “I’m so much more enlightened than you people” kind of kooks, and snake oil dealers who like to convince us “less than intelligent mortals” that if ANYTHING is made by the local pueblo dwellers, it NEEDS to be expensive! Bullshit! Give me a break!

  2. At last! A place you’ve been to that I also have visited! In 2002 went to two photography workshops, back to back, total of 2 weeks at the Santa Fe Institute of Photography or whatever it is called. Should have just gone to one since my head was blown out by such intensive all day learning. Anyway, spent all my money on that and lodging so could not enjoy the shops at all. Did my stroll down Canyon Lane, though, and totally agree about the quality and price of the sculptures. This reminds me of a whole file of photos I took of just “textures”, sort of like your photo visit to that island which had the art exhibit. Anyway, I am going on and on. Nice pot!!

  3. Maria

    Thanks for stopping by.

    I guess “affordable” has a lot to do with how much one earns. My pot cost me the same money I’d make in one day so I feel it was fair as I suspect that the pot probably took about a day to make.

    I think that you’re right about those crystal waving types and I steer well away from those sorts of people.


    The South-western states have some of the most beautiful scenery I’ve ever seen anywhere. I imagine it would’ve been a great place to do photography courses. I wonder how many people who did your course would’ve liked to have produced their own “moonrise over Hernandez”.

    I really enjoyed my week in Santa Fe and what made it so pleasant was the people and the architecture. All the art was a bonus. Amongst all the kitsch aimed at the tourist trade there was some amazing high quality stuff.

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