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NOREEN SIMPLICIO (1964?– )

ZUNI POLYCHROME CANTEEN 1989


Noreen is a favorite potter of ours. She works with native clays and pigments and learned her craft from Jennie Laate at Zuni High starting in 1977. By 1990, she'd been a featured artist at Indian Market. Then, she paid it forward, following in Jennie Laate's footsteps, teaching the art to more than a hundred students at Zuni High. She championed the cause of Zuni potters who were "both traditional and contemporary," combining traditional motifs and shaping techniques with kiln-firing and commercial clays. Here, the clay is traditional and the firing is by kiln. By 2010, Noreen was so well recognized that we saw her featured alongside Caroline Carpio of Isleta in a  prestigious Canyon Road gallery as one of the most important contemporary potters. This early piece shows all her skills, but doesn't have some of the appliqued lizards and other elements that characterize her fancier work. It's just a fine piece by a great potter.  


4-1/2" wide excluding handles  x 2" deep x 5" high


Condition new  


S-1081   $450



We featured this spectacular one in the first edition

of our Southwestern Pottery, Anasazi to Zuni.