Monday, August 19, 2013

Seed Pot

This wonderful piece of artwork was created by Pauline Romero of the Jemez Pueblo.


Here is a quick definition of the Seed Pot: "Traditionally, seed pots were used to store just what their name suggests—seeds. But these containers were different from other Native American Indian pottery wares. Seed pots were designed to protect the seeds for next year’s planting from rodents and insects. A wide-mouthed vessel like a traditional bowl, jar or olla could not keep vermin out. So, seed pots were created with only a tiny hole that would allow one seed to be dropped in at a time. When the time for spring planting came, the seed pots would be smashed so all the seeds collected during the winter months could be used."

31 comments:

Cezar and Léia said...

I love pottery and this one is awesome!Thanks for introducing the artist.Very interesting!
Léia

Peter said...

This looks so interesting. Stunning colours.

Ramakant Pradhan said...

Nice to know about seed pots. Never knew about it. I guess the natives used the piggy bank concept :) Very nicely captured.

Duncan D. Horne - the Kuantan blogger (大哥) said...

That is very nicely decorated

Duncan In Kuantan

Tamera said...

It's beautiful. I love Indian pottery.

Sunnybrook Farm said...

How interesting, I have never seen one of those. Since seeds are alive, they need to breath, notice you don't buy seeds in plastic bags, the hole allows air to circulate around the seeds.

Luis Gomez said...

Really beautiful!

Optimistic Existentialist said...

How neat! It kind of looks like a yoyo lol. BTW I am now following your wonderful blog Randy.

parker said...

Interesting story about the use and demise of the seed pot. Hopefully this beautiful one will survive!

PerthDailyPhoto said...

Yes let's hope no one even thinks of smashing this beautiful 'seed' Randy :)

Sharon said...

I've always wondered about these pots with the tiny opening. Thanks for the information. However, the thought of breaking one of these beauties is a bit on the tragic side.

TexWisGirl said...

oh, that is cool! thanks for the education, randy!

Lowell said...

Never heard of a seed pot, but this is most interesting. I'd love one just for decoration! It is gorgeous!

Michael (Light-In-A-Box) said...

That's a really neat find Randy, nice capture.. : )

Sinbad and I on the Loose said...

That is very nicely done.

JM said...

Fantastic! Thanks for the info, it's quite surpring.

Judy said...

Absolutely beautiful!

Paul said...

Interesting and beautiful pottery.

VP said...

Simple and beautiful like only few things can be...

cieldequimper said...

Thankfully/hopefully this beauty won't have to be broken...

Kate said...

Oh dear! Smashing a seed pot like that would break my heart. It's a magnificent photo and would make a lovely greeting card, don't you think?!

LONDONLULU said...

Amazing design and classic object. I really like the idea of using one of these.

RedPat said...

This is a beauty! I'd never smash it!

EG CameraGirl said...

It must have taken forever to put each seed inside the pots!

MARTY said...

beautiful work on this seed pot !

Barbara Farr said...

Such a pretty pot and practical. Form meets function.

Halcyon said...

It would be sad to smash this beautiful piece of pottery! What are you keeping in there? :)

Jack said...

Smash that? Never!

Thérèse said...

What a beautiful way to keep seeds safe!

Laura. M said...

Muy interesante Randy, así no se pierde ninguna.
Un abrazo.

Traveling Hawk said...

I love the colors and the design. I also have a little piece of Pueblo ceramic, bought in Santa Fe!