Friday, June 18, 2010

Geometric Mimbres

A recent trip to Santa Fe, New Mexico, inspired me to use the geometric patterns of the Mimbres Indian tribe of Southwestern New Mexico. The pottery of this culture dates back to 200 AD. Most of the pottery is classic black-on-white. I have decided on a variation of the classic pottery by using black, ivory, a little turquoise, and leather. The Mimbre potters, like the potters from the Santa Clara Pueblo, use a method called "reductive firing" which depletes the oxygen in the clay during the firing and turns it black. After the pot cools, "slip" is applied and the pot is set to dry. Once dried, the pot is polished by hand with "polishing rocks" to achieve the smooth look.

The card base is Bazzill black card stock. Panels 1,2,3 are matted together with both the Bazzill black and Gina K. Designs Pure Luxury card stock in ivory. The 4th vertical panel is stamped with a large Mimbres border to create a frame. For a triptych approach, I stamped the pot three times. Both the geometric image and pot stamp are from Stamp A Mania purchased from Guadalupe's Fun Rubber Stamps in Santa Fe. Which is also the home of StampaFe Art Stamps.

I used Memento Tuxedo Black ink for all images and applied JudiKins Diamond Glaze after the images dried to achieve the raised, smooth looking surface of years ago. The frog is another Mimbres design. I tied it off with some black and tan leather cord and raised it up. And lastly, two pieces of turquoise to give some added color.

The art and history of the Southwest Indian Nations continue to inspire us with the beauty and simplicity of their life and work. This weeks SFYTT is just the vehicle to present a small sample of one tribes art.


  1. Thank you for posting. This is not only beautiful, but the post teaches all of us about a work of art in the Mimbres nation. Wonderful post! DAF

  2. Amazing, Susie! Loved reading about your inspiration for this piece! Wonderful execution!!

  3. Susie, this is *gorgeous!* I love how the stamping came out, the frog and the turquoise!
    More! More!

  4. Susie - I love how this card turned out! Love, Chris


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