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Bringing home a piece of New Mexico Native American Pueblo pottery is perhaps the best way to commemorate your visit to Santa Fe. You’ll be benefiting generations of artists here, while being able to pass a quality piece of art down through yours. The amount of skill, patience, talent and time that go into a true piece of Pueblo pottery is reflected in the price of the pot. Some pots that are sold are formed in molds, then painted by a skilled Pueblo artist. While these are still valid works of art, their price should be much less than a hand-coiled and fired pot. The dealer should state upfront that they are not hand coiled. Always ask before purchasing to make sure you’re not paying too much. In a hand-coiled pot, often the uneven finger impressions of the artist can be seen along the inside wall.