"Abaachi daa na gonnt'i' ye" (The Way of The Apache Is...)
"Isai Goshtlish", ( Apache Clay Pottery )

Micaceous Cooking Pottery, (H x W x D) 6.5" x 6.5" x 21", Made by O'ha Montoya, in the late 1890's early 1900's. This vessel is very light weight. It has a dark color due to its functionality. It also has one handle and a rudimentary rope applique applied.
Micaceous Cooking Pottery, (H x W x D) 6.5" x 6.5" x 21", same vessel as above but taking at an different angle.
Micaceous Pottery, (H x W x D) 7" x 7" x 23.5", Made by O'Ha Montoya, in the late 1890's early 1900's. This vessel is very light weight. It was used for holding food. It has no dark color meaning it was not used for cooking. A rope applique is applied but does not entirelty enclose the vessel.
Micaceous Cooking Pottery, (H x W x D) 6" x 8" x 23.5", Made by O'Ha Montoya, in the late 1890's early 1900's. This vessel is very light weight. It has a dark color due to its functionality. My relatives who own this pot say they still use this pot to boil herbs for medicinal purposes. I would call this a four direction pottery because it has four rope applique's in the four directions. Purpose unknown, probablely used for prayers?
Micaceous Pitcher Pottery, (H x W x D) 6" x 5.5" x 16", Made by O'Ha Montoya, in the late 1890's early 1900's. This vessel is light weight. My grandmother the late Thelma Velarde remembers her grandmother O'Ha, using this pitcher to make coffee and tea. It has a dark color due to its functionality. A beautiful applique' design is used at the top of the pitcher. It also has a handle.
Micaceous Pitcher Pottery, (Hx W x D) 6" x 5" x 15.5", Made by O' Ha Montoya, in the late 1890's early 1900's. This vessel is light weight. It has a dark color due to its functionality. My relatives who own this pot, said their mom used this vessel to cook coffee and tea. It has one handle.
Micaceous Bean Pottery, (H x W x D) 5.5" x 6" x 19", Made by O' Ha Montoya, in the late 1890's early 1900's. This vessel seams as if it was not used to cook in, because of it's light natural firing color. This vessel has a slight rope applique and also has two handles.
A group photo of all pottery made by my great, great, grandmother O' Ha Montoya.
Left-Right, O' Ha's pitcher, Shelden's pitcher, O' Ha's Cooking pot, Emanuels half moon pottery.
Four Directions Contemporary Micaceous Pottery, Made by Shelden Nunez-Velarde. O2 reduction to make the black color.
Left - Right, Shelden's Pitcher with great, great grandmother O' Ha's Pitcher.
Extra large storage jar, with a rope applique' and a lidded handle. Made by Shelden.
Large contemporary micaceous humming bird pottery. Made by Shelden.
Late 1880's style Jicarilla Apache water jar with a double shape top and bottom. made by Shelden.
Large storage jar "friendship pottery", with mountain top lid. In the permanent collection of, " the Wall of Pottery" Arizona State Museum- Tucson, Arizona. Made by Shelden.
Large buffalo pottery, In permanent collection of Pojoaque Pueblo's Buffalo Thunder Resort Show Case. Made by Shelden.
Along with micaceous pottery I am also an accomplished Beadworker. Specializing in Jicarilla moccasins, Apache buckskin dresses, and Apache dolls.


Beaded tobacco pouch, Jicarilla Apache Arts and Crafts Museum. Made by Shelden.
Beaded moccasins, Made by Shelden.
Beaded tobacco pouch, Ordered and purchased by the Jicarilla Apache council to be presented as a gift. Made by Shelden.
My first ever Jicarilla Apache Basket, I am currently learning this Jicarilla art.

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