Blue Shell Pottery and Gifts is a Native American business in Isleta Pueblo. It is family owned and operated by artist Sharon Zuni and with her daughter Eliza Zuni. We are two Native American artists from Isleta Pueblo, New Mexico; Sharon Zuni (Ea-Besea, Corn Maidens Head Dress) and Eliza Zuni (Lhur-Ba-Whea, Rain Lake). We come from a long family tradition of fourth and fifth generation potters, craftswomen and entrepreneurs whose work is as unique as our names. Sharon is a fourth generation pottery artist and learned a lot of her talent from her mother and grandmother who used to hand mold pieces of pottery from bowls to small animals. Sharon is also the only known artist to produce a ceramic “Native American” designed butterfly. Eliza is the fifth generation of the family to work with pottery, also learning from her mother and grandmother.
The pieces of pottery they sell are not handmade, but are made using a mold or cast. They complete each step of the process by pouring, cleaning, firing and had painting each piece. From the design to presentation, each piece is unique in its own way.
“We believe that the Greater Spirit within our hearts gives us the inspiration to LIVE, LOVE and DESIGN our pottery and crafts. Through this voice within us, we are able to find creativity, individuality, uniqueness and beauty in all our work. We are able to concentrate on the delicacy of colors and designs to create works of art that bring happiness and enjoyment for others. We are truly blessed to find this way of life and find contentment and harmony in our hearts with every piece we create.”