Michael Kanteena’s present work began to develop around 1990. Wishing to learn about his ancient roots, which he knew went back ot New Mexico’s Chaco Canyon (Anasazi Culture), he began collecting archeaological catalogues of pottery forms. Through extensive study, trial and error, and even consultation with archaeologists, he developed his pottery into remarkably close recreations of the Chacaon and Mesa Verde pottery.
More recently, his studies and work have expanded to Mimbres culture, and ancient Mexican Indian clay forms where human and animal effigies are common. And most recently, he has begun to create Hopi figures and designs.
In some cases, Michael’s pottery actually is a fairly accurate reproduction of older pieces, e.g., Hopi kachinas, but in many instances his work is just “inspired” by ancient pottery. His pot will not actually reproduce an older piece, but it will certainly have the “flavor” of Anasazi or Mimbres pottery. His pottery is fired two times. First, he kiln fires for strength and then he will refire outdoors to give his pots their “ancient” look.
Michael is a 1981 graduate of Eastern NM University with a degree in Fine Art.