Trading Post Trivets

Established in 1916 by brothers Hubert and C.D. Richardson, Cameron Trading Post came shortly after the erection of a bridge over the Little Colorado River in 1911. Originally frequented by Navajo & Hopi locals to trade goods, improvements in infrastructure, Cameron Trading Post’s proximity to the Grand Canyon and other local wonders, as well as the company’s tradition of hospitality made it popular with travelers.

Image from Grand Canyon Helicopter Tours

Today Cameron Trading Post still stands as a motel and restaurant, but most importantly for us it offers a beautiful selection of largely Native American art, as well as select works from some global artists including, of course, tiles. With a large database of gifted artists, Cameron Trading Post has introduced us to a number of notable individuals, some of whom we will be sharing with you in the coming days.

First up are a small selection of trivets designed by an artist known as Mara. As a painter, sculptor, and ceramicist Mara studied in both London and Italy and despite passing away in 2007, her designs live on through her family who continue to use them on their ceramic ware, all of which is made in Mexico. Crafted to protect surfaces from hot pots and kettles, these ceramic stoneware trivets are each handmade and engraved with various scenes including an image of two coyotes and a saguaro cactus, a kokopelli (fertility diety), and a hummingbird and flower.

Cameron Trading Post

A new post by Hanna Simpson, Diary of a Tile Addict, June 2021.

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