Historic Pueblo pottery was traditionally created at the New Mexico Pueblos and the Hopi Pueblo of Arizona for storage vessels and cooking. With the advent of tourists coming to the Southwest by railroad in the 1880s, potters in this region began selling or trading their pottery, often at small stands by the side of the road. Each pueblo has a unique style of pottery, with different clays, vessel shapes, designs, and finish. Each pot was made by hand with the laborious “pinch and coil” method and fired in outdoor wood ovens. Medicine Man Gallery carries one of the largest collections of historic American Indian pottery in the United States.