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Linda Cain

Linda Cain was born in 1949 on the Santa Clara Pueblo, and has been making pottery since 1970. Her Native American Tewa name is "Yellow Corn." Linda is known for her abstract style pottery which utilizes modern shapes but traditional inspired imagery and design.  She learned to make pottery from her Mother Mary Cain and is a Granddaughter of Christina Naranjo, and Great-Granddaughter of Sara Fina Tafoya. She is also the mother of noted potters Autumn Borts-Medlock and Tammy Garcia. Linda continues to create some stunning and creative pottery, and we always pleased to have her new work in the gallery! She has won numerous awards at Santa Fe Indian Market, and Heard Indian Art Fair, and her work can be found in museums throughout the southwest.  She has been featured in numerous publications such as American Indian Art Magazine, and the Eight Northern Indian Pueblos Official Guide.

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Garcia, Tammy & Linda Cain – Avanyu Bowl (2018)

Tammy Garcia is known for her contemporary designs and use of traditional clay. This is one of her few pieces in which she has collaborated with her mother, Linda Cain.  Tammy made the bowl and carved the very intricate avanyu.  The avanyu encircles the bowl and note how thin the carving is on the piece!  The carved areas and the rim were then polished by her mother, Linda.  The rim and base are polished tan while the avanyu is polished red.   It is a unique addition to any collector of Tammy’s work to have one of the rare pieces in which she has collaborated in clay.  Tammy has won numerous awards for her pottery for nearly the past 30 years.  Her creative work in clay, glass, and bronze is found in museums worldwide.  It is exciting to see how her contemporary work continues to move Pueblo pottery forward with its innovations.


$ 2,000.00
Cain, Linda – Wedding Vase with Cloud Swirls in Relief

This is a very modernist wedding vase by Linda Cain.  Linda is a daughter of Mary Cain and the mother of Tammy Garcia and Autumn Borts.  This piece has a very wide shoulder and very tiny spouts.  The body of the jar is carved in relief and then fully polished.  The carved designs are cloud patterns which spiral around the peice on both sides!  The result is a subtle appearance with small shadows cast by the rounded designs.  The spouts are very small and connected by a handle.  The jar is fired a deeper red coloration.  It is signed on the bottom in the clay.

$ 900.00
Borts-Medlock, Autumn & Linda Cain  – Elk Skull Jar with Turquoise

This is a extraordinary piece by Autumn Borts-Medlock and her mother, Linda Cain. Over the years they have created some extraordinary collaborative pieces.  This jar has a carved elk skull which is deeply carved, etched and highlighted with a white clay slip on the front of the piece.  The antlers of the elk are also carved and polished red.  In the center of the skull is a large inset piece of turquoise.  As the jar is turned, the antlers extend to the back and there are two crossed arrows with a single inset piece of turquoise.  The area surrounding the carved surfaces has a micaceous clay slip. The use of the mica is a perfect contrast to the polished surfaces.  The top of the jar is carved with a kiva step pattern.  The scale of the jar along with the complexity of the carving make this a exceptional piece of their art.  Autumn is a sister of noted potter Tammy Garcia.  Both Autumn and Linda have won numerous awards for their pottery, recognizing their creative and contemporary style of carving.

$ 5,500.00
Cain, Linda – Tall Jar with Carved Jar

This is one of the larger pieces we have had by Linda Cain.  Linda is a daughter of Mary Cain and the mother of Tammy Garcia and Autumn Borts.  This jar is carved on one side with a jar of a similar shape which has a carved design in the center!  The center carved pattern has a cloud, bird and lightning design.  It is a carved jar on a carved jar.  The sides are deeply carved and sanded smooth. The back of the jar is fully polished red.  It is a striking and interesting piece of her potter.  It is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Linda Cain”.

$ 2,000.00
Cain, Linda – Mini Carved Jar with Feathers

This is a tightly carved miniature jar by Linda Cain.  Linda is a daughter of Mary Cain and the mother of Tammy Garcia and Autumn Borts.  This miniature jar is deeply carved with eight feathers.  The area behind the feathers is slipped with a micaceous clay. The feathers and the jar are all stone polished.  It is fired a deep black and signed on the bottom in the clay.

$ 600.00
Cain, Linda – Asymmetric Carved Bowl with Birds

This is an intricately carved bowl by Linda Cain.  She is a daughter of Mary Cain and the mother of potters Tammy Garcia and Autumn Borts-Medlock. This bowl reflects Linda’s unique style of carving.  Each section is deeply carved and highly polished. The opening is asymmetrical and the birds and prayer feather patterns flow around the surface of the bowl.  There area behind the birds and carved designs is a micaceous, which is almost as if the first are flying at night among the stars.  The designs extend down to the base.  It is signed on the bottom.

$ 1,200.00
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