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Steve Lucas Steve Lucas is a great-great-grandson of Nampeyo of Hano.  His grandmother was Rachel Nampeyo and his great-grandmother was Annie Healing.  While Steve grew up around potter he primarily learned the art from his aunt, Dextra Quotskuyva Nampeyo. His pottery is amazingly thin-walled, and each piece has a dynamic use of form and design. The pottery is coil built, stone polished, painted and traditionally fired.  Steve uses not only traditional designs but often gives his own creative "spin" to the ancient imagery.  His pottery is signed with his name and the Mudhead symbol, or Koyemsi. This is reflective of his Hopi-Tewa clan.   Steve has won numerous awards for his pottery, including "Best of Show" at Santa Fe Indian Market.  We are pleased to carry his works at both our Scottsdale and Santa Fe locations.  Steve is featured artist in the recent book by our gallery owner Charles S. King, 'Spoken Through Clay".

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Lucas, Steve – Bowl with Three Bird Wings

This bowl by Steve Lucas has a design inspired by Nampeyo of Hano.  There are three bird wings painted encircling the piece.  Each is painted with bee-weed (black) and a polished red clay slip.  The wings are then designed with additional feather patterns.  Separating them, Steve has used white and red clay slips to give the background polished area more of a painterly appearance.  The bottom of the bowl is fully polished red. Note that the red clay has mica.  It is this highly polished micaceous red clay which Steve introduced to Hopi-Tewa pottery.  The bowl was traditionally fired and has slight color variations from the firing.  It is signed on the bottom with his name and an ear of corn (Corn Clan) and a Mudhead Katsina.

$ 1,500.00
Lucas, Steve – Jar with Spider Design

Steve Lucas has been one of the most influential traditional Hopi potters of the past several decades. His large, thin walled vessels along with his detailed painting, precise lines and neo-traditional designs are hallmarks of his pottery. This jar is thin walled and highly polished.  The design is painted with delicate lines onto the polished surface.  It is a traditional spider pattern that was revived by Nampeyo of Hano.  The spider design is on one side and there is a bird wing pattern on the other. The red used for the design has mica in it and the black is bee-weed.  The jar is traditionally fired and the blushes are stunning!  Steve has won numerous awards for his pottery, from Best of Show at Santa Fe Indian Market, to the Helen Naha “Traditional” award.  The bowl is signed on the bottom with his name and an ear of corn (Corn Clan) and a Mudhead Katsina.

$ 2,600.00
Lucas, Steve – Small Jar with Bird Tail Designs

This small bowl by Steve Lucas has a very complex design.  The bowl is stone polished and then painted. The design is a series of bird tails which are then highlighted with both red and white clay slips.  The overall appearance is very modernistic yet based in classic Hopi imagery.  The bowl was traditionally fired and has slight color variations from the firing.  It is signed on the bottom with his name and an ear of corn (Corn Clan) and a Mudhead Katsina.

$ 425.00
Lucas, Steve – Jar with Four Foxes and Two Clays

This is an unique jar by Steve Lucas.  The jar has four foxes painted in the clay encircling the piece.  Each has a section of fully polished red as part of the design.  Below the shoulder is a geometric pattern which is a minimalist version of the coyote.  What is really interesting about this jar is the clay.  Steve mixed several different types of clay together on the rim. See the photo of the rim, and it is possible to see how the two clays look unpolished on the inside and polished on the outside!  The base of the jar is slipped with a brown clay and also fully polished.  It is a striking design and exceptional use of clay.  The jar was traditionally fired and has slight color variations from the firing.  It is signed on the bottom with his name and an ear of corn (Corn Clan) and a Mudhead Katsina.

$ 1,200.00
Lucas, Steve – Jar with Grasshopper and Plant Designs

This is a stunning jar by Steve Lucas.  The jar has grasshoppers painted on the top.  This is a very old design and one that Steve said he learned from Dextra Quotskuyva.  Each of the four grasshoppers is painted with red, green and brown clay slips. The colored clays are all stone polished.  Below the very sharp shoulder is a plant design. The bottom of the jar is fully polished with a red clay slip. The black areas are all painted with bee-weed, a plant.  The flow, design and coloration of this jar is exceptional and it is exciting to see such a classic design revived in such a modern style!  The jar was traditionally fired and has slight color variations from the firing.  It is signed on the bottom with his name and an ear of corn (Corn Clan) and a Mudhead Katsina.

$ 1,850.00
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King, Charles S., “Spoken Through Clay”

Spoken Through Clay

A NEW  RELEASE SPECIAL:  $95.00, including shipping (US)! Check out the new review in the Denver Post!

 Just a few things which make this book unique!
*   The size!  The book is 11.75″ x 14.25″ and weights over 8 pounds!
*  The photography of the pottery is stunning, emphasizing the individual pieces.
*  Each caption is the artist discussing the individual piece on the page.
*  The artist “biographies” are from interviews with the artists and they discuss their art, culture, lives and history.
*  Organization: The book is not organized by pueblo or family, but entails new ways to think about the future of Native pottery.
*  Printing in Italy gives the book very high quality color and paper.
* The photos of the living artists were taken by Will Wilson using a tin-type process. He was a recipient of the 2107 New Mexico Governor’s Award for the Arts in photography!
*  The book features work by more than 30 contemporary potters and more than a dozen important historic potters.
*  There are essays by myself, Peter Held and Eric Dobkin.  They add to the overall understanding of the project a historic perspective.

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August 18, Pasatiempo Review

“Charles S. King’s new book, Spoken Through Clay: Native Pottery in the Southwest, The Eric S. Dobkin Collection, is spectacularly heavy —which is a problem from a practical standpoint, because once you open it, you won’t want to put it down. With dreamy tintype artist portraits by Diné photographer Will Wilson, dazzlingly crisp images from Addison Doty, and intimate first-person essays written by dozens of artists, the book is a visually delicious, intellectually consuming foray into historic and contemporary Southwestern pottery. In short, prepare to swoon.

If you’re thinking of this as a coffee-table book, you’ll need to imagine a decently sized coffee table. The book is more than a foot tall and, when opened, two feet wide, but its outsize appearance belies the often delicate beauty of its contents: hundreds of individual pieces of pottery from Eric S. Dobkin’s exquisitely curated collection — arguably the largest and most important of its kind. Gallery owner, author, and Pueblo pottery expert King designed Spoken Through Clay to be approachable for those unfamiliar with Native American pottery. “In the age of social media, I wanted to make the book both visually striking and personal,” King said. The book opens with essays by King, Dobkin, and curator Peter Held, who calls clay “the most archival of materials … seductive, sensuous, responsive, geologic, and malleable.”

“I wanted the end result of the book to be that the reader would connect with the artists in a personal way, beyond just the art, and understand the time it takes to become an artist, to achieve success,” King said. Sprawling yet intimate, Spoken Through Clay introduces its readers not just to the beauty of Southwestern pottery but also to the fascinating stories of the people who make it.Iris McLister, Pasatiempo

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“It’s one of the things that makes us who we are. It’s what holds our family together. We are a family of potters. It’s our identity. People don’t realize how much work goes into it just processing the clay and making it. You have to do it with your heart.”—Linda Tafoya-Sanchez

 

FEATURED ARTISTS Grace Medicine Flower • Dextra Quotskuyva • Autumn Borts-Medlock • Jody Naranjo • Harrison Begay Jr. • Jordan Roller • Sara Fina Tafoya • Lonnie Vigil • Margaret Tafoya • Steve Lucas • LuAnn Tafoya • Loren Ami • Toni Roller • Popovi Da • Linda Tafoya-Sanchez • Mark Tahbo • James Ebelacker• Yvonne Lucas • Jeff Roller • Lisa Holt • Harlan Reano • Nampeyo • Jacquie Stevens • Nathan Youngblood • Jacob Koopee Jr. • Jennifer Moquino • Christopher Youngblood • Maria Martinez • Tony Da • Tammy Garcia • Virgil Ortiz • Joseph Lonewolf • Johnathan Naranjo • Nancy Youngblood • Les Namingha • Russell Sanchez • Christine McHorse • Richard Zane Smith • Rondina Huma • Susan Folwell • Dominique Toya • Jody Folwell

Spoken Through Clay features the pottery of iconic Native American artists from historic potters Nampeyo and Maria Martinez, to contemporary potters Tammy Garcia, Virgil Ortiz, and many others, are featured in a new book published by the Museum of New Mexico Press. Spoken Through Clay: Native Pottery of the Southwest showcases nearly three hundred pottery vessels from the acclaimed Eric S. Dobkin Collection, covering a wide range of mostly Pueblo artists from the Southwest.

“The physical scale of the vessels combined with the depth of the contemporary collection [is] breathtaking,” says author Charles S. King. The book is part of a “transitional process of looking to the clay, the vessel, and the potter’s voice and allowing the pieces to stand on the merit of their artistic integrity.”

The book includes portraits and voices of renowned potters speaking about their artistry and technique, families, culture, and traditions. Many of the artists are connected by Pueblos, generations, or family members. Dynamic color photography captures the depth and dimension of the pieces, while the artists provide an illuminating perspective through narrative captions. Artists, academics, collectors, family members, and gallerists add additional insight about the lives, historical context, and importance of these potters and their work.

SPOKEN THROUGH CLAY Native Pottery of the Southwest The Eric S. Dobkin Collection
By Charles S. King Essay by Peter Held

Artist portraits by Will Wilson
ISBN: 978-0-89013-624-9

352 pages, 320 color plates, 40 artist portraits

Publication Date: August 01, 2017
ABOUT THE AUTHOR Charles S. King is the author of Born of Fire: The Life and Pottery of Margaret Tafoya, The Life and Art of Tony Da, Virgil Ortiz: Revolt 1680/2180, and numerous articles on Pueblo pottery. He has served on boards of art associations, judged pottery at prestigious events, and lectures about the art form. His business King Galleries represents many of today’s leading Native potters and important historic works in clay. Charles lives in Scottsdale, Arizona.

$ 125.00 $ 95.00
Lucas, Steve – “Prayer for Rain” Jar

This jar by Steve Lucas is thin walled.  The wide shoulder slopes up to the slight neck. On the shoulder is an intricately painted design which is entitled, “Prayer For Rain”.  Note the flower at the bottom center of the design and the triangular rain clouds.  There are both red and tan colorations to the clay.  The jar has been traditionally fired to create the striking colors to the clay.  It is signed on the bottom with his name and an ear of corn (Corn Clan) and a Mudhead Katsina.

$ 1,600.00
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