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Johnathan Naranjo

JOhnathan NaranjoJohnathan Naranjo Johnathan Naranjo is a son of noted potter Forest Naranjo and a grandson of Bernice Naranjo. While he began making pottery as a child, it is really over the past few years that his work has evolved into his distinctive style. Each piece is coil built and stone polished, and the coloration is derived from the firing, as it is taken out of the manure that would turn it black early, so it remains a darker brown. The designs are then incised into the clay, and the various colorations of the tan or red are created by the depth of cutting into the clay. Johnathan Naranjo has been noted and awarded for his increcible work over the past five years, with such awards as; 2013 The "Tony Da" award at Santa Fe Indian Market; in 2014 Best of Category 1st Place Santa Fe Indian Market; in 2015, Best of Category and Pottery 2nd Place Heard Indian Market, Southwest Indian Art Fair, Arizona State Museum Legacy Award, Santa Fe Indian Market, 1st Place Best of Category; and in 2016, Heard Indian Market 2nd Place Pottery and Santa Fe Indian Market, 1st Place Best of Category.

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Naranjo, Johnathan – Large Water jar with Dancers, Koshari and a Dog

This is an exceptional large jar by Johnathan Naranjo.  It is fully designed with four figures (or five, as Johnathan points out, if you include the dog!). As the jar is turned, it captures several different Pueblo dancers.  There is a young girl with a tablita on her head and a basket.  Next is another young woman in her manta holding pieces of pottery in her hand and on her head.  The next is a young male dancer with evergreens around his neck and in his hands.  Finally, there is a Koshari clown holding a dog.  Each of the figures is exceptional in their design.  Johnathan has a talent for depicting figures on his pottery.  They are simply incised into the clay and the various depth of the blade determines the coloration from tan to light red!  The skill and precision required to make the small cuts and create detail and shading is amazing.  A few areas of note are is the detail in the jar on the girl’s head, the shading on her manta, the detail in the tablita, and, of course, the dog!  The piece speaks to the continuity of Pueblo ceremonial dances and also the humor in the clowns.  The coloration of the jar is derived from the firing technique.  Johnathan has won numerous awards for his pottery.  The piece is signed on the bottom in the clay.

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$ 2,600.00
Naranjo, Johnathan – Lidded Bowl with Bears and Dragonflies

This lidded bowl by Johnathan Naranjo captures the motion of three bears.  The bears are standing in the river and one is catching a fish.  They are surrounded by dragonflies.  Check out the exceptional detail in the fur on the bears!  The piece is fully polished with the top carved section matte. The lid is also matte.   The coloration of the jar is derived from the firing technique.  The various shades of red and tan are achieved by lightly scraping away layers of polished surface!  This is a very difficult technique but visually is striking.  Johnathan has won numerous awards for his pottery.  The piece is signed on the bottom in the clay.

$ 750.00
Naranjo, Johnathan – Lidded Jar with Buffalo Dancers

This lidded jar by Johnathan Naranjo captures the beauty of the Santa Clara Pueblo Buffalo Dance.  Nearly every pueblo at the end of the year performs the Buffalo Dance.  There are male Buffalo Dancers and the female Buffalo Maiden.  This jar has the male dancer on one side and the female on the other.  They are etched with exceptional detail and realistic precision.  Note the small butterflies around the female dancer!  Separating them are very lightly etched bands of cloud and rain designs. The top section of the jar is matte and a dark brown, the same as the lid.   The coloration of the jar is derived from the firing technique.  The various shades of red and tan are achieved by lightly scraping away layers of polished surface!  This is a very difficult technique but visually is striking.  Johnathan has won numerous awards for his pottery.  The piece is signed on the bottom in the clay.

$ 750.00
Naranjo, Johnathan – Trout Jar with Dragonfly Lid

This jar perfect shape for Johnathan Naranjo’s distinctive style of incised pottery. All four sides are fully polished and the shape is square with flat sides and a flat top. On each side is a realistic trout swimming in the water.  It is meant to be as if the viewer is looking through the water at the fish on each side. The top of the jar is matte and carved with water swirls.  The lid is carved in the shape of a dragonfly!  It the dragonfly landing on the water which is exciting the fish.  The various shades of red and tan are achieved by lightly scraping away layers of polished surface!  This is a very difficult technique but visually is striking.  Johnathan has won numerous awards for his pottery and  Johnathan is definitely one of the young potters to watch!

$ 1,600.00
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.


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


“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
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