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Harlan Reano

Harlan Reano creates innovative pottery using traditional techniques. makes the vessels and they are painted by Harlan. Lisa learned to make pottery from her mother, Inez Ortiz and she is also a niece of Virgil Ortiz, Janice Ortiz and a granddaughter of Seferina Ortiz. The materials are all traditional as the red and cream are both native clays while the black is wild spinach (a plant). Traditional forms and designs have become modernistic interpretations of cultural imagery. Lisa and Harlan have won numerous major "Best of Pottery" awards for their pottery at the Heard Indian Fair, Autry Museum Indian Fair and Santa Fe Indian Market. They are also featured in books such as "Talking with the Clay" and their work can be found in museums nationwide. They are definitely among the leading younger potters working today!  We are pleased to carry the work of Lisa and Harlan at both our Scottsdale and Santa Fe locations.

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Holt, Lisa & Harlan Reano – Standing Owl with Pueblo Designs

Lisa Holt and Harlan Reano make an amazing team, working to create innovative pottery using traditional techniques.  Lisa makes the pottery and it is painted by Harlan.  This standing owl is an exceptional piece of their work.  The owl has a rather intense connotation in Native stories reflecting wisdom, foresight, and the keeper of sacred knowledge.  This standing owl utilizes numerous traditional Cochiti and Kewa designs to make up the entire piece.  The eyes are encircled by the wild spinach plant design, which is what is used to paint the black on the figures.  The wings also have the wild spinach design in the center and plant designs on either side.  The main body has triangular feather patterns with a surrounding lightning design.  However, it’s the use of the clay as the feathers on the head and wings that is exceptional!  Harlan as well said to note how they sculpted the feet, which together with the wings, give a sense of flight. The materials are all traditional as the red and cream are both native clays while the black is wild spinach (a plant). This figure was also traditionally fired outdoors.

$ 3,000.00
Holt, Lisa & Harlan Reano – Jar with Wild Spinach and Flame Design

This is an exceptional jar by Lisa Holt and Harlan Reano.  Working together, they make an amazing team as they create innovative pottery using traditional techniques.  Lisa makes the pottery and it is painted by Harlan.  This jar has a tightly painted design around the neck with modernized wild spinach plant patterns around the sides and flowering motifs on the neck.  The designs on the sides are divided by a tendril or flame extension from the jar.  Harlan said that they had tried it before with two bands extruding out from the piece but the four were much more difficult.  The result, however, is a very cohesive appearance and flow of design and form.  The materials are all traditional as the red and cream are both native clays while the black is wild spinach (a plant). The jar is traditionally fired outdoors.  It is signed on the bottom.

$ 3,400.00
Holt, Lisa & Harlan Reano – “Twisted” Clay Figure

Lisa Holt and Harlan Reano make an amazing team, working to create innovative pottery using traditional techniques.  Lisa makes the pottery and it is painted by Harlan.  This figure is amazing as it is hollow and all coil built.  The figure is basically two columns which twist up from the base and then extend out to the arms and up to the head.  The concept for these figures was from Harlan who wanted to create a series of “Pueblo Super Heroes”.  The body has a series of painted swirl and lightning designs.  The shape and movement are exceptional on this figure!   The materials are all traditional as the red and cream are both native clays while the black is wild spinach (a plant). The figure is traditionally fired outdoors.   It is signed on the bottom. 

$ 4,500.00
Holt, Lisa & Harlan Reano – Dragon Dog Clay Figure

Lisa Holt and Harlan Reano make an amazing team, working to create innovative pottery using traditional techniques.  Lisa makes the pottery and it is painted by Harlan.  This figure is a dragon/dog.  It creatively combines both a pueblo and Asian influence.  The dragon is hollow and the body has a spiraling appearance.  The body is complex and the various spines add an exceptional sense of depth to this piece!  The turned head is just perfect!  The body is painted with bee-weed (black) and a red clay slip. On the back legs is a wild spinach design.  On the sides is a flower pattern. The back and legs has a mosaic lightning pattern which Harlan often uses on his pottery.  The small clay tabs which are added are the natural color of the clay, adding another dimension to the piece.  The materials are all traditional as the red and cream are both native clays while the black is wild spinach (a plant). This figure was also traditionally fired outdoors.  It is signed on the bottom.

$ 4,000.00
Holt, Lisa & Harlan Reano – Storage Jar with Rain Geometric Panels

Lisa Holt and Harlan Reano make an amazing team, working to create innovative pottery using traditional techniques.  Lisa makes the pottery and it is painted by Harlan.  This storage jar is a striking shape with tall sides and a slight neck. The neck and the base are painted with wild spinach plant designs.  Around the center of the jar are panels with varied rain designs.  Each is different than the next creating a stunning appearance as the jar is turned.  The jar is stunning complexity in both form and design.  The materials are all traditional as the red and cream are both native clays while the black is wild spinach (a plant). The jar is traditionally fired outdoors.  It is signed on the bottom.

$ 5,000.00
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