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Thursday, March 30, 2017   

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Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Haungooah, Art Cody – Seedpot with Feather Design (1978)

This seedpot by Art Cody Haungooah is from 1978.  It is polished red on the bottom and polished on the top with a bluish-gray clay.  The top is etched with a feather design. The clay coloration is unusual and one of the signatures of Art’s pottery style is he deviation from the traditional colors and designs of Santa Clara pottery.  It is signed on the bottom in the clay.  It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

$ 600.00

Haungooah, Art Cody – Black & Sienna Seedpot with Avanyu & Mask

This miniature seedpot by Art Cody Haungooah has been fired black and then two-toned sienna on the top and bottom.  On the sides there is an etched avanyu encircling the piece.  On the bottom are two fish and the etched name “Haungooah”. On the top, it is also sienna and there is an etched mask and tablita.  It is interesting in style, as it is very reminiscent of the paintings by Helen Hardin!  Note as well how the design on the tablita extends down into the side of the piece.  It is signed on the bottom in the clay.  It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

$ 500.00

Haungooah, Art Cody -Hero Twins & Migration Mini Jar (1981)

This is a very creative mini jar Art Cody Haungooah. It is fully polished and etched on the sides. The jar has the Hero Twins on one side, with the clouds and lightning. The opposite side has the people migrating.  The neck of the jar has additional cloud and rain pattern.  The style of the design accentuates the form with the neck.  The jar is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Haungooah”, and a flute player, which identifies it as being from 1981.  It is in good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

$ 700.00

Haungooah, Art Cody – Seedpot with Polychrome Fish

This is a complex etched miniature by Art Cody Haungooah.  The piece is fully polished and fired black. The design is a fish which is etched into the clay.  It is highlighted with white, red and yellow clay slips and there is an inset piece of shell for the eye.  Surrounding the Big Horn is a feather pattern around the top and back and on the base is a very intricately incised feather pattern.  The piece is signed on the bottom with his hallmark Fish and “AH”.  It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

$ 550.00

Haungooah, Art Cody & Martha –  Black Jar with Feather Design (1977)

This is one of the few pieces signed by both Art Cody Haungooah and his wife, Martha. The bowl is fully polished and fired black.  The shoulder of the piece is etched with a feather pattern.  Typically, Martha would make and polish the pottery while Art would etch the designs into the clay.  It is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Art & Martha Haungooah”.  It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

$ 600.00

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Art Cody Haungooh: A “Reflected Light” in Pueblo Pottery

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Begay, Jr., Harrison – Jar with Heartline Horses & Dragonflies

Harrison Begay, Jr. has won numerous awards over the years for his deep carved pottery.  This jar is carved with two heartline horses. The “heartline” represent the center and strength of the animal.  As the jar is turned there are feather patterns along with a sun, water and double dragonfly design. The dragonflies tie in perfectly with the heartline horses, as they represent the spiritual messengers.  Note with the horses the cloud patterns by their mouths, connecting them to the dragonflies.  The designs are either polished or matte, which Harrison alternates to accentuate his imagery. Note as well the style of carving, which has a beveled appearance to the angle of the cuts into the clay. This is a very distinctive style of carving for his pottery.  Harrison has won numerous awards for his work and continues to be one of the leading innovators in Native American Indian pottery.  The jar is signed on the bottom in the clay.

$ 1,500.00

Haungooah, Martha Suazo –  Plainware Black Water Jar

This is one of the few pieces signed made and signed only by Martha Haungooah.  Martha was typically known for making pottery for her husband, Art Cody Haungooah.  She liked to create miniatures and they are typically beautifully constructed and polished.  This jar is a classic shape with a low shoulder and no designs.  It is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Martha Haungooah”.  It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

$ 150.00

Haungooah, Art Cody – Red Plate with Mimbres Scorpion (1977)

This one of the few plates by Art Cody Haungooah. It is from 1977.  The front is fully polished and it has a sgraffito design of a Mimbres scorpion in the center of the piece.  Note the insects on the side of the designs and the faces of the figures in the center.  There is a single inset piece of turquoise by the tail of the scorpion.  The plate is signed near the tail.  It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

$ 1,800.00

Haungooah, Art Cody – Mini Bowl with Avanyu (1976)

This miniature bowl by Art Cody Haungooah is classic for his miniature pottery.  It is tiny and fully polished. The top is fully designed with an avanyu (water serpent), which encircles the top of the piece. The body of the avanyu is designed with various cloud and lightning patterns. The bottom is signed, “Art Haungooah, 1976”.  It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  It is signed on the bottom in the clay.

$ 150.00

Haungooah, Art Cody – Black Mini Bowl with Avanyu

This miniature bowl by Art Cody Haungooah is classic for his miniature pottery.  It is tiny and fully polished. It is in the shape of a bowl and the sides are fully designed with an avanyu (water serpent), which encircles the piece. The body of the avanyu is designed with various cloud and lightning patterns. The bottom is signed, “Art Haungooah”.  It is most likely from 1976, as that is when Art was signing his pieces in this manner.  It is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  It is signed on the bottom in the clay.

$ 175.00

Haungooah, Art Cody – Brown Seedpot with Mimbres Figures

This miniature seedpot by Art Cody Haungooah is classic for his miniature pottery.  It is small and yet very fully designed.  There is a central medallion with five male and female Mimbres figures, along with corn plants. The sides and top of the piece have incised hands and prayer feathers. The seedpot has been fired a brown coloration.  It is signed, “Haungooah” on the bottom in the clay.   It is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

$ 550.00

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Monday, March 27, 2017

Fragua, Glendora – Tall Jar with Dragonflies and Flowers

This tall jar by Glendora Fragua is fully polished brown.  It is fully incised with dragonflies and flowers.  The dragonflies are highlighted with various matte clay slips.  Note as well the dragonflies etched into the rim of the jar!  The jar is signed on the bottom in the clay with Glendora’s corn hallmark.

$ 400.00

Haungooah, Art Cody – Black & Sienna Seedpot With Flute Player (1981)

This unique seedpot by Art Cody Haungooah has been fired black and then two-toned sienna.  It is a pivotal piece by both date and design. The piece is dated 1981 and has a flute player, which helps to identify other pieces which also have a flute player as a date!  The design is exceptional with a spiraling Sikyatki bird pattern which encircles the piece. There is a single sienna section which has a Mimbres flute player as the design.  The contrast of the matte, polished and sienna work perfectly on this piece.  It is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Haungooah, 1981”.  It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

$ 800.00

Shields, Wayne Snowbird – Kneeling Male Figure with Wood Bundle

Wayne Snowbird Shields is known for his figurative Santa Clara pottery. This is one of his Pueblo men. The figure is kneeling and has a bundle of wood on his back.  The wood is separate and attached by a cord around the figure’s neck and it rests on his arms.  The kilt of the figure is carved and then etched with designs.  The face is polished while the remainder is matte.  It is signed on the bottom.

$ 200.00

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Saturday, March 25, 2017

Naranjo, Madeline – Engagement Basket with Flower Design

Madeline Naranjo creates beautifully carved and polished pottery.  Each piece is coil built, stone polished and traditionally fired.  This is an unusual piece of her work in terms of form.  It is an engagement basket, which is always a technically difficult form.  It is certainly one for which her grandmother, Madeline Naranjo, was well known for making.  This piece is carved with flowers for the design.  They are also carved for the handle!  They vary from polished to matte to create a contrast as the piece is turned.  At the end of the photos are two images of the piece as it was being carved.  It is interesting to see how Madeline draws out the designs and then carved them into the clay before polishing!  Note as well how her matte areas are sanded and perfectly smooth so that there are no indentions or areas where the matte might make a shadow.  Her designs are always innovative and beautifully executed.

$ 475.00

Shields, Wayne Snowbird – Standing Pueblo Figure

Wayne Snowbird Shields is known for his figurative Santa Clara pottery. This is one of his Pueblo women.  The figure is tall and the the face is polished while the remainder is matte.  It is signed on the bottom.

$ 150.00

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Friday, March 24, 2017

Roller, Jordan – Jar with Double Row Feather Design

This is a classic shaped jar by Jordan Roller.  The low shoulder and the sloping neck are perfect for his carved designs.  This striking jar has two bands of carving. The top band is a feather pattern, which alternates between matte and polished surfaces.  The bottom row has all fully polished feathers.  Note the shape of the feathers at the bottom, as they are similar in form to the feathers carved by his grandmother, Toni Roller.  It may seem to be a simple design, and yet it perfectly matches the shape of the jar.  It also allows the firing to become the focus of the jar.  Jordan has fired the piece with to be a brown coloration and there are variations on the surface from the firing. The unique result is that the feather have spots and dots, much like on various eagle feathers.  Beyond the beauty of the carving and the polished surface is that the jar is surprisingly thin walled.  It is lighter than most carved vessels and that adds to the physical impact of the piece.  Jordan remains an important young potter to watch!

$ 2,000.00

Lewis, Lucy – Jar with Fine Line Star pattern (1970’s)

This jar is by Lucy M. Lewis.  It is from the 1970’s and it is painted with a fine line interlocking star pattern.  There are a series of interlocking 8 sided stars which interlock with the four sided stars. It is one of the most complex patterns used by Lucy in her pottery.  Lucy was well-known for the finely painted lines on her coil built pottery.  It always amazes us that she was self-taught and was able to create such extraordinary pottery through just examining historic Acoma and then later, Mimbres, pottery.   This jar is painted with bee-weed for the black and was traditionally fired. It is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  It is certainly a classic of both form and design!

$ 1,650.00

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Thursday, March 23, 2017

Duwyenie, Preston – Red Shifting Sand Plate with Coral

This piece by Preston Duwyenie is made from red Hopi clay found near Third Mesa at Hopi.  The plate is stone polished on the back and matte on the front. The front is etched with very tight lines to have the appearance of shifting sands.  There is a single inset piece of coral within the bands of the sand design.

Why the shifting sand designs? Preston says he remembers watching a smooth pebble caught in sand being shifted by the wind, “there was beauty in its isolation within the sea of sand. It was like an island.  The endless sands of time, and the fact that people, too are tossed about by the wind. There is always rippling in our lives”.

The plate is signed on the back in the clay with Preston’s hallmark which is a woman carrying a child.  Preston is from Second Mesa at Hopi, and taught ceramics for years at Institute of American Indian Art (IAIA) in Santa Fe.

$ 225.00

Ebelacker, Jason –  Wide Rainbow Ridge Shoulder With Long Neck

Spectacular!  This jar by Jason Ebelacker is an extraordinary vessel, which finds its reference in a very historical form. There are classic Santa Clara jars made by Jason’s great-great grandmother SaraFina Tafoya, which had a low shoulder and a “triple” rainbow band.  Each band circles out from the neck of the jar, almost as if they are ripples in water.  Jason has created this form with a very flat and wide base.  each ridge is just a bit higher than the next and the jar has an elongated neck.  The neck is just slightly flared out and it is even polished on the inside!  There are bear paws carved into the clay on both sides, signifying the significance of the jar has a water vessel.  Note as well the exceptionally stone polished surface. The time to polish the various levels of the jar and achieve such a dynamic polish is something few potters are able to achieve today.  How well is the jar polished, note in the photo how the neck is reflected onto the shoulder!  Yes, stunning!  Jason is a son of noted potter Richard Ebelacker and grandson of Virginia Ebelacker.  Jason has won numerous awards for his pottery and continues to be one of the important younger potters to watch.  Pottery at this level of creativity and quality are certainly a reflection of both his talent and the future!

$ 2,200.00

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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Sahmie, Ida — “Navajo Rug” Design Jar

This jar is a new design by Ida Shamie.  Her work utilized traditional Navajo imagery for her patterns.  The jar has four rug patterns painted on the shoulder using bee-weed (a plant) to create the black.  The neck of the jar is polished with a red clay slip.  Separating the rug designs are etched mesa patterns.  The jar has been traditionally fired.  Ida is a daughter-in-law of Priscilla Nampeyo.  She has won numerous awards for her pottery at events such as Santa Fe Indian Market.  She is the only Navajo potter creating this unique style of ethnographic pottery.

$ 750.00

Wall, Marcus – Double Brown Bear Set

This is a two piece set by Marcus Wall.  There is a larger bear, which is coil built.  It is holding the smaller bear.  The larger bear has etched bear paws on the feet.  They both have shell necklaces. The larger bear is signed on the side.  It is certainly a charming piece of his pottery!

$ 125.00

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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Namingha, Les – “Urban” Jar

This is an exceptional and important large vessel by Les Namingha.  The title of the piece is “Urban” and Les says it is inspired by the work of Basqiat, Haring, Lewitt, Jersey Joe and Nampeyo.  One one side the word, “Urban” is tagged in a grafitti style.  The opposite side has a Hopi bird pattern in graffiti form.  The overall imagery has such an extraordinary blend and balance of influences, it makes it very exciting.  Note as well the one katsina mask as part of the designs!  The bottom has a wonderful Harring inspired linear design which is also feels very much like Zuni linear patterns.  Les remains one of those potters who continues to defy expectations in his innovative clay art.  He pulls from his artistic background as well as his Zuni and Hopi heritage.   The jar is signed on the bottom.

$ 5,800.00

Quotskuyva, Dextra – “Birds” Jar (1994)

This is a classic jar by Dextra Quotskuyva.  She is certainly one of the great innovators among Hopi-Tewa potters.  Her work began with more classic imagery and then has evolved over the years to more unique and stylized designs. This jar is from 1994 and has been published in the book, “Painted Perfection”.  The design is painted onto the surface with a yucca brush and bee-weed for the black.  The design is a series of birds which encircle the shoulder of the jar.  Their tails and wings are fully polished red.  The beaks extend up to the fully polished red rim.  The jar itself has been traditionally fired with blushes in the color of the clay.  The size, precision of the painting and the red polished surfaces all make this a distinctive piece by Dextra.  They create the strong visual cues that this is her work even before it is turned over to see her signature ! The jar is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Dextra” and an ear of corn, as she is Corn Clan.  It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  Dextra has been the subject of a retrospective of her pottery at the Museum of Indian Art and Culture called, “Painted Perfection“.

Ebelacker, Jason –  Jar with Swirling Cloud Designs

Jason Ebelacker is a son of Richard Ebelacker, a grandson of Virginia Ebelacker and a great-grandson of Margaret Tafoya.  Jason is known for his traditional pottery shapes.  This jar has a classic water jar form with the low shoulder and slightly turned out rim. It is deeply carved with a swirling cloud pattern which extends from the rim to the sharp shoulder. The carving is deep and the jar is fully polished.   The entire piece has to polished at one time and it has a high shine and great angle of reflection from the shape.   Jason is certainly one of the younger potters to watch!

$ 1,200.00

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Monday, March 20, 2017

Duwyenie, Debra & Preston – Black Shoulder Jar with Turtles

This jar was made by Perston Duwyenie and polished and incised by Debra Duwyenie.  The jar is one of Preston’s classic wide shoulder pieces with the asymmetrical mouth.  The body of the piece is slipped with a micaceous clay and there is a band of polished surface.  The entire piece has been fired black.  The polished area is etched by Debra with seven turtles and lots of fish!  Each turtle has a different design on the back.  Note that there is always one which represent Preston with the wavy lines on the back (for his shifting sand designs).  It is a beautifully designed piece and complex in the variety of designs.  The jar is signed on the bottom with Preston’s hallmark and Debra’s name.

$ 650.00

Sahmie, Ida — “Day & Night Chant” Jar

This jar is a new design by Ida Shamie.  Her work utilized traditional Navajo imagery for her patterns.  The jar has one side which has a Night Dance and the other which has the Day Dance.  The figures are male Yei-bi-chi dancers encircling the jar.  On the night side, the background area is fully painted with bee-weed (a plant) to make it black.  In the center image above is the fire around which the dancers are circling.  It is a wonderful attempt to create a “3D” story on the vessel!  The Day scene has the clouds and the mesa in the background.  What truly makes her work so distinctive is that the figures are not just painted, but they are also etched into the clay!  The faces and the designs on the kilts are also all etched into the clay!  Note as well the cloud design around the rim, which is the design on the Navajo wedding baskets.  One of our favorite parts, however, is near the base of the jar and the shadows she paints of the dancers!  Ida is a daughter-in-law of Priscilla Nampeyo.  She has won numerous awards for her pottery at events such as Santa Fe Indian Market.  She is the only Navajo potter creating this unique style of ethnographic pottery.

$ 1,200.00

Nampeyo, Darlene James – Bowl with Thunderstorm Design

Darlene Nampeyo James learned to make pottery from her aunts, Dextra Quotskuyva and Priscilla Nampeyo.  Her pottery is more traditional in style and she continues to use Hopi clay for her pottery and paint with bee-weed for the black.  This bowl is thin walled and very tightly painted.  The design depicts a thunderstorm at night.  There are stars painted on the rim of the bowl and with terraced clouds and lightning.  The mountains are painted below.  The bowl has been traditionally fired to create the variations in color on the surface.  It is signed on the bottom.

$ 175.00

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Saturday, March 19, 2017

Silas, Venora – Large Jar with Geometric Designs

Venora Silas (b. 1967) is a daughter of potter Roberta Silas and a sister of Louann Silas, Antoinette Silas and Jofern Puffer. She began making pottery in 1977.  This large jar is painted with a complex series of designs encompassing the entire surface of the jar.  The top has rain patterns while below the shoulder are Hopi designs which are highlighted with red clay slip. The jar is signed on the bottom, “Venora Silas”.

$ 650.00

Lucario, Rebecca – Seedpot with Lizards

Rebecca Lucario is known for her delicate and intricately painted pottery.  This seedpot is a smaller piece of her pottery, but very creatively designed.  There are lizards on one half of the piece and the opposite side is impressed with dots, to represent the sand.  There is almost a corrugated feel to the surface of the white area of the seedpot.  The seedpot is signed on the bottom.

$ 225.00

Silas-Poleahla, Loretta – Large Jar with Birds

Loretta Silas-Pohleahla (d. 2007) was a daughter of Roberta Silas and a sister of LouAnn Silas, Antoinette Silas, Verona Silas and Jofern Puffer.  This large jar has a narrow base and wide shoulder.  The design above and below the shoulder are a series of Hopi style birds. The bird head are above the shoulder and the bodies below. There is a striking complexity the design.  It is signed on the bottom.  It is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

$ 550.00

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Friday, March 17, 2017

Victorino. Sandra  – Jar with Butterfly & Flower Swirls

Sandra Victorino is  a niece of noted potter Dorothy Torivio.    Sandra has her own unique style of “op-art”, where the patterns start small, then get larger and then smaller again on the vessel.  These pieces reflect the variety and intricacy of her pottery designs. This jar has the white clay painted with the black bee-weed, creating a very modern appearance.  The design on the jar is a series of butterfly patterns (the oval shapes), which create interlocking butterfly wings.  There are flower patterns and fine-line rain designs which separate the butterflies.  The intricacy of the designs and the use of the op-art imagery adds to the sophistication of the jar!  Sandra creates a beautiful sense of balance between the form and design.

$ 1,300.00

Shupla, Helen – Carved Wedding Vase

Helen Shupla is famous for her carved pottery as well as her exceptional melon jars.  This large wedding vase is carved around the body of the piece.  The design is a cloud and rain pattern.  Note how it is carved into the negative space of the piece!  It is signed on the bottom in the clay.  It is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

$ 1,500.00

Naranjo, Madeline – Seedpot with Dragonflies

Madeline Naranjo creates beautifully carved and polished pottery.  Each piece is coil built, stone polished and traditionally fired.  This seedpot has dragonflies carved on each side.  There are two polished and two matte in each medallion. They are separated by a rainbow design and cloud and rain patterns.  There is a striking contrast between the matte and polished surfaces.  Her designs are always innovative and beautifully executed.

$ 350.00

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Thursday, March 16, 2017

Lonewolf, Joseph – “Secreted Fawn” Seedpot (1998)

This seedpot by Joseph Lonewolf is from 1998.  The piece is entitled, “Secreted Fawn”.  It includes a signed version of the card which Joseph made for each of his miniatures.  This piece was actually made for our show at the gallery with Joseph and Grace Medicine Flower in 1998.   Joseph wrote partially of this piece,

“Portrayed against a blue sky background is a single realistically designed Mule Deer fawn, most of which are born in June or July.  Nestled, side view, in an abundance of sheltered valley grasses, remote to other members of the heard, the fawn is partially encircled by eight yellow disked, red tipped daisy blossoms, which denote all that is sweet, or pleasant, in life.

Three small realistically designed cabbage white  butterflies, symbolic of beauty in life, are portrayed with the fawn.  two wings about the new born in a delicate, unhurried flight and one alight on the tip of the newborn’s right ear.”

On the back of the seedpot in the red is a Mule Deer buck, doe and fawn sketched into the clay.  They are inspired by the Mimbres pottery designs of the 11th century.  The interlocking rings medallion represents the attachment between friends and was the yearly symbol for 1997.  Beginning in the early 1970’s, Joseph Lonewolf revolutionized the world of Santa Clara pottery by incorporating his sgraffito (lightly etching the surface of the clay) and incised (more deeply cut into the clay) designs.  The piece is signed on the bottom and includes the signed artist card.  There is also a photo of Joseph holding the piece! It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

$ 4,400.00

Medicine Flower, Grace – Mini Jar with Deer (1993)

This miniature red jar by Grace Medicine Flower is fully polished and incised.  The design has a deer on one side, leaping in the air. The other has another deer sitting in the moonlight. They are each surrounded by plants, flowers and traditional Santa Clara designs.  The jar is from 1993 and it is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  It is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Grace Medicine Flower”.

$ 1,500.00

Lonewolf, Joseph – “Leaping Grasshoppers” Seedpot (1997)

This seedpot by Joseph Lonewolf is from 1997.  The piece is entitled, “Leaping Grasshoppers”.  It includes a signed version of the card which Joseph made for each of his miniatures.  There is also a photo of Joseph holding the piece! Joseph wrote partially of this piece,

“Portrayed side view are two geometrically designed and color-toned grasshoppers.  Representative of the Mimbres Period – 10th to 14th centuries. Both grasshoppers appear to be leaping.  Beneath the plant-eating insects is a higly polished red slipwork symbolic of Mother Earth.  Swirled and jagged to denote “Her” terrain, MOther Earth’s surface is only sparsely vegetated.”

The butterfly etched on the back is symbolic of beauty and the the interlocking rings medallion represents the attachment between friends and was the yearly symbol for 1997.   This piece was actually purchased at our gallery show for Joseph Lonewolf and Grace Medicine Flower in 1998! Beginning in the early 1970’s, Joseph Lonewolf revolutionized the world of Santa Clara pottery by incorporating his sgraffito (lightly etching the surface of the clay) and incised (more deeply cut into the clay) designs.  The piece is signed on the bottom and includes the signed artist card.  It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

$ 1,800.00

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Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Garcia, Virginia – “Plum” Color Water Jar

This water jar by Virginia Garcia is a classic shape for Santa Clara pottery.  The jar has a very sharp shoulder and a slightly turned out rim. The entire piece is fully polished.  However, it is the color of the firing for which Virginia is best known.  It is a “plum” color which is almost a brownish-purple coloration.  There are darker black areas from the traditional firing.   She achieved the color from how she covered the piece when it was fired.  This jar is very highly polished and has a stunning shine.  While Virginia is no longer making pottery, this is certainly an outstanding example of her skill.  It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

$ 600.00

Naranjo-Romero, Monica – Black & Sienna Beaver

Monica Romero is a daughter of noted potter Geri Naranjo and a niece of Dolores Curran.  This minature beaver is black-and-sienna in coloration, with a sienna tail. The remainder of the piece is highly polished black. The tail is etched with Pueblo kiva step and lightning designs.  It is signed on the bottom.

$ 100.00

Garcia, Gloria “Golden Rod” – Bowl with Flighty Birds

This bowl by Gloria Garcia is fully polished and fired black. The design is a series of birds encircling the piece.  There are a variety of birds from quail to pheasants. They are standing, walking, running and flying.  It is a charming design and highlighted in areas with a red clay slip.  Gloria’s combination of polishing and etched designs is always striking.  This piece is signed on the bottom with her Tewa name “GoldenRod”.

$ 625.00

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Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Moquino, Jennifer – Brown Owl Figure

This brown owl figure by Jennifer Moquino is created in clay with feet and a striking appearance.  The owl is fully polished and incised.  On the back there is a star pattern and the wings are fully designs.  The sides have a micaceous swirl design on the wings.  The front is fully etched with a feather pattern.  Note as well the use of the green clay on the beak!  The owl is a creative use of both realism and Pueblo concepts in her work.  All the various colors are derived from natural clay slips.

$ 875.00

Gonzales, John – Red Bowl with Avanyu (1998)

This bowl by John Gonzales is from 1998.  The rim is a red clay slip and there is a single band of inset shell hei-shi above and below the central design.  The design is an incised avanyu which encircles the bowl.  Note as the bowl is turned the use of additional rain and cloud patterns.  The bowl is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  It is signed on the bottom.

$ 475.00

Sanchez, Russell  – Red Mountain Lion with Turquoise

Russell Sanchez continues to be one of the true innovators in Pueblo pottery.  Each piece is perfectly coil built, stone polished and etched.  This is one of Russell’s few mountain lions.  Mountain lions always have their tail up on the back.  This figure is polished red and has three bands of hei-shi beads (turquoise and shell), across its back. One side has a heartline, which reflects the spirit and strength of the animal. The opposite side has a moutain lion track.  The design around the eyes and the paw design are slipped with a black clay.  On the same side as the track is an inset piece of turquoise.  The underside of the mountain lion is slipped with a black micaceous clay. The use of the black harkens back to the early “black-on-red” style of San Ildefonso pottery from the late 1800’s.  Notes as well the angular style of the legs, which gives the figure a very modern appearance!  The hei-shi beads are made by the Calabazas of Santo Domingo pueblo.  The Mountain Lion is signed on the bottom.

$ 2,400.00

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Monday, March 13, 2017

Cain, Linda – Square Seedpot withBird & Kiva Step Designs

This is an intricately carved square miniature seedpot by Linda Cain.  She is a daughter of Mary Cain and the mother of potters Tammy Garcia and Autumn Borts-Medlock. This seedpot has flat sides and each side is deeply carved with designs.  There are mountain, cloud, lightning, and kiva step pattern.  The sides are fully polished red. The top has a micaceous clay slip and is carved with a bird pattern. The contrast of the tan mica and the polished sides is striking. For such a small piece, she has carved deeply into the clay, which is always more difficult.  The seedpot is signed on the bottom.

$ 800.00

Whitegeese, Daryl  – Red Water Jar with Rainbow Design

Daryl Whitegeese is known for his use of classic Santa Clara forms and his amazing polished surfaces.  This jar is is a classic shape with a low round body and a slightly turned out neck.  The jar is fully carved with a rainbow pattern with rain, as the design.  The jar is very deeply carved and the edges almost feel sharp to the touch! The jar is polished a deep red and has been traditionally fired.  Note as well the rim of the jar, which almost seems to have a sharp edge, which is difficult to achieve with stone polishing the surface.  The jar is signed on the bottom in the clay.

$ 2,600.00

Duwyenie, Debra & Preston – Seedpot with Hummingbirds, Sun & Silver Lid

Debra Duwyenie is well known for her wonderful miniatures and incised designs. Each piece is stone polished and then it is etched before it is fired! This seedpot is a larger piece for Debra and amazingly complicated with its designs!  The matte red areas are parts of the design in which the polished slip is scratched away leaving the matte red.  Note in the tan area of the background that more deeply incised lines.  The complexity of the design is amazing on this piece, especially how the flowers and bird wings all seem to interconnect!  There are birds and flower across the entire surface of the piece. On one side is a sun or Tewa design with the surrounding feather pattern and the opposite has a rainbow.  The lid is made by Preston Duwyenie.  It is silver cast against cuttlefish bone to create the design.  The bottom of the silver lid and the bottom of the seedpot are both signed.  It is stunning in the complexity, polishing and complement of the lid with the imagery on the piece!

$ 1,100.00

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Saturday, March 11, 2017

Duwyenie, Preston – Shifting Sand Seedpot with Silver Lid

Preston Duwyenie is know for his Hopi pottery which blends modern and traditional aspects of the art. This seedpot is made from a white clay which he finds near Second Mesa at Hopi.  The body of the piece is fully polished.  The top area above the shoulder has the shifting sand design is carved into the clay so that it have a very natural appearance.  What makes the sand area so fascinating is how he carves it so that it has very natural appearance.  What works so well is that it flows around the entire surface, just as if the clay has been swept away. The top view of the piece shows the design nicely and the shadows the design creates.  The lid is made from silver and cast against cuttlefish bone.  The casting creates a a similar style of ‘shifting sand’ design to complement the clay areas!  The the seedpot and the silver lid are signed on the bottom with Preston’s hallmark which is a woman carrying a child and his Hopi name, which means “carried in beauty”.   Preston is from Second Mesa at Hopi, and taught ceramics for years at Institute of American Indian Art (IAIA) in Santa Fe.

Why the shifting sand designs? Preston says he remembers watching a smooth pebble caught in sand being shifted by the wind, “there was beauty in its isolation within the sea of sand. It was like an island.  The endless sands of time, and the fact that people, too are tossed about by the wind. There is always rippling in our lives”.

Why the shifting sand designs? Preston says he remembers watching a smooth pebble caught in sand being shifted by the wind, “there was beauty in its isolation within the sea of sand. It was like an island.  The endless sands of time, and the fact that people, too are tossed about by the wind. There is always rippling in our lives”.

$ 750.00

Nampeyo, Iris – Mini Jar with Corn Design

This is a classic miniature by Iris Nampeyo.  Iris began using the corn in relief on the surface of her pottery in the early 1980’s. The corn is symbolic of being part of the Corn Clan.  The surface is stone polished and the corn on the front is in relief.  The husk of the corn is sharp and the matte area extends around to the base of the jar.  The matte areas are in contrast to the remainder of the piece which is polished.  The opening is asymmetrical which is in keeping with the organic style of the form.  It is signed on the bottom.

$ 125.00

Wildflower, Theresa – Mini Lidded Jar with Zuni Shalako Katsina

Theresa Wildflower was known for her miniature pottery.  This amazing piece is one of her lidded vessels.  The jar has a linear painted design around the shoulder.  The lid is a standing Zuni Shalako katsina.  The detail on the feathers on the body, as well as the back of the mask, are extraordinary!  The piece is signed on the bottom with her hallmark.  It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

$ 325.00

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Friday, March 10, 2017

Sanchez, Russell  – Gunmetal Box with Bear Lid

Spectacular!  While Russell Sanchez is well known for the distinctive pottery and not only the polishing and shapes but the firing. This amazing box has been fire to a near perfect gunmetal finish with a very metallic appearance.  The box has  a square shape with flat sides and a bear lid.  Two of the sides have incised medallions with deer.  Each deer is in a different position.  The medallions are surrounded by a band of turquoise hei-shi beads.  The opposite sides have incised lightning designs.  Russell is one of the few potters working today who can create the full gunmetal color in his firing and it is spectacular!  The hei-shi beads used in Russell’s pottery are all handmade by the Calabaza family of Santo Domingo pueblo.

$ 4,400.00

Namingha, Les – “Regeneration” Jar

This is just one of the most creative, unusual and yet thoughtful pieces we have had by Les Namingha. The jar is half painted on the top with cloud and lightning designs.  The opposite half of the top is mixed media with turquoise, coral and shell beads.  They are set with acrylic and mica gel to give them strength in their adherence.  They are placed in a random matter, almost as if they are being uncovered in the dirt or mud.  Les said of this piece:

This abstract, textured area represents the ‘artifacts” that, in my interpretation, will regenerate into new patterns.  The other areas of design contrast with the abstraction.  They represent the formality and structure.  I’m alluding to Pueblo ruins and modern Native hopes.”

There is thoughtful representation of current issues which are portrayed in this piece.  What is really wonderful and something that can only be felt, is that the area below the shoulder is fully etched!  The checkerboard snow pattern and then rows of colored corn “kernals” (the squares) have an amazing texture!  That texture complements the textural feel of the area with the coral and turquoise on the top half.  There is just something unique and exciting about this jar and maybe it is just how Les reinterprets history through the designs on his pottery.  The jar is signed on the bottom.

$ 1,400.00

Sanchez, Russell  – Avanyu Handle Jar with Lid

Russell Sanchez has been taking inspiration from signed historic San Ildefonso pottery for his pieces over the past several years.  This unique jar is inspired by a bowl by his great-great grandmother, Ramona Sanchez Gonzales.  In the second photo the red bowl by Ramona can be seen, with the avanyu in relief on the side.  As well, Tony Da made on jar with lizard handles in 1967-8, which is now in the Phibrook Museum (#7095).  The black and sienna of the jar and the etched medallions are certainly a reference for Russell’s latest piece.  This jar has sienna medallions on each side. They are etched with traditional San Ildefonso birds.  Each medallion is surrounded by two bands of hei-shi beads.  The handles are in the shape of the avanyu, much as on Ramona’s bowl.  The neck of the jar has a cloud pattern and the remainder of the piece is a micaceous clay slip.  The lid is fired to a near gunmetal appearance and has a sienna top and a single inset piece of turquoise.  The bottom of the jar has a “foot” which is reminiscent of historic San Ildefonso pottery and it is also indented. The hei-shi beads are all made by the Calabaza family from Santo Domingo Pueblo.  The jar seamlessly blends the old with the new and creates a new vision of how potters can derive inspiration from the past while creating their own new vessels.

$ 6,200.00

Duwyenie, Debra & Preston – Seedpot with Turtles and Silver Lid

Debra Duwyenie is well known for her wonderful miniatures and incised designs. Each piece is stone polished and then it is etched before it is fired! This seedpot has a feather pattern on the top. There are various fish and  turtles as the design below.  Each of the turtles has a different design on the back.  Note the one with the wavy lines, that one is meant to represent Preston Duwyenie, her husband, who is known for his “shifting sand” pottery.  Note that the lighter red matte areas are where Debra has only etched away the polished surface but not down as far as the tan color of the clay. Debra also pays close attention to the little details like the tan background area and how evenly she etches the vertical lines.  The lid is made by her husband Preston.  It is case from cuttlefish bone and cast in silver.  It has the same “shifting sand” style pattern as the back of the one turtle. The bottom of the lid is stamped with Preston’s hallmark.

$ 950.00

Manymules, Samuel  – Large Jar with Sharp Melon Swirls

This is a classic shape by Samuel Manymules.  It is coil built and slipped with a red clay and then traditionally fired.  The jar has the faceted sharp ribs extending from the base to the neck. It is the coloration on the jar which is so visually striking.  It ranges from deep red to black to nearly gunmetal in areas.  The color is created by the traditional outdoor firing.  After the firing the jar is the covered with pine pitch in the traditional way expected of Navajo pottery.  It is extraordinary vessels like this which keep Samuel among the top Navajo potters working today.

$ 2,200.00

Garcia, Gloria “Golden Rod” – Bowl with Fish & Turtles

This bowl by Gloria Garcia is fully polished and fired black. The design is a series of fish and turtles. They are intermixed as they swim around the surface of the piece.  There are additional areas with a red clay slip in contrast to the polished black.  Gloria’s combination of polishing and etched designs is always striking.  This piece is signed on the bottom with her Tewa name “GoldenRod”.

$ 625.00

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Thursday, March 9, 2017

Manymules, Samuel  – Small Faceted Jar

This is a distinctive shape by Samuel Manymules.  It is coil built and slipped with a red clay and then traditionally fired.  The jar has the faceted sharp ribs extending up from the base. Just below the neck the ribs are indented to create the “faceted” appearance.  The fire clouds encircle the piece had create various colors from red to dark black.  After the firing the jar is the covered with pine pitch in the traditional way expected of Navajo pottery.  It is extraordinary vessels like this which keep Samuel among the top Navajo potters working today.

$ 875.00

Moquino, Ty – Clay Fish with Red Designs (Age 14)

Ty Moquino is a son of noted potters Jennifer and Mike Moquino.  At only 14 years old he is making some creative pottery!  This fish figure is inspired in shape by the fish figures created by his grandfather, Corn Moquino. The fish is coil built and fully polished. The fins and tail are etched.  There are additional clay colors of red and white added for the fins and tail.  All the various colors are derived from natural clay slips. The fish has a charming and whimsical appearance.  It is exciting to see where he will be going with his pottery.  This year in 2017 he won “Best of Youth” award for one of his pieces of pottery at the Heard Museum Indian Market!

$ 175.00

Lonewolf, Joseph – “Mimbres Cricket” Seedpot (1997)

This seedpot by Joseph Lonewolf is from 1997.  The piece is entitled, “Mimbres Cricket”.  It includes a signed version of the card which Joseph made for each of his miniatures.  This piece was actually made for our show at the gallery with Joseph and Grace Medicine Flower in 1998.   Joseph wrote partially of this piece:

“Portrayed from a side view is a cricket representative of the Mimbres Period – 10th to 14th centuries.  The cricket – an insect related to the locust and grasshopper, but usually having long antennae – appears to be leaping in mid-air.  Beneath the Mimbres cricket is highly polished red slipwork (Mother Earth) which encompasses the extreme front, partial sides, back side and a portion of the top.”

The butterfly is symbolic of beauty and the the interlocking rings medallion represents the attachment between friends and was the yearly symbol for 1997.  Beginning in the early 1970’s, Joseph Lonewolf revolutionized the world of Santa Clara pottery by incorporating his sgraffito (lightly etching the surface of the clay) and incised (more deeply cut into the clay) designs.  The piece is signed on the bottom and includes the signed artist card.  It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

$ 1,800.00

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Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Moquino, Jennifer – Brown Deer Clay Figure

Jennifer Moquino is known for her clay vessels and also her amazing animal figures! This buck deer is fired brown.  The figure has etched feather star, rain and sun patterns on the side. The back has a born plant etched has the central medallion.  The body is fully polished an the antlers are matte. There is a striking flow the designs on the piece and note the realism of the face!  All the various colors are derived from natural clay slips.  Jennifer continues to be one of the leading innovative potters working today!

$ 300.00

Duwyenie, Preston – “Three Maiden” Double Shoulder Water Jar

Stunning!  This is an exquisite water jar by Preston Duwyenie.  The water jar is made from micaceous clay and slipped with a micaceos clay mixed with red Santa Clara clay.  The coloration is a striking red with the sparkle of the mica. The water jar has a double shoulder and a fluted or “Rain drop” rim. The undulating shape of the rim is always technically difficult to create. The jar has six inset piece of silver, each cast from cuttlefish bone. The silver pieces are inset into the jar after the firing and represent three maidens with tablitas on their heads. The area around the silver pieces are lightly etched with additional designs.  The angles created by the shape of the jar along with the color of the clay and the complement of the mica and silver give the jar its stunning appearance!  The jar is signed on the bottom in the clay with Preston’s hallmark, which means “carried in beauty”.  There is certainly something both modern and ancient about this striking piece!   Preston is from Second Mesa at Hopi, and taught ceramics for years at Institute of American Indian Art (IAIA) in Santa Fe.  He is married to pottery Debra Duwyenie and now resides at Santa Clara Pueblo.  Preston has won numerous awards for pottery, including “Best of Show” at the Heard Indian Market.10″w x 8.5″h

$ 3,300.00

Moquino, Jennifer – Parakeet Clay Figure

Jennifer Moquino is known for her clay vessels and also her amazing animal figures! This is a Parakeet.  Jennifer said that is difficult to blend the two different clay colors on the head of the bird.  However, the end result is a nice mixture of the red and green clay and the entire surface is fully polished.  The winds are etched with small and large feather patterns.  The back has an intricate feather design and the beak is a micaceous clay.  All the various colors are derived from natural clay slips.  Jennifer continues to be one of the leading innovative potters working today!

$ 575.00

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