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Friday, June 23, 2017   

Tafoya, Margaret – Pair of Candlesticks (1950’s)
During the 1950’s Margaret Tafoya often made more “tourist” items like these candlesticks.  She would travel with her family to Colorado and the Garden of the Gods for the summer.  Her husband, Alcario, and her children would perform and she would make pottery.  These candlesticks are in the shape of a pair of mocassins.  They are twisted, which is always more difficult for polishing and firing. They are fully stone polished and one of the pair is signed.  They are in very good condition with no chips, cracks. restoration or repair.  It is not often that we come across candlesticks in such great condition.  It is great to see that many of Margaret’s descendants continue on in the tradition of making this form as a recognition of her tenacity and creativity as an artist.
$ 2,200.00

Tafoya, Margaret – Polychrome Wedding Vase with Avanyu (1920’s)

This is one of the few polychrome pieces Margaret Tafoya.  The wedding vase is from the 1920’s and it is on p. 50 in the Born of Fire book. The entire piece is fully polished red and the avanyu is painted with various clay slips.  There are subtle variations of the gray clay slip on the body.  Note as well that the water serpents (avanyu) are different on each side.  The polychrome work by Margaret is some of the rarest of her work as much of it was made in the 1920’s and 1930’s and it has not survived well.  It was quickly supplanted by the polished and carved blackware, which was more popular at the time.  The wedding vase is signed, “Margaret” on the bottom.  It is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

 

$ 15,000.00

Tafoya, Margaret  – Double Handle Water Jar (1960’s)

This is a distinctive shape jar by Margaret Tafoya.  The jar is featured in the book Born of Fire on p. 80.  It is from the 1960’s and it is fully polished.  The jar is fully polished and has handles as part of the form.  Margaret noted that when she first tried handles, they were inspired by Greek and Roman pottery she had seen in a book.  Typical of her handles, they extend from the neck to the shoulder.  This is different than the handles of her mother, SaraFina Tafoya. The high polished and unique form work perfectly on this piece. The jar is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  It is signed on the bottom in the clay.

 

$ 7,500.00

Tafoya, Margaret – Red on Red Bowl with Cloud Designs (1960’s)

This red bowl by Margaret Tafoya is fully polished on the inside and outside. The bowl is fired red and the cloud design around the rim  is also painted in a matte red clay.  The design is outlined with a white clay.  This is a style which Margaret began in the 1940’s and continued through the 1960’s.  The bowl is signed on the bottom in the clay “Margaret Tafoya”.  It is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  There is one small ding under one of the cloud patterns.  Note as well the color variation as the bowl is turned.  This is the result of the traditional firing.

$ 3,200.00

Tafoya, Margaret – Large Bear Paw Plate (1960’s)

This is a striking fully polished plate by Margaret Tafoya.  It is featured in the book, Born of Fire, on page 77.  The plate is impressed with four bear paws in the clay.  It has then been fully polished and fired a dark black.  While her earlier plates from the 1950’s were mostly painted, in the 1960’s she varied the design to include the bear paws.  There is a depth to the plate (3″) which almost makes it as much a large open bowl as a plate.  The size of this plate is unusual for any potter as any plate over twelve inches is often considered a “major piece”.  The bear paw design tells the story of how a bear led the Pueblo people to water during a drought.  The plate is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair and the highly polished surface just seems to glow with the light.  It is signed on the back in the clay.

 

$ 8,800.00

Tafoya, Margaret & SaraFina Tafoya – Tall Jar with Handles and Painted Birds (1930’s)

This large jar is by Margaret Tafoya and her mother, SaraFina Tafoya, is from the 1930’s. The jar is large and the handles are distinctive to SaraFina with the fingers.  These are her classic style of handles, which were originally inspired by seeing them in books on Greek and Roman pottery.  The handles also extend from the rim to the shoulder, which is how SaraFina always made her handles.  The jar itself is a shape that both Margaret and SaraFina made during their careers.  What makes the jar unusual is the painted birds on both sides. This black-on-black style of painted bird may well have been painted by Manuel Tafoya, who was Margaret’s brother.  He painted a lot of pottery for his mother and sister and the intricate detail in the design is typical of his painting.  What makes the birds even more unique is their style.  They are certainly inspired by the Hopi-Tewa birds in the style of Nampeyo of Hano.  Of course, Nampeyo was famous by the early 1900’s and her work influenced numerous other potters at both Santa Clara and San Ildefonso.  In such a combination of artistry, there is the final touch, which is Margaret’s signature on the bottom of the jar! Overall, the jar is in good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair. Obviously, the surface is rough which maybe from it being lower fired so that it scratched easily, or just handling over the years.  However, the overall design and form are well intact.  Simply an amazing piece of history!

 

$ 12,000.00

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Thursday, June 22, 2017

Garcia, Tina – Brown Water Jar with Indented Shoulder (1986)

Tina Garcia was well known for her focus on traditional shape and plainware Santa Clara pottery. This jar is one of her early classic piece.  It is a beautiful shape with a wide shoulder and slightly turned out neck.  The shoulder has a sharp edge and then drops down as it rises up to the neck.  This is a technically difficult technique to master and it is one at which Tina was among the best! This jar is one of the few we have seen which is fired brown.  The color and the way the light hits the jar is beautiful!    It is signed on the bottom and  it is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

$ 575.00

Jim, Harrison – Jar with Morning Singer Katsina Carved in Relief

Harrison Jim learned to make pottery from his mother-in-law Joy “Frogwoman” Navasie. He often collaborated with Marianne Navasie on his pottery. His work combines carved designs with traditional Hopi imagery.  This jar is coil built and half of it is carved with a very intricate Morning Singer Katsina.  The Katsina is depicted holding an evergreen tree and climbing out of the kiva.  What makes Harrison’s work so exceptional is the carving in relief of the imagery.  It is as if it has been carved in wood and placed on the clay vessel!  As the piece is turned, it slipped white in the style of his mother-in-law, Joy Navasie.  The design on the back is a shawl pattern, which is also replicated on the sides of the katsina. The jar is signed on the bottom.

$ 575.00

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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Tafoya, Camilio – Large Seedpot with Rabbit Hunters (1973)

This large seedpot by Camilio Tafoya is from 1973.  It is fully polished and like much of Camilio’s pottery, it tells a story. Here, the boy is hunting a rabbit on one side with a bow and arrow. He is shown on the other side returning to the village with the rabbit.  Separating the two large medallions are plant designs.  Camilio began creating sgraffito pottery with his daughter, Grace Medicine Flower in 1970-1 and quickly developed his own style of pottery.   The piece is signed on the bottom in the clay.  The seedpot is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

$ 875.00

Tafoya, Margaret – Bowl with Kiva Steps in a Cloud Design (1940’s)

It is not often that we come across pottery by Margaret Tafoya from the 1940’s!  This bowl is coil built, carved, stone polished and traditionally fired black. The design is very fluid around the body of the piece.  I asked Nathan Youngblood (her grandson) the meaning of the design and he said it was, “Kiva steps floating in a cloud design”.  There is something very beautiful about that idea!  The carving is very even and the rim of the bowl is also fully polished.  This fluid design is striking on the piece giving it both an ancient and very modern appearance.  It is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Margaret Tafoya”.  It is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

$ 1,700.00

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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Garcia, Tammy – Thunderbird Bowl with Turquoise

Tammy Garcia is known for her contemporary designs and use of traditional clay. This jar incorporates her evolving style of carving her pieces in various layers.  The open bowl has a carved Thunderbird in the center.  Much in the style of historic jewelry, there are etched designs on the wings, as if they were stamped in silver. The stone in the center is a piece of Sleeping Beauty Turquoise.  The interior of the bowl is rounded out and the outside is rag polished at an angle.  While a smaller piece, it capture the essence of Tammy’s creativity and style.  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 it innovations.

$ 2,800.00

Chavarria, Harvey & Debra Trujillo – Seedpot with Hummingbird (1983)

This seedpot is by Debra Trujillo (Duwyenie) and Harvey Chavarria.  It is dated “8-16-83”, which means it was made for Santa Fe Indian Market in 1983.  The piece is a very round seedpot with a incised hummingbird and flowers as the design.  The piece is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

$ 225.00

Fragua, Glendora – Tile with Corn and Butterflies in Frame

This tile by Glendora Fragua is fully polished tan.  It is fully polished and designed.  In the center there is a stalk of corn and a butterfly.  On the sides are flowers and more butterflies.  Around the edge are painted multi-color dots.  The tile is framed in a black fame with green matte.

$ 250.00

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Monday, June 19, 2017

Fragua, Glendora – Tall Seedpot with Sunface

This miniature seedpot by Glendora Fragua is fully polished red.  It is fully incised and has a sunface on the top as the main design.  The sunface and one of the stars on the side each has inset pieces of turquoise.  The surrounding designs are highlighted with red or black clay slips. The seedpot is signed on the bottom in the clay with Glendora’s corn hallmark.

$ 275.00

Medicine Flower, Grace – Mini Seedpot with Avanyu Medallions (1974)

This is an early seedpot by Grace Medicine Flower is from 1974.  It is fully polished and etched on the sides with an avanyu (water serpent) medallion.  Surrounding the avanyu are flute players.  Note how the bodies of the flute players are more deeply etched than the other designs.  The top has a cloud and rain pattern etched into the clay.  The piece is signed on the bottom in the clay. It is in excellent condition with no chips,cracks restoration or repair.

$ 800.00

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Saturday, June 17, 2017

Chavarria, Harvey & Debra Trujillo – Flat Seedpot with Pueblo Dancer (1984)

This is an intricate seedpot by Debra Trujillo (Duwyenie) and Harvey Chavarria.   The seedpot has a pueblo dancer etched into the clay holding a medicine wheel. There is an inset piece of turquoise representing the belt buckle on the figure.  This round flat shape of seepot is one that was stylized by Debra & Harvey for their work.   The piece is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

$ 325.00

Medicine Flower, Grace – Red & Tan Seedpot with Butterflies (1976)

This larger seedpot by Grace Medicine Flower is from 1976.  It is unusual with the top part being polished tan.  The tan is just where water is used to polish the surface of the pottery, while the red is a clay slip.  The tan area is a etched with a water serpent. The sides of the bowl are polished red and there are six different butterflies etched into the surface of the clay.  Typical of her pottery they are delicately etched into the surface of the bowl.  The piece is signed on the bottom in the clay. It is in excellent condition with no chips,cracks restoration or repair.

$ 1,500.00

Tafoya, LuAnn – Large Red Bowl with Cloud, Kiva Step & Rain Designs

LuAnn Tafoya is a daughter of Margaret Tafoya and known for her large, highly polished pottery.  This is a recent and quite exceptional piece of her red pottery.  The bowl is deeply carved with a design that varies as the bowl is turned.  It has cloud, kiva step and rain designs.  The patterns vary as the bowl is turned.  The entire piece is fully polished red.  The top and bottom sections are without design and the red polishing is stunning! The carved area has the same deep red coloration. It isn’t that the red always comes out this deep and perfect. LuAnn said she left it in the fired just another 10 seconds and that made all the difference! The background area is the traditional cream colored clay, which many potters no longer use.  The shape is also a classic one for LuAnn with the round shoulder and the sloping rim.  It is striking piece both in scale and appearance.  It is signed on the bottom in the clay.

$ 5,800.00

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Friday, June 16, 2017

Youngblood, Nathan – Tri-Color Jar with Walking Bear Paw Design

Nathan Youngblood has created his own distinctive “polychrome” style of pottery with the use of the red, tan and buff surfaces on his pottery.  This jar is a classic shape with a wide shoulder and a slightly turned out neck.  The neck and base are both polished tan.  The central design area is deeply carved and has a walking bear paw, cloud and mountain pattern.  The walking bear paw design is one that is often seen on the pottery of Nathan’s grandmother, Margaret Tafoya.  The jar is traditionally fired and has a striking contrast between the deep red and the tan polished areas.  On his red and tan pieces, after they are fired, he uses screwdrivers to scrape the background area and the side of the carving.  This can take almost as much time as the carving or polishing itself!   Amazing the amount of time that goes into each vessel and yet how stunning they appear! The jar is signed on the bottom in the clay with his name and deer tracks, which represent his name in Tewa.

$ 6,500.00

Youngblood, Nathan – Large 31 Rib Melon Bowl

It is not often that we see Nathan Youngblood make a plainware piece, let alone one of the classic melon ribbed jars!  This piece is stunning with 32 ribs carved into the clay.  They each have a rounded edge which adds to the how the light is reflected on the piece.  Nathan stone polishes each of his piece and is able to achieve a nearly “mirror-like” appearance to his work.  This bowl may seem simple but it is always complicated to get each rib the same width as well as the amount of surface that has to be polished (think that each rib basically has two sides!).  The polishing and the shine of this piece is simply stunning in person!  The bowl is signed on the bottom with his name and deer tracks which represent his name in Tewa.

$ 9,500.00

Tafoya-Sanchez, Linda – Long Neck Jar with Avanyu and Feather Design

This is a long neck water jar by Linda Tafoya-Sanchez.  The jar is coil built, carved and stone polished. The design around the neck has 17 rounded feathers carved into the clay. Below the feathers is a band with the “walking bear paw” design.  This is a pattern which her grandmother, Margaret Tafoya, utilized in her pottery.  There are two avanyu (water serpents) encircling the piece.   Note the shape of the head of the Avanyu on her pottery with the square mouth.  That is the same shape as her father Lee used on his pottery and hers always remains a tribute to her art and pottery education.  Below the avanyu is a walking bear paw design and then finally a larger rounded feather pattern. The jar is deeply carved and very highly polished.  The complicated designs add to the dynamic appearance of the piece.  Linda is a granddaughter of Margaret Tafoya and the quality and creativity in her carving are readily apparent on this vessel!  It is signed on the base.

$ 3,200.00

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Thursday, June 15, 2017

Naranjo, Johnathan – Large Jar with Hummingbirds & Flowers

This is one of the largest pieces we have had by Johnathan Naranjo.  It captures his unique style of sgraffito and etching on his pottery.  The jar is fully polished.  Around the neck of the jar are a series of hummingbirds, etched into the clay in a realistic manner.  Note how they are detailed but also have a more deeply etched band around them. Around the shoulder are larger flowers.  It is this contrast of the delicate hummingbirds and the larger flowers which works perfectly on this jar. Note on the flowers how they are etched to be both red and tan, in a slight gradation of color, which gives them both depth and realism.  In addition, they highlight the highly polished surface.  The jar has a square neck and a round body.  It is traditionally fired, which gives it the distinctive coloration.  It is signed on the bottom in the clay.  Johnathan has won numerous awards for his pottery and  Johnathan is definitely one of the young potters to watch!

$ 2,800.00

Peters, Franklin – Plate with Starburst Pattern

This is an intricately painted plate by Franklin Peters.  He is known for his thin walled pottery and use of traditional Acoma imagery on his pottery. This is the first plate we have had of his work.  It is tightly painted with just the use of a yucca brush!  The lines create a star pattern in the center.  The ends of the star, at the rim of the plate, are very tightly painted with a fine-line plant pattern. It’s a visually striking combination of patterns.  The piece is signed on the back.

$ 450.00

Johnson, Norvin – Jar with Flower Patterns & Flower Rim

Norvin Johnson learned to make pottery from Max Early. This jar is inspired by both contemporary and stylized flower patterns. The designs are painted in red clay on the white surface.  Norvin has been working on more experimental shapes and this jar has an angular body and a square shape.  The rim of the jar has triangular flower shapes which extend out from the opening.  The various angles of the jar and the round flowing designs work in complement to one another.  Norvin continues to create some unique and distinctive shapes for his pottery yet ties them back to the historic past.

$ 550.00

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Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Tafoya, LuAnn – Red Double Shoulder Water Jar with Bear Paws

LuAnn Tafoya is a daughter of Margaret Tafoya and known for her large, highly polished pottery.  This water jar has the classic double shoulder.  It is highly polished and has four bear paws impressed into the clay and polished over.  The high second shoulder adds an edge where the light contrasts on the jar.  The top of the rim is also fully polished.  It is not often that LuAnn creates smaller pieces, let alone such a classic in form and also in the red clay.  The polishing has a glassy appearance and works perfectly on this piece.   Simple and traditional.  It is signed on the bottom in the clay.

$ 1,800.00

Whitegeese, Daryl  – Large Water Jar with Cloud Motifs

WOW! This is an exceptional large jar by Daryl Whitegeese. Sometimes a photo just doesn’t do a piece justice and this is one of those times.  To capture the design, you miss the deep black of the firing. What shows up is the amazing polish, which is like a glassy black surface.  The jar is a classic water jar shape with the round shoulder and the slightly turned out rim. The jar is carved with a water, cloud, kiva step and rain design.  It is a complex pattern which changes as the jar is turned. The variation in the angular and circular patterns work perfectly on this piece.  The top and bottom sections are fully stone polished and the center is polished around the sharp carved edges. Note as well the edge of the rim of the jar and how he has polished into the rim!  The size, shape and design all work perfectly on this piece. It is signed on the bottom in the clay.  Daryl has won numerous awards at Santa Fe Indian Market and other events.  He remains one of the exciting traditional potters working today!

 

 

$ 5,200.00

Peters, Franklin – Large Olla with Fineline Star Patterns

This is a visually striking larger jar by Franklin Peters.  He is known for his thin walled pottery and use of traditional Acoma imagery on his pottery. The shape is one of the classic forms of Acoma pottery. The high shoulder and the slight rim create the “olla” form. The jar is fully painted with a fineline interlocking star pattern.  Each star connects to the next. Note how they are all at an angle, which emphasizes the shape of the jar.  The entire piece is coil built and painted with a yucca brush!  The rim of the jar is painted black and has the traditional painted spirit line.  There is also an indented base which is reminiscent of historic Acoma pottery.  It is signed on the bottom.

$ 1,800.00

Peters, Franklin – Seedpot with Star Pattern

This is an intricate seedpot by Franklin Peters.  He is known for his thin walled pottery and use of traditional Acoma imagery on his pottery. The seedpot is coil built with native clay and painted with native slips. The design around the body of the piece is an interlocking star.  The top has an additional old style star motif.  The contrast of the black and white works perfectly on this piece.  There is also an indented base which is reminiscent of historic Acoma pottery.  It is signed on the bottom.

$ 550.00

Edaakie, Tim & Bobby Silas – Zuni Jar with Deer Medallions

Tim Edaakie and Bobby Silas work together on their pottery. Tim is Zuni while Bobby is Hopi and their pottery is created to envision historic pottery shapes and designs.  This jar is a very classic shape with a wide shoulder, a sloping neck and a slightly turned out rim.  The jar has heartline deer and flower medallions around the side.  The neck has creatively painted rain birds. The fine lines are evenly painted and add to the overall connection to the historic style.  The bottom of the jar has an indented base, which reminds one of the historic pottery and how it was worn on the head. All the various colors are from natural clay slips.  It is signed on the bottom.

$ 450.00

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Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Tafoya, Margaret – Red Water Bowl with Lightning and Wind Design (1980’s)

This distinctive bowl by Margaret Tafoya is from the 1980’s.  It is a classic shaped bowl with deeply carved cloud, rain and lightning designs.  It is a continuous design around the surface of the entire piece.  The bowl itself is highly polished and fired a deep red.  The background is slipped with the traditional cream colored clay.  Margaret’s work from the 1980’s is always distinctive as the pieces are typically smaller than in earlier years as she was in her 80’s!  However, the carving is often more complicated and the polishing is always exceptional.  This bowl is definitely one of her more complicated patterns.  As well, it is great to see her work in red, which is always more difficult to fire.  The jar is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Margaret Tafoya”. It is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  This is definitely an exceptional jar by this important Santa Clara potter.

$ 4,800.00

Naranjo, Christina – Black Water Jar with Bear Paws (1970’s)

This jar is a classic water jar shape for Christina Naranjo and her pottery. The jar has a low, round shoulder and an elongated neck, with a rim which is slightly turned out.  It is very highly polished and a striking shape. While she was famous for this particular form of her water jars, it is not often that we see them come back onto the market.  This jar is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Christina Naranjo”.  It is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  As Christina was a sister of Margaret Tafoya and Camilio Tafoya, as well as the matriarch of the family of potters including Teresita Naranjo and Tammy Garcia, this is certainly a classic!

$ 1,800.00

Tafoya, Margaret – Jar with Key Hole Doorway Design (1940’s)

It is not often that we come across pottery by Margaret Tafoya from the 1940’s!  This jar is a traditional shape for her pottery and very deeply carved. The jar has an alternating Key Hole doorway design, inspired by the shape of the doorways on the cliff dwellings.  This alternating style is both striking on the piece and also has a very modern appearance.  The jar is fully polished and fired a deep black.  It is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Margaret Tafoya”.  It is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

$ 1,700.00

Congratulations to Russell Sanchez, who is the recipient of the 44th Annual New Mexico’s Governors Award for Excellence in the Arts. It is well deserved for his creativity.  He is in the company of other Pueblo potters who have received this award, including Tammy Garcia, Nancy Youngblood, Virgil Ortiz and Joseph Lonewolf.  Congrats Russell!  

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Monday, June 12, 2017

de la Cruz, Juan and Lois Gutierrez  – The Potters at the Well

Juan Cruz is creating some beautifully painted polychrome pottery.  He is a son of noted potter Lois Gutierrez.  Lois made the jar and Juan, who is noted for his illustrations, painted the design using natural clay slips..  The jar is an elegant wide shoulder jar with a low shoulder and sloping neck neck.  Juan wrote a description of the jar as follows,

“This piece depicts a gathering of women and children at a spring; collecting water with their clay vessels and gourd ladles.  Between the two central figures of the piece is the stylized representation of the spring with accompanying plant and insect life sprouting forth from its abundance!”

The jar is truly polychrome (more than three colors of clay).  Note the intricacy of the painted designs and especially the figures.  They are each distinctive in stance or dress. Each piece of pottery is also different with variations in color, shape or design.  The background designs of the dragonflies and how they connect to the sashes of the various women is a symbolically beautiful part of this story.  The jar has been traditionally fired outdoor and overall is a striking coloration.  It is signed on the indented bottom of the jar by both Juan and Lois.  The description is written on the back of a hand painted graphic of a Pueblo woman and child.  What a phenomenal addition to this piece and the painting helps to better understand how exceptional Juan is with his art.

$ 1,100.00

Martinez, Anita – Lidded Plainware Jar

Anita Martinez was a granddaughter of Maria Martinez and a daughter of Santana & Adam Martinez.  This is a classic jar with the indented shoulder and a lid.  There is an elegant balance of the shape of the jar with the shape of the lid.  The entire piece is fully polished and fired a deep black, but there are very light gunmetal areas on the surface.  The jar is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  It is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Anita Martinez”.

$ 850.00

Ortiz, Virgil – Traditional Cochiti Jar with Plant and Cloud Designs

It is not often that Virgil creates such a traditional style of jar. This piece is coil built, polished and painted with wild spinach for the black.  Virgil said that he was inspired by some historic Cochiti  pottery recently to create this piece which has such classic imagery.  The tall shape works perfectly for the designs.  In addition to the focus on traditional imagery, there is also the complexity and intensity of design across the entire surface of the piece!  The plant and cloud designs around the body of the jar are delicately painted.  Above these are cloud patterns and plant designs.  The circular band is a sun pattern, which Virgil says represents his addition to the iconography of Cochiti pottery. The neck is also fully designed with a plant pattern. There is a space on the rim of the neck where it is unpainted, which is the “heartline”, which Virgil always paints on his clay vessels.  The jar is signed on the bottom.

$ 3,200.00

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Saturday, June 10, 2017

Moquino, Jennifer & Russell Sanchez – Jar with Fish Medallions and Lid

This is a collaborative jar by Jennifer Moquino and Russell Sanchez.  Russell made the bowl and polished the surface.  After the firing he two-toned the medallions and inset the hei-shi beads. Jennifer etched each of the medallions with a combination of modern and pre-historic fish!  Each medallion is highly detailed.  The lid is a sculptural fish from clay leaping out of the water. The jar is signed by both Russell and Jennifer.  It is an exceptional example of their collaborative pottery.

$ 3,400.00

Youngblood, Mela  – Gourd Bowl (1974)

Mela Youngblood began making pottery in the late 1960’s and quickly achieved a distinctive style for her work.  Each piece of her work very highly polished and when carved the edges are distinctly rounded.  This bowl is a stylized version of the classic “gourd pot”. This style usually has indented areas on the surface of the vessel. On this piece Mela has created indentions on the side of the bowl leaving the top and bottom a fully polished surface.  The bowl was made in 1974 and it is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  It is signed on the bottom in the clay.  It is beautifully polished and unique in its form.

$ 1,500.00

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Friday, June 9, 2017   

Analla, Calvin – Bowl with Rain Patterns

Calvin Analla learned to  make pottery from his sister, Yvonne Lucas and her husband, Steve Lucas.  This unique bowl is made from mixing two different types of clay together.  That creates the mottled appearance of the clay.  The bowl is a classic shape and it is painted with cloud and rain designs.  Note the very fine lines of the rain pattern!   The designs are painted on with bee-weed (a plant).  The bowl is amazingly thin walled, which is typical of Calvin’s pottery.  It is signed on the bottom.

$ 300.00

Naranjo, Johnathan – Jar with Bees and Flowers

This jar by Johnathan Naranjo captures his unique style of sgraffito and etching on his pottery.  The jar is fully polished and has three realistic bees etched around the neck.  They are detailed and surrounded by a more lightly etched wind design.  Below the shoulder the jar is etched with a series of flowers.  The entire piece has been traditionally fired to create a the coloration.  It is signed on the bottom in the clay.  Johnathan has won numerous awards for his pottery and  Johnathan is definitely one of the young potters to watch!

$ 300.00

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Thursday, June 8, 2017   

Gutierrez, Lois  – Kiva Jar with Turtles

Lois Gutierrez is one of the few potters who continues to create traditional polychrome (more than 3 colors of clay) pottery at Santa Clara pueblo.  This is a traditional style water jar with a low shoulder and a kiva step rim.  On one side there is a water serpent and a turtle painted as the design. On the opposite side there are two turtles, a rainbow and a cloud pattern.  Painted on the front of the kiva step pattern is also a cloud design.  Below the shoulder is a rain and cloud pattern.  It is complex and striking design on the jar!  The jar has been traditionally fired outdoor and overall is a striking coloration.  It is signed on the indented bottom of the jar.  It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

$ 1,200.00

Naranjo, Teresita  – Bowl with Carved Avanyu Design

Teresita Naranjo was a daughter of Christina Naranjo and know for her deeply carved pottery.  This bowl is her classic style with a very deeply carved avanyu circling the piece.  Teresita was considered the first of the Santa Clara potters to carve outside of a linear band.  This can be seen here with the design coming down from the rim and up from the base.  The carving is very deep and complicated and the background has the traditional cream colored clay slip.  The bowl is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Teresita Naranjo”.  It is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  There are a couple of light rubs which can be seen on the jar and have priced it accordingly.

$ 1,200.00

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Wednesday, June 7, 2017   

Namingha, Les – Hopi Birds at Sunset Jar

Les Namingha is known for the innovative shapes and designs on his pottery.  He pulls from both his Hopi-Tewa and Zuni ancestry to create designs.  This jar is one of his classic shape with the round body and the elongated neck.  The jar has Hopi-Tewa style birds painted around the neck.  They are each detailed with various traditional designs from feathers to rain and cloud motifs.  While they background is a peach color with blue dots, the birds are traditional clay colors of black, red and white.  The area around the side of the jar has a white migration pattern painted note the very subtle black bands which encircle the jar.  The bottom is painted with a sun pattern.  The intricacy of the jar is striking and an exceptional balance of traditional and contemporary imagery.  The jar is signed on the bottom.

$ 2,400.00

Folwell, Polly Rose – Bowl with Bird Wing Designs

Polly Rose Folwell is known for use of classic designs on her traditional inspired Santa Clara pottery. This bowl is coil built and fired brown.  The designs are bird wing patterns inspired from various pueblos.  The pattern on the top of the bowl has both painted and linear patterns, reminiscent of San Ildefonso pottery.  The central area has Hopi style bird wings.  The base has Acoma style bird wing patterns.  It is interesting how she has brought all these together in one piece and contrasts the various styles.  It is signed on the bottom in the clay. .

$ 600.00

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Tuesday, June 6, 2017   

Sanchez, Russell  – Black-and-Red Double Shoulder Jar with Avanyu

Russell Sanchez continues to be one of the true innovators in Pueblo pottery.  The use of the new black micaceous clay on his pottery is both exciting and visually stunning!  Russell said that he was inspired by the use of the micaceous clay on utilitarian vessels and how he could use it to better match his highly polished surfaces.  The result is a black stone polished micaceous surface which has a high shine and a color that somehow ranges from gray to black to almost a blue, depending on the light!  It is quite exceptional!  In addition, the deep red clay slip which was used at San Ildefonso in the 1920’s and 30’s.  It is the perfect complement to the black mica!  This jar has a double shoulder, which has been carved into the clay.  It is polished red, as is the lower band below the central design and even the inside of the neck of the jar!!  The avanyu (water serpent) has been etched into the surface of clay, revealing the tan coloration.  There is an inset piece of Lone Mountain turquoise for the eye along with black jet inlay around each medallion was made by the Calabasa family of Kewa Pueblo.  The balance of color, shape and design work perfectly on this jar.  It is signed on the bottom in the clay and yes, it is stunning!

Click here to read: Russell Sanchez: Contemporizing the Pueblo Pottery Past

$ 6,800.00

Sanchez, Russell  – Black-and-Red Bear with Medallions

Russell Sanchez continues to be one of the true innovators in Pueblo pottery.  Each piece is perfectly coil built, stone polished and etched.  This bear is one of his classic shapes.  The bear is fully polished with a deep red clay slip for the two medallions.  Russell has brought back the deep red clay slip which was used at San Ildefonso in the 1920’s and 30’s.  It is an extraordinary coloration!  One medallion has a cougar and the other an elk.  However, it the overall color of the piece, which is polished with a black mica clay, which is extraordinary.  Russell said that he was inspired by the use of the micaceous clay on utilitarian vessels and how he could use it to better match his highly polished surfaces.  The result is a black stone polished micaceous surface which has a high shine and a color that somehow ranges from gray to black to almost a blue, depending on the light!  It is quite exceptional!  The bear also has a heartline, which is symbolic of the bears and their symbolism for good luck.  The black jet inlay around each medallion was made by the Calabasa family of Santo Domingo.  It is signed on the bottom in the clay.  Stunning!

Click here to read: Russell Sanchez: Contemporizing the Pueblo Pottery Past

$ 5,800.00

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Monday, June 5, 2017   

Martinez, Maria – Small Feather Jar “Maria Popovi 467”

This is a classic jar by Maria Martinez and her son, Popovi Da.  Maria made and polished the jar while it was painted by her son, Popovi Da  (1923-1971). The jar is highly polished and has a feather pattern around the shoulder.  It is the firing which has given it the striking surface.  It has a black to gunmetal firing.  It is  signed on the bottom in the clay, “Maria Popovi 467“. The signature indicates that it was made around in April, 1967.   The jar is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

To learn more about Maria’s signatures, click here.

$ 2,800.00

Martinez, Maria – Fully Polished Open Bowl, “Maria Poveka”, 1950’s

During the 1950’s Maria Martinez made and polished pottery and signed using her Tewa name, “Maria Poveka”.  Poveka means “Water Lilly”.  This is one of her classic open bowls, which are polished on both the inside and outside. Interestingly, today, few potters will attempt to fully polish the inside and outside of a piece, as it adds the possibility of it cracking.  The bowl is very highly polished and there are small areas of gunmetal and coloration in the black from the heat of the firing.  The bowl is signed in the clay on the bottom, “Maria Pove’ka”.   It is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

To learn more about Maria’s signatures, click here.

$ 2,000.00

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Saturday, June 3, 2017

Folwell, Jody – Small Jar with Feather Design

Jody Folwell is known for her creative pottery shapes and designs.  This bowl is one of her few miniatures.  The jar is highly polished and etched with a feather pattern around the body of the piece.  There are both larger and smaller feathers along with the Folwell family “x”.  The various colors on the surface are from the firing.  It is signed on the bottom, “Jody”.   It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

$ 300.00

Tafoya, Ray  – Wedding Vase with Hummigbirds (1986)

This is one of Ray Tafoya’s few wedding vase miniatures.  The entire piece is fully polished and fired red. The design is a hummingbird in a medallion on each side of the piece.  There are feather designs on the side and additional highlights of yellow clay. The wedding vase is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  It is signed on the bottom in the clay.

$ 725.00

Vigil, Ethel – Carved Seedpot with Feather & Avanyu

Ethel Vigil is a daughter of noted potter Mida Tafoya.  She has been making pottery since 1975. This seedpot is deeply carved with a feather pattern around the top and a water serpent (avanyu) around the body of the piece.  Note the depth of the carving!  The bowl is highly polished and fired red.  It is signed on the bottom in the clay.

$ 225.00

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Friday, June 2, 2017

Naranjo, Reycita – Carved Jar with Avanyu

Reycita Naranjo was a daughter of noted potter Pablita Chavarria.  This piece is one of her smaller carved jars. The jar has a cloud pattern carved at the base of the neck and a water serpent around the body of the piece.  The carving on Reycita’s pottery is more shallow with crisp lines.  Her polishing creates an even tonality to the surface.  The bowl is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

$ 150.00

Tahbo, Mark  – Jar with Nampeyo Birds (2017)

This is a classic style Hopi-Tewa jar by Mark Tahbo.  The jar has a wide, round body, a high shoulder, and a slight neck.  The neck has been slipped red, but it fired so deeply it is almost black in coloration.   The body of the piece has two bird, which are painted horizontally. The style of the birds is inspired by the pottery of Nampeyo of Hano, who revived this style of bird.  The birds are painted with two different colors of red clay slip.  The black is bee-weed (a plant).  The jar is traditionally fired to create the various colorations from the heat of the fire. It is signed on the bottom with a pipe for his “Tobacco Clan”.

$ 550.00

Naranjo, Robert – Bowl with Bear, Buffalo and Deer (1995)

This bowl by Robert Naranjo is from 1995. He began making pottery in 1982 and learned from his mother Mollie Naranjo and his aunt, Julie Martinez.  It is highly polished and two-toned black and sienna with the rim being a lighter color. The bowl is etched with a realistic style bear, buffalo and deer.  Separating them are lightly etched plants and petroglyphs. The bowl is signed on the bottom in the clay.  It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

$ 175.00

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Thursday, June 1, 2017

Tafoya, Ray  – Large Seedpot with Butterflies & Flowers (1987)

This is one of the largest seedpots we have had by Ray Tafoya. The entire piece is fully polished and fired black. The design is etched into the clay with butterflies and flowers as the design on top.  The design below the shoulder is a series of flowers.  Note how the hole for the opening is off-center. All the various colors are added after the designs are etched into the clay. The piece is signed on the bottom in the clay with Ray’s hallmark.  This piece was originally purchased in 1987 and at that time he had just begun making some larger pieces.  The seedpot is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  Ray is the father of noted potter Jennifer Moquino and you can see how she continues to use his stylistic designs in her pottery.  Check out the last photo for scale!

$ 975.00

Naranjo, Geri  – Black-and-Sienna Wide Jar with Feather Design

This is a wide storage jar shaped piece by Geri Naranjo.  She is known for her miniature pottery and intricate designs.  Here the entire piece is fully polished and the rim is two-toned sienna. The shoulder of the jar has a an etched avanyu, then feather pattern.  The remainder is a a very highly polished black.  There are two small storm patterns near the base.  The jar is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Geri Naranjo”.  It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

$ 400.00

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Wednesday, May 31, 2017

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Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Tafoya, Legoria – Open Bowl with Handle (1960’s)

Legoria Tafoya Legoria was a sister of painter Pablita Velarde. She was the mother of noted potter Celes Tafoya. This unique open bowl is actually a traditional shape. The form is a “scoop”, the type of which would be used as a serving bowl in traditional pueblo meals. This piece has a slight rim and the handle is braided clay.  The surface is stone polished and the piece is signed on the bottom in the clay.  It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

$ 150.00

Naranjo, Geri – Bowl with Handle and Avanyu Designs

This is an unusual shape by Geri Naranjo.  She is known for her miniature pottery and intricate designs.  Here the entire piece is fully polished.  It is very unusual that she made a bowl with a handle.  They are difficult to make and there is additional risk in the firing with the handle.  The body of the piece is fully etched with a feather pattern, avanyu and very intricate cloud, rain and lightning designs.  The entire piece is almost fully designed!  It is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Geri Naranjo”.  It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

$ 385.00

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Monday, May 29, 2017

Namingha, Les – Sikyatki Sunrise Canteen

This is a exceptional large jar by Les Namingha.  Les is a descendant of Nampeyo and learned to make pottery from his aunt Dextra Quotskuyva.  This jar is one of his famous shapes, as it is inspired by a canteen, but reformed with a wider surface for more design.  One side of the jar has a Sikyatki (Hopi pottery from the 1400’s) bird with extended wings. The colors are all reminiscent of Hopi with the black and red and intricate patterns in the body of the piece. The circles are like the reflections of light at sunrise.  As the jar is turned there is the dramatic painted section.  It is a complex compilation of Hopi designs which encompass most of the surface of the jar.  The setting of the white clay and painted surface adds to the dramatic effect.  There is something both modern and very ancient about this jar!  It is signed on the bottom.

$ 4,400.00

Ami, Mary “Buffalo Maiden” – Jar with Birds (1950’s)

Mary Ami (1919 – 1999)  was also known as “Buffalo Maiden”.  She was born in 1919 to Dalee, a sister of noted potter Grace Chapella.  Dalee died when Mary was two, and she was raised by Grace and adopted by her in 1935.  Over the years she made very little pottery and mostly smaller pieces.  In 20 years here at the gallery, this is the only piece we have ever had come through!  This is one of the larger pieces of her pottery we have seen.  It is a classic tall vase with a bird painted on each side.   It has been traditionally fired which created the blushes on the surface.   It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

$ 800.00

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Sunday, May 28, 2017

Naranjo, Geri  – Tall Black-and-Sienna Jar with Feather Design

This is a taller jar by Geri Naranjo.  She is known for her miniature pottery and intricate designs.  Here the entire piece is fully polished and the rim is two-toned sienna. The body of the jar has a an etched avanyu, then feather pattern and finally a very intricate cloud, rain and prayer feather pattern near the base!  The entire piece is almost fully designed!  It is signed on the bottom in the clay.

$ 400.00

Million, JoAnn Gutierrez – Seedpot with Animals

JoAnn Million is a sister of noted potter Denny Gutierrez.  She was a teacher and would make pottery each summer for Santa Fe Indian Market.  While she no longer makes pottery, here pieces were exceptional in their detail and precision. As well, all her design work was done before the piece was fired, creating a strong visual contrast between the matte and polished surfaces.  This is one of her more complicated pieces with a flower on the top, a deer, turtle, rabbit, quail, sunface, moose, and deer and bear tracks.  It is a charming and intricate piece!  It is signed on the bottom in the clay.  It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

$ 350.00

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Saturday, May 27, 2017

Tafoya, Margaret -Jar with Walking Bear Paw & Rain Designs (1980’s)

This is an exceptional smaller jar by Margaret Tafoya is from the 1980’s.  It is carved with a walking bear paw pattern which is separated by a rain design. This is one of her classic designs which she often used on her pottery.  The jar itself is very highly polished and fired with a high shine.  It is not often that Margaret made smaller pieces like this jar, but it still has her standard of deep carving and a complex design.  It is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  It is signed on the bottom in the clay.

$ 1,200.00

Namingha, Les – Hopi Birds at Night Jar

This is a simple jar by Les Namingha.  It is a micaceous textured surface with two Hopi style birds painted on the top half of the piece.  Each bird is painted in black and has a white outline.  The style of painting harkens back to early Nampeyo pottery and the use of the white outlines.  The textured surface and the reflections are almost like stars in the sky!  Yes, simple, but striking!  It is signed on the bottom.

$ 1,200.00

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Friday, May 26, 2017

Gutierrez, Dorothy & Paul, Sr. – Mudhead Storyteller (1999)

Paul Gutierrez was a grandson of noted potters Lela and Van Gutierrez. He was the son of Luther Gutierrez. He married Dorothy Gutierrez in 1965. Paul began making pottery at age 12. He and Dorothy worked together creating black and red fired animals and storytellers.  Paul passed  away in 2017, but their animals and figures are classics of Santa Clara pottery.  This is one of their mudhead storytellers. There is a mudhead katsina figure (one type of clown) with three mudhead babies.  Note that sections are stone polished and others are matte.  The piece is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Dorothy + Paul Gutierrez”.  It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

$ 125.00

Gutierrez, Dorothy & Paul, Sr. – Mudhead with Moccassins (1999)

Paul Gutierrez was a grandson of noted potters Lela and Van Gutierrez. He was the son of Luther Gutierrez. He married Dorothy Gutierrez in 1965. Paul began making pottery at age 12. He and Dorothy worked together creating black and red fired animals and storytellers.  Paul passed  away in 2017, but their animals and figures are classics of Santa Clara pottery.  This is one of their mudhead figures.  The mudhead is one type of clown katsina.  This one is holding a pair of moccasins.  Note that sections are stone polished and others are matte.  The piece is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Dorothy + Paul Gutierrez”.  It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

$ 50.00

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