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Ami, Loren – Canteen with Cloud and Plant Designs (1997)

Loren Ami’s pottery is inspired by traditional Hopi designs and forms.  He learned to make pottery from Dextra Quotskuyva and the canteens were one of the special pieces she taught him to make.  Each piece is coil built, painted with native clays (red) and bee-weed (black) and outdoor fired.  This canteen has a classic shape and it is fully polished. The design is painted on the front and has a cloud, water and plant pattern.  The red areas are stone polished and there is a bit of mica in the red clay.   This piece is signed on the back with his name and a spider design.  It is from 1997 and it is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  Loren is certainly one of the traditionalist Hopi-Tewa potters to watch.

$ 750.00
Nampeyo, Camille “Hisi”- Jar Migration Pattern

Camille “Hisi” Nampeyo learned to make pottery from her mother, Dextra Quotskuyva, a sister of noted painter Dan Namingha and a descendant of Nampeyo of Hano, Annie Healing and Rachel Nampeyo.  She is known for her use of traditional imagery and the delicate painting of her designs.  This tall jar is painted with a migration pattern. This is a classic pattern which Hisi paints with numerous delicate lines.  Note the quantity of the thinly painted lines on this jar!  The black is painted with bee-weed (a plant) and the jar is traditionally fired.  It is signed on the bottom.  It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

$ 1,500.00
Medicine Flower, Grace – Large Carved Bowl with Rounded Melon Swirl Designs (1991)

Grace Medicine Flower is one of the masterful potters of Santa Clara Pueblo.  She began with sgraffito (etching) technique in her pottery around 1970 and was always creative in her forms and designs.  This is one of her distinctive large black pieces that is fully carved.  The top of the bowl has six swirling melon ribs extending downward.  The side of the bowl is fully carved with triangular and rectangular cloud patterns which circle in on themselves.  Within each of these sections there is a small area which has a carved kiva step pattern.  The entire surface of the bowl is fully polished to a high shine and fired a deep black.  It is a testament to Grace’s creativity throughout her career that each of her pieces is unique and she was always trying to expand her styles and make each piece unique.  The bowl is signed on the bottom in the clay.  It is from 1991.  It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  While Grace has now retired from pottery, her work remains elegant and stunning!

$ 3,200.00
Tafoya, Camilio – Seedpot with Field Mice and Deer (1975)

The is a small fully polished seedpot by Camilio Tafoya. The seedpot was made in 1975 and it is fully etched with designs.  It is polished red and on one side there is a deer who is watching the leaping field mice on the other side.  Separating the two sections are a feather pattern.  The seedpot is signed on the bottom in the clay.  It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

$ 300.00
Medicine Flower, Grace – Mini Jar Hummingbirds and Irises (1990’s)

This charming miniature red jar by Grace Medicine Flower is fully polished and incised.  The design is a central medallion with a hummingbird and iris.  As the jar is turned there is another hummingbird on the back with two more iris flowers.  There are additional cloud and rain designs along with an eternity band. The jar is a wonderful shape with just a slight turn out of the neck!  It is from the 1990’s 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”.

$ 1,150.00
Garcia, Tammy – Dragonflies and Quail Jar

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.  This jar is has a single large quail head carved on one side.  The red and tan clay slips create the various colors. The remainder of the jar has plant and dragonfly designs.  Note the small plant design on the rim of the jar and how the wings of the dragonflies curve over the shoulder!  Exceptional!  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.

$ 5,300.00
Curran, Dolores – Polychrome Jar with Butterflies and Carved Lid

This is a stunning and complex polychrome jar from Dolores Curran.  She continues to create intricately incised and painted pottery.  She was inspired to create these red polychrome incised and painted by her husband, Alvin Curran.  He was known for his incised San Juan style pottery in the 1990’s.  This jar has incised butterfly and flower designs around the neck.   As the design gets closer to the shoulder, there are incised clouds and rain designs.  What is incised mean? Incised is just a bit deeper carving than the sgraffito or etched designs, but not as deep as carved designs.  There is a tightness and precision required of incised designs and it a skill with which Dolores excels.  Around the shoulder is a carved avanyu and below that are stylized bowls with prayer feathers.  Near the base are cloud and rain designs painted on the polished red surface.  Note even the little red-on-red dragonflies!  The design on the lid is a plant pattern and there are painted dragonfly and cloud designs on the lid.  When the lid is turned over there is an incised turtle underneath!  The entire jar combines polished, matte and micaceous surfaces.  All the colorations are from natural clay slips.  It is an extraordinary amount of time to create pieces this intricate both in design and in the various clay additions.   The jar is signed on the bottom in the clay.  Simply perfect!

$ 3,600.00
Blue Corn – Bowl with 53 Feathers (1970’s)

Blue Corn is often best known for her polychrome pottery, she also made exquisite black-on-black pottery. She learned to make pottery from Maria Martinez at San Ildefonso. This wide bowl is fully polished and painted with 53 feathers on the top of the bowl. The contrast of the matte feathers and the highly polished surface works perfectly!  The bowl is a great shape for the design as there is just a slight dip from the shoulder to the neck which gives added emphasis to the feather pattern.  The bowl is signed on the bottom in the clay “Blue Corn, San Ildefonso”.  The bowl is in good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  There are a few light surface scratches seen in the photos.

$ 1,400.00
Tenorio, Robert  – Open Bowl with Flowers (1980)

This is an open bowl by Robert Tenorio. The bowl is painted on the outside with a classic Santo Domingo (Kewa) design.  The inside has three flowers. They are each connected and the leaves have a rain design.  The background is fully painted black, giving the bowl a negative space appearance.   The bowl also has a “spirit line” or a break in the painted line around the rim.  This goes back to historic Kewa pottery when the artist would use the spirit line to release their spirit or connection from the vessel.   The bowl is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  The bowl is signed on the bottom in the clay.  It has an interesting provenance, as it comes to us from the collection of Richard Spivey, known for his books on Maria Martinez.  The bowl was made as a Christmas gift to Richard and his wife in 1980.  In the clay on the bottom it says, “To Mr. & Mrs. R. Spivey.  May our friendship float on by spirit as well as by heart.  Robert Tenorio”.  Beautiful.

$ 200.00
Chino, Marie Z. – Chicken Clay Figure (1971)

This is a unique large figurative piece by Marie Z. Chino.  It is a chicken and note the use of her classic fineline designs which create the wings. The body and tail are painted with feather patterns.  The unique part is that the chicken is signed by Marie Z. Chino and her daughters Rose and Grace. The piece is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  It comes from the collection of Richard Spivey, known for his books on Maria Martinez.  Richard was good friends with Marie and her family and so that is probably why it is signed by all three.

$ 600.00
Naranjo, Geri  – Black-and-Sienna Jar with Avanyu

This is a jar is a highly polished piece by Geri Naranjo.  She is known for her miniature pottery and intricate designs.  Here rim is matte and has been two-toned sienna. Around the shoulder are a water serpent (avanyu) and feather pattern. There is an additional cloud design 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.

 

$ 300.00
Tafoya, Camilio – Seedpot with Rabbits (1980’s)

The is a small but intricate seedpot by Camilio Tafoya. The seedpot was made in 1980’s and it is fully etched with designs.  It is polished red and the top is etched with a star pattern and four rabbits.  Rabbits were a them often used by Camilio on his pottery.  The bottom of the seedpot has a water design.  The various colors of green and white are from natural clay slips. The seedpot is signed on the bottom in the clay.  It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

$ 400.00
Curran, Dolores – Jar with Feather & Cloud Designs (1994)

This is a striking larger jar by Dolores Curran.  Before she began making her carved pieces, she was well known for her delicately painted buff-on-red pottery.  The jar is highly polished red and painted with a buff clay for the design.  Amazingly, she would paint each piece up to five times to get the color of the matte painted areas deep and consistent enough!  This jar has a water serpent around the neck.  Around the shoulder are two bands of feathers.  Note that three of the feathers on each are filled in with a matte red clay slip.  Separating the feathers are very tightly painted cloud patterns.  Below the shoulder are small cloud, rain and lightning designs.  So why doesn’t Dolores make this style anymore? She ran out of the cream colored clay slip for the painting, and so only uses it as an accent on her new work!  As well, this is a larger sized piece of her painted pottery, as she mostly made miniatures due to the time consuming nature of the painting. The jar is signed and dated on the bottom.  It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

$ 1,400.00
Ortiz, Virgil – Large Traditional Jar with Rainbow & Plant Designs

This is a large jar by Virgil Ortiz inspired by traditional Cochiti designs. The jar has a high shoulder for the form, which works great to allow the most space for his dynamic designs.  This jar has a rainbow and cloud pattern around the neck.  Below the shoulder are classic Cochiti plant and wild spinach plant designs. Virgil has modernized them into striking graphics which somehow blend both the historic and modern into one.  The use of negative space and the cream colored clay slip as a background adds to the intensity of the black designs which are painted from the wild spinach plant!   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.

$ 7,500.00
Lewis, Lucy – Jar with Heartline Deer (1970’s)

Lucy Lewis is one of the great Matriarch potters of the past century. This jar is coil built and painted using bee-weed, a plant.  The design consists of four heartline deer.  This imagery is a classic to both Acoma and Zuni pottery, with the heartline signifying the center or “heart” of the animal.  This jar is thin walled and delicately painted.  It was traditionally fired so the white has much more of a pearlescent coloration, which creates added depth.  The jar is signed on the bottom, “Lucy M. Lewis”.  It is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

$ 2,800.00
Gonzales, Cavan  – Polychrome Double Shoulder Water Jar

This is a large double shoulder water jar by Cavan Gonzales. He is a descendant of Maria Martinez, through her son Adam Martinez.  Cavan is one of the few potters today who continues to make traditional polychrome pottery.  This jar is slipped with a cream colored clay and then painted with black and red clay slips.  The design is a rain, snow and cloud motif which encircles the jar. The rim is fluted and then painted with a red clay slip on the inside.  The jar has been traditionally fired and it is signed on the bottom in the clay.

 

 

$ 1,800.00
Martinez, Maria – Red Carved Bowl with Rain & Cloud Designs (1930’s), Maria/Julian

This is an unusual carved bowl by Maria Martinez and her husband, Julian.  Maria would make the pottery and Julian would paint, or in this case, carve, the design.  Much of the carved pottery they created was in the early 1930’s.  It is “negative space” carving, as opposed to the linear carving later from Santa Clara.  As well, there is definitely a visual difference between their carved pottery and that of others from the same period.  This bowl has a rain and cloud or thunder pattern carved into the clay.  In the background area where the clay has been carved away the same red slip was applied but left matte.  For Maria and Julian, the carved pottery was never as popular as the painted ware and was also more time consuming.  They made them for a very short period and there remain very few in existence.   This bowl is from the 1930’s and it is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Marie + Julian”.  It is in good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  It is definitely a unique piece of history by these exceptional artists!

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

$ 3,800.00
Aguilar, Susana -Red Bowl with Avanyu (1920’s)

This is a very unusual bowl by Susana Aguilar.  The piece is from the late 1920’s as it was only in 1925-6 that the potters there began making redware.  This piece is painted red-on-red and then outlined with a white clay slip.  The design is a water serpent which encircles the bowl.  There are clouds surrounding the avanyu.  The contrast of the matte red on the highly polished red works well for this bowl.  It is signed on the bottom  in the clay, “Susana”. The bowl is in good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  There is some loss of the matte red and white on the back of the design.

San Ildefonso Pottery Innovators -1920-1940

$ 1,150.00
Medicine Flower, Grace – Seedpot with Eagles (1975)

This is a very small seedpot by Grace Medicine Flower is from 1975.  It is fully polished and etched on the entire surface.  There are two eagles as the design.  They are actually quite intricate for the size of the piece.  Note the detail in the wings and on the body!  The background matte area is also fully designed with very small circles.  The piece is signed on the bottom in the clay. It is in excellent condition with no chips,cracks restoration or repair.  It is from the collection of Richard Spivey who is known for his books on Maria Martinez.  The piece was given to him as a Christmas present by the artist in 1975.

$ 575.00
Lonewolf, Joseph – “Birds of Prey” Seedpot (1995)

This exceptional seedpot by Joseph Lonewolf is from 1995.  The piece is entitled, “Birds of Prey”.  It includes the story card which Joseph made for each of his miniatures.  Joseph wrote partially of this piece,

“Meticulously designed and colored to perfection are two large birds of prey, a Golden Eagle and a Bald Eagle.  Both eagles adorn the front side.  Depicted in bust form, the Golden Eagle seems to be staring at something with his sharp vision.  Portrayed in the foreground is a Bald Eagle.  Behind the eagles is a highly polished red slip that encompasses all surfaces of this pottery.  Sketched and cream colored on the back side is an open winged butterfly symbolic of beauty.  A medallion depicting a side view positioned geometric designed fish.  Directly above the winged beauty and medallioned fish is a side view open beaked eaglet depicted in bust form”

This piece is perfectly polished. This period of Joseph’s work, he would etch away the clay to create realistic animals.  On the two eagles, note the eyes and the feathers, which are very intricate for the size.  All the various colors are derived from natural clay slips.  There is a painterly style to his sgraffito designs.  The intricacy of the two birds is perfectly in contrast to the simplicity of the highly polished red clay slip.  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.

$ 7,000.00
Tenorio, Robert  – Open Bowl with Four Deer

This is an open bowl by Robert Tenorio. The bowl is painted on the outside with a classic Santo Domingo (Kewa) design.  The inside has four deer.  Each of the deer is separated by a tree and they are painted with two different colors of clay slips.  Note as well that very vessel has a “spirit line” or a break in the painted line around the rim.  This goes back to historic Kewa pottery when the artist would use the spirit line to release their spirit or connection from the vessel.  The bowl is signed on the bottom in the clay. The bowl is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  It has an interesting provenance, as it comes to us from the collection of Richard Spivey, known for his books on Maria Martinez.  However, note the tag on the bottom, which indicates he acquired it from Dick Howard, who was a well known collector of Pueblo pottery.

$ 225.00
Quotskuyva, Dextra – Bowl with Mesas and Sky Design (1980’s)

This is a creative and contemporary style bowl 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 piece is from the mid 1980’s, which can be seen not just in the clay colors, but also in her signature.  The bowl is one of a series she made in which she explored a variety of surface textures and techniques. This bowl is incised and has a linear mesa design carved near the rim.  Each of the rectangles are a different clay slip and are much in the style of the way Charles Loloma used angular stones in his jewelry to represent the Hopi skyline.  Below the mesas are the fields, ground, and the turquoise inset for the water.  The top of the bowl opposite the painting is etched away and textured to represent the sky.  It is an interesting and striking piece of her pottery.  Note not only the use of so many colored clays, but also the delicately painted designs on the end of the painted pattern!  Exceptional.  The black is painted with bee-weed (a plant). The bowl is traditionally fired so that there are blushes and color variations around the surface.  It is signed on the bottom with bee-weed, “Detra” with an ear of corn representing the Corn Clan.   The jar is in very good 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“.

$ 2,200.00
White, Elizabeth  – Corrugated Water Jar (1970’s)

Elizabeth White was an aunt of noted potter Al Qoyawayma and taught him to make pottery.  She originated the use of the ear of corn as a design in repousse (pushed out from the inside) on her pottery. Her pottery is all signed in the clay with her Hopi name Polingaysi, which means, “butterfly sitting among the flowers in the breeze”.  This jar is one of her corrugated pieces.  I asked Al Qoyawayma why she created the corrugated surfaces and his response was,

“I think Elizabeth liked experimenting.  She used at least three kinds of textured surfaces.  The “corrugated” simulation, the “basket bowl” and of course the “simulated corn” texture.  In the basket bowl she would press the clay into the basket to get the texture of the basket and then finish with a smooth rim.”

This jar is “corrugated”, meaning that she would not smooth down the coils but would impress them with her finger or a tool to create the layered surface. The result is certainly one that almost does have a basket appearance!  This jar is also made from the traditional Hopi red clay.  It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  Interestingly, Polingaysi was a school teacher and taught at Hopi and  Navajo schools for almost 40 years.  On retirement from teaching, she became an artist, a poet, and a philosopher.  Her career as a potter was begun late in life, after her retirement, so there is very little of her work available. It is a classic of her work and an important addition to any collection! It is definitely a charming piece of her pottery!

$ 1,000.00
Angea, Rubert – Large Friendship Bowl with 6 Figures

Rubert Angea is from the Tohono O’odham tribe in southern Arizona.  His a son of Joe and Felistia Angea and his mother taught him to make pottery when he was twelve.  He is the only male potter in the family who makes pieces on a regular basis.  His sisters Gladys and Juanita also make pottery.  The Angea family began making pottery when Joe Angea of South Hickiwan married Felistia from Kaka (Quail) Village.  Felistia learned pottery making from her mother, Constance.  When Felistia moved to South Hickiwan she continued her pottery making using the local white clay.

This shape and design of this bowl represents a social round dance called, “Nawoj Hah’ah”.  It represents a social dance in which Indian and non-Indian alike are invited to participate. It has come to symbolize the strength that comes from unity of purpose in a community. First made by Rupert Angea, in the late 1970’s, they are now made by both the Angea Family and the Manuel Family of Hickiwan Village.  They are the only ones who make this type of O’odham pottery.  The clay is dug from a deposit near White Horse Pass.  The red paint is hematite and the black is from the sap of the mesquite tree, which is also a traditional food source (the seed pods, not the seeds) and provides the wood that is used to fire the pot after it has been painted.  The bowl is signed on the bottom.

$ 375.00
Ami, Loren – Large Polychrome Jar with Feather Pattern

Loren Ami’s pottery is inspired by traditional Hopi designs and forms. Each piece is coil built, painted with native clays (red) and bee-weed (black) and outdoor fired.  This jar is a shape inspired by the ancient Sikyatki pottery, with a wide shoulder an a slight neck. The inside of the neck is polished with a red clay slip. The body of the piece is fully painted with a stylized feather pattern.  There are red, tan and brown clay slips used on the jar!  The red clay slip has some mica in the clay which creates an additional sparkle.  The jar is traditionally  fired which creates the blushes on the surface. It is signed on the bottom.

$ 1,500.00
Gutierrez, Margaret  – Deer & Bear Figures (1989 & 90)

These are two whimsical animal figures made by Margaret Gutierrez.  The figures are a deer and a bear.  They are painted with natural clay slips.  Both are in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  They are each signed on the bottom, “Margaret”. They are from the collection of Richard Spivey and Christmas gifts to him from Margaret in 1989 and 1990.

$ 75.00
Chino, Grace – Miniature Canteen with Heartline Deer

Grace Chino was a daughter of noted potter Marie Z. Chino and a sister of noted potters Carrie Chino Charlie and Rose Chino. Over the years she won numerous awards for her pottery at Santa Fe Indian Market and her work was featured in the “7 Families in Pueblo Pottery” and in museums around the country.  This is a miniature canteen with a heartline deer on the front.  It is from the collection of Richard Spivey, known for his books on Maria Martinez.  It is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

$ 90.00
Chino, Grace – Miniature Wedding Vase with Heartline Deer (1971)

Grace Chino was a daughter of noted potter Marie Z. Chino and a sister of noted potters Carrie Chino Charlie and Rose Chino. Over the years she won numerous awards for her pottery at Santa Fe Indian Market and her work was featured in the “7 Families in Pueblo Pottery” and in museums around the country.  This is a miniature wedding vase with a heartline deer on both sides.  It is from the collection of Richard Spivey, known for his books on Maria Martinez.  It is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

$ 90.00
Chino, Grace – Mini Animals – Skunks, Chicken, Owl (1974)

Grace Chino was a daughter of noted potter Marie Z. Chino and a sister of noted potters Carrie Chino Charlie and Rose Chino. Over the years she won numerous awards for her pottery at Santa Fe Indian Market and her work was featured in the “7 Families in Pueblo Pottery” and in museums around the country.  This is a group of four mini animals.  There are two skunks, one owl and a chicken! They are all signed, “G. Chino”.  Each is from the collection of Richard Spivey, known for his books on Maria Martinez.  They are each in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

$ 125.00
Suina, Ada – Miniature Storyteller (1978)

Ada Suina Suina (b. 1930) is a daughter of Berina and Eluterio Cordero sister to Stephanie C. Rhoades (Snowflake Flower). Her maternal grandmother, Estefanita Herrera, inspired her to become a potter, and her cousin, Virginia Naranjo, taught her how to make pottery.  Ada is well known for her storytellers.  She uses all natural materials and fires the figurines outdoors in the traditional manner.  This miniature storyteller is holding just one baby.  The piece is from the collection of Richard Spivey, known for his books on Maria Martinez.  The piece is signed on the bottom and has an “RS” painted into the clay on the bottom for “Richard Spivey”, as it was a gift to him from the artist.  It is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

$ 65.00
Clashin, Debbie – Large Jar with Eagle Tail Design

This is one of the first pieces we have had by Debbie Clashin.  She is a cousin of noted potter Mark Tahbo and a descendant of Grace Chapella.  Debbie has quickly become well known for her large sized traditional Hopi-Tewa pottery. This wide jar is inspired by the shapes of the ancient Sikyatki pottery, with a low, wide shoulder.  The jar is stone polished and painted with a red clay slip and bee-weed (for the black).  There are four eagle tails surrounding the jar.  Note the precision of her painting and the lines in the design.  The jar is traditionally fired outside to create the blushes in coloration.  The various blushes enhance the designs and shape of the jar.  It is signed on the bottom with her name and a pipe for his “Tobacco Clan”.

$ 2,400.00
Namingha, Les – Jar with Corn Design & Rain Patterns

This jar by Les Namingha continues his series of Zuni inspired vessels. This jar has a checkerboard pattern around the neck.  This is a corn pattern, with the asymmetrical neck.  The black lines around the side are rain patterns. The white and red bands are further textured giving the jar a unique feel.  It is a simple pattern yet works well with the shape and the coloration.   Les is a descendant of Nampeyo and learned to make pottery from his aunt Dextra Quotskuyva.  It is signed on the bottom.

 

$ 1,900.00
Folwell, Jody – Miniature Seedpot with Raised Lizards (1976)

Jody Folwell is known for her creative pottery shapes and designs.  This miniature is complex with the various techniques used on the surface.  The lizards are carved away int the clay and then they are stone polished. One lizard has additional etched designs.  The lizards appear in “relief” on the surface of the seedpot.  It is signed on the bottom, “Jody”.   It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

$ 350.00
Year Flower, Lucy – Carved Seedpot with Avanyu & Sun

Lucy Year Flower was known for her distinctive carved pottery.  This seedpot is very deeply carved and highly polished.  The design is a water serpent (avanyu) which is carved encircling the piece. It starts at the top and spirals around the sides.  There is wonderful intricacy in the carving and note the sun face figure as well.  Typical of her work, the background areas are also fully incised with deep lines.  On the top there are also two small inset pieces of turquoise.  It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  It is signed, “Lucy Year Flower” on the bottom.

$ 225.00
Moquino, Jennifer – Clay Bird Figure

Jennifer Moquino is known for her clay vessels and also her amazing animal figures! This bird figure is very highly polished and fired black. The wings and back are etched with traditional style feather patterns.   All the various colors are derived from natural clay slips.  Jennifer continues to be one of the leading innovative potters working today!

$ 450.00
Tafoya, Camilio – Seedpot with Hummingbirds (1982)

The is a classic miniature by Camilio Tafoya. The seedpot is incised with Mimbres inspired hummingbirds as the design.  Note on the top of the piece there is a single Mimbres bee! The seedpot has an unusual form but one which is certainly recognizable as Camilio’s.  There are additional clay slips used to create the various colors.  The seedpot is from 1982 and it is signed on the bottom in the clay.  It is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

$ 250.00
Medicine Flower, Grace –   Seedpot with 5 Lizards (1977)

This is a small seedpot by Grace Medicine Flower is from 1977.  It is fully polished and etched on the entire surface.  There are five Mimbres style lizards etched into the surface.  The tan background area is etched with a linear design.  The piece is signed on the bottom in the clay. It is in excellent condition with no chips,cracks restoration or repair.  It is from the collection of Richard Spivey who is known for his books on Maria Martinez.  The piece was given to him as a Christmas present in 1977.

$ 550.00
Williams, Rose & Susie Crank – Very Large Jar with Mountain Design Rim

Rose Williams (1915-2015) wass one of the great matriarchs of Navajo pottery.  Shew as from the Shonto/Cow Springs area of the Navajo Reservation.  Rose was an adult when she learned to make pottery, but continued doing so for over three decades.  Her children, Alice Cling, Sue Ann Williams, and Susie Williams Crank, and her daughter-in-law, Lorraine Williams, are all recognized potters.  The Lók’aa’dine’é Clan (Reed People) in the Shonto/Cow Springs area has long been recognized for its pottery making, and many of the present-day potters or their spouses—Silas Claw, Faye Tso, Rose Williams, and Alice Cling—are members of this clan.  This is an exceptionally large piece of her pottery in collaboration with her daughter, Susie Willams Crank.  It is fully polished and traditionally fired.  The shape is based on traditional Navajo pottery with the low shoulder.  Around the rim is a raised relief mountain design. The jar is traditionally fired and afterwords covered in pine pitch.  This was a traditional method historically to make the pottery water-proof. Today, potters continue this process as a testament to the past. The jar is signed on the bottom in the clay by both potters.

$ 1,750.00
Garcia, Jason –  Pueblo Warriors Jar

Jason Garcia has a unique ability to combine Comic book and Pueblo imagery on his pottery.  This jar is coil built and painted with native clay slips.  The design starts with his father reading one of the “Tewa Tales of Suspense” comic books.  In the background is the kiva ladder and the rain clouds.  As the jar is turned there is imagery of Thor and Loki.  The figures are then re-imagined with the two Pueblo warriors in then next section. Note the complexity of the painting on the figures,t he ground and the clouds!  Jason fills his work with such fascinating symbolism and relevance to his own family life.   All the colors are derived from natural clay slips and the jar has been traditionally fired.  Jason manages to bring together so many aspects of Pueblo art and culture, it keeps his work fresh and relevant!

$ 2,200.00
Ortiz, Virgil – Stargazer Water Jar

This jar Virgil Ortiz is part of his “Modernly Ancestral” series.  It continues his story about the Pueblo Revolt 1680/2180.  The jar is beautifully constructed and is an unusual shape with the single spout.  There are Stargazer figures on either side and wildflower patterns near the spout.   The use of the figure and face continues a stylistic component Virgil has used for the past decade.   The jar has the “spirit line” which is a break in the painting on the rim.  It has been traditionally fired and uses native clay, native clay slips and wild spinach (the black).  Virgil certainly continues to be a great innovator among the Pueblo potters!

$ 5,800.00
Tafoya, Camilio – Seedpot with Deer Family (1985)

The is a complex sgraffito seedpot by Camilio Tafoya. The seedpot was made in 1985 and it is fully etched with designs.  It is very highly polished which creates a striking contrast with the matte and etched areas. The imagery is a deer family encircling the piece.  The top has a cloud and rain design. The green and white are additional clay slips.  The seedpot is signed on the bottom in the clay.  It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

$ 900.00
Shupla, Helen – Melon Jar with 17 Ribs (1980’s)

Helen Shupla is certainly most famous for her exceptional melon jars.  Her melon jars are the very traditional form with the ribs pushed out in the clay.  This melon jar is one of her classic shapes with the round body and the slight neck.  The neck was a later development in her pottery forms.  Each of the 17 ribs are pushed out into the clay.  She would do this by placing her fingers inside the bowl and pushing against the clay from both the inside and outside!  Can you see the slight angle to each section?  This is how she would turn her hand as she was pushing against the clay to create the separate ribs!  The entire piece is fully polished and fired black.  It is signed on the bottom in the clay.  It is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

$ 2,800.00
Martinez, Maria – Wide Plainware Bowl “Maria Poveka”, 1950’s

In the 1950’s Maria Martinez created a series of pieces which were simply stone polished with no design.  As she primarily made the pottery and polished it this was fitting with the other pieces of her career.  This wide bowl is very highly polished.  It is fired a dark black but with a slivery surface in the light.  The bowl is signed in the clay, “Maria Poveka”.  This is a combination of her Anglo and Tewa names.  Her name, “Poveka” means “Water Lilly”.  It is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

$ 1,800.00
Suazo, Anita – Carved Bowl with Avanyu (1979)

Anita Suazo is a daughter of noted potter Belen Tapia.  This is one of her traditional vessels with deeply carved designs.  There is an avanyu deeply carved into the clay and the bowl is stone polished. The background is a cream colored clay.  The bowl is in very good condition and signed on the bottom.  It is from the collection of Richard Spivey, who wrote the books on Maria Martinez. This bowl was given to him and Lynne for their wedding in 1979.

$ 55.00
Medicine Flower, Grace –  Bowl with Three Medallions (1974)

This is an early bowl by Grace Medicine Flower is from 1974.  It is fully polished and etched on the entire surface.  There are three separate medallions. One has a Tewa sunface, the next corn surrounded by a Yei figure and the third is an avanyu around a cloud and rain design.  Separating each of the medallions are cloud designs.  The piece is signed on the bottom in the clay. It is in excellent condition with no chips,cracks restoration or repair.

$ 900.00
Martinez, Maxamiliana “Anna” – Round Bowl with Wind Design (1920’s)

This is a round bowl by Maximiliana “Anna” Martinez, who was a sister of Maria Martinez.   It is an unusual shape being circular. The bowl is painted with a circle and wind pattern.  It is from around 1926 and the tag on the bottom indicates it was from the Indian Market of that time.  The tags with the red border were put on the bottom, with the artist’s name and a number. This piece was #199 and these can actually be found in the ledgers from the Indian Market!  It is amazing that piece like this can survive in such great condition for so long, and have such an important historic provenance.  It is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

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$ 750.00
Moquino, Jennifer – Spotted Trout Clay Figure

This is a figurative piece by Jennifer Moquino.  It is a spotted trout which is fully polished and etched.  Note the details on the sides and the overall detail in the design!  The piece is signed on the bottom.  The colors are all derived from natural clay slips.

$ 130.00
Sanchez, Russell  – Black & Sienna Lidded Jar with Avanyu

Russell Sanchez is known for his ability to take traditional San Ildefonso forms and designs, and revise them into a more modern appearance.  This jar was fired to nearly a gunmetal metallic appearance.  After the firing, Russell “two toned” the jar to give the top half a sienna coloration. This is achieved by burning off the black to return the clay to its natural color. The bottom of the jar remains gunmetal in appearance.  The jar is etched with a water serpent (avanyu) encircling the shoulder. There are three bands of turquoise hei-shi beads around the shoulder and a single inset of jet for the eye.  The lid is gunmetal in appearance as well, and two-toned on the finial and then inset with a piece of turquoise on each side.  It is an elegant balance of form, design and color.  The jar is signed on the bottom in the clay.  Russell has won numerous awards for his pottery and in 2017 was awarded the prestigious New Mexico Governor’s Award for the Arts.

 

$ 5,200.00
Youngblood, Nancy – Miniature Black-on-Black Double Shoulder Water Jar (1978)

While Nancy Youngblood is known for her swirl melon bowls and carved pottery, she started out her career making miniatures.  This miniature is from 1978 which makes it a very early piece of her pottery!  It is a miniature water jar and it is fully polished.  There is a double shoulder.  The jar has been stone polished a glass like appearance.  The jar is painted with a water serpent around the body of the piece.  The painting is crisp and a striking contrast to the polished surface.  Note as well the complexity of the design, with all the edges and loops in the pattern!  In the photos the painted line gets distorted with the reflections of the light, but it is a perfect consistency all the way around. The jar is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  It is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Nancy Yellow Aspen Youngblood “.

$ 1,500.00
Youngblood, Nancy – Miniature Red & Tan Jar with Kiva Step Designs (1980)

While Nancy Youngblood is known for her swirl melon bowls and carved pottery, she started out her career making miniatures.  This miniature is from 1980 and it is one of her striking red pieces.  The jar is matte on the top and bottom bands.  In the center, it is very deeply carved with eight Kiva step designs.  The “kiva step” pattern always has three steps when used in pottery and signify the ladder coming out of the kivas. Each of the eight carved designs is polished tan, which is always difficult to achieve a high polish.  On this piece, the background are has been slipped with a red clay.  This creates as striking visual contrast with the tan and the buff matte areas.  It is exceptional how deeply Nancy was able to carve into her her pottery relative to the size of the piece!  This jar is in excellent condition and it is signed on the bottom, “Nancy Youngblood Cutler”.  It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

$ 1,600.00
Moquino, Jennifer – Rainbow Trout Clay Figure

This is a figurative piece by Jennifer Moquino.  It is a rainbow trout which is fully polished and etched.  Note the details on the sides, ths shading and the overall detail in the design!  The piece is signed on the bottom.  The colors are all derived from natural clay slips.

$ 150.00
Manymules, Samuel  – Large Melon Jar with Sharp Swirls

This is a classic round shape jar 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 deep black 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.

$ 2,600.00
Youngblood, Nancy – Mini Lidded Bowl with 2 Feathers & Avanyu (1982)

This amazing miniature bowl by Nancy Youngblood is from 1982.  While it is small, it is very deeply carved into the clay.  The bowl as 22 carved feathers around the top of the piece. Around the shoulder is a very deeply carved avanyu (water serpent).  Take a closer look at how deeply it is carved, it is astounding!  The mini lid is perfectly in the opening.  The bowl is highly polished to a stunning shine. It is in perfect condition, with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  It is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Nancy Youngblood Cutler”.

$ 1,600.00
Ebelacker, Jason – Large Water Jar with Raindrop Rim

Stunning!  This large water 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 rounded shoulder and a fluted or “raindrop” rim.  Here the jar extends up to a round shoulder and then as it turns inward there is a sharp edge and a drop down before the neck.  It can slightly be seen in the photos but it is more a part of the jar to be felt.  It is also technically a more difficult detail in a water jar, as there is additional risk that it could crack when drying.  The jar then has a fluted or “raindrop” rim. It was a called such as it looked as if a raindrop had fallen into a puddle!  This jar is stone polished and the surface is stunning, as the entire piece has to be polished at one time.  Note the polishing and how the rim is reflected in the shoulder of the jar!  The time to polish the various angles of the jar and achieve such a dynamic polish is something few potters are able to achieve today.  The jar is traditionally fired outdoors and it is a deep black in coloration. 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!

$ 4,800.00
Roybal, Tonita – Gunmetal Bowl with Mountain & Wind Designs (1920’s)

Tonita Roybal is one of the great innovative names in San Ildefonso pottery.  This is one of her “gunmetal” fired bowl.  The metallic coloration is achieve using a very high fire to heat the bowl and create an intense silver appearance on the surface. This bowl is one of her classic shapes with a sharp shoulder.  The designs are mountain, wind and rain patterns.  Note the delicate lines of the painting on the bowl!  The bowl is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Tonita”.  It is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

 

 

 

 

$ 1,200.00
Roybal, Tonita – Red Jar with Rain & Mountain Designs (1930’s)

This is a classic red-on-red and white jar by Tonita Roybal.  This pieces is from the 1930’s and it was made and polished by Tonita and painted by her husband Juan. The jar is a deep red coloration and the design is painted with a red clay slip, creating the red-on-red style.  There are areas which are highlighted with an additional white clay slip.  The design is a mountain pattern, with rain, snow and cloud designs.  It is an interesting combination of design patterns which encircles the piece.  Juan Cruz Roybal was known as one of the masterful pottery painters and one of the “signatures” of his work was the use of the white clay slip.  Here he has used it as an accent to the design in the little “dots”.  The result is a piece that seems to fit somewhere between art deco, moodernism and traditionalist designs.  Extraordinary!  The jar is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Tonita + Juan”.  It is in good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

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$ 3,200.00
Begay, Jr., Harrison – Large Jar with Yei and Corn Figures

Harrison Begay, Jr. has won numerous awards over the years for his deep carved pottery.  This larger jar is fully carved and has a wide shoulder and fully polished rim.  The jar has a more realistic style Yei figure on one side with a feather headdress and wearing a blanket.  As the jar is turned there is a section with corn, stars and dragonflies. Separating these sections are various cloud, rain and geometric symbols.  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.  The jar is very highly polished, so that there is a strong visual distinction between the matte and polished surface.  The jar is signed on the bottom in the clay.

$ 2,200.00
Begay, Jr., Harrison – Brown Jar with Hummingbirds & Flowers

While living at Santa Clara Pueblo, Harrison Begay, Jr. learned to make Santa Clara style carved and polished pottery.  This jar is carved with hummingbirds and flowers as the design.  Each hummingbird is distinctive and has a different flower beside them. There are additional cloud and wind designs separating the birds.  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.  This jar has been fired brown, so there are some striking color variations as the piece is turned. This firing has created a darker brown coloration, which gives added contrast to the carving!  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.

$ 2,000.00
Naha, Helen “Feather Woman” – Awatovi Star Design Bowl

It is not often the we see such a detailed smaller bowl by Helen Naha with such a classic design.  Helena Naha,  also known as “Feather Woman”, created distinctive pottery using the white clay slip throughout her career.  The designs were all painted using bee-weed (black) and natural clay slips.  She learned to make pottery from her mother-in-law, Paqua Naha yet had her own style in form, imagery and composition.  Helen is known for her revival of the pre-historic Awatovi pottery.   Awatovi is one of the ruins near Hopi where a white slipped style of pottery was made.  It is a fascinating place as it was where Coronado made contact with the Hopi in 1540.  During the excavations in the 1930’s the whiteware pottery was rediscovered.  It was the imagery from his work which inspired much of Helen’s early pottery, as opposed the more classic Sikyatki inspired pottery of Nampeyo.  This bowl has the “Awatovi Star” pattern painted on the top and the bottom.  Around the shoulder is her “eternity band” design.  The bowl has been traditionally fired and there is some variation to the color with the fired cloud, which certainly adds to the beauty of the piece.  It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  It is signed on the bottom with her hallmark feather.

$ 500.00
Gutierrez, Margaret & Luther – Mudhead Storyteller (1977)

This is a mudhead clown storyteller Margaret and Luther Gutierrez.  The figure was made by Margaret and painted by her brother, Luther. Their storytellers were typically either mudheads, koshari clowns or human figures.  Here, it is a red muhead holding two baby mudheads.  The “mudhead” katsina is so called from the mask it wears, which is often covered with mud.  The one baby figure on the right is polychrome, while the one on the left is removable and it is painted green.  All the various colors are derived from natural clay slips.  It is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  It is signed on the bottom, “Margaret/Luther”.  It is from the collection of Richard Spivey.

$ 175.00
Gutierrez, Margaret & Luther – Sitting Turtle Figure (1971)

This is a sitting turtle Margaret and Luther Gutierrez.  The figure was made by Margaret and painted by her brother, Luther. Typical of their turtles, the face is whimsical. The front has an insect design while the back “shell” is carved and has four images ranging from insects to birds.  All the various colors are derived from natural clay slips.  It is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  It is signed on the bottom, “Margaret/Luther”.  It is from the collection of Richard Spivey and was a Christmas gift to him from Margaret & Luther in 1971.

$ 150.00
Pena, Juanita – Water Jar with Wind and Rain Design

This is a stunning water jar by Juanita Pena. The jar is an elegant shape with a slightly turned in neck.  The jar is painted with small clouds and rain motifs. There are lots of fine lines and swirls. The jar has been fired to a glassy gunmetal appearance.  The jar is in very good condition with  no cracks, restoration or repair.  It is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Juanita”.   Juanita created some truly exceptional early pottery with innovative designs, great condition and a wonderful history.

$ 600.00
Navasie, Paqua- Ash Tray/Open Bowl (1930’s)

Paqua Naha was the mother of noted potter Joy “Frogwoman” Navasie and the mother-in-law of Helen “Featherwoman” Naha. She was known for her traditional designs and use of the various colors of clay at Hopi.  She developed the white ware in around 1951-2. She was the first to sign her pottery with her Frog Hallmark, as “Paqua” means Frog in Hopi. This is one of her “ash trays”, which was probably made for being a souvenir.  It is made from the red clay and the painted with designs around the side and on the top.  The piece is signed with her hallmark Frog.  The piece is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  It appears as if it was varnished at some time, which was often typical with “utilitarian” pieces which would be used.

$ 175.00
Sahneyha, Madeline – Open Bowl with Mountain Design (1990’s)

Madeline Sayneyha is a cousin of potter Mark Tahbo.  In the 1990’s she began making elegant pottery.  Each piece was coil built, painted with native clay slips and traditionally fired.  She was quickly known for her thin painted lines and dynamic firing. This bowl is painted with a mountain and wind design around the shoulder of the piece.  The entire bowl is fully polished, even  on the inside!  The bowl is traditionally fired to create the fire clouds.  It is signed on the bottom in the clay.  It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

$ 110.00
Red Starr, Elmer – Bowl with Coyote, Arrowhead and Feathers

Red Starr (Sioux) was married to Santa Clara potter Harriet Tafoya and learned to make Santa Clara pottery.  This miniature seedpot is highly polished and fired black.  It has a complex design with howling coyotes on one side, an arrowhead with a coral insert and a series of prayer feathers with a turquoise insert.   The bowl is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  It is signed on the bottom in the clay.

$ 150.00
Naranjo, Dolly – Seedpot with Fish

Dolly Naranjo is a daughter of Rose Naranjo and the mother of Jody and Elijah Naranjo.  This seedpot is fully polished and etched with fish as the design.  There are three fish on one side, four on the other and they are separated by a geometric water design. The seedpot is signed, “Dolly” on the bottom in the clay.

$ 110.00
Blue Corn –  Feather Bowl with Lighter Inset

Blue Corn is certainly one of the most creative potters of her time with a varied used of clays and firing techniques to create her distinctive pottery.  This is one of her black-on-black pieces with a feather design.  It is highly polished and fully painted.  On the top of the bowl she has inserted a lighter.  This was not unexpected of pieces from the 1950’s to the 1970’s.  The bowl was signed in the clay on the bottom, “Blue Corn”.   It is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.   The “striker” can be removed, although the silver inset that holds it is glued into the piece.  I kept the striker with the piece, as it makes for a more interesting part of the history of this piece.

$ 150.00
Nampeyo, Fannie – Large Jar with Bird Migration Pattern

This jar by Fannie Nampeyo is a classic form.  It has a wide shoulder and a slightly turned out neck.  The design is a bird migration pattern which is fully painted.  The design flows around the surface of the entire jar. The bird wings can be seen in the area below the shoulder. The bowl has been traditionally fired and there are colorations to the clay surface.  It is in very good condition with  no  chips, cracks, restoration or repair. It is signed on the bottom, “Fannie Nampeyo” and a corn plant, signifying that she was Corn Clan.

$ 2,500.00
Begay, Daniel – Large Jar with Yei Figures & Stars

This is an exceptional large jar by Daniel Begay. He learned to make pottery from his father, Harrison Begay, Jr..  Each piece is coil built, carved, stone polished and traditionally fired.  Daniel has created a distinctive style of carving, similar to that of his father, yet with more angular and graphic designs. This jar is carved with stylized Yei figures on two sides.  The figures are carved in a spiral with the mask and feather and blanket.  Separating each of the figures are large and small star patterns.  There is a striking contrast between the polished and matte surfaces, which adds to the sophistication of the imagery. Note how Daniel’s designs combine both thin and thicker lines to enhance the imagery.  The style of carving has a beveled appearance to the angle of the cuts into the clay.  The jar is signed on the bottom in the clay.

$ 1,600.00
Medina, Elizabeth & Marcellus – Large Jar with Birds, Clouds & Turtle Lid

This is one of the largest collaborative pieces we have had by Elizabeth and Marcellus Medina.  Elizabeth is known for traditional style of Zia pottery.  Each piece is coil built, painted with native clays and native fired.  This jar was made by Elizabeth and painted by her husband, Marcellus Medina.  The jar has a series of birds around the base of the piece.  Each bird is different in style and wings.  Around the neck of the jar are a series of cloud and rain designs. All the colorations are derived from natural clay slips.  The red areas are stone polished in contrast to the matte painted sections. The top of the lid is polished red and there is an added turtle. The top of the turtle has flowers and a bird as the design.  The tan clay used on the bird on the lid is also polished.    The jar is signed on the bottom “Elizabeth + Marcellus Medina, Zia”.

$ 500.00
Manymules, Samuel  – Jar with Impressed Rug Design

This is striking jar by Samuel Manymules.  It is coil built and slipped with a red clay and then traditionally fired.  The jar has angular designs inspired by Navajo Crystal Rug designs (see last image).  Typical of Samuel’s pottery, the designs are not carved into the clay, nor are they applique.  Each row is pushed out in the clay to create the various layers of angles!  It is technically very difficult but the result is striking and gives the jar added dimension.   The entire jar is polished and it is traditionally fired outdoors.  The coloration, which ranges from red to black area almost gunmetal in areas.  The color changes as the jar is turned.  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.

$ 1,450.00
Begay, Daniel – Jar with Turtles

Daniel Begay learned to make pottery from his father, Harrison Begay, Jr..  Each piece is coil built, carved, stone polished and traditionally fired.  Daniel has created a distinctive style of carving, similar to that of his father, yet with more angular and graphic designs. This jar is carved with two turtles as the design.  The back of each turtle has a different design.  Separating the two turtles are bands of cloud and water designs.  Note how Daniel’s designs combine both thin and thicker lines to enhance the imagery.  The style of carving has a beveled appearance to the angle of the cuts into the clay.  The jar is very highly polished, so that there is a strong visual distinction between the matte and polished surface.  The jar is signed on the bottom in the clay.

$ 950.00
Peters, Franklin – Jar with Rain and Clouds

This is a delicately painted jar by Franklin Peters.  He is known for his thin walled pottery and use of traditional Acoma imagery on his pottery. The jar is coil built with native clay and painted with native slips. The design has clouds across the shoulder in half-circles.  Below the shoulder are fineline rain, cloud and bird patterns.  The black and white contrasting colorations give the jar a very modern appearance.  There is also an indented base which is reminiscent of historic Acoma pottery.  It is signed on the bottom.

$ 375.00
Medina, Sofia – Large Jar with Birds and Lightning Rim

Sofia Medina was known for traditional style of Zia pottery.  Each piece was coil built, painted with native clays and native fired.  This is an exceptional piece of her pottery in both form and design.  The jar has a carved rim with a lightning shape to the edge. Below the carved rim is a prayer feather design. On either side are Zia style birds. One is red while the other is black.  On the opposite side is a single  bird under a red rainbow.  The rainbow is polished red slip. There are polished brown areas on either side of the bird and the rainbow.  The painting of the black has fine line rain patterns and additional cloud imagery across the surface of the piece.  The contrast of the lines, polished and matte designs works perfectly on this piece.  The large size and the unique opening are also striking. The jar is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  It is signed on the side, “Sofia Medina”.

$ 1,250.00
Garcia, Tammy – Red Jar with Eternity Design

This is an early jar by Tammy Garcia.  It is fully carved with an “eternity” design.  Early on in her career, Tammy began using distinctive designs in her pottery, branching out from the classic imagery.  This use of thin like carving and a repetitive design was unique in her early work.  The jar is fully polished red and in the background there is the traditional cream colored clay slip.  Tammy says that she stopped using this background clay as it was so time consuming to apply with the intricacy of her carving.  The jar is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair. It is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Tammy Borts”.

 

$ 975.00
Gonzales, Rose – Long Neck Jar with Avanyu

This is a striking long neck jar by Rose Gonzales.  She is often considered the first at San Ildefonso Pueblo to make carved pottery.  This form is one of her classic shape with an elongated neck and a sharp shoulder.  There is a cloud design around the neck and it is fully polished.  The area below is matte while the avanyu (water serpent), which is carved around the shoulder, is also highly polished.  The jar is fired to a very high shine, so that there is a striking contrast to the matte and polished areas.  The high shine can be especially seen below the shoulder, where there are areas which are gunmetal (almost a metallic in appearance).  The jar is from the 1970’s and it is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  It is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Rose”.  Rose’s legacy and influence can certainly be seen in the work of Tse-Pe, Dora Tse-Pe and Russell Sanchez.

$ 1,800.00
Medina, Elizabeth – Jar with Birds, Rainbow & Turtle Lid

Elizabeth Medina is known for traditional style of Zia pottery.  Each piece is coil built, painted with native clays and native fired.  This jar is painted in a traditional style with a bird or roadrunner on each side.  The bodies of the birds are stone polished.  There is a rainbow band over each of the birds.  The red and tan parts of the rainbow are fully polished, as is the body of the bird. On one side the wings and tail feathers of the bird are also stone polished.  Separating the rainbow sections are smaller birds and cloud patterns.  The jar is complex with the variations of matte and polished surfaces.  The top of the lid is polished red while the turtle is added and slipped tan.  There is a polished and painted bird and flowers on the top.  The jar is signed on the side “Elizabeth Medina, Zia.

$ 350.00
Aragon, John – Bowl with Mimbres Animals, Insects, Fish and More

John Aragon is known for his use of Mimbres imagery on his pottery.  This bowl is very tightly painted with various Mimbres animals across the entire surface!  There are insects, animals, fish, turtles, and on and on!  There are two “spirit animals” on the bowl, which are just outlined and not filled in. They are a rabbit and fish.  John has an amazing ability to fit so many images onto one piece and still have it look cohesive! The bowl is signed on the bottom.  It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

$ 600.00
Peters, Franklin – Jar with Lightning and Bird Wing Patterns

This is an intricate jar by Franklin Peters.  He is known for his thin walled pottery and use of traditional Acoma imagery on his pottery. The jar is coil built with native clay and painted with native slips. The design has a medallion on each side with bird wing and lightning patterns.  Separating the medallions are rain and lightning patterns. There is a striking contrast with the black and white coloration.  There is also an indented base which is reminiscent of historic Acoma pottery.  It is signed on the bottom.

$ 400.00
Lewis, Lucy – Bowl with Bird Wing Design (1970’s)

Lucy Lewis is one of the great Matriarch potters of the past century. This bowl uses more classic style Acoma imagery. It has the rain (lines), lightning and cloud (black triangular areas) patterns encircling the bowl.  It has been native fired and has a beautiful coloration to the white clay slip.  It is signed on the bottom, “Lucy M. Lewis”.  The black for the design is derived from bee-weed, which is a local plant. It is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

$ 800.00
Lewis, Judy – Storyteller with Two Children

Judy Lewis is a sister of noted potters Rebecca Lucario, Carolyn Concho and Marylyn Henderson Ray.  She is known for her figurative pottery.  This is one of her storyteller figures. The storyteller has two kids and she is holding an open bowl with a lizard and ladybug inside.  There is a bird on her foot and another ladybug on her hair.  Note the wonderful detail on her dress, belt and hair.  There is a wonderful charm about the painting on Judy’s pottery.

$ 235.00
Medina, Elizabeth & Marcellus – Jar with Butterflies, Bird & Lid

Elizabeth Medina is known for traditional style of Zia pottery.  Each piece is coil built, painted with native clays and native fired.  This jar was made by Elizabeth and painted by her husband, Marcellus Medina.  The jar has birds on two of the sides.  Each bird is surrounded by flowers and rain designs.  The red clay slip on the body of the bird is stone polished.  Separating the birds are butterflies. Each butterfly is different with the designs on the wings and delicately painted by Marcellus.  He is known for his more realistic style of painting.  The top of the lid is polished red and there is an added turtle. The top of the turtle has flowers and a bird as the design.   The jar is signed on the side “Elizabeth + Marcellus Medina, Zia”.

$ 275.00
Lonewolf, Rosemary –  Seedpot with Sparrow (1976)

This is seedpot by Rosemary Lonewolf is from 1976.  It is fully polished and has a single bird as the design.  As the bowl is turned there is a cloud, rain and lightning pattern etched into the surface. The contrast of the matte and polished areas accentuates her imagery.  The piece is signed on the bottom “Apple Blossom”, which is her name in Tewa.  It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

$ 425.00
Blue Corn –  Bowl with Lighter Inset (1972)

Blue Corn is certainly one of the most creative potters of her time with a varied used of clays and firing techniques to create her distinctive pottery.  This is one of her polychrome pieces.  It is polished on the surface and painted with red and black clay slips for the bugs, birds and fish.  On the top of the bowl she has inserted a lighter.  This was not unexpected of pieces from the 1950’s to the 1970’s.  This piece was made as a Christmas gift to Richard Spivey in 1972.  The bowl was signed in the clay on the bottom, “Blue Corn”.   It is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  The “striker” can be removed, although the silver inset that holds it is glued into the piece.  I kept the striker with the piece, as it makes for a more interesting part of the history of this piece.

$ 200.00
Blue Corn – Polychrome Bowl with Feather Pattern (1972)

Blue Corn is certainly one of the most creative potters of her time with a varied used of clays and firing techniques to create her distinctive pottery.  This is one of her polychrome pieces.  It is a tan color clay and has a feather pattern painted around the body of the piece.  It appears to have a bit of a dark coloration from the smoke.  The piece was made as gift to Richard Spivey.  It is signed in the clay on the back, “Blue Corn”.   It is in good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

$ 150.00
Quotskuyva, Dextra – Bowl with Red Tail Hawk Design

This is a traditional bowl 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 piece is from the mid 1980’s, which can be see in the color of the red clay, as well as her signature.  The bowl has a series of Red Tail hawk tail feathers painted in four sections.  Separating each of them is a triangular design, which represents the back and wings of the birds.  The red areas are stone polished and the black is painted with bee-weed (a plant). The bowl is traditionally fired so that there are blushes and color variations around the surface.  It is signed on the bottom with bee-weed, “Detra” with an ear of corn representing the Corn Clan.   The jar is in very good 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“.

$ 5,800.00
Quotskuyva, Dextra – Mini Bowl with Bat Wing Design (1976)

This miniature bowl by Dextra Quotskuyva was made in 1976.  Dextra 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.  The bowl has the classic bat wing design painted on the surface in four sections.  Each of the wings is very tightly painted with Dextra’s fineline work.  The bowl was traditionally fired so that there are blushes and color variations around the surface.  It is signed on the bottom with bee-weed, “Detra” with an ear of corn representing the Corn Clan.   The jar is in very good 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“.

$ 1,100.00

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