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Acoma Pottery and Acoma Pueblo (Pueblo English Pronunciation: "Akk-uh-muh" Traditional Name: Haaku.) Acoma Pueblo is situated on top of a mesa, hundreds of feet above the surrounding land. It commands a breath-taking view of the countryside, other mesas and the distant mountains - no wonder it is called Sky City. Like the hillside towns of Italy, the location was chosen for protection from marauding enemies, but the incredible beauty of this panoramic view of the world must have had something to do with the decision for the Indian people have an intense visual sensitivity, which anyone familiar with their art can easily attest. Acoma, which means People of the White Rock, has been inhabited since before the twelfth century. Most of the present day people have residences in other parts of the reservation or in several farming villages but at no time is the Pueblo on the mesa without several families living in the old houses and caring for the Franciscan mission church of San Estevan, established in 1629 which, with the entire Pueblo has been proclaimed a National Historic Landmark. The ancient cemetery still stands outside the church, surrounded by an integrating wall surmounted by guardian's heads. The thin-walled and delicately decorated pottery of Acoma Pottery is among the most prized of Indian crafts. Many fine pieces are on display and for sale in the Visitors Center at the base of the mesa. The Center has a fine museum and features One Thousand Years of Clay, Pottery, and History. San Pedro’s day is celebrated in June. St. James and the Corn Dances of Santa Ana’s day is in July.

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Lewis, Eric – Large Jar with Bee Design

This larger jar by Eric Lewis is a new design for his pottery.  It is a large bee graphic on one side and rain designs on the remainder of the jar.  The piece has high shoulders and a short neck.  The bee works well in it’s stylized form on this jar.  Eric uses his designs to follow the shape of the jar and accentuate its form.  Eric has taken classic Acoma linear designs and made them both bolder and more graphic. The result is a striking jar with tightly painted imagery.  Eric remains one of the young Pueblo potters to watch!

$ 500.00
Natseway, Charmae – Large Seedpot with Katsina Figure

Charmae Natseway is known for her exceptional painted pottery and use of distinctive forms. This large seedpot is painted on the top with an intricate design.  There is a katsina figure in the center and it is surrounded with additional Acoma designs.  All the fine-line patterns are delicately painted on this piece.  All the various colors are from natural clay slips.  The piece is signed on the bottom, “Charmae Natseway”.  It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  It is a striking balance of traditional and historic imagery on a very modern form.

$ 350.00
Natseway, Charmae – Lidded Jar with Plant & Bird Designs

Charmae Natseway is known for her exceptional painted pottery and use of distinctive forms. This wonderful seedpot has flat sides and an unusual pyramid form.  The sides are each painted with different plant designs near the base.  Above the plants is a band of leaf patterns and then two larger stylized birds.  Note the very delicate lines painted for the plants and birds!  All the various colors are from natural clay slips.  The piece is signed on the bottom, “Charmae Natseway”.  It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  It is a striking balance of traditional and historic imagery on a very modern form.

$ 450.00
Natseway, Charmae – Canteen with Birds and Lizards (1981)

Charmae Natseway is known for her exceptionally painted pottery and use of distinctive forms. This piece is from 1981 and it is one of her classic canteen shapes.  On the front are a Mimbres style bird and two lizards.  They are very detailed in design.  The mouth of the canteen and the handles are slipped with a red clay.  On the back is a red flower with black petals.  It is signed on the bottom, “Charmae  Shields Natseway”.  It is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

$ 500.00
Sarracino, Myron – Lightning Design Jar

Myron Sarracino is one of the few Laguna potters working today.  He learned to make pottery from Gladys Paquin and creates pieces which are thin-walled and tightly painted. This jar has a high shoulder and a more classic “olla” shape. Around the top and bottom of the jar are classic lightning designs in black and white.  ARound the center is a larger lightning pattern in red with additional rain and cloud motifs.  Note on the rim that there is a  painted “spirit line”, which is where the “spirit” of the painter is able to leave the piece and it is also a tribute to the potters who came before.  It is seen on much older Acoma and Laguna pottery.  The jar is signed on the bottom.

$ 375.00
Lewis, Carmel  – Bowl with Rain & Lightning Design (2016)

Carmel Lewis was the youngest daughter of noted potter Lucy Lewis.  This bowl is coil built and painted with bee-weed and a red clay slip.  The design is a classic Acoma pattern with rain, lightning and cloud designs.  The pattern encircles the entire bowl.  It is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Carmel Lewis”.  It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

$ 300.00
Estevan, Paula – Jar with Basket Weave Design

Paula Estevan is known for thin-walled and tightly painted pottery.  This jar has a wide shape which accentuates the “op-art” basket pattern. The weave lines are in black and white and spiral around the surface of the jar.  The imagery goes from small at the rim to larger at the shoulder and then small again at the base.  Paula has a wonderful ability to match the shape and designs of her work perfectly!  The jar is signed on the bottom, “P. Estevan”.

$ 575.00
Estevan, Paula – Wide Jar with Star Pattern

Paula Estevan is known for her jar is thin-walled coil-built pottery.  This jar is very tightly painted with an “op-art” star pattern.  Each of the stars is inter-connected in a lattice-like style.  They spiral out around the jar from the neck to the base.  It is a visually stunning design!   Note how the imagery goes from small at the rim to larger at the shoulder and then small again at the base. The jar has a wide shoulder and just a slight neck.  Paula has a wonderful ability to match the shape and designs of her work perfectly!  The jar is signed on the bottom, “P. Estevan”.

$ 600.00
Victorino, Sandra  – Seed Jar with Swirling Rain and Snow Designs

Sandra Victorino is a niece of noted potter Dorothy Torivio.    Sandra has her own unique style of “op-art”, where the patterns start small, then get larger and then smaller again on the vessel.  These pieces reflect the variety and intricacy of her pottery designs. This jar has the white clay painted with the black bee-weed (a plant).  The jar has a checkerboard snow pattern and a fine-line rain pattern.  They are alternating around the jar as they swirl down from the rim to the base.  The intricacy of the designs and the use of the op-art imagery adds to the sophistication of the jar!   The piece is signed on the bottom in the clay.

$ 175.00
Victorino, Sandra  – Seed Jar with Snow and Rain Designs

Sandra Victorino is a niece of noted potter Dorothy Torivio.    Sandra has her own unique style of “op-art”, where the patterns start small, then get larger and then smaller again on the vessel.  These pieces reflect the variety and intricacy of her pottery designs. This jar has the white clay painted with the black bee-weed (a plant).  The jar has a checkerboard snow pattern swirling down from the rim on one half of the jar.  The other half is a fine-line rain pattern.  Separating the two halves is an eternity pattern.  The intricacy of the designs and the use of the op-art imagery adds to the sophistication of the jar!   The piece is signed on the bottom in the clay.  Sandra creates a beautiful sense of balance between the form and design.

$ 200.00
Sarracino, Myron – Jar with Heartline Deer and Plant Patterns

Myron Sarracino is one of the few Laguna potters working today.  He learned to make pottery from Gladys Paquin and creates pieces which are thin-walled and tightly painted. This is a larger jar with a wide shoulder and short neck.  The neck is painted with a mountain motif.  The central band of the jar has four heartline deer as the design.  This imagery is a classic to both Acoma pottery with the heartline signifying the center or “heart” of the animal.  Myron has complemented it with plants which separate each of the deer.  The plant motif is one which is easily recognizable as Laguna.  Near the base of the jar there is another band of triangular patterns.   The jar is a nice balance of form and design.  Note on the rim that there is a  painted “spirit line”, which is where the “spirit” of the painter is able to leave the piece and it is also a tribute to the potters who came before.  It is seen on much older Acoma and Laguna pottery.  The jar is signed on the bottom.

$ 425.00
Patricio, Robert – Water Jar with Lightning Designs

Robert Patricio is known for his classic forms and use of both traditional and pre-historic imagery.  This jar is coil built and thin walled. It has a classic water jar shape with the high shoulder and the sloping neck.  The jar is painted with a classic stylized lightning design.  Here the designs appear to swirl around the jar and are contrasted in black, white and with fine-lines.  The jar has both an ancient and very modern appearance.  Robert is certainly one of the leading traditional Acoma potters working today which is evidenced by his stunning forms and complementary designs.

$ 975.00
Lewis, Lucy – Large Seedpot with Star Design (1970’s)

Lucy Lewis is one of the great Matriarch potters of the past century. This large seedpot is coil built and painted with bee-weed (a plant) for the black.  The design is painted on the top of the piece.  It is a star pattern in black-and white and extends out from the opening.  This seedpot is from the 1970s.   It has been native fired and has a beautiful coloration to the white clay slip.  It is signed on the bottom, “Lucy M. Lewis”.  It is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

$ 1,500.00
Lewis, Eric & Sharon Lewis – Dragonfly and Hummingbird Fineline Jar

This is a creative jar by Eric Lewis and his mother, Sharon Lewis.  Eric made the jar and painted the outlines of the dragonfly and the hummingbird. They are surrounded by the bold Acoma style lines which Eric paints.  Sharon, his mother, is known for her detailed painting on miniatures. She painted the very fine lines on the dragonfly and hummingbird.  Check out the precision of the painting of the lines and how they create another dimension to the jar!  They work well together!  The jar is signed on the bottom by both Eric and Sharon.   Eric remains one of the young Pueblo potters to watch!

$ 400.00
Estevan, Paula – Op-Art Rain and Lightning Design Jar

Paula Estevan has built a reputation for her highly detailed painted pottery.  This jar is more “trompe l’oile” than “op-art”.  The jar is thin-walled with a wide shoulder and short neck.  The jar has a lightning pattern which extends from the neck to the base.  It is surrounded by linear rain patterns.  The design, however, does fool the eye as the lighting pattern which extends from the neck to the base give the piece added dimension.  It is spectacular painting on this jar and a reflection of how Paula continues to be one of the leaders of Acoma pottery. It is signed on the bottom, “P. Estevan”.

$ 600.00
Lewis, Lucy – Bowl with Fineline Star and Mountain Designs (1970’s)

Lucy Lewis is one of the great Matriarch potters of the past century. This bowl is coil built and painted with bee-weed (a plant) for the black.  The bowl has alternating fine-line painted star patterns with triangular mountain patterns. The alternating designs create a dramatic appearance on the bowl.  This piece is from the 1970s.   It has been native fired and has a beautiful coloration to the white clay slip.  It is signed on the bottom, “Lucy M. Lewis”.  It is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

$ 2,400.00
Lewis, Eric – Jar with Bird and Cloud Designs

This jar by Eric Lewis has graphically painted designs on the surface of the piece.  The bold lines create stylized birds and clouds.  This style is where Eric began and it’s great to see his work return to these bold patterns.  The shape works perfectly for the bold design and the area opposite the parrot flows perfectly on the piece.  The jar is round with a slight neck.    Eric has taken classic Acoma linear designs and made them both bolder and more graphic. The result is a striking jar with tightly painted imagery.  Eric remains one of the young Pueblo potters to watch!

$ 225.00
Lewis, Emma – Water Jar with Parrots (1970’s)

Emma Lewis was a daughter of noted potter Lucy M. Lewis.  This jar is a striking piece of her pottery.  It is coil built and thin walled.  The shape is elegant with the round body and very straight neck.  It is polished with a white clay and then painted with a bee-weed (black) and a red clay slip.  The design on either side are very classic Acoma parrots.  They are very tightly painted and note the thin lines around the bird and for the flowers.  The parrots are a clan symbol and often used on pottery in Acoma.  The jar is signed on the bottom, “Emma Lewis”.  It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

$ 450.00
Lewis, Dolores – Antelope Bowl

Dolores Lewis is a daughter of renowned potter Lucy M. Lewis.  Dolores is known for use of classic Acoma and Mimbres designs in her pottery.  This bowl is a round shape with high sides.  It is painted with four antelope encircling the bowl.  Each antelope is perfectly painted with red bodies and white bellies.  It is imagery inspired by the Mimbres pottery of the 1100s.  This bowl is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Dolores Lewis” and it is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  While Dolores makes little pottery today, work remains some of the classic traditional pottery of Acoma Pueblo.

$ 350.00
Lewis-Garcia, Diane – Seedpot with Four Flute Players

Diane Lewis is known for her tightly painted miniature pottery.  This is one of her very intricately painted seedpots.  The top is painted with intricate Mimbres inspired Flute Players.  Around the edge of the piece are star and mountain designs. All the colors are from natural clay slips.  It is an exciting modern interpretation of classic Acoma imagery.  It is signed on the bottom, “D. Lewis”.

$ 100.00
Lewis-Garcia, Diane – Oval Seedpot with Women and Fish

Diane Lewis is known for her tightly painted miniature pottery.  This is one of her very intricately painted seedpots.  The top is painted with intricate Mimbres inspired women, fish and a woman playing the flute with a baby.  Separating the various images are geometric Acoma designs.  There is a cut-out in the clay on the top in the shape of a kiva step design.  All the colors are from natural clay slips.  It is an exciting modern interpretation of classic Acoma imagery.  It is signed on the bottom, “D. Lewis”.

$ 125.00
Concho, Carolyn – Bowl with Fish, Butterfly and Ladybugs

Carolyn Concho is well known for her beautifully painted pottery using Mimbres animals, reptiles and insects.  This small bowl is painted on the top with 2 ladybugs, a fish, butterfly and a flute player.  Separating them are sections of a star design.   All the additional colors are from natural clay slips.  It is signed on the bottom in the clay, “C. Concho”.

$ 110.00
Sarracino, Myron – Rain and Plant Design Jar

Myron Sarracino is one of the few Laguna potters working today.  He learned to make pottery from Gladys Paquin and creates pieces which are thin-walled and tightly painted. This jar has a high shoulder and a more classic “olla” shape. The design has a “T” shaped could pattern painted with a red clay slip.  It is above the terraced mesa design.  Below the mesa design is a spiraling water pattern.  It has a series of fine-lines painted into the clay.  Near the base are plant designs, which are often seen on classic Laguna pottery.  The jar is a nice balance of form and design.  Note on the rim that there is a  painted “spirit line”, which is where the “spirit” of the painter is able to leave the piece and it is also a tribute to the potters who came before.  It is seen on much older Acoma and Laguna pottery.  The jar is signed on the bottom.

$ 325.00
Antonio, Frederica – Large Polychrome Four Seasons and Star Jar

Frederica Antonio is renown for her intricately painted pottery. Each piece is coil built and then finely painted. Her designs are a series of fine vertical and horizontal lines which are then filled in to create larger images in the squares.  This water jar is a classic shape for Acoma pottery, with a high shoulder and short neck. There four large sections of designs extending down the sides of the jar.  They represent the four seasons of Spring, Summer, Winter, and Fall.  Frederica has also painted linear bands using different colors of clay slips.  There is a larger cloud pattern which separates each “season”.  Around the top of the jar is a star pattern which can be seen when looking down from the top.  From the sides, it is also made up of numerous stars as well!  Exceptional in planning and design!   Interestingly, the entire jar is first painted black on white.  Frederica then paints all the different clay colors and then had to go back over all the black lines again one more time!  The level of complexity and time involved in the painting of this piece is extraordinary!  The result, however, is stunning with a dynamic appearance and movement to the designs.  The base of the jar is concave, reminiscent of historic Acoma jars which were carried on the head.  This combination of thin walls, classic shape, and tightly painted design create a piece which is visually stunning!  The jar is signed on the bottom.

$ 3,600.00
Concho, Rachel – Seedpot with Lizards

Rachel Concho (b. 1936) learned to make pottery from her mother, Santana Cerno.   She is a sister of Joseph Cerno and mother-in-law of Carolyn Lewis-Concho.  In 2000 she won Best in Show at Santa Fe Indian Market.  Her pottery is coil built and painted with bee-weed (black) and clay slips.  This seedpot has two lizards and insects on the top.  On the bottom has a fine-line star pattern along with classic Acoma rain and lightning designs.  There are accents of red clay slip.  It is signed on the bottom in the clay and it is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

$ 250.00
Lucario, Rebecca – Seedpot with Lizard

Rebecca Lucario is known for her delicate and intricately painted pottery.  This seedpot is painted with a lizard on top.  The lizard is surrounded by intricately painted geometric Acoma designs.  It is delicate in design and traditional in form.  The seedpot is signed on the bottom, “R. Lucario”.  It is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

$ 225.00
Lewis, Sharon – Bowl with Red Flower Design

Sharon Lewis has developed her own very distinctive style of painted design.  Her pieces are beautifully formed, thin-walled and then tightly painted.  This bowl is thin walled and painted with a series of flowers with red centers. The red is an additional clay slip.  The flowers spiral around the bowl and are separated by fine-line rain designs.  The bowl is signed on the bottom, “Sharon Lewis”.

$ 350.00
Early, Max – “Eagles in Flight” Jar

Max Early is one of the few traditional potters working today at Laguna Pueblo.  His work combines traditional forms with a blend of contemporary and traditional designs.  This jar is a traditional shape with a high shoulder and elongated neck. The jar has a rain pattern around the neck and a cloud design around the shoulder.  Max noted that these were “older, minimal Laguna designs”.  However, as with much of his work, the bottom area is where he created is own additional designs.  Here he said he had painted four eagles in flight over the four directional mountains.  It is beautiful imagery which complements the simplicity of the designs above. The rounded bottom harkens back to the traditional Laguna pottery when the water jars were meant to be carried on one’s head.  Note as well his use of the various clays to create a “three color” jar!   The jar is also traditionally fired, which adds to the overall difficulty of the piece.  It is certainly exciting to see a potter who is inspired by traditional shapes and designs and yet has the artistry to create his own distinctive variation!  The jar is signed on the bottom and includes a copy of his book, “Ears of Corn: Listen”.

$ 2,000.00
Lewis, Eric – Large Jar with Buffalo

This larger jar by Eric Lewis is a new and more complex design for his pottery.  It is a buffalo on one side and stylized birds on the opposite side.  The jar has high shoulders and a short neck.  The buffalo is wonderfully painted and a bit different from his other more linear designs.  Eric uses his designs to follow the shape of the jar and accentuate its form.  Eric has taken classic Acoma linear designs and made them both bolder and more graphic. The result is a striking jar with tightly painted imagery.  Eric remains one of the young Pueblo potters to watch!

$ 550.00
Natseway, Charmae –  Seedpot with Bear and Antelope (1980)

Charmae Natseway is known for her exceptionally painted pottery and use of distinctive forms. This piece is from 1980 and it is one of her very classic style seedpots. The piece is painted with three Mimbres figures. The Mimbres people lived in the Southwest and made pottery around 1100.  On this seedpot there is an antelope eating a plant and a man wrestling a bear.  Charmae’s pottery often has a bit of humor to the designs, as with the bear wrestler!  The top has a fineline spiral star design.  Charmae is both an exceptional potter and also among the best Acoma painters.  The fine lines and precision of her imagery is always a perfect match of form and design.  The piece is signed on the bottom.  It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

$ 250.00
Natseway, Charmae –  Seedpot with Bird, Mountain Lion & Antelope (1980)

Charmae Natseway is known for her exceptionally painted pottery and use of distinctive forms. This piece is from 1980 and it is one of her very classic style seedpots. The piece is painted with three Mimbres animals. The Mimbres people lived in the Southwest and made pottery around 1100.  On this seedpot there is a bird (eating fish), a mountain lion and an antelope.  The top of the seedpot has a fineline design and plants.  Charmae is both an exceptional potter and also among the best Acoma painters.  The fine lines and precision of her imagery is always a perfect match of form and design.  The piece is signed on the bottom.  It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

$ 250.00
Lewis-Garcia, Diane – Seedpot with Two Mimbres Lizards

Diane Lewis is known for her tightly painted miniature pottery.  This is one of her very intricately painted seedpots.  The top is painted with intricate Mimbres inspired lizards. The lizards are inspired by the Mimbres pottery of the 1100’s.  Around the edge of the seedpot are cloud and rain designs, which are very intricately painted.  All the colors are from natural clay slips. The thin lines are very time consuming to paint!    It is an exciting modern interpretation of classic Acoma imagery.  It is signed on the bottom, “D. Lewis”.

$ 75.00
Lewis-Garcia, Diane – Seedpot with Mimbres Animals & Cut-Out Flute Player

Diane Lewis is known for her tightly painted miniature pottery.  This is one of her very intricately painted seedpots.  The top is painted with intricate Mimbres figures, including a butterfly, lizard, quail, grasshopper, deer, and others.  Each of the various designs are inspired by the Mimbres pottery of the 1100’s.  Separating them are painted Acoma geometric designs with rain, cloud and lightning motifs.  Note as well there is a cut-out on the top of the piece in the shape of a flute player, calling all the animals and insects. All the colors are from natural clay slips.  It is an exciting modern interpretation of classic Acoma imagery.  It is signed on the bottom, “D. Lewis”.

$ 125.00
Lewis-Garcia, Diane – Seedpot with Mimbres Women and Geometric Patterns

Diane Lewis is known for her tightly painted miniature pottery.  This is one of her very intricately painted seedpots.  The top is painted with intricate Mimbres inspired women.  There are 16 women on the piece in seven rows.  Separating each of them are various traditional Acoma designs.  Note the complexity of the painting and the use of colors. All the colors are from natural clay slips.   Note as well there is a cut-out on the top of the piece in the shape of lightning, next to the rain designs! The women are inspired by the Mimbres pottery of the 1100’s.  It is an exciting modern interpretation of classic Acoma imagery.  It is signed on the bottom, “D. Lewis”.

$ 115.00
Lewis, Eric – Jar with Deer and Clouds

This jar by Eric Lewis has a deer and stylized cloud designs.  The jar is round with a short neck. The deer is graphically painted on the front. The wide designs encircle the remainder of the jar with cloud and rain designs.  Eric uses his designs to follow the shape of the jar and accentuate its form.  Eric has taken classic Acoma linear designs and made them both bolder and more graphic. The result is a striking jar with tightly painted imagery.  Eric remains one of the young Pueblo potters to watch!

$ 400.00
Lewis, Sharon – Clay Bird Figure

Sharon Lewis has developed her own very distinctive style of painted design.  Her pieces are beautifully formed, thin-walled and then tightly painted.  This piece is a figurative quail or bird.  The wings on the side and the designs on the front and back are all painted with bee-weed. The colors are all from additional clay slips.  The bird is signed on the bottom, “Sharon Lewis”.

$ 90.00
Davis, Titus – Jar with Interlocking Star Pattern and Red Rim

Titus Davis is the son of noted potter Darla Davis and a brother-in-law of Eric Lewis.  He creates hand-built pottery that combines the classic fine-line designs with a modern approach.  This jar is painted with a classic fine-line interlocking star pattern.  The design encircles the entire piece. The rim and base are painted with a red clay slip.  It is nice to see such a classic piece from Titus!  It is signed on the bottom.

$ 130.00
Davis, Titus – Mini Fine-Line Seedpot with Red Feather Design

Titus Davis is the son of noted potter Darla Davis and a brother-in-law of Eric Lewis.  He creates hand-built pottery that combines the classic fine-line designs with a modern approach.  This miniature seedpot has a fineline design around the sides.  The top has a feather pattern pained with a red clay slip.  Although it is small, it is tighly painted.  It is signed on the bottom.

$ 60.00
Lewis-Garcia, Diane – Seedpot with Mimbres Lizards and Fox

Diane Lewis is known for her tightly painted miniature pottery.  This is one of her very intricately painted seedpots.  The top is painted with intricate Mimbres inspired lizards and a Mimbres fox.  Note the bodies of all the animals are made up of traditional Acoma designs!  There is also a cut-out area in the shape of a step or mountain pattern.  All the colors are from natural clay slips. The thin lines are very time consuming to paint!  The lizards and fox are inspired by the Mimbres pottery of the 1100’s.  It is an exciting modern interpretation of classic Acoma imagery.  It is signed on the bottom, “D. Lewis”.

$ 75.00
Lucario, Daniel – Seedpot with 7 Lizards

Daniel Lucario learned to make and paint pottery from his mother, Rebecca Lucario. This small seedpot is from 1993.  It is very tightly painted with 7 lizards. They are on the bottom, sides and even one going into the opening of the piece on the top!  They are each highlighted with additional clay slips for the color.  The piece is signed on the bottom in the clay and it is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

$ 75.00
Lewis-Garcia, Diane – Seedpot with Mimbres Lizards

Diane Lewis is known for her tightly painted miniature pottery.  This is one of her very intricately painted seedpots.  The top is painted with intricate Mimbres inspired lizards on one half of the piece.  The opposite half has another lizard surrounded by classic Acoma designs.  Note the very finely painted lines on the top of this seedpot.  All the colors are from natural clay slips. The thin lines are very time consuming to paint!  The lizards are inspired by the Mimbres pottery of the 1100’s.  It is an exciting modern interpretation of classic Acoma imagery.  It is signed on the bottom, “D. Lewis”.

$ 110.00
Lewis-Garcia, Diane – Oval Seedpot with Mimbres Animals and Figures

Diane Lewis is known for her tightly painted miniature pottery.  This is one of her distinctive oval seedpots.  The piece is painted on the top with a complex series of designs. The figures, as well as the birds, fish, rabbit, and turtle, are inspired by the Mimbres pottery of the 1100’s.  The surrounding areas are painted with classic Acoma patterns including rain and lightning designs.  Note the intricacy of the painting!   All the various colors are natural clay slips.  It is an exciting modern interpretation of classic Acoma imagery.  It is signed on the bottom, “D. Lewis”.

$ 125.00
Antonio, Frederica – Four Seasons Jar with Polychrome Designs

Frederica Antonio is renown for her intricately painted pottery. Each piece is coil built and then finely painted. Her designs are a series of fine vertical and horizontal lines which are then filled in to create larger images in the squares.  This jar is a classic olla shape with a high shoulder and a long neck.  Frederica has painted the Four Seasons in the black-and-white sections of the ajr.  Separating them are four bands of color, representing the four directions.  The neck is very intricately designed with a series of rectangles in color and triangles in black-and-white.  The neck represents the fall leaves.  The coloration is not only complex for painting various colors, but also that after she has painted each color, she has to go over the edges to repaint the black!  It is amazing how time consuming this can be in for her pottery art!  The result, however, is stunning with a dynamic appearance and movement to the designs.  The base of the jar is concave, reminiscent of historic Acoma jars which were carried on the head.  This combination of thin walls, classic shape, and tightly painted design create a piece which is visually stunning!  The jar is signed on the bottom.

$ 1,600.00
Antonio, Frederica –  Four Color Jar with Rainbow Bands

Frederica Antonio is renown for her intricately painted pottery.  This jar has a striking shape with the high shoulder and small neck.  Each piece is coil built and then finely painted. The background design is a cloud pattern, which is painted with a series of fine vertical and horizontal lines which are then filled in to create larger images in the squares.  This jar has “rainbow bands” which extend down from the neck and are painted with red and tan colored clays. Half way down the jar the color is a brown clay which is the earth.  Check out the very tightly painted squares on this jar!  The base of the jar is concave, reminiscent of historic Acoma jars which were carried on the head.  This combination of thin walls, classic shape, and tightly painted design create a piece which is visually stunning!  The jar is signed on the bottom.

$ 1,500.00
Antonio, Frederica – Jar with Eight Designs and Rainbow Bands

Frederica Antonio is renown for her intricately painted pottery. Each piece is coil built and then finely painted. Her designs are a series of fine vertical and horizontal lines which are then filled in to create larger images in the squares.  This jar is a classic olla shape with a high shoulder and a long neck.  Frederica has used eight different designs on  this jar.  The patterns are painted vertically and there are square cloud pattern descending from rim to base.  Separating them are various patterns of corn, rain, snow, lighting, stars and other designs.  There are additional bands of clay slip which create the rainbow colors. The result is a piece which is varied as it is turned.  The neck is painted with a classic Acoma triangular mountain designs.  The level of complexity and time involved on the painting of this piece is extraordinary!  The result, however, is stunning with a dynamic appearance and movement to the designs.  The base of the jar is concave, reminiscent of historic Acoma jars which were carried on the head.  This combination of thin walls, classic shape, and tightly painted design create a piece which is visually stunning!  The jar is signed on the bottom.

$ 1,600.00
Antonio, Frederica –  Four Color Jar with Rug & Snow Designs

This is a colorful and striking jar by Frederica Antonio.  She has won numerous awards for renown for her intricately painted pottery.  The shape of this jar with the low shoulder and tall sides shows off the complex designs.  On two sides it is painted with a four-color rug pattern.  Each of the various clay colors are painted onto the piece and then the black bee-weed is painted over the edges a second time to create a stronger visual delineation.  There is definitely a lot of time and patience in painting this jar.  Separating the two colorful sections are two sections with snow designs.  To create these patterns she paints the vertical lines first, then the horizonatal and then fills in the squares to create the designs.  The base of the jar is concave, reminiscent of historic Acoma jars which were carried on the head.  This combination of thin walls, classic shape, and tightly painted design create a piece which is visually stunning!  The jar is signed on the bottom.

$ 1,550.00
Lewis, Lucy – Bowl with Rain and Lightning Design (1980’s)

Lucy Lewis is one of the great Matriarch potters of the past century. This bowl is coil built and painted using bee-weed, a plant.  The design consists of a triangular mountain, rain and lightning design. The pattern is repeated around the shoulder of the bowl.  This bowl is thin walled and delicately painted.  It was traditionally fired so the white has much more of a pearlescent coloration, which creates added depth.  In the 1980’s the surfaces of her pieces were more highly polished, giving them a smoother feel.  The bowl is signed on the bottom, “Lucy M. Lewis”.  It is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

$ 900.00
Davis, Titus – Jar with Moon Phases

Titus Davis is the son of noted potter Darla Davis and a brother-in-law of Eric Lewis.  He creates hand-built pottery that combines the classic fine-line designs with a modern approach.  This jar has a taller shape with a slight shoulder. There are a series of moon phases as the design with larger moon designs changing into smaller ones.  They are surrounded by a fine-line pattern.  The intricately painted lines and the open space give the jar a very modern appearance.  The shape and designs work perfectly together.  It is signed on the bottom.

$ 140.00
Concho, Carolyn – Bowl with Lizards

Carolyn is well known for her beautifully painted pottery using Mimbres style figures.  This seedpot has a Mimbres style quail and the head is in relief from the surface of the piece.  It is surrounded by very tightly painted fineline and geometric patterns. All the different colors are from natural clay slips.

$ 110.00
Aragon, John – Bowl with Mimbres Insects

John Aragon is known for his use of Mimbres imagery on his pottery.  John learned to make pottery from his mother, Florence Aragon.  This new bowl is very tightly painted with various Mimbres insects across the entire surface!  There are insects include bees, crickets, dragonflies, caterpillars and more.  I counted over 100 different insects, and then lost track!  Each one has different fine-line designs which make up the body designs.  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.

$ 775.00
Aragon, Rachel – Jar with Parrots and Sun Design (1980’s)

This is an exceptional jar by Rachel Aragon.  She is known for her classic Acoma pottery.  This is the imagery for which she is most famous and it is exciting to see it on a bit smaller jar. The size and the precision of the painting give the piece a wonderful intensity.  This water jar is a classic Acoma shape with a high shoulder and neck.  The jar has the famous sun medallion painted in two sections.  It was this design from an Acoma jar from the 1880’s which potters like Tonita Roybal took inspiration.  There are additional very tightly painted birds and fine-line patterns.  The intricacy of his jar is striking in person.  The jar is signed on the bottom in the clay, “R. Aragon”.  It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

$ 575.00
Davis, Titus – Seedpot with Flower Design

Titus Davis is the son of noted potter Darla Davis and a brother-in-law of Eric Lewis.  He creates hand-built pottery that combines the classic fine-line designs with a modern approach.  This is the first seedpot of his we have had in the gallery.  The piece is painted with a flower design on the top.  It is surrounded by traditional fine-line patterns which accentuate the design.  The shape and designs work perfectly together.  It is signed on the bottom.

$ 175.00
Davis, Titus – Jar with Fine-Line Rain Designs

Titus Davis is the son of noted potter Darla Davis and a brother-in-law of Eric Lewis.  He creates hand-built pottery that combines the classic fine-line designs with a modern approach.  This jar has a low shoulder and an elongated neck.  There are bands of fine-line rain patterns which encircle the piece.  Note how there are additional curved lines within the straight lines, adding another dimension to the jar.  The shape and designs work perfectly together.  It is signed on the bottom.

$ 85.00
Davis, Titus – Canteen with Birds

Titus Davis is the son of noted potter Darla Davis and a brother-in-law of Eric Lewis.  He creates hand-built pottery and is known for his more contemporary style.  However, this is one of his traditional Acoma canteens. The canteen has a classic bird pattern on one side and painted with native clay slips.  It is charming with the handles and the taller shape.  It’s great to see a potter who can create both traditional and contemporary styles in his pottery.  It is signed on the bottom.

$ 110.00
Torivio, Dorothy – Wide Jar with Yucca Leaf Design

This is a classically shaped jar by Dorothy Torivio.  She was among the first to utilize and then refine the “op-art” style in her Acoma pottery. She took traditional Acoma patterns and then repeated them on a vessel, ranging the size from small to large and then small again, in accordance with the shape of the vessel.  The shape of the jar has a wide, sharp shoulder and a very tiny neck.  The design is a yucca leaf which extends from the neck to the shoulder and then to the base.  The open space of the white and the contrasting black give the jar a very modern appearance.  The jar is signed on the bottom, “Dorothy Torivio” and it is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

$ 975.00
Antonio, Frederica – Jar with Swirling Clouds, Corn and Rainbow Bands

Frederica Antonio is renown for her intricately painted pottery. Each piece is coil built and then finely painted. Her designs are a series of fine vertical and horizontal lines which are then filled in to create larger images in the squares.  This jar is a striking shape with the sharp shoulder. The designs painted on the surface swirl down from the neck to the rim.  There are four sections with a classic square shaped corn design, a symbol of prosperity. Separating them are bands of square clouds and two rainbow bands painted with two clay colors. The clay is painted over the surface of the black bee-weed lines.  The result on this jar is a striking piece which emphasizes the shape as it is turned.  The base of the jar is concave, reminiscent of historic Acoma jars which were carried on the head.  This combination of thin walls, classic shape, and tightly painted design create a piece which is visually stunning!  The jar is signed on the bottom.

$ 1,650.00
Torivio, Dorothy – Tall Jar with Butterfly Designs

This is a distinctive shape jar by Acoma potter Dorothy Torivio.  She was among the first to utilize and then refine the “op-art” style in her Acoma pottery. She took classic Acoma patterns and then repeated them on a vessel, ranging the size from small to large and then small again, in accordance with the shape of the vessel.  This shape creates a large surface area for the butterfly designs.  The neck is painted the traditional red coloration, while the remainder is black on white.  The jar captures her “op-art” style with increasing and diminishing sizes of butterfly designs.  The jar is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  It is signed on the bottom.

$ 2,500.00
Lucario, Rebecca – Plate Plate with “Op-Art” Flower Design

Rebecca Lucario is known for her delicate and intricately painted pottery.  She uses traditional Acoma clay and paints with bee-weed (a plant) and clay slips.  Ever since one of her plates appeared on the cover the “Changing Hands” exhibition catalog, her work has become iconic with fine-line style painting.  This larger plate has a fineline center design.  This emanates out into the “petals” of the flower which are a series of diamond shaped patterns.  They are either filled in black, painted with fine-lines or painted with and outlined “x” design.  The design starts small but gets larger as it nears the rim. The rim of the jar is painted with a red clay slip.  The intricate design of the plate is certainly visually dynamic! It is signed on the back, “R. Lucario, Acoma, 2018”.

$ 2,800.00
Garcia, Sarah – Bowl with Lightning Designs (1970’s)

Sarah Garcia (1928-2015) was born at Laguna Pueblo to Maria Trujillo.  However, she spent her adult life at Acoma Pueblo.  She, along with Jessie Garcia, Lucy M. Lewis, and Marie Z. Chino, were largely responsible for the revival of Anasazi and Tularosa designs on contemporary Acoma vessels.  Her daughter Goldie Hayah continues making pottery.  This is a classic style Acoma jar with very tightly painted designs.  There are lightning and rain patterns encompassing the surface of the bowl. The bowl is signed on the bottom, “Sarah Garcia”.  It is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

$ 600.00
Lewis, Lucy – Bowl with Heartline Deer (1980’s)

Lucy Lewis is one of the great Matriarch potters of the past century. This bowl is coil built and painted using bee-weed, a plant.  The design consists of three 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 bowl is thin walled and delicately painted.  It was traditionally fired so the white has much more of a pearlescent coloration, which creates added depth.  In the 1980’s the surfaces of her pieces were more highly polished, giving them a smoother feel.  The bowl is signed on the bottom, “Lucy M. Lewis”.  It is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

$ 1,500.00
Aragon, John – Open Bowl with Mimbres Lizards

John Aragon is known for his use of Mimbres imagery on his pottery.  This is one of his open bowls.  Inside the bowl it is fully painted with about 50 lizards!  Each lizard has a similar body with fine-line designs.  They overall appearance is one of both ancient and modern.  The outside of the bowl has a rain cloud designs.  The bowl was made in 1999.  Today, John makes almost no pottery but his pieces have their own distinctive style.  The piece is signed on the bottom.  It in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

$ 650.00
Lewis, Lucy – Jar with Double Star Pattern (1970’s)

Lucy Lewis is one of the great Matriarch potters of the 1900’s.  She was an important revivalist of Acoma pottery throughout her career. This jar is coil built and painted with a fine-line star pattern. There are two different star patterns on the bowl, one with four points and one with eight points.  Lucy would paint her pieces with bee-weed for the black and each piece was traditionally fired outdoors.  This bowl is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  It is signed on the bottom, “Lucy M. Lewis”.

Kasero, Sr., Robert – Seedpot with Swirling Rain Design

This is an intricately painted seedpot by Robert Kasero.  It is very thin walled and painted with an “op-art” style of rain design.  The design is small at the top and then enlarges at the shoulder and small again at the base.  It is dynamic in the flow of the tightly painted designs.  The design is a swirling cloud and rain motif.  Note how the base of the seedpot is also indented keeping in the style of historic Laguna pottery.  It is signed on the bottom.

$ 550.00
Torivio, Dorothy -Long Neck Jar with Butterfly Design

This is a classic long neck shaped jar by Dorothy Torivio.  She was among the first to utilize and then refine the “op-art” style in her Acoma pottery. She took classic Acoma patterns and then repeated them on a vessel, ranging the size from small to large and then small again, in accordance with the shape of the vessel.  The shape of the jar is one which Dorothy created to emphasize her painted designs.  The long neck has a butterfly pattern which is repeated in smaller and then larger sizes.  The precision and tight painting on the neck is exceptional!  The jar is signed on the bottom, “Dorothy Torivio” and it is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

$ 1,650.00
Chino, Rose – Jar with Birds (1980’s)

Rose Chino was a daughter of noted potter Marie Z. Chino. This jar is a more classic style of shape with the high shoulder.  It is painted with four birds (maybe quail) encircling the piece.  They are painted with bee-weed and the jar was traditionally fired.  It is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Rose Chino”.  It is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

$ 400.00
Natseway, Thomas – Mini Laguna Jar

Thomas Natseway is one of the most renown miniaturists in Pueblo pottery.  Rarely does he make a piece which is over 1″ tall or wide!  This is an early piece of his pottery from 1981.  It is painted with a classic Laguna Pueblo design with the checkerboard and fine-line patterns.  There are additional rain clouds around the rim and the base.  The jar is signed on the bottom in the clay.  It is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

$ 150.00
Cerno, Barbara & Joseph  – Intertwined Snake Figures

Barbara & Joseph Cerno are known for their large coil built vessels.  This is one of their figurative pieces.  There are two snakes intertwined together.  The backs of each snake are painted with diamond designs.  It is interesting how they weave together to become one piece.  The snakes are from 2006 and it is signed on the bottom.  It is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.   Barbara & Joseph remain among the most renown contemporary Acoma potters for their revival of historic patterns.

$ 100.00
Early, Max – Jar with Rain & Plant Designs

Max Early is one of the few traditional potters working today at Laguna Pueblo.  His work combines traditional forms with a blend of contemporary and traditional designs.  Max said that this jar was his own variation on classic Laguna designs. The neck has a linear rain pattern.  Around the shoulder are plant designs in classic Laguna style.  The jar is a beautiful shape with a slightly elongated neck and a rounded base. The rounded bottom harkens back to the traditional Laguna pottery when the water jars were meant to be carried on one’s head.  Note as well his use of the various clays to create a “three color” jar!   The jar is also traditionally fired, which adds to the overall difficulty of the piece.  It is certainly exciting to see a potter who is inspired by traditional shapes and designs and yet has the artistry to create his own distinctive variation!

$ 1,800.00
Chino, Marie Z. – Large Rainbow Water Jar with Heartline Deer and Parrots (1970’s)

This is an exceptional large water jar by Marie Z. Chino.  The piece is from the 1970’s and it is a striking shape and design. The jar has a high shoulder and a straight neck.  The design is a series of alternating Heartline Deer and parrots.  Separating them is a rainbow design.  Note how the parrots are painted in red with no outline, as are the flowers.  The black areas include rain designs and fine-line patterns.  The shape of the jar and the designs are a perfect balance as the imagery flows across the surface of the piece.  It is easy to see with a jar of this quality in form and design why Marie Z. Chino is one of the great names in Acoma pottery!  The jar is signed on the bottom.  It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

$ 2,800.00
Lewis, Carmel  – Bowl with Lightning Design (2015)

This bowl by Carmel Lewis is certainly inspired by the work of her mother, Lucy Lewis. The bowl has a classic lightning pattern and it is separated by a linear rain design.  The black is painted with bee-weed (a plant).  The bowl is signed on the bottom, “Carmel Lewis”.  The bowl is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

$ 300.00
Lewis-Garcia, Diane – Seedpot with Polychrome Spiral

Diane Lewis is known for her tightly painted miniature pottery.  This miniature seedpot is intricately painted with polychrome checkerboard spiral. The hole for the seedpot is in the center and the red, orange and white sections spiral outward.  The additional colors are all natural clay slips.  It is an exciting modern interpretation of classic Acoma imagery.

$ 75.00
Garcia, Tena – Seedpot with Plant Design

Tena Garcia is a daughter of Rose Chino  Garcia and a granddaughter of noted potter Marie Z. Chino. This small seedpot has a stylized version of the red and white plant/butterfly design made famous by Marie Z. Chion. The seedpot has a flat for and the design is painted on the top.  It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  The bowl comes to us from the collection of Richard Spivey.

$ 100.00
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King, Charles S., “Spoken Through Clay”

Spoken Through Clay

A NEW  RELEASE SPECIAL:  $95.00, including shipping (US)! Check out the new review in the Denver Post!

 Just a few things which make this book unique!
*   The size!  The book is 11.75″ x 14.25″ and weights over 8 pounds!
*  The photography of the pottery is stunning, emphasizing the individual pieces.
*  Each caption is the artist discussing the individual piece on the page.
*  The artist “biographies” are from interviews with the artists and they discuss their art, culture, lives and history.
*  Organization: The book is not organized by pueblo or family, but entails new ways to think about the future of Native pottery.
*  Printing in Italy gives the book very high quality color and paper.
* The photos of the living artists were taken by Will Wilson using a tin-type process. He was a recipient of the 2107 New Mexico Governor’s Award for the Arts in photography!
*  The book features work by more than 30 contemporary potters and more than a dozen important historic potters.
*  There are essays by myself, Peter Held and Eric Dobkin.  They add to the overall understanding of the project a historic perspective.

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August 18, Pasatiempo Review

“Charles S. King’s new book, Spoken Through Clay: Native Pottery in the Southwest, The Eric S. Dobkin Collection, is spectacularly heavy —which is a problem from a practical standpoint, because once you open it, you won’t want to put it down. With dreamy tintype artist portraits by Diné photographer Will Wilson, dazzlingly crisp images from Addison Doty, and intimate first-person essays written by dozens of artists, the book is a visually delicious, intellectually consuming foray into historic and contemporary Southwestern pottery. In short, prepare to swoon.

If you’re thinking of this as a coffee-table book, you’ll need to imagine a decently sized coffee table. The book is more than a foot tall and, when opened, two feet wide, but its outsize appearance belies the often delicate beauty of its contents: hundreds of individual pieces of pottery from Eric S. Dobkin’s exquisitely curated collection — arguably the largest and most important of its kind. Gallery owner, author, and Pueblo pottery expert King designed Spoken Through Clay to be approachable for those unfamiliar with Native American pottery. “In the age of social media, I wanted to make the book both visually striking and personal,” King said. The book opens with essays by King, Dobkin, and curator Peter Held, who calls clay “the most archival of materials … seductive, sensuous, responsive, geologic, and malleable.”

“I wanted the end result of the book to be that the reader would connect with the artists in a personal way, beyond just the art, and understand the time it takes to become an artist, to achieve success,” King said. Sprawling yet intimate, Spoken Through Clay introduces its readers not just to the beauty of Southwestern pottery but also to the fascinating stories of the people who make it.Iris McLister, Pasatiempo

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“It’s one of the things that makes us who we are. It’s what holds our family together. We are a family of potters. It’s our identity. People don’t realize how much work goes into it just processing the clay and making it. You have to do it with your heart.”—Linda Tafoya-Sanchez

 

FEATURED ARTISTS Grace Medicine Flower • Dextra Quotskuyva • Autumn Borts-Medlock • Jody Naranjo • Harrison Begay Jr. • Jordan Roller • Sara Fina Tafoya • Lonnie Vigil • Margaret Tafoya • Steve Lucas • LuAnn Tafoya • Loren Ami • Toni Roller • Popovi Da • Linda Tafoya-Sanchez • Mark Tahbo • James Ebelacker• Yvonne Lucas • Jeff Roller • Lisa Holt • Harlan Reano • Nampeyo • Jacquie Stevens • Nathan Youngblood • Jacob Koopee Jr. • Jennifer Moquino • Christopher Youngblood • Maria Martinez • Tony Da • Tammy Garcia • Virgil Ortiz • Joseph Lonewolf • Johnathan Naranjo • Nancy Youngblood • Les Namingha • Russell Sanchez • Christine McHorse • Richard Zane Smith • Rondina Huma • Susan Folwell • Dominique Toya • Jody Folwell

Spoken Through Clay features the pottery of iconic Native American artists from historic potters Nampeyo and Maria Martinez, to contemporary potters Tammy Garcia, Virgil Ortiz, and many others, are featured in a new book published by the Museum of New Mexico Press. Spoken Through Clay: Native Pottery of the Southwest showcases nearly three hundred pottery vessels from the acclaimed Eric S. Dobkin Collection, covering a wide range of mostly Pueblo artists from the Southwest.

“The physical scale of the vessels combined with the depth of the contemporary collection [is] breathtaking,” says author Charles S. King. The book is part of a “transitional process of looking to the clay, the vessel, and the potter’s voice and allowing the pieces to stand on the merit of their artistic integrity.”

The book includes portraits and voices of renowned potters speaking about their artistry and technique, families, culture, and traditions. Many of the artists are connected by Pueblos, generations, or family members. Dynamic color photography captures the depth and dimension of the pieces, while the artists provide an illuminating perspective through narrative captions. Artists, academics, collectors, family members, and gallerists add additional insight about the lives, historical context, and importance of these potters and their work.

SPOKEN THROUGH CLAY Native Pottery of the Southwest The Eric S. Dobkin Collection
By Charles S. King Essay by Peter Held

Artist portraits by Will Wilson
ISBN: 978-0-89013-624-9

352 pages, 320 color plates, 40 artist portraits

Publication Date: August 01, 2017
ABOUT THE AUTHOR Charles S. King is the author of Born of Fire: The Life and Pottery of Margaret Tafoya, The Life and Art of Tony Da, Virgil Ortiz: Revolt 1680/2180, and numerous articles on Pueblo pottery. He has served on boards of art associations, judged pottery at prestigious events, and lectures about the art form. His business King Galleries represents many of today’s leading Native potters and important historic works in clay. Charles lives in Scottsdale, Arizona.

$ 125.00 $ 95.00
Garcia, Sarah – Fineline Bowl (1970’s)

Sarah Garcia (1928-2015) was born at Laguna Pueblo to Maria Trujillo.  However, she spent her adult at Acoma Pueblo.  She, along with Jessie Garcia, Lucy M. Lewis, and Marie Z. Chino, were largely responsible for the revival of Anasazi and Tularosa designs on contemporary Acoma vessels.  Her daughter Goldie Hayah continues making pottery.  This is a classic Acoma jar with very tightly painted fineline patterns.  Note how the fine lines create interlocking patterns.  The bowl is signed on the bottom, “Sarah Garcia”.  It is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

$ 475.00
Early, Max – “Ears of Corn: Listen” Book of Poetry

Congratulations to Max Early for the publication of his first book of poetry.  Max is a well known potter but also quickly become as famous for his poetry!

We currently have signed copies in the gallery!

“In Ears of Com: Listen, Native American potter and poet Max Early gracefully details both the everyday and the extraordinary moments of family and community life, work and art, sadness and celebration at the Laguna Pueblo of New Mexico.With in the four seasons-Ty’ee-Tro, Kushra-Tyee,Heyya-Ts’ee, and Kooka—the beauty of Early’s writing beckons the reader to accompany him on the journey between ancient and modern times.Including an historical Preface by the author,an Introduction by Simon J. Ortiz, and photographs of Early’s family and award-winning art, this debut poetry book is profound in its welcome and its teachings.

 ‘Early’s poems take us into the cultural continuum of a contemporary Laguna Pueblo artist. Each poem is pottery of words, complete with designs to bring rain, to remember and praise the earth and sky path we humans travel. Early’s poems are earthy, real and compelling. I keep hearing them, like songs emerging from the creative earth.”

-Joy Harjo, “Crazy Brave”, Mvskoke poet and musician

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‘We are thankful for these poems that cup us through the seasons,past the drought f a spiritual slumber. Like a weathered olla recalling the hold of cold water,we are replenished and bathed anew.We should heed our want and need to the bounty of their beauty and submit ourselves to the lessons therein. Shhh…the poems are speaking:Listen!”

-Levi Romero, “A Poetry of Remembrance and In the Gathering of Silence”, New Mexico Centennial Poet

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‘Poetry and pottery are art forms simultaneously ancient and yet made for the moment. The words flow like coils of clay to surround the reader and build a vision of the mind and soul of the poet. Potter Max Early’s poetry in ‘Ears of Corn: Listen” reveals much about life in his native Laguna Pueblo. More importantly it gives a modern voice to an ancient culture making it relevant for both a new generation and also those outside the Pueblo. The poems tell his story of how, “Breaking gender taboos didn’t turn me to stone” and the delicate balance he finds between embracing modernity and reveling in the past. The use of native Laguna words adds grace to the poems, much like a perfectly painted vessel; they lyrically draw the eye, create balance and provide a connection to the viewer. Not only is Max’s collection of poems worth a read, but a second read as well. The first time they may just seem pretty, but the second time the novelty is gone and the substance remains. Much like Max’s pottery.’
Charles S. King, Author of “Born of Fire: The Pottery of Margaret Tafoya” and “The Life and Art of Tony Da”

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Max Early was born into a tradition of potters and clay. He creates traditional pottery in order to help save the art of pottery making in Laguna Pueblo.When hbegan to focus on writing, he continued his passion for celebrating his family, culture, language,and the enchanting New Mexico landscape.

Honors and awards for Early in pottery include a Fellowship from the Southwestern Association for Indian Arts;a Native American Community Scholar Appointment: Office of Fellowships and Grants,Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.; the Museum Guild Indian Fair & Market judge’s Award in Sculpture; the Gallup Inter-Tribal Indian Ceremonial-First in Effigies/Special Elkus Memorial Award; and the Santa Fe Indian Market-First in Traditional Pottery/Wedding Vases.

$ 25.00
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