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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 – Jar with Hummingbird and Bird Wing Designs

This jar by Eric Lewis has a round shoulder water jar shape and a short neck.  The jar has a hummingbird as the central design.  As the jar is turned there are linear bird wing and cloud patterns.  Eric uses his designs to follow the shape of the jar and accentuate its form.  The round shoulder and the placement of the head of the hummignbird on the neck is just perfect!  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!

$ 300.00
Lewis, Eric – Jar with Parrot

This is the first time Eric Lewis has painted such an intricate parrot on his pottery. The parrot has intricate lines and note as the jar is turned the additional classic style parrot and bird styles on the jar.  The shape of this jar has a very round shape and slight neck.  It’s a very strong form!   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!

$ 375.00
Cerno, Barbara & Joseph – Large Jar with Acoma Birds (1998)

Barbara & Joseph Cerno are known for their large coil built vessels.  The jar is coil built and it is a classic water jar shape with the wide shoulder and short neck. The jar is very intricately painted. There are two medallions, each with an Acoma style parrot.  Surrounding the birds are black-on-white cloud and rain designs.  Separating the two birds are mountain, cloud and floral designs.  Note the detail of the fine-line painting within the designs! The bottom is slipped red and has an indented bottom, which again harkens back to the Acoma pottery of the late 1800’s. The jar is signed on the bottom “Barbara & Jospeh Cerno”.  It is from 1998 and it is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  It is certainly a wonderful contemporary Acoma vessel with a dramatic use of revivalist designs and techniques.

$ 2,000.00
Antonio, Frederica – Bowl with Inward Turned Lip and Alternating Designs

This shape of bowl is a new variation for Frederica Antonio.  She 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 bowl has a lip which is turned downward. The appearance is visually striking as she also paints the design to flow into the rim of the bowl!  The piece is painted with a series of alternating cloud and wind designs.  The detail and precision of the design, along with the shape, give the bowl a very modern appearance.  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.

$ 2,400.00
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
Chino, Rose – Jar with 16 Heartline Deer (1971)

Rose Chino was a daughter of noted potter Marie Z. Chino. This jar is a classic Acoma shape with a high shoulder and short neck.  It is painted with two rows of heartline deer.  There are eight deer in each row.  They are painted with bee-weed (black) and the heartline is a red clay slip. The jar was traditionally fired.  It received a third prize at the 1971 Gallup Intertribal Ceremonials.  The jar is signed on the bottom, “Rose Chino”.  It is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  There are a few small areas of spalling, which is typical for pieces from this period.

$ 850.00
Aragon, Rachel – Water Jar with Parrots and Rainbow

Rachel Aragon is known for her classic Acoma pottery.  This water jar or “olla” is a classic Acoma shape with a high shoulder and a short neck.  Typical of her work it is lightweight and a great form.  The jar has four Acoma parrots as the design.  They are surrounded by a rainbow band which encircles the jar (it is painted with a red clay slip).  There are additional cloud and rain designs painted on the jar.  The delicate lines are inspired by classic Acoma pottery from the late 1800’s.  The jar is signed on the bottom in the clay, “R. Aragon”.  It is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

$ 850.00
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.

$ 1,625.00
Antonio, Frederica – Jar with Eight 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 smaller jar is a classic olla shape with a high shoulder and a sloping neck.  The neck has a mountain and rain design.   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.  The result is a piece which is varied as it is turned.  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.

$ 800.00
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
Sarracino, Myron – Tall Jar with Plants & Cloud Swirls

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. The imagery on much of his pottery is derived from pre-historic pottery designs. This jar has an elongated shape.  Around the neck are cloud pattern while around the body of the piece are classic Acoma plant patterns.  Separating the plants are cloud swirls painted with thin lines.  Near the base are mountain step designs.  The black and white coloration gives this jar both an ancient and very contemporary appearance.  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.  It is seen on much of the historic Acoma and Laguna pottery.  It is signed on the bottom.

$ 400.00
Lewis, Sharon – Jar with Swirling Feather Design

Sharon Lewis has developed her own very distinctive style of design.  Her pieces are beautifully formed, thin-walled and then tightly painted.  This jar is a more classic Acoma form with the high shoulder.  It is fully painted with a swirling feather pattern which extends up from the base to the neck.  The lines are delicate and encompass the entire surface.   The black is from bee-weed. The jar is signed on the bottom, “Sharon Lewis”.

$ 175.00
Aragon, Wanda – Bird Effigy

Wanda Aragon (b. 1948) is a daughter of noted potter Frances Torivio. She is also known by her name in Acoma, Dzinats’ituwits’a.  She is known for her traditional style Acoma pottery.  This is one of her figurative bird effigies. The lower section is painted with classic Acoma rain and lightning designs for the wings and feathers.  The head of the bird extends up over the lip of the bowl.  It is painted with a red clay slip and the beak extends outward.  The jar is signed on the bottom.

$ 400.00
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.

$ 1,575.00
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
Lewis, Sharon – Jar with Star Designs

Sharon Lewis has developed her own very distinctive style of design.  Her pieces are beautifully formed, thin-walled and then tightly painted.  This jar is a more classic Acoma form with the high shoulder.  It is fully painted with two variations of star patterns.  One is fine-line diamond shape and the other a checkerboard pattern.  The lines are delicate and encompass the entire surface.   The black is from bee-weed. The jar is signed on the bottom, “Sharon Lewis”.

$ 200.00
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
Cerno, Barbara & Joseph  – Seedpot with Bugs

Barbara & Joseph Cerno are known for their large coil built vessels.  This miniature is coil built and painted with two Mimbres style bugs as the design.  There is some very intricate fineline and hatchwork designs.  It is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  It is signed on the bottom, “B.J. Cerno”.  Barbara & Joseph remain among the most renown contemporary Acoma potters for their revival of historic patterns.

$ 75.00
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.

$ 700.00
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”.

$ 775.00
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 – Wide Long Neck Jar with Mountain Spiral Design

This is wide jar with an elongated neck is 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 smaller triangular designs which spiral outward to the shoulder and then back to the base.  When looking straight down on it the design is very tightly painted and striking.  The jar is signed on the bottom, “Dorothy Torivio” and it is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

$ 1,850.00
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
Sarracino, Myron – Red Clouds and Mesa 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 cloud pattern painted in red.  Below is a mesa pattern in black and below that a river design.  The water pattern has a series of fine-lines painted into the clay.  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
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Peters, Franklin – Large Bowl with Corrugated Rim

This is a large bowl by Franklin Peters.  He is known for his thin-walled pottery and use of traditional Acoma imagery on his pottery. The bowl is coil built with native clay and painted with native slips. The design is a classic Acoma pattern with rain and cloud designs.  Note the very thinly painted fine-line designs. The rim of the jar has an extra coil which he has then corrugated. Look closely and you can see the three small indentions as the top of each of the semi-circles.  Franklin said that he carved a piece of wood with the three indentions to use for making the rim of the bowl. They are to represent the rain coming down at sunset. It is signed on the bottom.

$ 1,100.00 $ 750.00
Early, Max – Large Jar with Rain and Mask Design

Max Early is one of the few traditional potters working today at Laguna Pueblo.  His work combines historic forms with a blend of contemporary and traditional designs.  This is definitely one of the larger jar he has made in a while with the very wide shoulder and sloping neck. It is a beautiful shape and note the sharp edge on the shoulder of the jar where it drops down and then extends up to the neck.  This is always difficult to create when coiling a piece. The designs are painted with strong lines.  One side, Max said it was meant to represent a katsina mask, with the circle being the nose and the eyes on either side.  The area below are pant designs. The bold swirls in red are classic for Laguna pottery.  The remainder of the jar has rain and plant patterns.  Note the variety of angles of the fine-lines, as they are not all vertical or horizontal but extending in different directions.  The complexity of overall design is certainly striking! 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!

$ 2,400.00
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
Victorino, Katherine – Fine-Line Rain and Yucca Plant Designs

Katherine Victorino is a daughter of accomplished Acoma potter Monroe Victorino.  She began making pottery at nine years old and attributes her pottery education to her step-mother Beverly Garcia.   This jar is a classic water jar or “olla” shape for Acoma with a narrow base, wide shoulder and turned in neck.  The jar is coil built and painted with a complex design.  Around the neck is a cloud pattern.  The fine-line designs are the rain and below that are angular bands with mountain and rain motifs.  In the center of the designs are yucca plants, which are used to paint the pottery designs.  Near the base is an intricate eagle feather pattern.  A lot of complicated painting on this jar!  The intricate designs encompass the entire surface, creating a strong graphic appearance with the contrast of the black and white.  The jar is signed on the bottom.

$ 400.00
Victorino, Katherine – Jar with Flower Medallions

Katherine Victorino is a daughter of accomplished Acoma potter Monroe Victorino/  She began making pottery at nine years old and attributes her pottery education to her step-mother Beverly Garcia.  Katherine says; “I started by filling in the lines for my step-mother, and gradually I learned the traditional methods of hand-coil construction and fine line painting (using only yucca brushes) well enough to make pottery full time at the age of twenty.”  This jar is painted with a flower design in the central medallion.  Around the medallion are rain and cloud designs.  The intricate designs encompass the entire surface, creating a strong graphic appearance with the contrast of the black and white.  The jar is signed on the bottom.ction and fine line painting (using only yucca brushes) well enough to make pottery full time at the age of twenty.”  This jar is painted with a feather and plant design around the shoulder.  Near the neck is a fine line triangular rain pattern.  The intricate designs encompass the entire surface, creating a strong graphic appearance with the contrast of the black and white.  The jar is signed on the bottom.

$ 200.00
Estevan, Paula – Wide Basket Weave Design Jar

Paula Estevan is known for her jar is thin walled coil built pottery.  This jar is very tightly painted with an “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. 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”.

$ 650.00
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
Victorino, Katherine – Large Jar with Lightning Pattern

Katherine Victorino is a daughter of accomplished Acoma potter Monroe Victorino/  She began making pottery at nine years old and attributes her pottery education to her step-mother Beverly Garcia.  Katherine says; “I started by filling in the lines for my step-mother, and gradually I learned the traditional methods of hand-coil construction and fine line painting (using only yucca brushes) well enough to make pottery full time at the age of twenty.”  Her pieces are coil built and painted with bee-weed.  This large jar is an elegant shape with a high shoulder.  The jar is painted with a classic lightning pattern. The intricate designs encompass the entire surface, creating a strong graphic appearance with the contrast of the black and white.  The jar is signed on the bottom.

$ 1,200.00
Natseway, Thomas – Clay Storyteller Figure

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 one of his few larger figurative pieces.  It is woman with a shawl holding a clay bowl  He has painted a lot of detail in the shawl and the plate.  The figure 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
Lucario, Rebecca – Plate with “Op-Art” Spiral Star Design

Rebecca Lucario is known for her delicate and intricately painted pottery.  This plate is very intricately painted.  In the center is a fine-line star design.  Extending outward is a swirl star pattern with triangular shapes.  The triangles are either black, fine-line or white.  They get larger as they get closer to the rim.  Although it is a smaller plate, the design is visually dynamic.  It is signed on the back.

$ 1,200.00
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Garcia, Shana – Long Neck Jar with Lightning Design and Bird Relief Rim

Shana Garcia is known for her creative shaped and sculptural rim pottery.   Each piece is coil built and painted with yucca to create the long thin lines.  This tall jar has a lightning design which spirals up to the rim. The rim is sculpted with additional clay to create the bird wing pattern and additional yucca and rain patterns.  Shana said the shape of the rim is meant to represent the birds over the kivas.  It is striking how she is able to combine such traditional imagery with such a modern appearance!

$ 650.00 $ 450.00
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

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”.

$ 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.

$ 125.00
Patricio, Robert – Jar with Checkerboard Rain and Earth Design

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. The design is a series of squares which are painted with two different colors of red clay and then sections with fine-line designs. The fineline designs are the rain the red is the earth. The color variations and the swirl of the design around the jar from the rim to the base is stunning!   The base and interior rim are also painted with the traditional red clay slip.  Robert is certainly one of the leading traditional Acoma potters working today which is evidenced by his stunning forms and complementary designs.

$ 450.00
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
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Garcia, Jessie – Very Large Owl Figure (1970’s)

Let’s just start with this owl figure being almost 12″ tall!  Jessie Garcia is one of the great names in Acoma pottery.  Between 1950 and 1970, she along with Lucy Lewis and Marie Z. Chino, led the revival of Acoma pottery.  There is a history of owl figures at Acoma but most are smaller and few are as detailed as the work by Jessie Garica.  This large owl is coil built and hollow.  It is painted with the red clay slip and bee-weed (black) and traditionally fired. The owl is signed under the wing.  It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  It is an excellent piece of her figurative pottery.

 

 

$ 1,200.00 $ 875.00
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
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Lucario, Rebecca – Seedpot with Lizards

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

$ 225.00 $ 150.00
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Garcia, Jessie – Very Large Owl Figure with Moon Eyes (1970’s)

Jessie Garcia is one of the great Matriarchal revivalist potters of the 1970’s. Between 1950 and 1970, she along with Lucy Lewis and Marie Z. Chino, led the revival of Acoma pottery.  There is a history of owl figures at Acoma but most are smaller and few are as detailed as the work by Jessie Garica.  This large owl is coil built, hollow and very light!  It is painted with the red clay slip and bee-weed (black) and traditionally fired. The entire surface is fully painted to create the feathers and the eyes are painted with the reflection of the moon.  The owl is signed under the wing.  It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  It is an excellent piece of her figurative pottery.

 

 

$ 1,100.00 $ 850.00
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Aragon, Dolores – Mini Seedpot with Flower Design

Dolores Aragon is known for her miniature pottery. This small seedpot is painted with a flower pattern on the top. The design extends outward with additional flower petals.  While it is small, it is beautifully painted!  It is signed on the bottom.

$ 150.00 $ 95.00
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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