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Cochiti Pueblo. English Pronunciation: "Coh-chee-tee" Traditional Name: KO-TYIT The Cochiti people are noted for their hospitality and friendship towards visitors who are welcomed to many of the annual ceremonies for which Cochiti is famous. Many members of the Pueblo live outside the reservation and have been acculturated into the anglo-Hispanic community, but most of them continue their association with the Pueblo, especially during the major feast day. San Buenaventura’s Day in July. This is marked by dancing and ceremonies of traditional pattern and authentic costumes. At one time, agriculture was the primary activity of the Pueblo. Dams have been constructed to assist in the elaborate irrigation system that helps maintain the crops, but through the years, as employment outside the Pueblo increased, so agriculture decreased. The Pueblo has been more affected by contact with the majority culture then many of the other Pueblos with electricity, plumbing and above all, radio and television, which may account for the preponderance of the Anglo lifestyle in ratio to historic customs. Many of the ancient crafts have been revived, such as pottery and jewelry making which constitutes a good source of income from sales to tourists. One of the most popular pieces is the Storyteller figure, which was revived in 1964 by Helen Cordero. It comprises a seated man with a number of children on his arms and lap, made of clay with vari-colored decorations. Animal figures such as turtles, birds, frogs and lizards are also depicted. Many Cochiti artists work in watercolors, ink and oil paint and have achieved considerable fame for their innovative use of color. But the most important product of the craftsmen of Cochiti is the drum. These are made from hollowed tree trunks, mostly aspen, with leather ends laced together around the cylinder. Live trees are not cut down to make these drums, but great care is exercised in the selection of the logs. They are made by other Indians for their excellent quality and tone. There are a number of festivals and dances in June, July and August to which the public is invited to see the traditional dances and ceremonies of the Cochiti Pueblo.

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Ortiz, Virgil – “Pueblo Revlot Warrior: 2180” Tile

This is a classic design on a clay tile by Virgil Ortiz.  The design is taken from his Revolt 1680/2180 series. The figure is one of the Pueblo Warriors from the Venutian Soldier series of his work.  It is a powerful story of the connection between man and the environment.  The figure is intricately painted.  The tile has a wildflower design on the back.  There is also Virgil’s signature “Turkey track” which looks like an “x”.  The tile uses native clay, native clay slips and wild spinach (the black).  The piece is signed on the back. The use of traditional and contemporary imagery has become a standard for Virgil’s pottery as he pushes the boundaries of contemporary Native clay.

$ 650.00
Ortiz, Virgil – “Tahu The Blind Archer: 1680” Tile

This is a classic design on a clay tile by Virgil Ortiz.  The design is taken from his Revolt 1680/2180 series. The figure is Tahu, the Blind Archer. Here she is depicted with a rose in her mouth. The tile has a wildflower design on the back.  There is also Virgil’s signature “Turkey track” which looks like an “x”.  The tile uses native clay, native clay slips and wild spinach (the black).  The piece is signed on the back. The use of traditional and contemporary imagery has become a standard for Virgil’s pottery as he pushes the boundaries of contemporary Native clay.

$ 650.00
Ortiz, Virgil – “Pueblo Revolt 1680:2180” Storage Jar

This large storage jar by Virgil Ortiz captures his story of the Pueblo Revolt 1680/2180.  The jar is coil built and painted with wild spinach (for the black).  The imagery capture Tahu the Blind Archer one one side and one of the Runners in a 2180 format. There is imagery of Translator, who tells the story of both time periods of the Pueblo Revolt.  Finally, there is another figure, morphing between man and bird.  It is an intricately painted jar and massive in size! It is an exceptional piece of pottery that continues to tell the story of the resilience of the Pueblo people.  Note how Virgil uses his graphic style lines and classic Cochiti imagery to enhance the faces and figures on the vessel!  There is a space on the rim of the neck where it is unpainted, which is the “heartline”, which Virgil always paints on his clay vessels.  The jar is signed on the bottom.

$ 19,000.00
Ortiz, Virgil – Tall Traditional Jar with Cloud Designs

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

$ 4,000.00
Ortiz, Virgil – “Tahu The Blind Archer: 2180” Tile

This is a classic design on a clay tile by Virgil Ortiz.  The design is taken from his Revolt 1680/2180 series. The figure is Tahu, the Blind Archer. Here she is depicted in her futurist gear in 2180. The face is delicate and intricately painted.  The tile has a wildflower design on the back.  There is also Virgil’s signature “Turkey track” which looks like an “x”.  The tile uses native clay, native clay slips and wild spinach (the black).  The piece is signed on the back. The use of traditional and contemporary imagery has become a standard for Virgil’s pottery as he pushes the boundaries of contemporary Native clay.

$ 650.00
Cordero, Helen – Grandfather Drummer (1970’s)

Helen Cordero is undoubtedly one of the great names in Cochiti pottery.  It was in 1964 that Cordero said she made her first storyteller.  According to her, “I made some more of my Storytellers with lots of children climbing on him to listen, then I took them up to the Santo Domingo Feast Day” and the rest is history.  Her pieces were all males, to honor her grandfather, whom she would hear telling children stories of Pueblo life and culture.  She received the New Mexico Governor’s award in 1982 and the NEA Heritage Fellowship in 1986.  This is one of her classic male or grandfather drummers. Here the figure is holding a drum on his lap and the drumstick in his other hand. Her husband would usually make the drumsticks for her.   Note the intricacy of the painting on the entire piece. She has used a variety of traditional Cochiti designs on the figure.  It is signed  on the bottom, “Helen Cordero”.  It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

$ 9,000.00
Ortiz, Virgil – “Alter-Native Equality” Jar, Taboo Series

This jar by Virgil Ortiz is part of his new series, “Taboo”.  The jar is coil built, rag polished and painted with wild spinach (a plant) for the black.  Virgil says he has wanted to go back to the traditional shapes and techniques as part of his message for the Taboo series.  He says of Taboo:

“Creativity comes to me from continuing the story of my Cochiti people and how we see the world around us.  Our art from the late 1800’s told the stories of what those people were experiencing at that time.  That opened the door for me to use Taboo topics to engage people about today’s society, culture, politics, religion and even social media.  There are so many issues that people are increasingly afraid to talk about.  It’s important to show the type of imagery I’ve painted for “Taboo” and record it, even if people are afraid of it or it makes them uncomfortable.  I want to demonstrate that Native artists can innovate while using traditional methods.  We don’t have to be pigeonholed by those who want the same piece of pottery over and over again.  It’s time to give the voice back to the clay.”

Virgil writes of his particular jar…

“The Zuni “princess” We’wha (WAY-wah; b.1849), as the local media dubbed her, was an instant celebrity. She boldly stepped forward in the late 1800s as the embodiment of the two-spirit, an individual who combined male and female traits into a socially-recognized third gender roll. As much as she mesmerized Eastern American society, she also characterized the strength of her role in her tribal community. Natives often considered two-spirit people to be among the strongest and most intelligent. Today’s transgender issues and controversy find inspiration in the life of We’wha, and also a voice in pop culture through musical icons like Boy George, Pete Burns, Ru Paul, Grace Jones and others who are shaping and pushing forward the agenda of the LGBT rights movement.” Virgil Ortiz

The jar has the “spirit line” which is a break in the painting on the rim.  The piece is signed on the bottom. The use of traditional and contemporary imagery has become a standard for Virgil’s pottery as he pushes the boundaries of contemporary Native clay.

Click here to see other pieces in the Taboo Series

$ 9,000.00
Cordero, Helen – Grandfather Storyteller with 12 Kids

Helen Cordero is undoubtedly one of the great names in Cochiti pottery.  It was in 1964 that Cordero said she made her first storyteller.  According to her, “I made some more of my Storytellers with lots of children climbing on him to listen, then I took them up to the Santo Domingo Feast Day” and the rest is history.  Her pieces were all males, to honor her grandfather, whom she would hear telling children stories of Pueblo life and culture.  She received the New Mexico Governor’s award in 1982 and the NEA Heritage Fellowship in 1986.  This storyeller is one of her pieces from the 1970’s.  It is complex in terms of its painting and figurative work.  There are twelve children all around the figure. Each one is dressed differently and they are very interactive with one another.  Note the details on the larger figure, including the sash on the side and the squash blossom necklace!  The piece is signed  on the bottom, “Helen Cordero”.  It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  It is not often that we see one of her storytellers with so many children and with such intricate designs.  Definitely a classic!

$ 11,000.00
Ortiz, Virgil – “Bi-Furcation” Figure, Taboo Series

This figure by Virgil Ortiz is part of his new series, “Taboo”.  The figure is coil built, rag polished and painted with wild spinach (a plant) for the black.  The figure is all one piece and the designs painted with geometric patterns. Virgil is able to use these strong linear patterns to emphasize the forms he created in the clay. Note the turkey track design at the point of connection between the two figures.  Figures such as this are originally inspired by the Monos figures of the 1880’s. They were created to express social commentary, much as Virgil’s work is commentary today.

He says of Taboo:

“Creativity comes to me from continuing the story of my Cochiti people and how we see the world around us.  Our art from the late 1800’s told the stories of what those people were experiencing at that time.  That opened the door for me to use Taboo topics to engage people about today’s society, culture, politics, religion and even social media.  There are so many issues that people are increasingly afraid to talk about.  It’s important to show the type of imagery I’ve painted for “Taboo” and record it, even if people are afraid of it or it makes them uncomfortable.  I want to demonstrate that Native artists can innovate while using traditional methods.  We don’t have to be pigeonholed by those who want the same piece of pottery over and over again.  It’s time to give the voice back to the clay.”

Virgil writes of his particular figure…

“It’s not all black or white, passion or pain, male or female.  I painted this double figure with one side appearing darker and the other lighter.  Symbolically, it is represents the irrelevancy of the skin color of any person.  More importantly, the figures are a couple, joined together yet seemingly pulled apart. While they are male, the gender here is unimportant.  The key is that they are holding on to each other, fighting to be accepted. I wanted to create the feelings of passion, struggle, acceptance, love, unity, and eternity.  For the faces, they are wearing “helmets”, so there are no expressions.  The statement of this figure is about what we are, not just who we are.  About our struggles to find love, to join with another person and at times, take on the world, together.” Virgil Ortiz

The use of traditional and contemporary imagery has become a standard for Virgil’s pottery as he pushes the boundaries of contemporary Native clay.

Click here to see other pieces in the Taboo Series

$ 6,800.00
Holt, Lisa & Harlan Reano – Spiraling Dragon Clay Figure

Lisa Holt and Harlan Reano make an amazing team, working to create innovative pottery using traditional techniques.  Lisa makes the pottery and it is painted by Harlan.  This dragon figure combines both a pueblo and Asian influence with the avanyu and dragon combination.  The dragon is hollow and the body has a spiraling appearance.  The undulating form is exceptional clay work as the piece is hollow and it is subtley connected adding both strength to the clay and allowing the figure to have more movement. The designs are a combination of plant patterns which are then emulated with the spines along the back.  The small clay tabs which are added are the natural color of the clay, adding another dimension to the piece.  The materials are all traditional as the red and cream are both native clays while the black is wild spinach (a plant). This figure was also traditionally fired outdoors.

$ 6,500.00
Ortiz, Virgil – Traditional Jar with Plant and Cloud Designs

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

$ 3,200.00
Ortiz, Virgil – Classic Monos Clay Figure

Virgil Ortiz is known for his innovative style of Cochiti pottery, inspired by the Monos figures of the 1880’s.  This is one of his traditional clay figures made from native clay and painted with native clays and wild spinach (black).  The figure has been traditionally fired.  The Monos figures were originally created as objects of social criticism and reflection.  Virgil continues on this same path in his contemporary work.  This figure is highly detailed with sun, mountain and wildflower patterns around the entire body.  There is always something fun and almost mischiveous on the faces of Virgil’s figures.  Note how deeply the black fired on this piece!  The earrings are also traditional red clay and added after the firing. It is signed on the bottom.

$ 6,800.00
Suina, Dena – Storyteller with 14 Kids and Bowl

Dena Suina is known for her intricately designed storytellers.  This figure has 14 kids on the body.  Take a closer look and note how they are each very intricately painted and highly detailed.  Each one is interacting with another!  There is also a bowl she is holding on her lap.  Inside the bowl are various colored kernels of corn.  The bowl is in the shape of a kiva bowl.  Note as well the intricacy on the braid on her hair!  Dena creates amazingly intricate and very charming storytellers!

$ 550.00
Suina, Dena – Storyteller with 19 Kids

Dena Suina is known for her intricately designed storytellers.  This figure has 19 kids on the body.  Take a closer look and note how they are each very intricately painted and highly detailed.  Each one is interacting with another!  Note as well the intricate designs on the back of her dress!  It is a beautifully painted piece.  Dena creates amazingly intricate and very charming storytellers!

$ 650.00
Suina, Dena – Drummer Storyteller with 13 Kids

Dena Suina is known for her intricately designed storytellers.  This figure is a male drummer.  The first storyteller figures were men or grandfather figures.  The figure has 13 kids on the body.  Take a closer look and note how they are each very intricately painted and highly detailed.  Each one is interacting with another!    Dena creates amazingly intricate and very charming storytellers!

$ 500.00
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Romero, Diego – “Terms of Endearment” Bowl

Diego Romero was one of the potters around 1990 to break away from more classic shapes and styles of pottery. He returned to a pre-contact style of Mimbres culture (1100’s in southwest New Mexico) and was inspired by the open bowl shape. This has been his “canvas” throughout most of his career. The imagery evolves, changes and tells a narrative of his life and interests.  This very intricately painted bowl is entitled, “Terms of Endearment“.  It has the center panel with Chongo giving the girl a present and her shocked reaction.  Diego used the green slip for the color on the rim and more importantly to give the box a green-ish coloration of it being from Tiffany’s! Note as well all the detail in the painting.  The pottery on the pottery in the nicho and on the shelf, the logs in the oven are all highly detailed.  The interior of the bowl is then painted with a gold lustre which contrasts with the black and green.  The fine-line imagery is all derived from Mimbres iconography.  It is a charming and and visually striking piece by Diego.  The bowl is in perfect condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

$ 5,500.00 $ 4,800.00
Ortiz, Virgil – Tahu 2180 & Hummingbird Canteen

This is one of the few canteens that Virgil Ortiz makes each year.  The piece is coil built and painted with native clay slips and wild spinach (a plant) for the black.  The front of the canteen is painted with a very intricate version of Tahu, the Blind Archer in her 2180 version.  The story for this imagery from the Pueblo Revolt 1680/2180 series.  The back of the canteen has a hummingbird, which is symbolic for Virgil’s mother, Seferina Ortiz, who taught him to make pottery.  Note as well the “spirit line” which is a space in the painting on the rim.  The additional imagery with the swirls and spirals are the wildflower plants.  Virgil has also incorporated his signature “x”, which is the turkey track, onto the back of the canteen. Virgil made the leather strap.  The piece is signed on the back.  The use of traditional and contemporary imagery has become a standard for Virgil’s pottery as he pushes the boundaries of contemporary Native clay.

$ 3,000.00
Reano, Dominique – “Pueblo Minion” Figure

This is charming piece by Dominque Reano (b. 1998).  She is a daughter of noted potters Lisa Holt & Harlan Reano.  She has been making throughout her childhood and excels with her clay work and painting, especially for her age!  This is a very large figure from 2013 and it is “Pueblo Minion”.  It is inspired by the movies.  Note the intricate designs painted on the body of the figure!  The design and size are exceptional!   The figure is painted with native clay slips and wild spinach plant for the black and traditionally fired.  Dominique is certainly a talented young potter to watch!

$ 900.00
Ortiz, Isaiah – Bowl with Snakes

This is a charming small bowl by Isiah Ortiz, the son of Janice Ortiz.  It is from several years ago when he was first making some pottery as a youth.  The bowl is coil built and painted with native clay slips and wild spinach plant for the black and traditionally fired.  The bowl has two snakes painted on the side.  He learned to make pottery from his mother.  The bowl is signed on the bottom in the clay.

$ 45.00
Ortiz, Janice – Circus Dog Figure

Janice Ortiz is a sister of noted potter Virgil Ortiz.  She is known for her amazing figurative pottery.  This piece is exceptional in how she was able to make such a stable piece and yet give it the sense of motion.  It is a dog jumping through a hoop in a circus!  It is charming piece and not only well constructed but well painted!  The black is deep and fired perfectly!  The figure is coil built and painted with native clay slips and wild spinach plant for the black. They are each traditionally fired.  The piece is signed on the bottom.

$ 750.00
Ortiz, Virgil – Large Traditional Design Jar (1997)

Stunning!  This is an exceptional early jar by Virgil Ortiz.  Today, he is known for his innovative style of Cochiti pottery. This piece is from 1997 and it is fully painted with complex corn, cloud and plant designs.  The neck has flower patterns and then a checkerboard design  The central panel has large red flower motifs surrounded by intricately painted cloud, plant and rain designs . The base has plant and corn designs.  There is an exceptional complexity to the jar and a beauty to the flow of patterns in each of the sections.  The jar has the traditional “spirit” line, which extends from the rim to the base. It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair. It is made from native clay and painted with native clays and wild spinach (black).  The bowl has been traditionally fired.  It is signed on the bottom.

$ 6,800.00
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Romero, Diego – “Chongo Stone Heads” Jar

Diego Romero was one of the potters around 1990 to break away from more classic  styles of Pueblo pottery. He returned to a pre-contact style of Mimbres culture (1100's in southwest New Mexico) and was inspired by the open bowl shape. This has been his “canvas” throughout most of his career.  However, he has also created a few vessels over time, which are also based on ancient shapes. This jar has a classic Chaco period form with the round body and elongated neck. The design here is derived from his Chongo character, who populates much of the iconography of his pottery.  Here, Chongo is out at night among giant Chongo heads, much like at Easter Island.  Here Chongo is standing among them with coyote in the background.  Note the stars at night, and maybe even a UFO!?   It is signed on the bottom, “Chongo Made Me, Chongo Painted Me”.  The bowl is in perfect condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  The jar has a round base, so we had a metal museum mount made for it to sit on, which gives it a very modern appearance!

Click here to read more about Diego's Imagery!

Click here to read more about Diego's Imagery!

$ 6,200.00 $ 4,200.00
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Romero, Diego – “In the Beginning” Open Bowl

Diego Romero was one of the potters around 1990 to break away from more classic shapes and styles of pottery. He returned to a pre-contact style of Mimbres culture (1100’s in southwest New Mexico) and was inspired by the open bowl shape. This has been his “canvas” throughout most of his career. The imagery evolves, changes and tells a narrative of his life and interests.  This very intricately painted bowl is entitled, “In the Beginning“.  It has the center panel there are all three of Diego’s iconic figures, Hound, Coyote and Fox.  They are at that defining moment of creation, with each of them in an intertwined dance in the cosmos.  The bowl is flared out and it is painted with a classic Mimbres design.  It is signed on the rim, “Chongo Made Me, Chongo Painted Me”.  The bowl is in perfect condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

Click here to read more about Diego’s Imagery!

$ 7,000.00 $ 4,900.00
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Romero, Diego – “Fallen Angel” Open Bowl

This is a very powerful piece from Diego Romero.  The title of the bowl is “Fallen Angel” and is one of the pieces Diego has created over the years touching on the impact of addiction.  The painting is exceptional with a very simple figure and a very impactful statement created.  The bowl itself has the flared rim and two bands of intricately painted designs.  Diego was one of the potters around 1990 to break away from more classic shapes and styles of pottery. He returned to a pre-contact style of Mimbres culture (1100’s in southwest New Mexico) and was inspired by the open bowl shape. This has been his “canvas” throughout most of his career. The imagery evolves, changes and tells a narrative of his life and interests. It is signed on the rim, “Chongo Made Me, Chongo Painted Me”.  The bowl is in perfect condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

Click here to read more about Diego’s Imagery!

$ 5,500.00 $ 4,000.00
Holt, Lisa & Harlan Reano – Large Jar with Sparrows

This is certainly one of the most impressive jars made by Lisa Holt and Harlan Reano.  They make an amazing team, working to create innovative pottery using traditional techniques.  Lisa makes the pottery and it is painted by Harlan.  This massive piece is a classic water jar shape with a round body and a turned out neck.  There are few traditional potters working today at this size!  The jar is fully painted with sparrows which are interspersed between traditional cloud and wind patterns. Each of the birds is different and they are highlighted with a red clay slip. The materials are all traditional as the red and cream are both native clays while the black is wild spinach (a plant). The jar is traditionally fired outdoors.  This piece received an 2nd place ribbon at the 2010 Santa Fe Indian Market. 

$ 8,000.00
Ortiz, Seferina – Cochiti Fish Figure

Seferina created traditional style Cochiti pottery figures and vessels.  This is one of her classic fish figures.  The fish were early creations at Cochiti and reminiscent of the nearby Rio Grande River.  This fish is charming with the manner in which she painted the scales and the created movement with the tail.  It is painted with native clay slips and wild spinach plant for the black.  It is traditionally fired and  in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

$ 175.00
Ortiz, Virgil – “Aeronaut” Pueblo Revolt 1680/2180 (p. 36)

Virgil Ortiz created dynamic figures such as this aeronaut, for his series of the Pueblo Revolt 1680/2180.  This piece was part of the exhibit of the same name at the Denver Art Museum.  The are featured on page 36 of the catalog.  The figure is made from native clay, painted with native clay slips and traditionally fired.  The black is derived from wild spinach (a plant) and the others are all natural clay slips.  In the catalog, the aeronaut is written about as follows.

These futuristic scenes underscore the movement Ortiz infuses in these clay works and their complicated painting. “I wanted to create an illusion of motion using the sculpting and painting. The Blind Archer series has a more three-dimensional style of sculpture. The Aeronauts, I designed them so they look like they are launching off like a rocket or an aircraft. They are portrayed like the Ancient Ancestors (aliens). They are laid back and surrounded with old style ‘hieroglyphics.’” “There are always three Ancestors on each Survivorship to guide them, they represent the wisdom of the elders within the marvels of technology.” The Survivorships are an integral part of the narrative and create a link from the ancient past to the future.

Note the angular shapes on both pieces.  How Virgil is able to create such dynamic forms is amazing.  The designs further enhance the shape of the piece. Virgil has expanded his technique and added new levels to his clay surfaces. Taking a closer look at the piece, note that all the various designs are from traditional elements such as sun, moon, rain and mountains.  The pieces are in perfect condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  It is certainly a unique opportunity to have a piece with such important provenance!

$ 11,500.00
Holt, Lisa & Harlan Reano – “Twisted” Figure

Lisa Holt and Harlan Reano make an amazing team, working to create innovative pottery using traditional techniques.  Lisa makes the pottery and it is painted by Harlan.  This figure is amazing as it is hollow and all coil built.  The figure is basically two columns which twist up from the base and then extend out to the arms and up to the head.  The concept for these figures was from Harlan who wanted to create a series of “Pueblo Super Heroes”.  The body has a series of painted swirl and cloud and red sun designs.  The shape and movement are exceptional on this figure!   The materials are all traditional as the red and cream are both native clays while the black is wild spinach (a plant). The figure is traditionally fired outdoors.

$ 3,000.00
Holt, Lisa & Harlan Reano – Four Arm “Pueblo Super Hero”

Lisa Holt and Harlan Reano make an amazing team, working to create innovative pottery using traditional techniques.  Lisa makes the pottery and it is painted by Harlan.  This figure is amazing as it is hollow and all coil built.  The figure is one of the “Pueblo Super Hero” figures Harlan has created over the past decade. The figure has four arms, which is technically difficult to create.  The designs are a series of Pueblo style flower, water and cloud motifs.  There is a striking intensity of the design and form on this figure.  The materials are all traditional as the red and cream are both native clays while the black is wild spinach (a plant). The figure is traditionally fired outdoors. 

$ 3,200.00
King, Charles S. – “Virgil Ortiz: Revolt 1680/2180”

Over the past decade, Charles King has worked closely with Virgil Ortiz at King Galleries.  Virgil has premiered nearly all his new series at the gallery during that time.  In preparation for this book of Virgil’s work surrounding the Pueblo Revolt 1680/2180, King interviewed and worked with Virgil to help give new insight into this amazing accomplishment.  The result is the first comprehensive analysis and presentation of how Virgil conceived and then brought to life his various series dealing with the Pueblo Revolt.

Virgil Ortiz is an internationally renowned ceramicist, fashion designer, and graphic artist from Cochiti Pueblo, New Mexico. He uses contemporary art to blend historic events with futuristic elements. Set against Ortiz’s graphic murals, the exhibition “Revolt 1680/2180: Virgil Ortiz” features 31 clay figures and invites visitors to immerse themselves in a storyline that Ortiz created that begins with the Pueblo revolt of 1680. 

In addition to King’s essay, there is a spectacular forward by Herman Agoyo, who helped bring the statue of Po’Pay to the US Capitol.  Peter Held, renown curator of the Ceramics Research Center, rounds out the essays with insights into how Virgil’s work fits into the modern world of ceramics.

If you have always wanted to understand Virgil’s take on the Pueblo Revolt and how he has re-imagined it in the future, this is certainly the only book to give such insight.  Take a moment and delve into his art and check out the amazing ceramic pieces also featured in the book!  It is stunning!


Revolt 1680/2180: Virgil Ortiz
by Charles King, Foreword by Herman Agoyo
Denver Art Museum, 2015
ISBN: 978-0-914738-98-5
Hardcover, 7 ¾ x 9 in.
80 pages, 58 illustrations

$ 35.00
Ortiz, Virgil – Classic Monos “Opera Singer”

The figurative work of Virgil Ortiz is based on the historic Monos figures from Cochiti Pueblo which began in the 1880’s.  The figures were created as social commentary in a world where various cultures were quickly filtering in and assimilating into New Mexico with the arrival of the railroads. This is one of the taller traditional style figures we have had from Virgil. Amazingly, the entire piece is coil built so that it is hollow.  The designs are painted on the clay surface using wild spinach (a local plant).  This figure is one of his “opera singers” with the extended arms and the intricately painted dress.  There are additional extensions of the wings on the side.  The face is dramatic and expressive!  There is something wonderfully powerful about the pieces in terms of design and scale!  The use of traditional and contemporary imagery has become a standard for Virgil’s pottery, continuing to push the boundaries of contemporary Native clay.

$ 16,000.00
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