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King Galleries of Scottsdale is pleased to represent the Pueblo pottery of many of today's leading potters. Over the years we have taken the time to get to know each of our gallery artists. As each new piece comes into the gallery, we talk with the artist, finding out about the time and thought that goes into their work. It is important with contemporary pottery to understand the designs and motivation of the artist and their work. Over time, we feel as if we not only have a business relationship with most of the potters, but also a friendship. Our collection of contemporary pottery spans a variety of Pueblos and Tribes. It ranges from traditionalist work being made today to more "edgy" and innovative pottery art that is changing how the next generation will view American Indian art. Enjoy!

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Tahbo, Mark  – Bat Tile

Mark Tahbo learned to make pottery from his great grandmother, Grace Chapella.  His pieces reflect the wonderful symmetry and thin walls of an excellent potter.  This tile is made from the traditional red clay at Hopi.  It is painted with a Sikyatki style bat as the design. The bat has additional designs on the wings.  Note as well the stars in the sky.  The piece is signed on the back with Mark’s hallmark, which represents that he is tobacco clan.

$ 250.00
Tahbo, Mark  – Bowl with Moth Pattern

Mark Tahbo learned to make pottery from his great grandmother, Grace Chapella.  His pieces reflect the wonderful symmetry and thin walls of an excellent potter. The designs are painted using native clay slips and bee-weed (a plant) for the black.  This wide shoulder bowl has the moth pattern which was made famous by Grace Chapella.  The moths are male and female (check out the painting on the heads).  The triangular design to the right of each moth is meant to represent each of the three Hopi mesas.  The bowl is traditionally fired to create the blushes on the surface.  It is signed on the bottom with Mark’s hallmark, which represents that he is tobacco clan.

$ 600.00
Folwell, Susan – “The Composition” Open Bowl

Susan Folwell is one of the exciting innovators in Pueblo pottery.  This large jar is part of her new series for, “Peering through Taos Light”.  The focus is on Susan re-interpreting the work of the Taos Society of Artists. This jar is inspired by Victor Higgins.  The style is cubist and captures a similar theme to Higgins later work.  The bowl is coil built and has the image on the inside.  The outer rim is left natural.  The bowl is signed on the bottom.

$ 3,200.00
Youngblood, Nathan – Large Tri-Color Jar with Bear Paws

Spectacular!  This is an amazing jar by Nathan Youngblood.  The jar is a large coil built piece which has been carved, stone polished and traditionally fired.  The neck of the jar is carved with four bear paw medallions. The different medallions represent  four generations of potters including Sara Fina Tafoya, Margaret Tafoya, Mela Youngblood and Nathan Youngblood.  They are separated by four lightning designs.  Below the bear paws are a series of four rain clouds.  The central band of the jar contains two interwoven avanyu (water serpent) designs.  Note the amazing complexity in the design of the bodies of the avanyus! These sections are all polished red.  Near the base are five tan polished cloud patterns.  It is amazing the amount of carving on this large jar and the coloration from the firing. The deep red is in perfect contrast to the tan polished surfaces.  The lid is tan and has symbols for the four directions.  On his red and tan pieces, after they are fired, Nathan uses screwdrivers to scrape the background area and the side of the carving.  This can take almost as much time as the carving or polishing itself!  Amazing the amount of time that goes into each vessel and yet how stunning they appear!  Certainly an amazing jar for his history, story and complexity!

$ 48,000.00
Youngblood, Nathan – Tri-Color Jar with Lid

Nathan has created his own distinctive “polychrome” style of pottery with the use of the red, tan and buff surfaces on his pottery.  This large water jar is an elegant form with a round base and a slightly elongated neck.  The jar has is polished tan on the inside of the rim and the neck.  The neck is carved with eagle feathers while the shoulder is polished red and carved with an avanyu.  As the jar is turned the body of the avanyu consists of cloud and rain patterns.  Below the avanyu is a band of kiva step patterns.  The jar is traditionally fired and has a striking contrast between the deep red and the tan polished areas.  On his red and tan pieces, after they are fired, he uses screwdrivers to scrape the background area and the side of the carving.  This can take almost as much time as the carving or polishing itself!  The last photo shows Nathan using the screwdriver to scrape away against the clay from the carved edges and background.  Amazing the amount of time that goes into each vessel and yet how stunning they appear!

$ 18,000.00
Folwell, Susan – “Bringers of Rain” Set

Susan Folwell is one of the exciting innovators in Pueblo pottery.  This large open bowl is part of her new series for, “Peering through Taos Light”.  The focus is on Susan re-interpreting the work of the Taos Society of Artists. This is a set of pieces, which tell the story both of a painting by EI Couse, but also the importance of water to the Pueblo world.  Susan says of this piece:

 

“There is a painting by EI Couse of Flute Player ceremony at Hopi.   It was a serene image focusing on the dancers asking for rain for the village.  The drop of rain hits a bowl and the water splashes out.  In this water, I painted a reflection of the Flute Player ceremony.  I wanted to reflect the prayers for rain in the puddle of water.  There is the water that is here and the water that is coming.

This is a multi-piece set.  The bowl has a rain drop and the water splashing out. The large flat piece has the painted scene from the Couse painting. There are additional smaller droplets of water to surround the larger piece.  It is a striking, thoughtful and timely set of pieces.  The last photos here are the actual painting for comparison.  The pieces are signed on the bottom.

$ 3,200.00
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
Youngblood, Nathan – Red Tall Jar, “Tribute to Margaret Tafoya”

This is a stunning red jar by Nathan Youngblood. The shape of the jar is based on the classic water jar, which Nathan has elongated. The jar has a turned out rim and a double shoulder.  The design of the jar is inspired by the work of Nathan’s grandmother, Margaret Tafoya.  The jar has a single bear paw medallion in Margaret’s style. As the jar is turned the opposite side has a water serpent (avanyu) which is cut at a spiraling angle around the jar.  There are several bands of design, each with a different part of the story. The avanyu, the sun and the bear paw medallion.    Each connected to the next. The rim has a triangular design which represent the rain falling in the sunlight.  The jar is very deeply carved and highly polished.  The coloration is a deep red and the base is tan.  It is a beautiful tribute and a stunning vessel in shape and design.

$ 21,000.00
Garcia, Tammy – Tall Canteen with Dragonflies & Flowers (2017)

This is a stunning jar by Tammy Garcia who is known for her contemporary designs and use of traditional clay. This jar is in a canteen shape with a wide body and rounded end.  The jar is carved with flowers and a dragonflies. Each flower has carved petals which are stone polished.  Tammy carved the round sections of various flowers to create a variety of dimensions to the piece.  The top is also and has flowers with raised sections.  Tammy said that at times she could only polish two or three petals at a time to get the high shine she was looking to achieve.  One one side is a large dragonfly medallion with her new style “frame” encircling the figure.  The dragonfly is layered over an area which is stippled with tiny dots into the clay. The center of the dragonfly has two pieces of Sleeping Beauty turquoise.  The jar has been traditionally fired black and that is possibly the most stunning aspect of the work as it has a near gunmetal appearance!  The contrast of the black polished and black matte areas is spectacular!  Tammy is never content with her pottery and each new pieces takes her unique style to a new level.  Tammy has won numerous awards for her pottery for nearly the past 30 years.  Her creative work in clay, glass and bronze is found in museums worldwide.  It is exciting to see how her contemporary work continues to move Pueblo pottery forward with it innovations.  We are proud to be the only gallery currently representing her new works in clay.

$ 18,000.00
Qoyawayma, Al – Harmony Jar with Flowers and Figure

Al Qoyawayma calls the shape of this jar his “Harmony Shape”.  It has an elongated neck and round body.  It is carved on both sides.  One side has flower,s the other a figure.  The carved areas have additional clay slips.  It is simple and elegant, definitely harmonious!   All the various colors are derived from native clays.   It is a classic piece with a striking balance of designs and form.

$ 4,500.00
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
Qoyawayma, Al – Large Wide Jar with Dancers and Jaguar

Al Qoyawayma often creates vessels based on ancient forms.  This large jar is based on the Gila River forms which were wide and had a low, sharp shoulder.  On this jar, it is fully polished and Al has created a scene with figurative dancers which are pushed out from the inside in the clay. The jar has a procession of dancers encircling the piece.  Each is matte while the area around is polished. The last figure is a small boy and as the jar is turned, he is being chased by a jaguar!  The form and design are both humorous and charming on this piece.  It is signed on the bottom.

$ 14,000.00
Folwell, Susan – “The Twins” Large Jar

Susan Folwell is one of the exciting innovators in Pueblo pottery.  This large jar is part of her new series for, “Peering through Taos Light”.  The focus is on Susan re-interpreting the work of the Taos Society of Artists. This jar is inspired by a Hennings painting of two twins who moved to Taos. Susan says of this piece:

 

“What attracted me to this painting was the striking look of the twins.  They were the Baumgartner brothers who relocated to Taos.  I appreciated the painting captured the essence of the time they lived.  I wanted to do a flask as the shape to accentuate the landscape.  I went a bit “free” form on the shape, but it billows behind them, like the clouds.  The back panel are flowers local to Taos and New Mexico and the painted and etched the basket on the bottom. I love how the basket seems to be both holding them and they seem to be floating out of it as well.  It’s all like a dream.”

This large jar is both painted and etched.  Note on the figures how Susan has etched away the figures to create both depth and bring out the natural color of the clay.  The “lid” for the flask is cork.  The shape, design and story all fit together perfectly on this amazing large vessel!  The last photos here are the actual painting for comparison.  The pieces are signed on the bottom.

$ 11,000.00
Namingha, Les – Large Carved Jar with Lightning Designs

This is one of the most complex and largest carved jars by Les Namingha to date.  The jar has separated bands of deep carving with cloud, lightning, rain and bird wing designs.  Each band is deeply carved and painted.  Note the complexity of the carving and the number of sharp angles!  Near the neck are circular carved sections. The coloration and design is stunning on this large jar.  Les is a descendant of Nampeyo and learned to make pottery from his aunt Dextra Quotskuyva.  It is signed on the bottom.

 

$ 7,500.00
Qoyawayma, Al – “Uxmal: Governor’s Palace” Bowl

This is a spectacular piece from Al Qoyawayma.  It is one of his architectural pieces with a design which combines both Ancetral Pueblo and Mayan architectural styles. The form of the building is inspired by the Mayan Uxmal Governor’s Palace building with the wide elongated front. The square doors and the straight portico are part of this style.  Al says of this piece, ”

“Uxmal is a site in the Yucatan and was home to about 25,000. The original site was build by the Maya’s and later taken over by Uto-Aztecan speaking Toltecs, as were other locations such as Chichen Itza.  This site has numerous large buildings, pyramids (the largest is the “Pyramid of the Magician”) and the “Nunnery”, along with a large ball court.  The building I am emulating is the “Governor’s Palace” built with very finely cut stone…better than Chaco. It is rectangular….and about 300-400 feet long, 100-150 feet wide and 30-40 feet high. There are two large inset trapezoidal (corbel) arches on the long axis on each side of the building, along with 9 smaller doorways. The trapezoids are filled in with cut stone to form “tee-doors”. A geometric analemma (spiral) patterns (annual path of the sun) are inset in stone next to the doors (but not in my piece), and very impressive. A very long wide paved roadway (sacbe…”white roadway”) intersects the steps of the southeast face of the building, sort of like a royal entrance. This sacbe interconnects Uxmal with Kabah site which also has corbelled arches.  

I was inspired by the visiting the site.  The Pyramid of the Magician has Hopi migration symbols at the top.  Of course, the “Tee door” is emulated throughout the southwest. The Governor’s Palace has a very formal, stately, impressive architecture. Given our Hopi stories of interconnection with the south (Uto-Aztecan speaking Toltec, Mixtec, Zapotec, Aztec, with Hopi being a Northern dialect) and the stories of “red cities to the south with running water, etc, make this structure of natural interest to me. These implications and my visit there created the inspiration for this piece.”

Technically, the architectural scene is created in repousse, as it is pushed out from the clay to create the structures.  They are then refined and incised to create the intricate stone work and various levels.  It is both beautiful and complex as he carried the walls off to the side of the bowl.  Note the color variations on the buildings, which are created using various clay slips.  Al’s architectural pieces are among his most iconic works!

$ 10,500.00
Youngblood, Nathan – Tri-Color Cloud, Rain and Springs Jar

Nathan has created his own distinctive “polychrome” style of pottery with the use of the red, tan and buff surfaces on his pottery.  This large water jar is an elegant form with an elongated neck.  The entire jar is fully carved! The neck is tan with a walking bear paw design.  The shoulder of the jar is carved with cloud and rain designs and polished red.  The base is the amazing section with the carved areas which extend up from the base. The carving in the negative space areas is always more difficult.  Those areas represent the corn plants and the water springs.  The contrast of the polished red and tan is stunning!  It is an exceptionally intricate jar with sharp edges and complex patterns. The jar is traditionally fired and has a striking contrast between the deep red and the tan polished areas.  On his red and tan pieces, after they are fired, he uses screwdrivers to scrape the background area and the side of the carving.  This can take almost as much time as the carving or polishing itself!  Amazing the amount of time that goes into each vessel and yet how effortless it seems that Nathan is able to capture the beauty of his work.

$ 16,000.00
Youngblood, Nathan – Red Jar with Avanyu and Swirl Lid

Nathan Youngblood is renowned for his deeply carved pottery and spectacular polished surfaces.  This jar is fully carved and polished a glassy red. Around the shoulder is a deeply carved avanyu encircling the piece. This classic Santa Clara design has cloud and rain patterns as part of the body of the water serpent, and the story of how it saved the village from a flood.  Below the avanyu are cloud designs and the ‘walking bear paw’ design.  There is a matte band separating the avanyu from the designs below.  The lid, however, is the perfect addition to the jar!  It is tan polished and has a matte melon swirl top!  The contrast of the matte with the red and tan is visually striking on this piece.   On Nathan’s red and tan pieces, after they are fired, he uses screwdrivers to scrape the background area and the side of the carving.  This can take almost as much time as the carving or polishing itself!  The jar is signed on the bottom with his name and deer tracks representing his name in Tewa.

$ 8,800.00
Folwell, Susan – “Hennings at Sunset in the Show” Jar

Susan Folwell is one of the exciting innovators in Pueblo pottery.  This jar is part of her series for, “Peering through Taos Light”.  The focus is on Susan re-interpreting the work of the Taos Society of Artists. This jar is inspired by the painting “Passing By” by Ernest Hennings.  Susan says of this piece,

“In the painting, it is a scene with the two women walking down the lane. When I was working on this jar in Taos, it was the first snow of the season.  I deiced to make it a snow scene instead of an autumn scene.

The color of the jar is the key to this piece.  It captures the mood of the sky after a snow and at sunset.  The piece is mostly matte, with a single band of the Folwell family “x’s” etched into the clay.  The figures are painted but note the use etching around the plants, which gives them just a slight sense of relief.   Sometimes less is more and the strength of the design is powerful enough for the jar.  The jar is signed on the bottom.

$ 4,500.00
Qoyawayma, Al – Cliff Dwelling and Bird Figure Serenity Jar

Al Qoyawayma calls the shape of this jar his “Serenity vase”.  It is a distinctive form with the two overlapping spouts. This polychrome jar is carved with an abstract Hopi style bird on one side.  It has various layers of carving which give added depth to the design. The opposite side has a pueblo cliff dwelling which has areas which are recessed and the entire surface is fully carved!  Note the various shapes of the doors with the “key hole” opening.   All the various colors are derived from native clays.   It is a classic piece with a striking balance of designs and form.

$ 3,900.00
Qoyawayma, Al – Double Lobe Jar with Various Doorways & Lid

This is a thoughtful piece from Al Qoyawayma.  It is one of his architectural pieces, with the pueblo wall scene carved into the center of the jar. The shape has two lobes and the top and bottom part are polished.  It is the center section which is fascinating with four different styles of pueblo doorways!  Each of these are each carved into the clay and note the detail on the walls.  The color variations is created using various clay slips.  Al’s architectural pieces are among his most iconic works!

$ 7,500.00
Youngblood, Nathan – Jar with Rain, Springs and Sun Carved Lid

This is a classic elongated neck water jar by Nathan Youngblood.  The jar is carved around the shoulder with a complex cloud and rain design.  The cloud and rain pattern interconnect as the jar is turned.  Interestingly, Nathan has carved into the negative space near the base of the jar. This carving is meant to represent the underground springs which absorb and then distribute the rain from above.  Note how they flow and curl around the side and to the base of the jar.  The remainder of the piece is fully polished to a glassy appearance.  The lid is polished tan, which is difficult to achieve.  Only water is used to polish the surface of the piece and then it is fired the natural color of the clay.  The lid is carved with the rising sun on one side and the setting sun on the other.  The rays of the sun reflect down on the rain and water represented in the jar.  The carving on the lid is deep and a striking complement to the depth of the carving on the jar.  The balance of the form, polish and carving are all central to the work of Nathan Youngblood.  The jar is signed on the bottom in the clay with his name and hallmarked name in Tewa.

$ 18,000.00
Qoyawayma, Al – Polycrome Triangular Box

This triangular “box” by Al Qoyawayma is an exceptional piece of his pottery. The shape is distinctive with the three flat sides and the flat lid.  The three sides allow him space to create his multi-layer carved designs.  On the “back” panel is the classic Month Man which is derived from ancient kiva art. Here he is depicted with a plant design. On the there is a Hopi style bird with cloud and lightning designs above.  On the opposite side is a complex pattern of bird wings and a old style bird near the base.  The lid is carved in multiple layers and has a swirled bird and prayer feathers.   The various layers of carving allow for him to give additional depth to the piece.  The colors are all natural clay slips which are often stone polished to create the shine in contrast to the matte surfaces.  The colorations on this piece are stunning and add to the striking appearance and balance of form, sculpture and design!

$ 11,700.00
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
Qoyawayma, Al – Lidded Jar with Mosquito Man Design

This jar is an unusual shape for Al Qoyawayma.  The jar has a base which then extends out to the body of the piece. The entire piece is fully polished tan with one carved area of design. The image is the “mosquito man”, which is seen on Kiva Murals and pre-historic pottery throughout the Southwest.  Note the various levels of carving on this piece from the face of the figure all they way to the stars in the sky. All the various colorations are natural clay slips which are matte and polished.  The lid is another unique shape, which seems to replicate the overall shape of the jar.  It is a stunning piece with a simplicity in form but complexity in the design.

$ 4,500.00
Namingha, Les – Large Carved Jar with Corn Designs

This is a exceptional large jar by Les Namingha.  Les is a descendant of Nampeyo and learned to make pottery from his aunt Dextra Quotskuyva.  This jar is carved with a series of corn plant extending up from the base and down from the neck. They are stylized and deeply carved.  Les said he chose the coloration so that it would have more of the appearance of a bronze.  The organic coloration adds to the depth of the piece.  The shape is one that Les creates often with the high shoulder and the slight neck. There is something both modern and very ancient about this jar!  It is signed on the bottom.

$ 6,000.00
Folwell, Susan – “Corn Maidens” Large Open Bowl

Susan Folwell is one of the exciting innovators in Pueblo pottery.  This large open bowl is part of her new series for, “Peering through Taos Light”.  The focus is on Susan re-interpreting the work of the Taos Society of Artists. This bowl is inspired by a painting by Bert Greer Phillips, one of the founding members of the Taos Society of Artists.  Susan says of this piece,

“Greer is known for paintings of peasant scenes in Europe.  He depicts Taos villagers in a noble way. My intent was to have the image inside the bowl so that the painting was framed by the pot itself.  I wanted to capture the same nobility in the Corn Maidens with their baskets and all the colors of the corn”.

The exterior of the bowl is fully stone polished.  It has a striking form with a very round shoulder. The interior of the bowl is fully painted.  There is a basket design, then corn and finally the Taos scene in the center.  Note the detail in the corn and the baskets!  The contrast of the polished exterior and the painted interior is striking.  The bowl is signed on the bottom in the clay.

 

$ 4,500.00
Qoyawayma, Al – Two Spout Polychrome Stirrup Jar

This stirrup jar by Al Qoyawayma is inspired by historic pieces with a similar handle and wide body. The jar has two spouts and he has carved on both sides of the piece. The carved areas areas are also polished, which is striking with the this carving of some of the sections!  The ends are carved and the colors are derived from various clay slips.  The contrast of carved, polished and matte surfaces works beautifully on this piece.  The various layers of carving allow for him to give additional depth to the piece.

$ 9,500.00
Garcia, Tammy – Melon Jar with Dragonflies & Quail (2017)

This jar is a stunning new piece by Tammy Garcia.  The jar is carved with melon ribs which extend from the shoulder to the base. The ribs are then carved with dragonflies across the entire surface. Each one is carved into the clay at various levels. There are two quail, one on each side. The quail are also carved at various levels.  Note how each dragonfly has different colored clays used for the wings!  There is a beautiful flow of design on this unique form. Each of the quail is surrounded Tammy’s new “frames’ which accentuate her designs.  The jar has a single inset piece of turquoise.  Tammy has won numerous awards for her pottery for nearly the past 30 years.  Her creative work in clay, glass and bronze is found in museums worldwide.  It is exciting to see how her contemporary work continues to move Pueblo pottery forward with it innovations.  We are proud to be the only gallery currently representing her new works in clay.

 

 

$ 8,600.00
Youngblood, Nathan – Tear Drop “Shield” Plate

Nathan Youngblood is one of the few Pueblo potters who creates large and intricately carved plates.  In addition to the round and oval ones, he has also created his own distinctive form of the “tear drop” shape.  This piece is coil built, carved, stone polished and traditionally fired. He designed this plate so that it has a “shield-like” appearance with a central medallion and the designs emanating out from the center.  The imagery is all cloud and rain patterns.  The band extending out from the center are slipped with a micaceous clay, creating another visual contrast from the matte and polished surfaces.  The polished areas here are perfectly polished to a “glass-like” appearance.  The piece is signed on the back with his name and Tewa name hallmark.

$ 11,500.00
Namingha, Les – Jar with Carved Hopi Birds

This is a striking carved jar by Les Namingha.  The shape of the jar is round with a slight indention before the neck. The neck is fully painted with orange bird wings and a linear maze design. The shoulder of the jar is carved with stylized Hopi birds with raised corn patterns and pointilism painting inside each bird.  The base is carved with a complex maze pattern, similar to on the rim.  The jar has a very modern style with very ancient designs.  Les is a descendant of Nampeyo and learned to make pottery from his aunt Dextra Quotskuyva.  It is signed on the bottom.

 

 

$ 4,000.00
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
Garcia, Tammy – Birds, Rainbows, Frames and Flowers Jar (2017)

Tammy Garcia is known for her contemporary designs and use of traditional clay. This jar incorporates her evolving style of carving her pieces in various layers in the clay.  There are medallions on each side of the bird.  They have flowers carved in relief which create the “frame” around the piece.  The birds are each delicately carved into the clay and have additional small flowers near them. Each of the birds is slipped with different clays to create the various colorations.  Separating the two are flowers which are carved and stone polished. The jar is a beautiful shape with a round body and slight neck.  The various levels of carving are striking as are the colors and the contrast of matte, polished and micaceous clay surfaces.  Tammy has won numerous awards for her pottery for nearly the past 30 years.  Her creative work in clay, glass and bronze is found in museums worldwide.  It is exciting to see how her contemporary work continues to move Pueblo pottery forward with it innovations.  We are proud to be the only gallery representing her new works in clay.

 

$ 8,800.00
Garcia, Shana – Jar with Bird Wing & Kiva Designs

Shana Garcia is known for her very thin walled pottery.  Each piece is coil built and painted with yucca to create the long thin lines.  This jar has a series of bird wing patterns as part of the overall design.  They swirl around the jar creating beautiful op-art imagery.  The rim of the jar is sculptured with three pieces of clay and a fineline bird wing pattern.  Shana said that this 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!

$ 850.00
Moquino, Jennifer – Bear with Feathers and Bear Paw

Jennifer Moquino is known for her clay vessels and also her amazing animal figures. This bear is fired black.  It is fully polished on its back.  There is a feather pattern and bear paw etched on its back.  Behind the bear paw are kiva steps, lightning and plant designs.  All the various colors are derived from natural clay slips.  Jennifer continues to be one of the leading innovative potters working today!

$ 250.00
de la Cruz, Juan and Lois Gutierrez  – “Blue Corn Maidens and Warriors” Storage Jar

Juan Cruz is creating some beautifully painted polychrome pottery.  He is a son of noted potter Lois Gutierrez.  Lois made the jar and Juan, who is noted for his illustrations, painted the design using natural clay slips..  This is Juan’s first attempt at a large vessel, which certainly requires different skills to paint something so large.  Juan wrote of the scene he painted as follows:

“This jar depicts an array of hero warriors carrying their identifying shields with them as the rush forward into battle.  The Blue Corn Girls look on as the scene is played out.”

The jar is truly polychrome (more than three colors of clay).  Note the intricacy of the painted designs and especially the figures.  They are each distinctive in stance or dress. Each shield is a different design and the designs on the girls dresses are also intricately painted. The jar has been traditionally fired outdoor and overall is a striking coloration.  It is signed on the indented bottom of the jar by both Juan and Lois.  The description is written on the back of a hand painted graphic of a Pueblo woman warrior with an avanyu in the background.  What a phenomenal addition to this piece and the painting helps to better understand how exceptional Juan is with his art.

Juan also won “Best of Pottery” at Gallup Ceremonials in 2017!

$ 7,200.00
Lucas, Steve – Jar with Four Foxes and Two Clays

This is an unique jar by Steve Lucas.  The jar has four foxes painted in the clay encircling the piece.  Each has a section of fully polished red as part of the design.  Below the shoulder is a geometric pattern which is a minimalist version of the coyote.  What is really interesting about this jar is the clay.  Steve mixed several different types of clay together on the rim. See the photo of the rim, and it is possible to see how the two clays look unpolished on the inside and polished on the outside!  The base of the jar is slipped with a brown clay and also fully polished.  It is a striking design and exceptional use of clay.  The jar was traditionally fired and has slight color variations from the firing.  It is signed on the bottom with his name and an ear of corn (Corn Clan) and a Mudhead Katsina.

$ 1,400.00
Lucas, Steve – Jar with Grasshopper and Plant Designs

This is a stunning jar by Steve Lucas.  The jar has grasshoppers painted on the top.  This is a very old design and one that Steve said he learned from Dextra Quotskuyva.  Each of the four grasshoppers is painted with red, green and brown clay slips. The colored clays are all stone polished.  Below the very sharp shoulder is a plant design. The bottom of the jar is fully polished with a red clay slip. The black areas are all painted with bee-weed, a plant.  The flow, design and coloration of this jar is exceptional and it is exciting to see such a classic design revived in such a modern style!  The jar was traditionally fired and has slight color variations from the firing.  It is signed on the bottom with his name and an ear of corn (Corn Clan) and a Mudhead Katsina.

$ 2,000.00
Begay, Jr., Harrison – Jar with Yei Figure

Harrison Begay, Jr. has won numerous awards over the years for his deep carved pottery.  This jar is deeply carved and has a Navajo Yei figure as the central design.  As the jar is turned there are feathers extending out from the figure.  There are cloud, wind and a spiraling bird pattern. Note the deeply carved area with the little dots and the rain cloud below.  It is a striking jar with a nearly gunmetal fired surface. The contrast of the polished and matte areas is perfect!  Note as well the style of carving, which has a beveled appearance to the angle of the cuts into the clay. This is a very distinctive style of carving for his pottery.  Harrison has won numerous awards for his work and continues to be one of the leading innovators in Native American Indian pottery.  The jar is signed on the bottom in the clay.

$ 1,100.00
Naha, Rainy – Mini Hummingbird Jar

Rainy Naha learned to make pottery from her mother, Helen “Featherwoman” Naha.  Rainy continues is a similar style using a white clay slip as the foundation for her work.  This jar is one of her tall forms with hummingbirds as the design.  Each pair of hummingbirds are separated by a plant design in the center and a rain design on the rim.  Each bird has a variety of designs derived from classic Hopi pottery. Rainy uses natural clay slips (bee-weed for the black) and a white kaolin clay.  Each of her pieces is also traditionally fired which gives the white a very pearlescent appearance.  It is signed on thbottom with a feather and “Rainy”.

$ 500.00
Begay, Jr., Harrison – Jar with Butterflies, Dragonflies and Handles

Harrison Begay, Jr. has won numerous awards over the years for his deep carved pottery.  This jar is deeply carved and has a butterfly and dragonflies as the design.  Separating them are cloud and water designs which are carved into the clay. Harrison contrasts matte and polished surfaces to create a striking visual contrast to his pottery. What makes this jar special are the little handles. They are small and fully polished, which is amazing!  They extend from the polished rim to the shoulder. The jar is fired to a near gunmetal appearance.   Note as well the style of carving, which has a beveled appearance to the angle of the cuts into the clay. This is a very distinctive style of carving for his pottery.  Harrison has won numerous awards for his work and continues to be one of the leading innovators in Native American Indian pottery.  The jar is signed on the bottom in the clay.

$ 1,100.00
Curran, Dolores – Large Polychrome Jar with Feather and Avanyu Design

This is one of the largest polychrome jars we have had from Dolores Curran.  She continues to create intricately incised and painted pottery.  She was inspired to create these red polychrome incised and painted by her husband, Alvin Curran.  He was known for his incised San Juan style pottery in the 1990’s.  This jar is extraordinary in its design!  The jar has a polished rim and there incised feathers and prayer feathers incised into the neck.  Below the feathers is a carved avanyu which is matte.  Below the avanyu are baskets with prayer feathers as the design.  The semi-circular pattern below the shoulder are incised feathers and rain.  All the various colors are derived from natural clay slips. All the designs are incised (cut very shallow) into the clay!  They are then highlighted with the clay slips.  The base has a micaceous clay slip and the rim has intricately painted designs.  Amazing detail and imagery!  The jar is signed on the bottom in the clay.

$ 6,500.00
Simpson, Rose – Large Blindfolded Figure

Rose Simpson is one of the exciting innovative potters working today.  This is an exceptional larger clay figure.  The figure has her classic form and face. There is a blindfold and additional elements on her back. There are embellishments of leather and clay around the figure.  Note the clay tab on the front!  It is a striking and classic piece of her figurative pottery!  Rose continues to expand her style in various museum exhibitions around the US and create new and more dynamic works in clay.

$ 8,500.00
Fragua, BJ – Tan Oval Jar with Ribbon Pattern

BJ Frauga is known for her classic style of Jemez pottery. This oval shaped jar has a carved ribbon pattern.  In the carved area it is painted with various clay slips to create a kiva step pattern. The remainder of the jar is fully polished tan, which is the natural color of the clay.  The jar is  signed on the bottom in the clay.

$ 300.00
Youngblood, Nancy – Mini Lidded Bowl with 36 Feathers, Avanyu & Ribbons (1982)

Simple perfection for Nancy Youngblood.  This amazing miniature bowl is from 1982 and it reflects why Nancy has been such a force in Pueblo pottery for over 30 years. The mini bowl has 36 carved feathers around the top of the bowl. There is a deeply carved avanyu around the shoulder of the piece.  Take a close look at how deeply it is carved, it is astounding!  The mini lid is perfectly in the opening.  The bowl is highly polished to a stunning shine.  The bowl has two ribbons, a first place from Santa Fe Indian Market and then a Best of Division ribbon as well!  This is definitely a rare find, not only such a deeply carved and complicated miniature, but also the historic importance with the two ribbons!  It is in perfect condition, with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  It is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Nancy Youngblood Cutler”.    I’ll just say it again, simple. perfection.

$ 2,200.00
Folwell, Susan –  Tall Jar with Dream Ram Dancers

Susan Folwell is one of the great innovators in Pueblo pottery. Her work has made an impact in shape and design, as she tells her own story in clay. This extraordinary jar is beautifully coil built with an undulating form. The surface is etched with a male and female ram dancer on each side.  They are separated by polished ellipses and checkerboard patterns. The color and flow of this piece are extraordinary.  Susan says that it was inspired by a dream and that the clay was her way to tell this story.  It is signed on the bottom.

$ 3,000.00
Youngblood, Nancy – 32 Rib “S” Swirl Melon Jar with Lid

This is an exceptional larger bowl by Nancy Youngblood.  Nancy is renowned for her melon carved bowls for which she has won numerous awards over the years.  The “s” swirl, where it goes back and forth from the rim to the base, is one of her most famous and visually striking forms. This bowl has 32 ribs, each tightly carved, sharp on the edge and swirling from rim to base.  The way the light hits the surface of the bowl simply perfect.   Amazingly, Nancy says that she can only polish 3 ribs at a time, as they are so time involved.  As well, each rib has two sides and so the actual volume of the bowl is nearly twice that of its size!  Add to that the lid, which continues the melon rib design up above the rim of the jar.  Each of Nancy’s lids is perfectly fit into the top at just one spot.  This jar is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Nancy Youngblood”.  Simply perfect!

 

$ 15,000.00
Quotskuyva, Dextra – Jar with Four Moths (1980’s)

This is an intricate jar by Dextra Quotskuyva.  She is certainly one of the great innovators among Hopi-Tewa potters.  Her work began with more classic imagery and then has evolved over the years to more unique and stylized designs. This piece is from the late 1980’s, which can be see in the color of the red clay, as well as her signature.  The jar is a classic Hopi shape with a high shoulder and a slight neck.  The inside of the neck is a matte red. The outside is fully polished and there are four moths as the design. Each moth has very intricate fineline hatchwork wings.  The wings are also a polished red clay slip.  The remainder of each moth is very delicately painted with thin lines.  The jar is traditionally fired so that there are blushes and color variations around the surface.  It is signed on the bottom with bee-weed, “Detra” with an ear of corn representing the Corn Clan.   The jar is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  Dextra has been the subject of a retrospective of her pottery at the Museum of Indian Art and Culture called, “Painted Perfection“.

$ 2,800.00
Curran, Dolores – Jar with Flowers, Feathers, Avanyu & Lid

This is an extraordinary lidded jar by Dolores Curran.  She continues to create intricately incised and painted pottery.  This jar is incised with a flower design around the rim, below a mountain pattern.  Separating the flowers are cloud and rain designs.  Below the flowers is an angular mountain pattern and then a series of very tightly incised feathers  which are at an angle.  Note how in all these areas they are incised (which means lightly carved into the clay) and the recessed areas are slipped with a red clay.  Around the shoulder is a cameo style carved avanyu, It is very deeply carved for its size and now all the changes in design as the jar is turned!  The lid of the jar is fully polished and has a cloud motif. There are additional dragonflies painted on the top of the lid and clouds on the top of the rim. The base of the jar is fully polished.  It is stunning in detail for the size!

$ 1,200.00
Vigil, Robert – Black Micaceous Bowl

Robert Vigil learned to make pottery from Lonnie Vigil and Virginia Gutierrez.  Each piece is coil made with micaceous clay and micaceous clay slipped.  They are traditionally fired to create the black coloration.  This is a classic bowl shape on which the focus is the firing and the coloration.  The black varies from dark areas to nearly gunmetal.  It is signed on the bottom in the clay.

$ 110.00
Vigil, Robert – Black Micaceous Oval Jar

Robert Vigil learned to make pottery from Lonnie Vigil and Virginia Gutierrez.  Each piece is coil made with micaceous clay and micaceous clay slipped.  They are traditionally fired to create the black coloration.  This jar has a sharp edge and an elongated shape.  The surface is smooth and the coloration is striking.  It is signed on the bottom in the clay.

$ 150.00
Medina, Marcellus – Jar Buffalo Dancers & Heartline Deer

Marcellus Medina is known for contemporary painted pottery.  The jar is made by his wife, Elizabeth Medina.  Marcellus has painted on the surface with acrylic. The jar has male and female buffalo dancers on the sides. There are additional heartline deer along with Zia style rain clouds. The rain cloud patterns are very tightly painted.  The jar is signed on the bottom, “M. Medina”.

$ 300.00
Medicine Flower, Grace – Seedpot with Pheasant (1980)

This is a striking seedpot by Grace Medicine Flower is from 1980.  It is fully polished and etched with a pheasant as the design on the top of the piece.  There are plants below and cloud and wind designs around the bird.  What is really exceptional on this piece is zoom in on the tan area where she has etched away from the red.  There are very tiny etched half circle designs which surround the bird! Amazing!  The seedpot is signed on the bottom in the clay.  It is in excellent condition with no chips,cracks restoration or repair.

$ 1,200.00
Gutierrez, Margaret Lou Roybal – Large Bowl with Feather Designs

Margaret Lou Gutierrez was the only daughter of noted potters Tonita & Juan Roybal.  She began making pottery in the 1970’s. This bowl is one of the largest we have seen of her pottery.  It is very highly polished and beautifully painted with a feather pattern.  Note how tight and sharp the feather are in the design!   This bowl is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  It is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Margaret Lou Gutierrez”.

$ 900.00
Aragon, Rachel – Rain and Rainbows Olla

Rachel Aragon is known for her classic Acoma pottery.  This water jar or “olla” is a classic Acoma shape with a high shoulder and slightly turned in neck.  The jar has a rainbow band encircling the piece in red.  Inside the rainbow are rain and tiny cloud patterns.  The delicate lines are inspired by classic Acoma pottery from the late 1800’s.  The jar is signed on the bottom in the clay.

$ 500.00
Medicine Flower, Grace – Large Seedpot with Hummingbirds (1980)

This is a large seedpot by Grace Medicine Flower is from 1980.  It is fully polished on the top and very intricately etched with hummingbirds and butterflies.  There is a central plant design which swirls up from the side of the bowl.  Note all the tiny feathers etched into the design!  Each of the birds is different, and it is elegant how the plant spirals up across the surface.  Note in the lower right hand side of the design, the small sun headdress, which is a classic part of the Lonewolf family designs.  The area surrounding the polished surface is micaceous.  The bowl is signed on the bottom in the clay.  It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

$ 2,000.00
Garcia, Tammy – “Another Fish Tale” Carved Jar (2004)

Tammy Garcia is known for her contemporary designs and use of traditional clay. This jar was made in 2004.  It is a fascinating shape with a carved edge that swirls out from the inside of the mouth to the base.  Looking at the inside of the bowl you can see how the edge begins and swirls outward. The design, like much of Tammy’s work, tells a story. This one has the figure holding up his hands with the outline of a fish about.  Obviously telling the story of how big the fish was that got away.  As the jar is turned one can see the fishing pole and the smaller fish that are jumping in the water.  Surrounding the figure and fish are very complicated carved designs which add to the complexity of the piece.  It is no wonder her work takes to long to create, with so many angles and such intricate carving.  All the surfaces are fully polished.  The jar is signed on the bottom in the clay and it is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  Tammy has won numerous awards for her pottery for nearly the past 30 years.  Her creative work in clay, glass and bronze is found in museums worldwide.  It is exciting to see how her contemporary work continues to move Pueblo pottery forward with it innovations.

 

$ 8,800.00
Youngblood, Nancy – Miniature Red & Tan Box (1980)

While Nancy Youngblood is known for her swirl melon bowls and carved pottery, she started out her career making miniatures.  This miniature is from 1980 and it is one of her few early boxes.  Around the shoulder of the box it is very deeply carved with a tan polished avanyu.  The background area is slipped red.  The lid of the box is also very deeply carved with an avanyu.  It is exceptional how deeply she is able to carve into her her pottery relative to the size of the piece!  This box is in excellent condition and it is signed on the bottom, “Nancy Youngblood”.  It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

$ 1,950.00
Medicine Flower, Grace – Black Carved Bowl with Butterflies & Hummingbirds (1989)

Grace Medicine Flower is one of the masterful potters of Santa Clara Pueblo.  She began with sgraffito (etching) technique in her pottery around 1970 and was always creative in her forms and designs.  This is one of her distinctive black pieces that is fully carved and etched. The bowl is carved with flower petal swirls coming up from the base.  There are additional cloud patterns which swirl up to the carved rim.  In two of the cloud swirls are etched hummingbirds and butterflies.  The opposite side has a medallion with a single hummingbird and iris flowers.  The bowl is very highly polished and has her typical perfect polish!  The piece is signed on the bottom in the clay.  It is from 1989.  It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  While Grace has now retired from pottery, her work remains elegant and stunning!

$ 2,500.00
Garcia, Tammy – Jar with Butterflies & Melon Rib Cloud Swirls (2000)

Tammy Garcia is known for her contemporary designs and use of traditional clay. This jar was made in 2000.  It is a striking shape with with a round body and small neck.  The design is a series of six butterflies encircling the jar.  They are slipped with a brown polished clay and the heads are matte red.  Near the base of the jar are flowers and Tammy has creatively used the angular melon ribs to represent the air, clouds and paths of the butterflies!  The piece has an elegance of form and flow of design in every direction it is turned.  The jar is signed on the bottom in the clay.  It is in excellent condition, with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair. Tammy has won numerous awards for her pottery for nearly the past 30 years.  Her creative work in clay, glass and bronze is found in museums worldwide.  It is exciting to see how her contemporary work continues to move Pueblo pottery forward with it innovations.

$ 25,000.00
Swentzell, Roxanne – Clay Mask with Hands Design

This is an original clay piece by Roxanne Swentzell.  She is well known for her clay masks and their unique expressiveness.  This mask has two hand prints painted on the sides of the face. There is a very serene appearance.  The mask has a metal museum mount stand made for it.  It is in perfect condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  It is signed in the clay, “ROX”.

$ 2,500.00
Lucas, Steve & Yvonne – Jar with Sunface Designs

This is an stunning large jar by Steve Lucas and his wife Yvonne.  Steve said that this is only the third or fourth collaborative piece they have ever made!  The jar was made by Yvonne and she also did the white clay slip.  Interestingly, this can take four to six coats of the white clay to create the right color and consistency to the surface.   The jar was painted by both Steve and Yvonne. The shape is beautiful with the tall shoulder and the elongated neck.  The top area is slipped with a red micaceous clay.  The design is very detailed in the imagery and a visually striking combination of both Laguna Pueblo and Hopi imagery.  The sunface is derived from the Hopi Sun (Tewa) katsina.  It is tightly painted on a white clay slip background.  It is the surrounding imagery beyond the sunface and also separating each section, which is reflective of Laguna pottery.  The precision of the painting and how it fits the form is perfect.  The jar is traditionally fired and has slight color variations from the firing.  It is signed on the bottom with Steve Lucas’s name and an ear of corn (Corn Clan) and a Mudhead Katsina along with Yvonne’s name.  It is not often that we get such a beautiful collaborative piece of their pottery!

$ 4,000.00
Sanchez, Russell  – Red & Black Bear with Checkerboard and Sun Design

Russell Sanchez continues to be one of the true innovators in Pueblo pottery.  Each piece is perfectly coil built, stone polished and etched.  This bear is one of his classic shapes.  This bear is polished with a deep red clay slip.  The front has a sun pattern with a black mica clay line design in the center. The sun pattern is one that is inspired by the early pottery of Tonita Roybal.  The black of the bear has a black matte section along with a traditional San Ildefonso rain design.  The bear has a heartline which is etched into the clay.  The heartline which extends out from the mouth of the bear. The bear is a symbol of strength and the heartline is a traditional image used to symbolize the heart as the center of power in the animal.  The bear is hollow as the piece is coil built.  It is signed on the bottom in the clay.

$ 3,800.00
Sanchez, Russell & Arthur Lopez – San Isidro the Farmer Saint Box

Russell Sanchez (San Ildefonso) and Arthur Lopez (Hispanic), have created unique collaborative works for the first time this year.  The vessel was made by Russell and stone polished with a black clay. The wood sections were carved by Arthur.  After the piece is carved, is covered in gesso (a glue made from rabbit hide) which is allowed to dry and then sanded.  It is painted with both natural and water color pigment.  Natural colored pigments, such as the brown, are derived from black walnut hulls.  Russell uses traditional clay from San Ildefonso, which is then coil built, stone polished and traditionally fired.  These are the time involved and historic foundations for this collaboration.

“San Isidro” is a charming piece which is both modern and historic in style.  The box was made by Russell Sanchez and the wood lid by Arthur Lopez.  The box is polished with a red clay slip and painted with black mica in the checkerboard near the base.  The lid depicts San Isidro, known as the Farmer Saint and for his piety to the poor and animals.  Here Arthur has depicted him surrounded by the bounty of his farm and a modernized version of the figure kneeling in prayer.  Around the sides are scenes depicting the farmland with an angel plowing the field in on scene and the crops sprouting in another.  Separating them are polished sections where Russell has etched Pueblo plants in bloom.

Russell and Arthur say about this piece:

The story of San Isidro told in New Mexico is that Isidro was always working in the fields and didn’t have time to go to church. God sent an angel to plow the fields so he would have time to pray.  The figure of San Isidro on the top of the box is him praying after a bountiful harvest.  The checkerboard at the bottom represents the heaven and earth, the two worlds.  The plants on the side are sprouting with the rain.  The brown hei-shi represents he earth and soil while the green hei-shi represents the crops.

 

$ 7,400.00
Sanchez, Russell & Arthur Lopez – Virgin of Guadalupe & San Ildefonso Roses

Russell Sanchez (San Ildefonso) and Arthur Lopez (Hispanic), have created unique collaborative works for the first time this year.  The vessel was made by Russell and stone polished with a black clay. The wood sections were carved by Arthur.  After the piece is carved, is covered in gesso (a glue made from rabbit hide) which is allowed to dry and then sanded.  It is painted with both natural and water color pigment.  Natural colored pigments, such as the brown, are derived from black walnut hulls.  Russell uses traditional clay from San Ildefonso, which is then coil built, stone polished and traditionally fired.  These are the time involved and historic foundations for this collaboration.

This oval clay vessel is the foundation for the “Virgin of Guadalupe” wood bultos added to one side.  The back is etched with roses and inset with Lone Mountain Turquoise.  The sides of the jar are inlaid with multi-color heishi beads.

Arthur and Russell say of this piece:

The Virgil of Guadalupe is the patron saint of Mexico.  She is depicted with brown skin, an angel and moon at her feet and rays of sunlight that encircle her.   According to tradition, the Virgin Mary appeared to an indigenous man named Juan Diego on Dec. 9, 1531.  Juan was told to take a message to the local bishop to build a church.  When he was ignored, he returned and the inside of his robe was filled with roses in the middle of winter.  When he opened his robe the roses fell to the ground and the Virgin’s image appeared on his cloak.  The Virgin of Guadalupe is therefore associated with Roses.  The back of the jar has San Idlefonso style roses.  The multicolor hei-shi is for the rainbow and also all the colors of the world.  The colors of the world represent light and all the people of the world.

$ 7,000.00
Sanchez, Russell & Arthur Lopez – Mother of Sorrows/Sacred Heart

Russell Sanchez (San Ildefonso) and Arthur Lopez (Hispanic), have created unique collaborative works for the first time this year.  The vessel was made by Russell and stone polished with a black clay. The wood sections were carved by Arthur.  After the piece is carved, is covered in gesso (a glue made from rabbit hide) which is allowed to dry and then sanded.  It is painted with both natural and water color pigment.  Natural colored pigments, such as the brown, are derived from black walnut hulls.  Russell uses traditional clay from San Ildefonso, which is then coil built, stone polished and traditionally fired.  These are the time involved and historic foundations for this collaboration.

The jar is polished with a black clay slip.  The rim is polished a deep red.  Russell has included two bands of copper leaf and inset hei-shi beads.  The sgraffito design is meant to complement the carved figurative work.

The clay vessel made by Russell Sanchez in a stylized form of the Sacred Heart. The wood panel on the front, and the wood sword, were carved by Arthur Lopez. The figure represents the Mother of Sorrows and the sword is symbolic of how Mary’s heart was broken seven times during the Passion.   Asymmetrical heart shape also has the ‘blood’ coming from the wound, represents the pain a mother is always feeling for their children.

$ 7,800.00
Sanchez, Russell & Arthur Lopez – Immaculate Conception & Avanyu Jar

Russell Sanchez (San Ildefonso) and Arthur Lopez (Spanish), have created unique collaborative works for the first time this year.  The vessel was made by Russell and stone polished with a black clay. The wood sections were carved by Arthur.  After the piece is carved, is covered in gesso (a glue made from rabbit hide) which is allowed to dry and then sanded.  It is painted with both natural and water color pigment.  Natural colored pigments, such as the brown, are derived from black walnut hulls.  Russell uses traditional clay from San Ildefonso, which is then coil built, stone polished and traditionally fired.  These are the time involved and historic foundations for this collaboration.

The jar has a black and red polished surface. The neck and base are polished black and there are very classic San Ildefonso style handles.  The central band is polished with a deep red clay. There are inset bands of turquoise hei-shi beads.  The coloration of the firing of the black is deep and a striking complement to the deep red.

Arthur and Russell said of this jar:

This jar combines to similar concepts, the Immaculate Conception and the pueblo Avanyu.  The vessel is a classic San Ildefonso water jar.  The black, red and tan are representative of the San Ildefonso polychrome pottery.  The jar is a “pot within a pot”, where the outer pot represents the acceptance of the pueblos of Catholicism.  People looked at the religion and not how it was forced on the pueblo people.  The avanyu (water serpent) encircling the back of the jar is representative of the avanyu as a symbol of cleansing.  In a similar manner the wood lid is a representation of the Immaculate Conception.  The painted section is painted in a Spanish style and has baby Jesus and a lamb, representing ‘the Lamb of God’.  So, much as the, “lamb of God washes away the sins of the world”, the avanyu is a cleansing force in the Pueblo world.

$ 11,500.00
Moquino, Jennifer – Red Fox Clay Figure

Jennifer Moquino is known for her clay vessels and also her amazing animal figures! This is one is a red fox.  The back is fully polished and etched with a fox track, feather and flower design.  All the various colors are derived from natural clay slips.  Jennifer continues to be one of the leading innovative potters working today!

$ 450.00
Moquino, Jennifer – Praying Mantis Clay Figure

Jennifer Moquino is known for her clay vessels and also her amazing animal figures! This unique piece is one of her few insects, a praying mantis!  The figure is all clay and the back is fully polished. The designs are rain and flower patterns.  Note the flowers going up the neck!  All the various colors are derived from natural clay slips.  Jennifer continues to be one of the leading innovative potters working today!

$ 300.00
Simpson, Rose – “Sky” Clay Figure

Rose Simpson is one of the exciting innovative potters working today.  This is an exceptional articulated figure of her work in clay.  The figure is entitled, “Sky” and it can be hung on a wall or we had a metal museum mount made for the piece.  She has painted the clay face and written “Sky” on the chest.  The legs and hands are also clay. The arms are a combination of clay and metal beads.  The legs and arms are all attached and free moving.  She wrapped the figure with a piece of cloth.  The figure, like much of her work, is edgy and intricate. Check out the complexity in the face, hands and legs!  Rose continues to expand her style in various museum exhibitions around the US and create new and more dynamic works in clay.

$ 2,500.00
Namingha, Les – Contemporary Hopi Birds

Les Namingha is one of those potters who continues to defy expectations in his innovative clay art.  This jar is an elegant shape with a high shoulder.  It has a series of stylized Hopi birds encircling the piece.  The birds are outlined in white and then highlighted with pointilism dots. The neck has an even more intense and dramatic array of the dots in various colors.  This is a complement to the dots in the geometric pattern on the base.  The contrast of the various colors and the matte/glossy surfaces adds to the impact of this jar! Les continues to be excite us with each new piece and it’s great to see how he has brought such thought to one vessel!  It is signed on the bottom.

$ 3,000.00
Folwell, Polly Rose – Mini Plainware Jar

Polly Rose Folwell is known for use of classic designs on her traditional inspired Santa Clara pottery. This jar is coil built and stone polished.  It is fired brown, a style which is a hallmark of Polly’s pottery.  The firing has created a color variation across the entire surface. It is thin walled and the combination of shape and firing is striking.  It is signed on the bottom in the clay.

$ 125.00
Folwell, Polly Rose – Mini Plainware Seedpot

Polly Rose Folwell is known for use of classic designs on her traditional inspired Santa Clara pottery. This seedpot is coil built and stone polished.  It is fired brown, a style which is a hallmark of Polly’s pottery.  The firing has created a color variation across the entire surface. It is thin walled and the combination of shape and firing is striking.  It is signed on the bottom in the clay.

$ 125.00
Gonzales, Cavan  – Polychrome Bowl Rainbow Band Design

This bowl by Cavan Gonzales is classic design in polychrome pottery.  Cavan is a descendant of Maria Martinez and a son of Barbara Gonzales.  He is one of the few potters at San Ildefonso who continue to paint traditional polychrome pottery. This bowl has a rainbow pattern painted around the shoulder.  There are four inset pieces of turquoise near the neck. At the shoulder he has painted a scalloped cloud pattern. T he use of the red, black and cream color is striking.  The bowl is signed on the bottom.

 

$ 1,000.00
Tafoya-Sanchez, Linda – Large Jar with 55 Feathers & Fluted Rim

Linda Tafoya-Sanchez is a granddaughter of noted potter Margaret Tafoya and she is know for her carved pottery.  This large jar has a fluted rim, which is fully polished. This is technically difficult as the undulating form of the rim can crack during polishing or firing. The body of the jar is fully carved with 55 feathers, each of which is fully polished!  There is a single matte band above and below the feathers and the bottom is also fully polished!  The glossy appearance to the bowl from the firing is striking.  It is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Linda Tafoya-Sanchez”.

$ 2,800.00
Gonzales, Cavan  – Black Clay Big Horn Sheep

This large clay Big Horn Sheep is made out of clay by Cavan Gonzales.  Cavan is a descendant of Maria Martinez and the son of Barbara Gonzales.  This piece is polished on the front and then mica slipped on the back.  It has been fired black.  The use of the Big Horn Sheep is a symbolic representation of one’s own self worth.  There are inset bands of hei-shi in turquoise and shell.  It is a striking contrast of matte and polished surfaces.  It is signed on the bottom in the clay.

$ 850.00
Folwell, Jody – Large Jar with Buffalo and Wolves

Jody Folwell is known for her creative pottery shapes and designs.  This is a very tall jar and the rim has an asymmetrical form, for which she is known. The jar is polished with a slip which fired a greenish-brown. There are lightning patterns across the surface which are a matte red.  Around the entire jar are a series of etched wolves and buffalo.  Some are etched and some are just painted with a white clay slip.  They are in different directions and different degrees of motion.  The size and coloration with the green, red and white is striking.  The jar is signed on the bottom, “Jody”.  It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

$ 4,800.00
Gonzales, Cavan  – Polychrome Plate with Old Style Avanyu

This plate by Cavan Gonzales is a beautiful example of both his clay and painting skill.  As a form, many Pueblo potters dislike to create plates, as they break frequently while drying and firing.  Cavan is one of the few who has been making this form most of his career.  This plate is polychrome with the very oldest style of Avanyu design known.  In the center is a single inset piece of turquoise and 6 inset pieces of coral.  The pattern is a series of interlocking avanyu “tongues” which circle around the plate.  It is signed on the back in the clay.

 

$ 325.00
Gonzales, Cavan  – Red Clay Big Horn Sheep

This large clay Big Horn Sheep is made out of clay by Cavan Gonzales.  Cavan is a descendant of Maria Martinez and the son of Barbara Gonzales.  This piece is polished on the front and then mica slipped on the back.  It has been fired red.  The use of the Big Horn Sheep is a symbolic representation of one’s own self worth.  There are inset bands of hei-shi in turquoise, coral and shell.  there is also an additional inset piece of turquoise near the neck of the Big Horn Sheep.  It is a striking contrast of matte and polished surfaces.  It is signed on the bottom in the clay.

$ 800.00
Gonzales, Cavan  – Polychrome Bowl with Corn and Plant Designs

This open by Cavan Gonzales is classic design in polychrome pottery.  Cavan is a descendant of Maria Martinez and a son of Barbara Gonzales.  This open bowl has a corn and plant design painted in the center.  The black and red are clay slips which are used to create the coloration. The bowl is signed on the back.

 

$ 400.00
Tafoya-Sanchez, Linda – Swirl Melon Bowl with 25 Ribs

Linda Tafoya-Sanchez is a granddaughter of noted potter Margaret Tafoya and she is know for her carved pottery.  This bowl is one of her few fully polished melon bowls.  It has 25 rounded ribs which swirl from the neck to the base. They are each fully stone polished for a high shine.  It is always more difficult to create the ribs at an angle than to do them linear from the neck to the base and the result is visually striking.  The bowl is signed in the clay on the bottom, “Linda Tafoya-Sanchez”.

 

$ 1,600.00
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
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
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Lonewolf, Rosemary –  Mini Bowl with Rain Design (1972)

This is a very early miniature bowl by Rosemary Lonewolf.  The bowl is one of her few black pieces and it is very simple in design.  It has a rain pattern which is etched into the clay encircling the bowl.  It is signed on the bottom in the clay.  It is in very good condition with no hips, cracks, restoration or repair.

$ 175.00 $ 150.00
Moquino, Jennifer – Jar with Cedar Waxwing Birds

This is an intricately designed and highly polished jar by Jennifer Moquino.  The jar jar captures a group of Cedar Waxwing birds in motion around the jar.  Each bird is captured in a different state of flight.  There are additional flowers surrounding the birds.  In the center of the jar is a more deeply carved area which is slipped with a micaceous clay, which contrasts with the polished surfaces.  The bottom of the jar has etched cloud and wind patterns, much in the style of her father Ray Tafoya.  All the various colors are from natural clay slips. Jennifer is extraordinary in her use of realism on her pottery and capturing a moment in time.

$ 2,500.00
Sanchez, Russell  – Black-and-Red Bowl with Corn Designs & Lid

Russell Sanchez continues to be one of the true innovators in Pueblo pottery.  Each piece is perfectly coil built, stone polished and etched.  This bowl is a classic shape and the body is fully polished black.  The design is a corn pattern (note the dot in the center) etched as a checkerboard pattern.  Surrounding the corn is a sun design.  This “flower” like pattern is one that was originated by Tonita Roybal and found on her work from the early 1920’s.  Separating each of the sections is a matte red cloud pattern.  The designs fits perfectly to the shape of the bowl and elegant flow of design.  The neck of the bowl is fully polished a very deep red.  The lid is inspired by the dome lids of early San Ildefonso pottery.  The combination of the black, red, buff and matte red make this a true-polychrome vessel.  There is additional black hei-shi beads inset into the jar.  Russell has brought back the deep red clay slip which was used at San Ildefonso in the 1920’s and 30’s.  It is an extraordinary coloration!  For the polished black mica, Russell said that he was inspired by the use of the micaceous clay on utilitarian vessels and how he could use it to better match his highly polished surfaces.  The result is a black stone polished micaceous surface which has a high shine and a color that somehow ranges from gray to black to almost a blue, depending on the light!  It is quite exceptional!  The bowl is signed on the bottom in the clay.

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

$ 7,400.00
Garcia, Effie – Bowl with Rain Clouds

This  bowl by Effie Garcia is her classic shape and deeply carved pottery.  The bowl has a rain cloud pattern.  The rain is the long line extending down from the rim and the clouds are the part below the shoulder. It is very deep and evenly carved and the design is outlined on the edges.  The high polish makes this a distinctive bowl.  It is signed on the bottom.

 

$ 450.00
Folwell, Susan –  Tall Jar with Birds

Susan Folwell combines classic imagery with her own contemporary style of shape and design. This tall jar is fully polished and fired brown. The design etched into the surface are a variety of panels, each with a bird. Surrounding the birds are etched cloud, rain and lightning designs.  Note as well the small designs in the background.  These include the Folwell family “x’s”.  The motion and movement of the birds give one a sense of looking out windows and seeing them in motion.  The brown coloration and the firing technique work beautifully on this jar.  It is signed on the bottom.

$ 1,800.00
Cling, Alice – High Shoulder Jar with Square Mouth

This jar by Alice Cling has a high shoulder and a square mouth.  The entire jar is fully polished and then it is outdoor fired and the stunning variation in the color are from the smoke and fire.   The fire clouds on this jar are stunning with areas that range from deep red to black.  The piece was covered in pine-pitch after the firing, a continuation of the traditional Navajo pottery when pitch was used to make the pottery water proof. Alice has won numerous awards for her pottery and been featured in books such as “Legacy of Generations.”

$ 240.00
Naranjo, Johnathan – Jar with Blue Birds

This tall jar by Johnathan Naranjo captures his unique style of sgraffito and etching on his pottery.  The jar is fully polished and there are three blue birds etched into the clay.  Each bird is realistic in style and note how he used the color of the clay to create the designs. The feathers on the wings are lightly etched away in some areas to have a light red coloration.  Other areas are more deeply etched to achieve the tan.  What is really distinctive on the jar is how he etched even deeper into areas to create texture in the tan areas.  The deeper carving also casts slight shadows, which gives the birds even more depth!  The birds are surrounded by a lightly etched wind pattern, which is a lighter matte red.  Note on the rim now he carved a small pueblo scene.  Johnathan’s work entails so many aspects from technique to design that there always seems to be a new “discovery” as the vessel is turned!  Jonathan continues to amaze with this designs and technique.   The entire piece has been traditionally fired to create a the coloration.  It is signed on the bottom in the clay.  Johnathan has won numerous awards for his pottery and  Johnathan is definitely one of the young potters to watch!

$ 1,400.00
Cling, Alice – Long Neck Water Jar with Fire Clouds

This jar by Alice Cling has a round shoulder and an elongated neck.  The shape is elegant with the proportions.  The entire jar is highly polished red. It is then outdoor fired and the stunning variation in the color are from the smoke and fire.   The fire clouds on this jar are stunning with areas that range from deep red to black to almost a blueish tone from the firing!  The piece was covered in pine-pitch after the firing, a continuation of the traditional Navajo pottery when pitch was used to make the pottery water proof. Alice has won numerous awards for her pottery and been featured in books such as “Legacy of Generations.”

$ 175.00
Namingha, Les – “Kiva Wall Painting” Jar

This is a very traditionally inspired jar by Les Namingha.  He is one of those potters who continues to defy expectations in his innovative clay art.  He pulls from his artistic background as well as his Zuni and Hopi heritage.  This jar is inspired by the classic Kiva wall paintings from Awatovi and other kiva ruins.  Here, one of the classic figures is the “mosquito man” and he is depicted with stalks of corn. Les has painted variations on each of them.  The designs below are pollen patterns. It is exciting to see how Les reinterprets such pivotal historic designs on his pottery.  The jar is signed on the bottom.

$ 4,400.00
Sanchez, Russell  – Black-and-Red Water Jar with Raindrop Rim

Russell Sanchez continues to be one of the true innovators in Pueblo pottery.  Each piece is perfectly coil built, stone polished and etched.  This is a classic double shoulder water jar. At the shoulder the jar reaches a sharp edge and drops down before it rises up to the double shoulder and the neck.  The body of the piece is polished with a black clay while there is a single band of deep red polished area.  The rim of the jar is polished a deep red and it is fluted or has a “raindrop rim”, as it is traditionally called.  Separating the various carved and clay colored areas are shell and turquoise hei-shi beads.  The three strands of white add a striking complement to the red and black areas.  Russell said that he was inspired by the use of the black  mica clay on utilitarian vessels and how he could use it to better match his highly polished surfaces.  The result is a black stone polished surface which has a high shine and a color that somehow ranges from gray to black to almost a blue, depending on the light!  It is quite exceptional!  The red is a recent addition to his pottery, and again, harkens to the early San Ildefonso pottery.   The bottom of the jar is indented, which reflects the historic San Ildefonso pottery with the indented base which would be worn on the head.   The jar is signed on the bottom in the clay.

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

$ 6,400.00
Roller, Jordan – Tall Jar with Mountain and Cloud Patterns

Jordan Roller is innovative in his use of thin carved designs on his pottery.  This jar combines a unique color combination along with the complex carving. The jar was originally polished tan and red along with areas which were matte.  Jordan then fired it brown, creating the distinctive coloration. The polished and matte areas took on two different colorations and they contrast with the matte areas. The design around the top of the jar is a cloud pattern.  Around the center is an alternating mountain and rain design. The tightly carved lines of the central section contrast with the larger, open section of the clouds around the neck.  This sophisticated technique is balanced with great shapes, creative designs and beautifully stone polished surfaces.  Jordan is certainly a  young potter to watch!

$ 1,300.00
Medicine Flower, Grace – Lidded Melon Jar with Hummingbirds (1989)

This lidded jar by Grace Medicine Flower is from 1989 shows the transition of her work from sgraffito designs to a combination of carved and etched imagery. This jar has an elegant shape and the entire piece is fully polished. The bottom half is fully carved and polished with melon ribs.  Note the sharp edge of each rip and how the area between the ribs are also fully polished!  The area around the shoulder is fully polished and etched with hummingbirds.  The lid is unique with a single melon “rib” cutting across the surface.  It perfectly ties the entire piece together!   It is signed on the bottom, “Grace Medicine Flower”. The jar is in excellent condition with no chips,cracks restoration or repair. It is elegant and stunning!  Over her career she made very few black pieces and yet they are always stunning and creative!

$ 3,300.00
Sanchez, Russell  – Rain Drop Rim and Double Shoulder Water Jar

This is a classic water jar by Russell Sanchez.  The shape is a very traditional form with a round shoulder and fluted neck.  The shoulder of the jar has been carved with 16 melon ribs.  The interesting aspect of his jar is where the shoulder meets the neck. It comes to a very sharp point, dips down and the begins to go up to the neck.  It is the small area where it dips down which is always difficult to create.  However, the interesting result is how the light hits the shoulder and the indention!  The top down photos really shows off the edges! Beautiful!  The rim is fluted with 16 undulations, which again, are difficult as they often crack during polishing or firing. The jar is fired a dark black coloration, with some almost gunmetal areas.  The neck has two bands of black mica separating three bands of shell hei-shi beads.  The overall polishing on this jar is extraordinary as polishing all the different angles at one time is what creates the challenge.  It is fascinating how Russell has gone back to revive old style and create their modern versions.  Russell continues to creatively revive historic San Ildefonso designs with his innovative style of pottery.  The bottom of the jar has the classic indention of traditional San Ildefonso water jars.  It’s exciting how Russell uses these historic elements to keep them alive on his contemporary pottery.  It is signed on the bottom in the clay, ‘Russell”.

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

$ 7,200.00
Sanchez, Russell  – Black-and-Red Bowl with Bear Lid

Russell Sanchez continues to be one of the true innovators in Pueblo pottery.  Each piece is perfectly coil built, stone polished and etched.  The bowl is polished with a black clay and there is a single band of deep red.  Separating the black and red stone polished areas are two bands of turquoise hei-shi beads.  The lid to the bowl is a bear which is also polished black. Note how inside the bear legs it is the red clay slip. The proportionality of the bear and the bowl work perfectly!  Russell said that he was inspired by the use of the black  mica clay on utilitarian vessels and how he could use it to better match his highly polished surfaces.  The result is a black stone polished surface which has a high shine and a color that somehow ranges from gray to black to almost a blue, depending on the light!  It is quite exceptional!  The red is a recent addition to his pottery, and again, harkens to the early San Ildefonso pottery.  The jar is signed on the bottom in the clay.

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

$ 4,200.00
Naranjo, Johnathan – Jar with Buffalo Dancers

This jar by Johnathan Naranjo captures his unique style of sgraffito and etching on his pottery.  The jar is fully polished and has male and female buffalo dancers around the body of the piece.  The dancers are deeply etched into the clay. The faces are more lightly etched, just taking off the top layer of clay.  The male Buffalo Dancers are etched with their faces almost appearing in shadow.  It is subtle but amazing for design work on the surface of the clay!  Separating the two male dancers is a vertical band of lightly etched designs which represent the patterns on the sashes worn by the dancers.  Jonathan continues to amaze with this designs and technique.   The entire piece has been traditionally fired to create a the coloration.  It is signed on the bottom in the clay.  Johnathan has won numerous awards for his pottery and  Johnathan is definitely one of the young potters to watch!

$ 500.00
Naranjo, Johnathan – Seedpot with Dragonflies

This seedpot by Johnathan Naranjo captures his unique style of sgraffito and etching on his pottery.  The jar is fully polished and  traditionally fired to create a the brown coloration. The deeply carved geometric pattern is a cloud or wind design. On top of that design are lightly etched realistic dragonflies.  Each one is different and note the detail in their bodies!  They flow beautifully around the surface of the piece.  Jonathan continues to amaze with this designs and technique.  It is signed on the bottom in the clay.  Johnathan has won numerous awards for his pottery and  Johnathan is definitely one of the young potters to watch!

$ 250.00
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
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