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King Galleries of Scottsdale and Santa Fe is pleased to represent Contemporary Native American 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 and Native American Groups.  It ranges from traditionalist work being made today, to the more "edgy" and innovative pottery art that is changing how the next generation will view And collect Naive American Indian art.  Please enjoy!

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Nampeyo, Camille “Hisi”  – Small Bowl with Hopi Birds

Camille “Hisi” Quotskuyva learned to make pottery from her mother, Dextra Quotskuyva, a sister of noted painter Dan Namingha and a descendant of Nampeyo of Hano, Annie Healing and Rachel Nampeyo.  She is known for her use of traditional imagery and the delicate painting of her designs.  This is one of the smaller pieces of her pottery.  It is stone polished and painted with two Nampeyo style Hopi birds on the top.  It is painted with bee-weed and a red clay slip.  Note the subtle variations in color from the firing.  It is in good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  It is signed on the bottom.

$ 300.00
Spencer, Lorenzo – Bowl with Bird Designs & Square Opening

Lorenzo Spencer is one of the few Navajo males potters.  He learned to make pottery from his mother-in-law, Rose Williams.  This bowl is coil built and stone polished.  The design of a bird is etched into the clay. Notice the precision of the design and there is a wonderful texture to the stippled area around the birds.  The bowl itself has a square opening and it has been traditionally fired.  After the firing it was covered in pine pitch, in the manner of historic Navajo pottery.  The bowl is signed on the bottom in the clay, “LS”.

$ 150.00
Garcia, Effie – Bowl with Rain, Lightning and Mesa Designs

This  bowl by Effie Garcia is deeply carved and highly polished.  It has a rain, lighting and mesa design which is carved into the clay. The design is then outlined with a clay slip and the remainder of the bowl is highly polished.  It is fired a deep black.  The high polish and angle from the shoulder make her work distinctive. It is signed on the bottom in the clay.

 

$ 400.00
Borts-Medlock, Autumn  –  “Dragonflie’s Raindrop” Bronze, 4/26

Autumn Borts-Medlock is known for her creative carved pottery.  As well, she has created some dynamic pieces in bronze over the past few years.  This bronze is entitled, “Dragonflies Raindrop”.  It is inspired by one of her clay vessels and it is carved with various styles of dragonflies around the surface. The circles surrounding the dragonflies are the raindrops.  The rim of the vessel is carved to have a mountain step pattern.  The base has kiva step designs. The coloration on the jar is from the patina.  The piece is 4 of 26.  It is signed and numbered on the bottom.

$ 4,150.00
Tenorio, Robert  – Plate with Birds & Fish

This plate by Robert Tenorio has a complex series of designs.  The plate is painted with wild spinach (black) and red and copper colored clay slips.  The center of the plate has two fish.  They are surrounded by four birds, each looking at the fish in the center. There is something charming and whimsical about the design! Each of the fish and birds is highlighted with red and copper clay slips.  There i a “spirit line” or a break in the painted line around the rim.  This goes back to historic Kewa pottery when the artist would use the spirit line to release their spirit or connection from the vessel.  The back of the plate is fully polished with a red clay slip.  It is signed on the back, in the clay, “Robert Tenorio, Kewa”.

$ 650.00
Tenorio, Robert  – Wide Jar with Feathers & Thunderbird

This is a complex wide jar by Robert Tenorio.  The jar is painted with wild spinach (black) and red and copper colored clay slips.  Around the sloping neck of the jar is a feather pattern and a single section with a thunderbird as the design.  Below the feathers are an alternating corn design which is painted with various colored clay slips.  Below the shoulder is a cloud pattern and the jar has a “spirit line” or a break in the painted line around the rim.  This goes back to historic Kewa pottery when the artist would use the spirit line to release their spirit or connection from the vessel.  The inside is slipped with a mica clay slip and there is an impressed hand print on the inside!  The jar is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Robert Tenorio, Kewa”.

$ 500.00
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Naranjo, Forest – Mini Bowl with Dragonflies & Insects

Forrest Naranjo’s pottery is coil built, stone polished and traditionally fired brown and then etched with designs.  This miniature bowl is fully polished and etched on the top with dragonflies, fish, birds and insects.  The style of his etching is modern yet pulls from traditional Pueblo designs. It is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

$ 150.00 $ 100.00
Peynetsa, Anderson – Turtle Bowl

This is a charming bowl by Anderson Peynetsa. It is made using the red clay and  the bowl is in the shape of a turtle on its back.  The sides of the piece are fully painted and there is a swirling rainbird design.  Anderson has signed the bowl on the bottom.  Yes, definitely charming.

$ 300.00
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Naranjo, Dusty – Jar with Hand Designs

Dusty Naranjo is known for her delicately etched pottery which is fired brown.  This jar has an asymmetric form and it is fully polished. The top has classic Santa Clara designs and the sides are are fully etched with lines and hands.  Note the precision of the lines, which is always amazing to see when they are etched into a polished and rounded surface!  The shape, color and design give the jar a very modern appearance.  It is signed on the bottom, “Dusty”.

$ 300.00 $ 175.00
Roller, Jordan – Brown Water Jar with Etched Mountain Design

Jordan Roller is innovative in his use of thin carved designs on his pottery.  This jar is a classic water jar shape with a round body and turned out neck. The jar is highly polished and traditionally fired brown. The firing creates the distinctive color variations on the surface. The neck of the jar is etched with a mountain pattern which appears as red in color.  The jar is signed on the bottom in the clay.   Jordan is certainly a  young potter to watch!

$ 975.00
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Yepa, Marcella – Carved Seedpot with Cloud Designs

Marcella Yepa (b. 1964) is known for her carved and polished pottery.  She is a cousin of Emma Yepa and learned to make pottery from her aunt, Alvina Yepa.  This seedpot is made from native clay and coil built.  It is carved with a cloud design.  The sections alternate between micaceous and polished surfaces.  The visual contrast of the clay surfaces is striking.  It is signed on the bottom.

$ 250.00 $ 200.00
Medicine Flower, Grace – Carved Jar with Feather Design (1960’s)

This jar by Grace Medicine Flower is fully carved and polished.  It is an early piece of her pottery before she began doing the sgraffito work in the late 1960’s.  The jar has 20 carved feathers encircling the piece.  They are deeply carved and it is fully polished.  It is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Grace Medicine Flower”.  It is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

$ 350.00
Manymules, Samuel  – Tall Jar with Impressed Rug Design

This is striking tall jar by Samuel Manymules.  It is coil built and slipped with a red clay and then traditionally fired.  The jar has angular designs inspired by Navajo Crystal Rug designs (see last image).  Typical of Samuel’s pottery, the designs are not carved into the clay, nor are they applique.  Each row is pushed out in the clay to create the various layers of angles!  It is technically very difficult but the result is striking and gives the jar added dimension.  Samuel had tried this style on a smaller scale but on this jar it has four rows of rug designs! Looking inside the jar you can even see how they are pushed out int he clay.  The entire jar is polished and it is traditionally fired outdoors.  The coloration, which ranges from red to black to brown, where the fire was the hottest!  The color changes as the jar is turned.  After the firing the jar is the covered with pine pitch in the traditional way expected of Navajo pottery.  It is extraordinary vessels like this which keep Samuel among the top Navajo potters working today.

$ 2,500.00
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Toya, Dominique – Micaceous Swirl Meon Seedpot

Dominique Toya is known for her intricately carved pottery with sharp ridged melon swirls.  She has created her distinctive style of pottery using native clay and micaceous clay slips for the surface.  This seedpot has 8 deeply carved ribs, each with a sharp edge. The seedpot has a small opening at the top.  After it is carved it is then slipped with an additional mica clay to create the striking coloration.  Looking down from the top it is possible to see how perfectly the ribs spiral out from the opening!  Dominique has won numerous awards for her pottery and continues to be one of the leading Jemez potters working today!

$ 1,000.00 $ 800.00
Medicine Flower, Grace – Jar with Three Deer

This jar by Grace Medicine Flower is fully polished and incised.  The jar has high sides and a short neck. There is a large leaping deer on one side. On the opposite side are two fawns and flowers.  Grace has incorporated additional Pueblo cloud, rain and feather designs.  The jar is from the 1990’s and it is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  It is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Grace Medicine Flower”.

$ 1,800.00
Curran, Dolores – Polychrome Jar with Butterflies and Carved Lid

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

$ 3,600.00
Cling, Alice –  Jar with Elongated Neck

This taller jar by Alice Cling has an elongated shape with a longer neck.  The jar has been vertically polished so you can see the stone marks in the polished surface.  The jar is then traditionally fired to create the coloration.  Note how the fireclouds swirl around the jar creating areas of dark black to deep red.  The jar was covered in pine-pitch after the firing, a continuation of the traditional Navajo pottery when pitch was used to make the pottery waterproof.  The jar is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Alice Cling”.  Alice has won numerous awards for her pottery and been featured in books such as “Legacy of Generations.”

$ 180.00
Da, Jarrod – “Nambe Butterfly” Original Pastel

Jarrod Da has created a distinctive style of painting using pastels for his work. Each piece is hand painted and it is amazing how much detail he is able to achieve in each piece!  His new work is a blend of contemporary themes with San Ildefonso and Pueblo imagery.  This piece is entitled, “Nambe Butterfly”.  Jarrod says of this painting:

“This piece was made after a trip to Nambe falls in northern New Mexico. The design work is influenced from San Ildefonso Pueblo Pottery design along with influences from Deco design. You can see this Deco influence within design elements like the rainbow in the center of the piece with its gradating small circle pattern varying in many colors. The various colors of the circles represents spray coming from the falls and shows that water is not clear but has a whole spectrum of color when light hits it. Traditional Pueblo design is represented through the staircase and kiva designs along with the flower motif in each of the butterfly’s wing is indicative of pottery design.   The butterfly represents the fragility of our eco system and its mission to recreate time and time again.”

The painting is subtle in color but complex in design.  It comes in a black frame and matted. It is signed, “DA 17”.  The photo shows the painting unframed and matted. The second photo is the painting framed on the wall for scale.

$ 1,200.00
Folwell, Susan – Bowl with Hand Designs

Susan Folwell is known for her innovative and unique Santa Clara pottery.  This bowl is polished on the top half and matte below the shoulder.  In the polished section it is fully designed with hand designs.  They are additional cloud and star patterns.  Susan has also included the Folwell family “x’s” as part of the design. The piece was traditionally fired which created the coloration on the rim.  The bowl is signed on the bottom.

$ 400.00
Garcia, Tammy – “Parrot Box” Bronze, Artist Copy

Tammy Garcia is known for her amazing pottery, as well as the creativity of her bronzes. This bronze is carved in the style she carves in her pottery, with various depths and layers.  The parrot is surrounded by Pueblo designs along with plate motifs.  The imagery is certainly inspired by the parrots seen on Acoma and other Pueblo pottery. The piece is made to be hung on a wall or it can stand on it’s own.  The piece has a striking use of patinas to enhance the coloration of the bird and the berries!  The piece is signed on the side.  It is the “AC” or Artist Copy of the bronze.

$ 3,000.00
Gutierrez, Lois  – Polychrome Water Jar with Hummingbirds

Lois Gutierrez is one of the few Santa Clara potters who continues to create traditional polychrome pottery.  Each of the various colors is derived from natural clay slips.  They are then painted onto the vessel and note that there are more than 3 different clay colors, which makes it “polychrome”. This jar is a classic water jar shape with a low shoulder and a slightly turned out neck.  The neck of the jar is fully painted with two stylized hummingbirds and flowers.  Separating them are two old style birds which have rain cloud and lightning designs.  Below the shoulder are flowers.  The jar is traditionally fired, which adds to the complexity of the overall process!  Note on the bottom you can see a bit of color variation as a result of the heat of the firing!  The jar is signed on the bottom “Lois”.

 

$ 1,100.00
Peters, Franklin – Large Bowl with Corrugated Rim

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

$ 1,100.00
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.

$ 800.00
Tenorio, Robert  – Large Jar with Seven Fish

This is a striking contemporary jar by Robert Tenorio.  The jar is painted with wild spinach (black) and red and copper colored clay slips.  The jar has a round shape and short neck. There are seven fish painted encircling the jar.  Each fish is different in design and use of different clays or just black on white.  The rim of the jar has a water motif.  It is a charming and tightly painted piece by his award winning Kewa potter.  The jar is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Robert Tenorio, Kewa”.

$ 700.00
Whitegeese, Daryl  – Red Water Jar with Rain and Cloud Designs

Daryl Whitegeese is known for his use of classic Santa Clara forms and his amazing polished surfaces.  This jar is is a classic water jar with a around shoulder and an elongated neck. The jar is carved around the shoulder with series of designs which represent the clouds, mountains, rain and wind.  It is a striking use of imagery which depicts seasonal changes at the Pueblos.  The jar is very deeply carved and the edges almost feel sharp to the touch! The jar is polished a deep red and has been traditionally fired.  Note as well the rim of the jar, which almost seems to have a sharp edge, which is difficult to achieve with stone polishing the surface.  The jar is signed on the bottom in the clay.  Daryl Whitegeese remains one of the exciting potter to revive traditional designs and shapes working today at Santa Clara Pueblo.

$ 5,100.00
Borts-Medlock, Autumn – “Raincloud Dragonfly”, 10/65

Autumn Borts-Medlock is known for her creative carved pottery.  As well, she has created some dynamic pieces in bronze over the past few years.  This bronze is entitled, “Raincloud Dragonfly”.  It is made in the style of her clay tiles.  The imagery is deeply carved into the clay before it is turned into a bronze.  This piece has a dragonfly in the center and it is surrounded by cloud patterns. The representation is both to the importance of water as well as the dragonfly being seen a prayer messenger.  The dragonfly on this piece has a red patina and there are blue for the water.  The piece is number 10 of 65 on the side.   It is signed and numbered on the bottom.  The bronze is mounted and framed.

$ 1,300.00
Borts-Medlock, Autumn – “Cosmic Dragonfly”, 8/65

Autumn Borts-Medlock is known for her creative carved pottery.  As well, she has created some dynamic pieces in bronze over the past few years.  This bronze is entitled, “Cosmic Dragonfly”.  It is made in the style of her clay tiles.  The imagery is deeply carved into the clay before it is turned into a bronze.  This piece has a dragonfly int he center with a talking bear paw to the side.  The circles represent the planets and the cosmic connection between the heavens and the earth.  The turquoise colored patina is used on the dragonfly.  The piece is number 8 of 65 on the side.   It is signed and numbered on the bottom.  The bronze is mounted and framed.

$ 1,300.00
Youngblood, Christopher – Lidded Jar with Birds, Sun & Moon

Few potters choose to take their art form in a new direction.  Christopher Youngblood is creating intricately carved vessels which reflect a perfect balance of matte and polished surfaces with intricately carved designs.   This lidded bowl has a hummingbird and bird on two of the sides.  The other two sides have a sun and moon.  Note on the sun  the use of the micaceous clay on two of the sunbeams and the whimsical nature of the moon.  The deeply carved and highly polishes surfaces are as striking visual contrast to the surrounding matte areas.  The lid has three circles on each side, meant to represent the rising of the sun and the moon.  Chris is a perfectionist with the matte areas of his pottery, as they perfectly balance the highly polished designs.  Chris says that he focuses on each piece, taking the time to work on the shaped and stone polish the surface to a high shine, often polishing a piece several times to get it right. He has won numerous awards for his pottery, including the 2104 “Best of Pottery” at Santa Fe Indian Market.

$ 3,000.00
Cain, Linda – Mini Carved Jar with Feathers

This is a tightly carved miniature jar by Linda Cain.  Linda is a daughter of Mary Cain and the mother of Tammy Garcia and Autumn Borts.  This miniature jar is deeply carved with eight feathers.  The area behind the feathers is slipped with a micaceous clay. The feathers and the jar are all stone polished.  It is fired a deep black and signed on the bottom in the clay.

$ 600.00
Borts-Medlock, Autumn  – Seedpot with Fish

Autumn Borts-Medlock is known for her often fanciful carved pottery. This bowl is carved with two fish as the central design.  Separating the two fish is a clam shell. The fish are polished red while the clam is tan polished and there is a micaceous mauve colored clay.  The top has little round carved circles which are the “air bubbles” and there are also white areas which are the movement of waves.  The piece is a striking use of carving and clay colorations to create a complex design.  The seedpot is from 2002 and it is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

$ 2,400.00
Youngblood, Christopher – Plate with Carved Eagle

Christopher Youngblood is one of the exciting younger potters working today.  This large plate is carved in the center with a classic eagle design. The wings and tail of the eagle are each carved and rounded out and fully polished. The remainder of the piece is slipped with a micaceous clay.  The contrast of the matte micaceous areas and the polished carved surfaces is visually striking. The symbolism of the eagle in Native culture is especially significant with meanings of courage, wisdom and strength along with its purpose as the messenger to the Creator.  Chris is a perfectionist with the matte areas of his pottery, as they perfectly balance the highly polished designs.  Chris says that he focuses on each piece, taking the time to work on the shaped and stone polish the surface to a high shine, often polishing a piece several times to get it right. He has won numerous awards for his pottery, including the 2104 “Best of Pottery” at Santa Fe Indian Market.

$ 4,000.00
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Lonewolf, Greg – Cottontail Rabbit Seedpot

Greg Lonewolf is the son of Joseph Lonewolf and is known for his intricately incised miniatures.  This seedpot has a cottontail rabbit as the design.  It is intricately etched into the clay and highlighted with natural clay slips.  Around the side is a feather pattern.   It is signed on the bottom.  It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

$ 600.00 $ 450.00
Tafoya-Sanchez, Linda – Square San Juan Bowl with Medallions

It is not often that Linda Tafoya-Sanchez creates redware pieces in the more classic San Juan style.  This bowl is carved with four medallions, one on each side. The medallions are a rising sun, a butterfly, rain clouds and a corn plant.  Each of these is a classic design depicting growth or prosperity.  What is fascinating on this bowl is the surrounding complex carved designs.  They are inspired by San Juan incised imagery and add to the complexity of the carving. These patterns are also either polished or slipped with mica!  The intention here is to have a variety of surface textures and styles to reflect the light and enhance the designs.  Linda began using the mica years ago when she was given some by a relative at San Juan.   The bowl is signed on the bottom, “Linda Tafoya-Sanchez”.

$ 2,000.00
Manymules, Samuel  – Large Bowl with Flat Melon Ribs

This large bowl by Samuel Manymules.  It is coil built and slipped with a red clay and then traditionally fired.  The melon ribs on the bowl are pushed out from the inside of the clay. On this piece, the ribs begin right at the  mouth of the piece and extend in a swirl to the base.  There are 12 ribs and they are widely spaced and the separating is a sharp edge.  The coloration from the firing ranges from tan to black to red.  Samuel said that the areas which turn tan are the ones where it reached the highest temperatures in the firing.   It is how Samuel places the jar in the firing and the smoke which determine how the colors will range from black to red.  The color changes as the jar is turned but in the photos you get a good sense of the color variations.  After the firing the jar is the covered with pine pitch in the traditional way expected of Navajo pottery.  It is extraordinary vessels like this which keep Samuel among the top Navajo potters working today.

$ 2,250.00
Tenorio, Robert  – Small Bowl with Bird Design

This is a smaller bowl by Robert Tenorio.  The bowl is painted with wild spinach (black) and red and copper colored clay slips.  Around the top of the bowl are two bird heads separated by bands of feathers.  Below the shoulder are cloud designs.  The beaks of the birds are painted with a copper micaceous clay.  The bowl is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Robert Tenorio, Kewa”.

$ 175.00
Medina, Marcellus – Small Bowl with Zia Birds

Marcellus Medina is known for his painting on traditional style of Zia pottery.  Each piece is coil built, painted with native clays and native fired.  This small jar was made and painted by Marcellus Medina.  There are two very classic Zia birds on either side.  Each bird is painted with additional clay slips.  Separating the two birds are cloud and rain designs.  The bowl is traditionally fired and it is signed on the bottom, “M. Medina”.

$ 90.00
Kahe, Val – Seedpot with Shard Design

Val Kahe is a daughter of noted potter Gloria Kahe.  She is known for her intricately painted pottery.  This is one of her more complex designed seedpots. The top half has a series of pottery shards, which are inter-connected.  Most are painted with bee-weed (black) while some are polished a deep red and then painted with the black bee-weed.  Each of the red shards is a different bird or moth or flower or mosquito!  Check out the very fine lines used in her painting!  The seedpot has then been traditionally fired to create the fire clouds.  It is signed on the bottom.

$ 875.00
Cling, Alice – Tall Jar with Incised Cloud & Mountain Designs

This a  tall jar by Alice Cling.  Alice Cling is one of the great names in the revival of Navajo pottery in the 1980’s. This jar is coil built, stone polished and traditionally fired.  This tall jar is a very traditional Navajo shape with the elongated shape and very straight sides.  The design on the rim is etched into the clay and it is an alternating triangular cloud and mountain design.  The design is very subtle and the coloration from the firing which is especially strong on this piece.  The colors on this jar swirl and range from black to a deep red.  The jar was covered in pine-pitch after the firing, a continuation of the traditional Navajo pottery when pitch was used to make the pottery waterproof.  The jar is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Alice Cling”.  Alice has won numerous awards for her pottery and been featured in books such as “Legacy of Generations.”

$ 575.00
Estevan, Paula – Wide Basket Weave Design Jar

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

$ 650.00
Naranjo, Johnathan – Wide Jar with Hopi Maidens and Ladder

This jar by Johnathan Naranjo captures his unique style of sgraffito and etching on his pottery.  The jar is fully polished and the neck is matte in the shape of the kiva steps.  The various colors are simply created by the depth of the etching into the clay!   Jonathan continues to amaze with this designs and technique.  Around the top of the shoulder are bricks, alternating between polished and matte red.  Around the shoulder are a variety of scenes.  One has three Hopi maidens, each very realistically etched into the clay.  As the jar is turned there are rain and cloud designs. There is then a scene with three Hopi girls standing by a kiva with the ladder and there are two pieces of pottery also etched into the clay.  Check out the detail!! These is evocative of the photography of Edward Curtis.  Finally, Johnathan has carved a wood ladder meant to represent the Kiva ladders, which he has placed in the bowl.  It creates a wonderful addition to the overall piece.  The bottom of the bowl is fully polished and the piece has been traditionally fired brown.  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!

$ 1,900.00
Youngblood, Nancy – Large Box with Horses & Melon Rib Lid

It is not often that Nancy Youngblood finishes a box as complicated or as intricate as this piece!  Boxes are inherently difficult to make with chances that they will crack in the drying or firing stages.  As well, making a box at this size is even more difficult. The result, however, is spectacular. This box has four horses, one on each side.  Nancy won a  “Best of Show” award for one of her first large vessels with a horse on it a few years ago.  For this box, she has taken the horse concept and extrapolated it out onto the entire surface. Each horse is carved in a running position with tails and manes flying.  The muscles are rounded out giving each horse a more defined appearance.  Above each horse is a cloud and raindrops are also carved into the clay. It is the lid which actually ties this piece together.  The top is fully carved with melon ribs which create the “clouds” swirling above the horses. The ribs of the clouds connect to the clouds above the horses, adding another dimension to the box.  Finally, the surface has been polished with Nancy’s trademark high shine.  Using a stone, she polishes the surface to a glassy appearance.  Simply.  Stunning.  The interior and rim of the box are slipped with mica, which is a subtle addition to the piece.  It is signed on the bottom in the clay.  The final photo is of Nancy holding the box, just to give a sense of how big it really is!

 

$ 23,000.00
Holt, Lisa & Harlan Reano – Jar with Wild Spinach Plant Designs

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.  Each piece is painted with native clays (red, white) while the black is wild spinach (a plant).  They are also traditionally fired.  This water jar is an elegant shape with the high shoulder and elongated neck.  The piece is fully painted with a very complex and elaborate design!  The imagery is based on the wild spinach plant, used for the black paint on the pottery.  This plant design can be see around the shoulder and near the base of the jar.  There are additional plant and lightning motifs around the surface.  It’s exciting to see such a fully designed jar and with such amazing intricacy of patterns! Lisa and Harlan have won numerous awards over the years.  This jar is signed on the bottom.

$ 2,600.00
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Folwell, Jody – Asymmetric Bowl with Corn Designs

Jody Folwell is known for her creative pottery shapes and designs.  This is a classic style for her pottery with a fully polished surface and the asymmetrical mouth.  The rim of the mouth extends down to the shoulder and it is fully polished. The designs are etched into the surface of the clay and various etching techniques are used to create the coloration.  The corn plant pattern is the main imagery and it is surrounded by cloud, rain and Pueblo designs.  The various colorations from black to dark red are all from the traditional outdoor firing.  The bowl is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Jody”.

$ 600.00 $ 400.00
Arthur Lopez – “Maria-Posa” Wood Carving

Arthur Lopez is one of the leading santos carvers in New Mexico.  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 watercolor pigment.  Natural colored pigments, such as the brown, are derived from black walnut hulls.   These are the time involved and historic foundations for his work.  This piece is entitled, “Maria-Posa”.   It is a fun play on  the Spanish words for Mary and Butterfly.  Arthur says of this piece:

“It is a piece is about hope that links several old and recognized symbols of the Mexican people. The monarch butterfly leaves Mexico in the spring, migrates to North America and returns to Mexico in the winter, in a near-miraculous cycle that each year spans the lives of several generations of monarchs that normally live less than two months. Guadalupe, the sacred mother Mary who appeared to San Juan Diego in 1531, is the patron saint of the Americas. The piece represents the potential for transformation in all of us and serves as a symbol of our past, our faith and the hope for rebirth in a better future.”

Arthur’s work is found in numerous museum and public collections, including Albuquerque Museum of Art & History,  Denver Art Museum,  Freedom Museum (911 Memorial at Ground Zero), Harwood Museum of Art, Museum of International Folk Art,  Museum of Spanish Colonial Art, and the State of New Mexico Permanent Art Collection.

$ 3,600.00
Arthur Lopez – “Alma Del Maria” Wood Santos Carving

Arthur Lopez is one of the leading santos carvers in New Mexico.  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 watercolor pigment.  Natural colored pigments, such as the brown, are derived from black walnut hulls.   These are the time involved and historic foundations for his work.  This piece is entitled, “Alma de Maria”.   Arthur says of this piece:

“Alma de Maria”  is an allegorical variant of the Immaculate Conception, it represents the descent of the Holy Spirit (Dove) upon Mary and the Announcement of the Incarnation. She wears a crown of roses to symbolize her purity and exemption from the sins of the world. The baby birds in a nest made in the form of a crown of thorns represent innocence at birth and Jesus death for our sins. “If you come across a bird’s nest in any tree or on the ground, with young ones or eggs and the mother sitting on the young or on the eggs, you shall not take the mother with the young. You shall let the mother go, but the young you may take for yourself, that it may go well with you, and that you may live long. – Deuteronomy 22:6-7″

Arthur’s work is found in numerous museum and public collections, including Albuquerque Museum of Art & History,  Denver Art Museum,  Freedom Museum (911 Memorial at Ground Zero), Harwood Museum of Art, Museum of International Folk Art,  Museum of Spanish Colonial Art, and the State of New Mexico Permanent Art Collection.

 

$ 4,800.00
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Maho, Garrett –  Bowl with Raven Design

Garrett Maho is known for his traditional and innovative Hopi-Tewa pottery.  This bowl has an unusual raven design.  There are two of the birds and they are painted on both sides of the piece. The deep red is an additional clay slip while the black is painted with bee-weed (a plant).  The bowl has been traditionally fired so that there are blushes on the surface.  The piece is signed on the bottom in the clay.

$ 650.00 $ 500.00
Natseway, Thomas – Mini Laguna Jar

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

$ 150.00
Quotskuyva, Dextra – “Bird Wings” Jar (1984), Painted Perfection p. 75

Dextra Quostkuyva Nampeyo is certainly one of the most influential Hopi-Tewa potters of the last 50 years. Not only has she taught numerous potters (Steve Lucas, Yvonne Lucas, Les Namingha, Loren Ami, Hisi Nampeyo, to name just a few), but her creative designs and forms changed have dramatically influenced the pottery itself.  This is an earlier jar from 1984.  It is painted with a very fine-line bird wing pattern. The design is repeated four times around the shoulder of the piece.  The rim of the jar is also very tightly painted. It is painted with natural clay slips and bee-weed (black) and traditionally fired to create the blushes or fire-clouds on the surface.   The jar is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Dextra” along with a corn plant to represent the Corn Clan.  It is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  There is a little superficial slip crack on the base, which can be seen in the photo of the signature.  This jar is also published in the book, “Painted Perfection” on page 75.  Dextra was the subject of a retrospective of her pottery at the Museum of Indian Art and Culture, along with a companion book entitled, “Painted Perfection“.

$ 1,950.00
Tahbo, Grace – Mini Canteen and Ladle

Grace Tahbo is a relative of Mark Tahbo’s who is known for her miniature pottery.  This miniature canteen is painted with a cloud and lightning design  The black is bee-weed (a plant) and the red and orange are two different clay slips.  Grace also made the little fiber handle for the canteen.  The little ladle goes with the canteen and it is also clay. Both are traditionally fired.  The canteen is signed, “G. Tahbo” and a pipe for Tobacco Clan.

$ 100.00
Cerno, Barbara & Joseph  – Intertwined Snake Figures

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

$ 100.00
Folwell, Susan & Les Namingha – “Corn Maiden: Earth Mother” Jar

Susan Folwell (Santa Clara )and Les Namingha (Hopi-Tewa/Zuni) collaborated together for the first time on a series of vessels in a show entitled “Corn:Maiden:Cultures” in 2015. The concept for the exhibition was that the Corn Maiden in Pueblo culture can also be found as a primal female archetype in cultures throughout the world.  There is play back and forth on these vessels as the multi-cultural figures are placed within a Pueblo context as the “Corn Maiden”, who brings the corn, the harvest and life.  This jar has been in an exhibit at the Museum of Indian Art and Culture since 2016.

This large jar was made by Les.  The designs painted by Susan on two sides show a Hopi maiden and a Pueblo maiden.  Her idea was to leave the faces empty, so that they did not represent just one person, but all women.  The two women represent the Pueblo and Hopi ancestry of Les and Susan. Playing from Susan’s more realistic portrayals, Les painted a more modern version of the women on the other two sides.  The angular shape of this vessel, made from Zuni clay, is unusual but also perfect for this important imagery.  In many ways, this powerful jar brings together the ideas of womanhood, femininity, modernism and the continuing importance of the Corn Maiden concept in Pueblo culture.  The dark brown background works perfectly for this intense jar.  Check out more of their exceptional collaborative pottery in the book, “Spoken Through Clay”.

$ 7,700.00
Peynetsa, Ian – Jar with Rain Birds (1994)

This jar by Ian Peynetsa is from 1994.  It is a more classic style of Zuni design with the Zuni rainbirds and the fine-line rain deigns.  It is an interesting combination of these classic designs with the vertically polished white slip to enhance the designs.  The jar won a 2nd place at the 1994 Zuni High School Art show. It is signed, “Ian Peynetsa”.  While he no longer makes pottery, it is a striking example of creative student art!  It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

$ 400.00
Ortiz, Virgil – Old Style “Monos” Figure

Virgil Ortiz is known for his innovative style of Cochiti pottery, inspired by the Monos figures made at the pueblo in the 1880’s. As I wrote in the book, “Virgil Ortiz: Pueblo Revolt 1680/2180,

“This use of the figures for social commentary is where they derived their name, monos. The word is a colloquial blend of Spanish and Keres, with inexact definitions that range from “mimic,” “mocking,” or “cute” to “monkey.” While “monkey” might have suggested the elongated bodies and arms or the simplified open-mouthed faces of the figures, it was also a subtle racial pejorative aimed at their Cochiti makers.”

This is one of Virgil’s traditional clay figures made from native clay and painted with native clays and wild spinach (black).  The figure has been traditionally fired.  As noted the Monos figures were originally created as objects of social criticism and reflection and Virgil continues on this same path in his contemporary work.  This figure is made in the “old style” and as a reference check out the final image by Ben Wittick from the 1880’s. These figures were made with hollow arms and “open” hands.  The mouths and eyes were also open.  Here Virgil has revived those older technical forms. The designs on the figure a spinach leaf patterns on the vest and pants. The little pocket on the vest and the goatee on the figure are very reminiscent of the early Monos figures, as those were personal identifiers which were incorporated into the design.  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 and is from 2018.

$ 5,900.00
Romero, Susan “Snowflake” – Butterfly Seedpot

Susan “Snowflake” Romero’s pottery is highly polished and intricately etched with detailed imagery.  She learned to make pottery from her father, Joseph Lonewolf. This seedpot has a realistic style of butterfly on the top.  The butterfly is surrounded by flowers. There are various levels of etching on the piece, including some wonderful areas which are just tan.  The polishing has created a high shine.  The seepot is in perfect condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair and signed on the bottom.

$ 325.00
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!

$ 2,800.00
Holt, Lisa & Harlan Reano – Dragon Dog 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 figure is a dragon/dog.  It creatively combines both a pueblo and Asian influence.  The dragon is hollow and the body has a spiraling appearance.  The body is complex and the various spines add an exceptional sense of depth to this piece!  The turned head is just perfect!  The body is painted with bee-weed (black) and a red clay slip. On the back legs is a wild spinach design.  On the sides is a flower pattern. The back and legs has a mosaic lightning pattern which Harlan often uses on his pottery.  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.  It is signed on the bottom.

$ 5,500.00
Lonewolf, Rosemary “Apple Blossom” – Seedpot with Birds

This is an exceptional miniature seedpot by Rosemary Lonewolf!  It is fully designed with three birds and a band of flowers around the shoulder.  Spiraling around the top of the seedpot is a feather design and there is a small flower on the very top! Rosemary has added additional white and blue colorations for the clay on this piece.  The various colors are all derived from natural clay slips.  The seedpot is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  It is signed on the bottom.

$ 800.00
Folwell, Kaa – Large Grafiti Style Clouds and Lightning Design Bowl

Kaa Folwell is one of the exciting young potters working today.  In 2018 she is graduating from IAIA, which certainly adds an educational component to a lifetime of making pottery in her renowned family.  This large bowl has a wide shoulder and a slight neck.  The outside of the bowl is etched and then painted. The designs are graffiti style clouds and lightning.  The spiral and flow around the surface of the bowl.  The contrast of the painted surfaces with the texture of the clay body works perfectly for both the feel and the visual.  In various places around the designs are the Folwell family “x” design.  Not only is the bowl painted and etched, but the entire interior is fully painted as well.  The strength of the exterior design continues on the interior.  It is a beautiful balance of color, form, and design.  The bowl is signed on the bottom.  We are excited to see more from this young potter!

$ 1,500.00
Folwell, Kaa – Bowl with Graffiti Design

Kaa Folwell is one of the exciting young potters working today. This jar has an asymmetrical shape around the rim. The coloration is achieved by polishing the top and bottom areas red and the center tan.  The area around the shoulder is fully incised with “graffiti” designs.  There is a striking flow of design and the various levels of design.  It is a beautiful balance of color, form, and design.  We are excited to see more from this young potter!

$ 400.00
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
Medicine Flower, Grace – Mini Jar with Flute Player, Frogs & Turtles (1998)

This miniature red jar by Grace Medicine Flower is fully polished and incised.  The design is a central medallion with a Mimbres inspired flute player.  Around the shoulder are alternating turtles and frogs.  The jar is from 1998 and it is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  It is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Grace Medicine Flower”.

$ 1,600.00
Youngblood, Nancy –  Red 16 Rib Swirl Melon Bowl with Kiva Step Lid

This is an exceptional miniature by Nancy Youngblood.  It is one of her very deeply carved melon bowls which swirl down from the neck to the base.  There are sixteen ribs and each rib is carved into the clay and fully stone polished.  Consider that each rib has two “sides” to be polished and the surface area of the piece is about double its size! This jar also has a lid which is carved to fit exactly into the rim of the bowl.  Amazingly, the front and the back of the lid are stone polished!  Nancy said of this type of lid:

“The kiva step lid.  I saw that design a lot when I was a young girl both on pottery and on my mom’s embroidery. I wanted to try that pattern with a lid. It’s tough to do because lids are so fragile. You have to make it solid and then cut into it to get the shape. Lids are probably some of the hardest things to do with the pottery.”  Nancy Youngblood, Spoken Through Clay

The coloration on this bowl is a striking deep red.  The deep ribs and the deep color are in perfect to reflect the light at every angle!  Nancy has won numerous awards for her melon bowls, and this is undoubtedly a classic of her style!  It is signed on the bottom in the clay.

$ 4,800.00
Daubs, Dennis – Jar with Avanyu

Dennis Daubs is known for his intricately incised pottery.  Each piece is coil built, stone polished and the imagery is etched into the surface of the clay.  This jar has a water serpent around the shoulder of the piece.  Above and below are eternity belt patterns.  The designs are very intricately etched and note the precision of the lines.

$ 225.00
Candelario, Hubert – Jar with Four Dragonflies and Circular Holes (2018)

Hubert Candelario is one of the few potters from San Felipe Pueblo.  He has been known for his micaceous pottery for over thirty years.  This is one of the larger and most creative pieces we have had from him.  This distinctive jar has four dragonflies carved into the clay in the open space.   Each dragonfly is made up of oval and circular shapes.  Dragonflies are often represented as prayer messengers.  The dragonflies here are surrounded by circular holes in various sizes.  Belive it or not, there are almost 100 other holes carving ino the piece!  WOW!  It is a wonderfully complex piece he has created!  The piece is slipped 3 to 4 times with a micaceous clay before they are fired.  It is the multiple layers of mica which give the jar such sparkle and deep coloration.  This is a new piece is from 2018 and an exciting variation on his style and designs. 

$ 2,800.00
Ebelacker, James – Storage Jar with Carved Cloud Designs

This is an exceptional carved storage jar shaped vessel by James Ebelacker.  He is a son of noted potter Virginia Ebelacker.  He is known for his large vessels and this jar is a striking piece of his pottery.  It is a classic storage jar shape with a round shoulder and slightly turned out rim.  The storage jar from is not just a difficult one to coil build and create a “round” shape, but the resulting vessel has an exceptional amount of space for carving.  The neck of the jar is slipped with a micaceous clay and the body of the jar is very deeply carved. There are cloud, rain and lightning designs.  What’s interesting is not just how he carved them, but also how they are polished. He carved the jar with a lot of open space, which created much more intricate design patterns and sections. The polishing was done so that the edges of the carving has a soft slope instead of the usual edge.  This style of carving is reminiscent of his aunt Jennie Trammel’s carving and polishing.  The jar is fired a striking red in coloration.  The contrast of the complex designs, the matte and polished surfaces and the micaceous rim make for an exceedingly varied and unique jar.  It is signed on the bottom in the clay.  His work can be found in museums throughout the southwest and most recently in the book, “Spoken Through Clay”.

$ 8,000.00
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
Early, Max – Jar with Rain & Plant Designs

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

$ 1,800.00
Medina, Marcellus – “Eagles” Jar (1984)

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 an Eagle Dancer on each side.  Separating the two Dancers is a raincloud design on each side.  The painting on this piece is very detailed and there is dramatic motion depicted in both of the Eagle Dancers.  The jar is signed by both Marcellus and Elizabeth Medina on the bottom.  It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

$ 150.00
Speckled Rock, Adam – Open Bowl with Turtle and Pine Tree Design

Adam Speckled Rock is the son of noted potters Paul Speckled Rock and Rosemary Lonewolf.  He is a grandson of Joseph Lonewolf and a great-grandson of both Severa Tafoya and Camilio Tafoya.  This open bowl is fully polished on the outside.  It is designed like a “kiva bowl” with the step patterns. In each of the step designs is an etched pine tree.  There is also an etched turtle with a sun design on its back.  The bowl is signed on the bottom in the clay.  It is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

$ 125.00
Youngblood, Nathan – Avanyu & Dragon Tri-Color Jar

Nathan Youngblood has long taken inspiration from the world around him.  His work for decades has drawn inspiration from both Pueblo and Asian art.  When he was a young boy, while his father was in the military, they were stationed in the Netherlands, and he said he would often go to the museums and look at Asian ceramics.  That has been a life-long love affair with those distinctive forms and designs.  This jar has a very Asian form and the designs play out the duality at times found in his art.  Around the shoulder on one side is a dragon and then the opposite a water serpent (avanyu).  Each facing the other.  There are two opposing medallions, one with Pueblo clouds and the other a cipher.  Around the neck is a band of clouds and around the base, in tan, is a band of clouds, wind and eagle feathers. The deep red clay slip on this jar is exceptional and contrasts perfectly with the tan and matte areas.  While the shape, carving, and designing might seem like enough, Nathan also takes his pottery one step further. After it is fired, he uses small screwdrivers and scrapes the sides of the carved designs and the recessed areas, to create a visually striking contrast.  This style has been called, “the new Santa Clara polychrome”, although I usually called it “tri-color” with the variations of red, matte and buff areas. The jar was traditionally fired.  The result of various levels of color and imagery make for an exceptional jar that is certainly a reflection of how Native art has become a world art, and the two are meeting as equals.

$ 24,000.00
Youngblood, Nathan – Red & Tan Water Jar with Eagle & Fish

Nathan Youngblood has long created his own “lexicon in clay” with his distinctive designs which pull from Pueblo, personal and cultural experiences.  This stunning water jar is an exceptional shape with a round body, a double shoulder and an elongated neck.  The design is a complicated story of the eagle in the sky and the fish under the water. The fish are swimming and the double shoulder of the jar is set at such a point that it becomes the waves above the fish!  The jar is very deeply carved and the surface is polished a stunning deep red coloration. As the jar is turned the eagle and fish swirl around the surface of the piece. The lowest section of the jar is polished tan.  The scene is a reflection of Nathan’s love of nature and it’s interaction with Pueblo life, culture and stories. While the shape, carving and designing might seem like enough, Nathan also takes his pottery one step further. After it is fired, he uses small screwdrivers and scrapes the sides of the carved designs and the recessed areas, to create a visually striking contrast.  This style has been called, “the new Santa Clara polychrome”, although I usually called it “tri-color” with the variations of red, matte and buff areas. The jar was traditionally fired and the result simply speaks for itself.  Lustrous!

$ 19,500.00
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 design on one side is a wave pattern, while the other has a prayer feather pattern.   The carved areas are also polished, which is striking with this carving of some of the sections!  The ends are carved with a figure and a sun design.  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.

$ 8,500.00
Allison, Marla – “Hopi Girls” Original Acrylic

Marla Allison is a from Laguna Pueblo in New Mexico. She lives and makes art from her home studio where she finds comfort and inspiration by connecting with family, tradition, and being close to her community. Marla is a contemporary Native artist whose primary medium is painting.

This painting by Marla is entitled, “Hopi Girls“.  The imagery is her take on the classic Curtis photograph.  The piece is painted in her cubist style with a black/gray coloration and just a hint of reds.

Marla says of this painting:

This piece is inspired by photograph by Edward Curtis.  It reminds me of my youth, well, youth in general, and the timid way of becoming an adult.  I didn’t gain my voice until my mid 20’s, when I could really talk to people.  Maybe it’s a Pueblo things where the young girls hide behind others who are more bold.

As for her painting in general, she says:

“I am from Laguna Pueblo so I paint Laguna Pueblo. I paint and create for Laguna history to be great and remembered. I paint because I was passed down a gift from my grandfathers; I paint to continue what they started. I began with simple works of loose brush strokes, slight symbols of pottery design, and shapes taught to me in my youth. I researched the artists that I found powerful and connected what they did with what I do. From study and admiration, I found that I had something all my own.  Most of my influence is from pottery design of Laguna Pueblo and Hopi Pueblo. I have also found much influence by the cubism of Pablo Picasso and squares of Paul Klee. I don’t stick with one certain style but it is all my own, that’s what makes it mine. With the use of pottery design, I have painted landscapes that have design on them symbolizing where the clay that holds these designs comes from. I have painted mosaic paintings that are broken up squares and by taking these paintings apart with the image, the viewer is forced to visually put them back together as a way of putting themselves and their past into it in the process.  I paint so I remember where I came from. I paint so others can remember where I come from. I paint to be remembered.”

Allison began her expression through art in her youth and gained a formal education at the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) in Santa Fe, NM where she obtained an Associates Degree in three-dimensional art. Since graduating from IAIA, Marla has exhibited artwork at the Heard Museum Indian Fair and Market, the Santa Fe Indian Market, and the Smithsonian Native Art Market in New York. Permanent collections with Marla’s work are found in, The Heard Museum Permanent Collection (Phoenix, AZ), The Museum of Indian Arts and Culture (Santa Fe, NM), The Red Cloud Indian School Collections (Pine Ridge, SD) and various private collections around the country and also Rome, Italy.

Ms. Allison was the 2010 recipient of the Eric and Barbara Dobkin Native Woman’s Fellowship at the School for Advanced Research (SAR) in Santa Fe, NM.

$ 4,400.00
Sanchez, Kathy “Wan Povi” – Black and Sienna Seedpot with Avanyu Design

Kathy “Wan Povi” Sanchez is a great-great granddaughter of Maria Martinez and a sister of Barbara Gonzales.  This bowl is fully polished and etched with an avanyu and feather pattern on the top of the piece.  The area of the rim and the feather pattern are highlighted in sienna.  The remainder of the bowl is fully polished to a high shine.  The bowl is signed, “Wan Povi” on the bottom.  While Kathy makes little pottery today, the technical expertise of her shape, polish and design are certainly evident.  The bowl is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

$ 175.00
Curran, Dolores – Incised Plate with Dragonflies and Avanyu

Dolores Curran creates 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 plate is exceptionally intricate in design.  The front has a water serpent etched around the rim.  The center is a complex square pattern which has four plants on each side.  Note both the precision of the incised designs but also how she used clay slips in the incised area to help accentuate the imagery!  The rim is fully polished red and the back is equally as complex with dragonflies, stylized birds, and flowers.  Again it is deeply incised, which is surprising for all the work that is also on the front!  There are both matte and micaceous clays used throughout. The mica adds a bit of “sparkle” to the designs.  The plate may be small but it is amazingly complex in design and color for its size!

$ 950.00
Komalestewa, Alton – Large Wide Shoulder Melon Jar

This is stunning wide shoulder melon jar by Alton Komalestewa.  It is the combination of color, form and polish which makes it exceptional.  Alton learned to make pottery from his mother-in-law, Helen Shupla.  She was famous for her traditional melon bowls and over the years Alton has taken and refined this form with thinner walls and a highly polished surface.  This large jar is thin walled and highly stone polished.  As it was being made, each of the undulating ribs are pushed out from the inside.  It is technically difficult to stretch the clay and create even ribs.  This jar was then fired brown, but it is a color that ranges from brown to red to nearly black . The jar is signed on the bottom in the clay and Alton has also included his hallmark, which isa  katsina face. The jar is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

$ 3,000.00
Martinez, Adelphia – Seedpot with Feather Design

Adelphia Martinez is a daughter of noted San Ildefonso potter Juanita Gonzales. This seedpot is fully polished and etched with a classic eagle feather pattern on the top.  It is signed on the bottom “Adelphia”.  It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

$ 300.00
Naranjo-Romero, Monica – Black & Sienna Bowl with Fish Design

Monica Romero is a daughter of noted potter Geri Naranjo, a sister of Kevin Naranjo and a niece of Dolores Curran.  She is known for her very detailed miniature pottery.  This bowl is highly polished and etched on one side with a fish. That area has been two-toned sienna.  The remainder of the bowl is designed with feather and lightning patterns. It is very highly polished and note the precision of the lines!  It is signed on the bottom.

$ 175.00
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Tse-Pe, Irene – Jar with Carved Cloud Designs

Irene Tse-Pe is a daughter of Dora Tse-Pe and Tse-Pe Gonzales and a granddaughter of Rose Gonzales.  This jar is coil built and carved with cloud pattern around the neck. The carving is in the cameo style made famous by Rose. The jar is slipped with mica to the surface which gives it a bit of a sparkle in the light!  The piece is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Irene Tse-Pe”.  It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  While Irene no longer makes pottery, it is certainly a striking piece of her creative pottery!

$ 300.00 $ 200.00
Swentzell, Roxanne – “Grateful” Original Clay Figure

This is a serenity to this clay piece by Roxanne Swentzell.  It is entitled “Grateful”.  It is one of the classic style pieces by Roxanne.  The figure is sitting with her feet outstretched and hands clasped. It is the face which gives voice to the title.  The prayerful, grateful look on her face is wonderfully sculpted.  The back of the figure has a contrasting detail with the braid of the hair.  The hands, feet, and toes are sculpted with her distinctive style.  It’s always charming when the toes are curved and separated.  The color is earthy, like the clay and the feeling created around this piece. Roxanne is able to achieve such a sense of emotion in the faces of her figures!  This piece is in perfect condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  This piece is from early 2000 and signed in the clay, “ROX”.

$ 9,000.00
Pacheco, William Andrew – Asymmetrical Dinosaur Jar

Andrew Pacheco is a nephew of noted potter Robert Tenorio.  He is known for his use of traditional techniques and materials but with non-traditional designs.  This is one of his asymmetrical jars with dinosaurs as the designs.  He started out making traditional Kewa pottery but was interested in dinosaurs. They quickly became a theme on his pottery. It is the combination of the dinosaurs and the form which work perfectly together and create a sense of movement to the piece.  The jar is painted with native clays and bee-weed and traditionally fired.

$ 850.00
Naranjo, Johnathan – Water Jar with Hummingbirds & Flowers

This water jar by Johnathan Naranjo is an elegant shape. The shoulder and the turned out neck give it a graceful appearance.  The jar is fully polished and etched. The design consists of three sections with flowers and hummingbirds.  Each of the flowers is highly detailed.  In addition to the hummingbids there is a little bee and a flying lady bug!  The outside rim of the neck has an additional rain and lightning pattern.  The use of the highly polished surface and the detailed designs works beautifully on this jar. Note on the flowers how they are etched to be both red and tan, in a slight gradation of color, which gives them both depth and realism.  The jar is traditionally fired, which gives it the distinctive 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!

$ 1,800.00
Garcia, Greg – Wide Bowl with Bear Paws

Greg Garcia was known for his use of classic Santa Clara forms for his pottery.  This is a wide shaped bowl with a sharp edge which slopes to the rim. The bowl has three bear paws as the design. The entire surface is stone polished and fired black. The bear paw is a traditional symbol for Santa Clara pottery, telling the story of a bear who led the Pueblo people to water during a drought.  The bowl is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair. It is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Greg Garcia”.

$ 600.00
Diaz, Tina – Black Jar with Avanyu

Tina Diaz is a daughter of Mary Cain and a sister of noted potters Joy, Linda and Billy Cain.  She makes very few pieces of pottery each year and this is one of the few carved black pieces.  The jar is very thin walled and fully carved.  The design is an avanyu (water serpent), which encircles the piece.  It is slipped in mica.  The remainder of the piece is fully carved and polished.  Note how her designs are very fluid from top to bottom.  As well, the background area which is matte is “rounded”, which adds another dimension to her pottery!  The jar is signed on the bottom in the clay.

$ 400.00
Borts-Medlock, Autumn  – Oval Seedpot with Cloud Designs

Autumn Borts-Medlock is known for her often fanciful carved pottery and use of unique shapes.  This seedpot is oval in shape.  It is fully carved with cloud pattern on one end.  The clouds are polished tan and matte. Above the clouds are circular rain drops and a triangular sun pattern. As the seedpot is turned there is a galaxy style swirling behind the rays of the sun. The bottom has an additional swirl of clouds.  Note the depth of the carving and the various shapes and use of different clay slips.  Exceptional! It is signed on the bottom in the clay.

$ 1,200.00
Romero, Susan “Snowflake” – Tall Seedpot with Fish and Turtle

Susan “Snowflake” Romero’s pottery is highly polished and intricately etched with detailed imagery.  She learned to make pottery from her father, Joseph Lonewolf. This seedpot has a narrow base and a round top.  On the top of the piece, it is fully designed with a turtle.  Around the sides, there are additional fish and another smaller turtle.  Note the tan matte areas which are intricately designed with rounded sections and additional geometric imagery.  The polishing has created a high shine.  The seepot is in perfect condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair and signed on the bottom, ‘Pho-Sa-We” which is “Snowflake” in Tewa.

$ 600.00
Vigil, Lonnie –  Open Bowl with Fireclouds

Lonnie Vigil is known for his creative use of micaceous clay and is one of a handful of potters from Nambe pueblo.  He has taken this style of pottery and transformed it from utilitarian into fine art.  This large open bowl is thin walled and beautifully fired. The shape is an open bowl with a slight rim.  The piece has been traditionally fired so that the exterior reveals the color of the micaceous clay while the interior has the smoke giving it a color variation from a metallic to deep black. The firecloud extend just around the edge of the lip.  It is signed on the bottom in the clay and it is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.   It is this refinement of a traditional art form for which Lonnie won “Best of Show” at Santa Fe Indian Market in the 1998.

$ 1,950.00
Garcia, Jason – “Summertime” Tile

This tile by Jason Garcia is part of his Corn Maiden series which features young women in traditional dress for the Corn Dance and placing them in a modern context.  This tile has two Tewa women relaxing in the river during the summer.  The pueblo can be seen in the background and there is the traditional rain cloud in the sky.  Each piece is a hand built clay tile, made from native clay.  All of the colors are derived from Native clay.  Jason has won numerous awards for his pottery and paintings, including “Best of Paintings” at Santa Fe Indian Market in 2016!

$ 1,100.00
Vigil, Minnie – Red Jar with Feather Pattern (1970’s)

Minnie Vigil is renown for her polychrome and highly polished pottery.  This jar is fully polished red and painted with a feather pattern around the shoulder of the jar. Below the shoulder are rain and wind designs and above the feathers are cloud designs.  The clay used to paint the area at the base of the feathers is almost a blue coloration!  The jar is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  It is signed on the bottom, “Minnie”.  She is a sister to potters Gloria Garcia (Goldenrod), Lois Guiterrez and Thelma Talachy and an aunt to Jason Garcia.

$ 175.00
Tafoya-Sanchez, Linda –  Red Long Neck Jar with Avanyu and Feather Design

This is a stunning red long neck water jar by Linda Tafoya-Sanchez.  The jar is coil built, carved and stone polished. The design around the neck has 19 rounded feathers carved into the clay. Below the feathers is a band with the “walking bear paw” design.  This is a pattern which her grandmother, Margaret Tafoya, utilized in her pottery.  There are two avanyu (water serpents) encircling the piece.   Note the shape of the head of the Avanyu on her pottery with the square mouth.  That is the same shape as her father Lee used on his pottery and hers always remains a tribute to her art and pottery education.  Below the avanyu is a walking bear paw design and then finally a larger rounded feather pattern. The jar is deeply carved and the red is very highly polished.  The background area is a matte red clay, which seems to intensify the polished red surface.  The complicated designs add to the dynamic appearance of the piece.  Linda is a granddaughter of Margaret Tafoya and the quality and creativity in her carving are readily apparent on this vessel!  It is signed on the base.

$ 3,200.00
Diaz, Tina – Red and Tan Jar with Avanyu

Tina Diaz has skillfully created her own unique style of carving pottery.  She is one of only a handful of Santa Clara potters who has mastered the technique of polishing her pottery tan.  The tan is the natural color of the clay and the most difficult to polish to achieve a high shine.  This red and tan jar with a as a classic avanyu (water serpent) encircling the piece.  It is intricately carved with elaborate designs for the body of the piece.  Note the various sections which create swirls and various angles for the design.   It is always technically difficult to carve such sharp angles and delicate edges into the clay.  The background has the traditional cream colored slip, which few potters use today because it is difficult to apply.

$ 600.00
Diaz, Tina – Red & Tan Jar with Rain Swirls

Tina Diaz has skillfully created her own unique style of carving pottery.  She is one of only a handful of Santa Clara potters who has mastered the technique of polishing her pottery tan.  The tan is the natural color of the clay and the most difficult to polish to achieve a high shine.  This red and tan jar is fully carved with a rain swirl design on one side polished tan. There is a stylized bird next in tan with a red lightning pattern.  Next is a cloud with rain and plant designs near the base.  Finally, there is a red polished lightning pattern as the design returns to the tan rain swirls.  This jar is very intricately carved with elaborate designs for the body of the piece.  Note the various sections which create swirls and various angles for the design.   It is always technically difficult to carve such sharp angles and delicate edges into the clay.  The background has the traditional cream-colored slip, which few potters use today because it is difficult to apply.  The jar is signed in the bottom in the clay, “Tina Diaz”.  She slipped over the signature with the red clay slip, making it a bit difficult to read. 

$ 800.00
Lewis, Carmel  – Bowl with Lightning Design

This bowl by Carmel Lewis is certainly inspired by the work of her mother, Lucy Lewis. The bowl has a classic lightning pattern and it is separated by a linear rain design.  The black is painted with bee-weed (a plant).  The bowl is signed on the bottom, “Carmel Lewis”.

$ 300.00
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Toya, Dominique – Mini Black Polished and Mica Melon

Dominique Toya is known for her intricately carved pottery with sharp ridged melon swirls.  She has created her distinctive style of pottery using native clay and micaceous clay slips for the surface.  This is one of her miniatures which has been fired black.  The seedpot has a triangular opening and there are alternating polished and micaceous clay swirls. The micaceous sections are carved into the clay and slipped with mica and when fired have almost a silvery metallic appearance. The polished sections are flatter.  Dominique has won numerous awards for her pottery and continues to be one of the leading Jemez potters working today!

$ 350.00 $ 275.00
Lewis-Garcia, Diane – Seedpot with Polychrome Spiral

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

$ 75.00
Patricio, Robert – Jar with Checkerboard Rain and Earth Design

Robert Patricio is known for his classic forms and use of both traditional and pre-historic imagery.  This jar is coil built and thin walled. It has a classic water jar shape with the high shoulder. The design is a series of squares which are painted with two different colors of red clay and then sections with fine-line designs. The fineline designs are the rain the red is the earth. The color variations and the swirl of the design around the jar from the rim to the base is stunning!   The base and interior rim are also painted with the traditional red clay slip.  Robert is certainly one of the leading traditional Acoma potters working today which is evidenced by his stunning forms and complementary designs.

$ 450.00
Medicine Flower, Grace –   Seedpot with Hummingbirds & Flowers (1981)

This is a seedpot by Grace Medicine Flower is from 198`.  It is fully polished and etched on the top.  There are four hummingbirds and two butterflies as the design.  There are additional feather swirls and flowers along with rain and wind patterns. What is really interesting about this piece is the matte background area.  Note how Grace used two different techniques for the background.  One is a series of lines and arches, which almost seem to depict the movement of the birds and butterflies.  The other is a series of small semi-circles which create a visual distinction with other background areas.  These small incised lines create small shadows and add to the overall depth of the design.  The jar is signed on the bottom in the clay. It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks restoration or repair.

$ 1,100.00
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Toya, Dominique – Mica and Red Polished Melon Bowl

Dominique Toya is known for her intricately carved pottery with sharp ridged melon swirls.  She has created her distinctive style of pottery using native clay and micaceous clay slips for the surface.  This is one of her miniatures.  The bowl is fully polished red on the bottom and the top half has a 16 very sharply carved melon ribs which swirl around from the mouth.  They are slipped with a micaceous clay.  The bowl has been traditionally fired and the coloration is striking!  Dominique has won numerous awards for her pottery and continues to be one of the leading Jemez potters working today!

$ 500.00 $ 400.00
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Toya, Dominique – Mini 11 Rib Micaceous Melon Bowl

Dominique Toya is known for her intricately carved pottery with sharp ridged melon swirls.  She has created her distinctive style of pottery using native clay and micaceous clay slips for the surface.  This is one of her miniatures.  The bowl has 12 ribs carving swirling around the piece.  They are deeply carved and have a very sharp edge. They are slipped with a micaceous clay to give them the coloration.  Uniquely, the top of the bowl has a triangular opening, which adds to the dramatic appearance of the rib spiral.  The bowl has been traditionally fired and the coloration is striking!  Dominique has won numerous awards for her pottery and continues to be one of the leading Jemez potters working today!

$ 500.00 $ 400.00
Huma, Rondina – Bowl with Geometric Pottery Shard Patterns

Rondina Huma has certainly been one of the most influential Hopi potters working today.  Since her two-time “Best of Show” award at Santa Fe Indian Market, her tight style and intricately painted pottery has changed the face of contemporary Hopi pottery.   Each piece is coil built, fully stone polished and painted with native clays and bee-weed (black), and native fired.  This is one of her larger bowls and it is fully painted. The rim has an eternity band and the body of the bowl is divided up into sections. The burgundy colored clay is left matte and is typically a border while the red is stone polished.  Each of the section is hand painted and was inspired by pottery shards.  This is one of her later pieces and the shard design is very tight and very small.  Rondina says that she tries to not duplicate the same “shard” patterns on the same vessel!  The bowl is traditionally fired which creates the dynamic coloration in the blushes on the surface.  One of the most amazing parts of this bowl is one that you can’t see.  The entire inside of the bowl is fully polished!  Rondina typically makes the mouth of the bowl large enough so that she can fit her hand into the piece and stone polishes the inside.  Almost no other potters still do this but Rondina says it’s just the way she was taught!  It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  It is signed on the bottom in the clay.

$ 5,500.00
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