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 hopi potteryHopi Pottery - Tewa Group

Hopi Pottery (Tewa) created on the  Hopi Reservation is located in northeastern Arizona and is surrounded by the Navajo Reservation. Hopi consists of three Mesas, and each Mesa has several villages. The  Hopi Pueblo Pottery, Tewa speaking people are located in First Mesa in the villages of Hano and Polacca. They are descendants of the Tewa speaking Pueblo people of New Mexico who came to the Mesa around the time of the Pueblo Revolt in 1680. It is this group of artisans who are best known for their decorative pottery, especially the revival pottery of the ancient Sikyatki ruin near the base of First Mesa. Hopi - Tewa pottery is carefully hand constructed using the coil and scrape techniques their ancestors taught them.  The paints used are from naturally occurring materials.  For example, black paint is made by boiling Bee-weed for a long time until it becomes very dark and thick. It is then dried into little cakes which are wrapped in corn husk until ready for use. It is called guaco.  The intricate and beautiful designs are painted freehand using a yucca leaf brush. The pots are then fired in the open air out on the mesa using sheep dung and cedar as a heat source.

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Namingha, Les – Day and Night Urban Polychrome Jar

This is a very detailed jar by Les Namingha.  It is stylized with black and white checkerboard pattern inside bird designs around the top of the jar.  Around the shoulder are Hopi-Tewa birds with intricately painted Hopi designs inside them. The bottom has geometric shapes painted in various colors.  While the jar is part of his “Urban Polychrome” series, I included a final photo in the series of the jar next to a piece by Nampeyo of Hano (his ancestor).  Check out the use of her geometric shapes, checkerboards, and lines.  It is easy to that Les’s modernist pottery has deep roots in Hopi-Tewa pottery!  The jar is signed on the bottom.

“The concept of layering is inherent in our mortal journey. As time moves forward, our memories become layered. Some memories remain vibrant, others faint or hazy. Yet others, obscure or even hidden. Likewise, our experiences, words, works, emotions, prayers and songs build up in layers creating our existence. In turn, our societal interactions become exercises in layering. We see this in evidence with street art or graffiti writing where layers of thought and a desire to express a “proof of existence” create tapestries of color and marks. Blending, covering, harmonizing, dissonance, disappearing. This concept of layering is the idea behind Urban Polychrome and other works in the Urban Series.”  Les Namingha

$ 2,200.00
Clashin, Debbie – Jar with Eagle Tails

This is is a classically shaped jar by Debbie Clashin.  It is painted with four eagle tails as the design.  She is a cousin of noted potter Mark Tahbo and a descendant of Grace Chapella.  Debbie has quickly become well known for her large-sized traditional Hopi-Tewa pottery. This smaller jar continues the strength of her forms and tightly painted designs.   The jar is painted with bee-weed and natural clay slips.  It was traditionally fired with blushes across the surface of the jar.   It is signed on the bottom with her name and a pipe for his “Tobacco Clan”.

$ 500.00
Abeita, Karen – Large Jar with Katinsa, Birds and Shard Designs (2008)

Karen Abeita is known for her traditional and innovative Hopi-Tewa pottery.  This large, wide bowl is painted with bee-weed (black) and a red clay slip and then traditionally fired.  Karen is known for her very intricately painted pottery. The jar is stunning with a very wide shape and note how flat surface.  There is a Butterfly Maiden in one section. She is surrounded by intricately designed shard which are both painted and then incised on the edges!  Opposite is a section with a classic Hopi-Tewa bird.  Separating the two sections are larger panels with Hopi design, birds, and geometrics.  Interestingly, the jar is designed in three panels, not four, although it appears to be four sections.   The jar was traditionally fired to create the blushes.  It is signed on the bottom in bee-weed, “Karen Abeita”.  It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  It received a blue ribbon at the 2008 Santa Fe Indian Market.  The ribbon is signed by Al Qoyawayma and Clarence Cruz.

$ 2,800.00
Nampeyo, Adelle L. –  Bowl with Migration & Mesa Designs

Adelle Nampeyo is known for her stylistic use of traditional Hopi designs.  This bowl has a migration pattern encircling the shoulder of the piece.  Note how she has used the lines for the migration pattern above the shoulder and the thinly painted lines.  Below the shoulder is a double band of black and red, representing the mesas.  The designs are painted with bee-weed (black) and a red clay.  The migration design is a classic Hopi-Tewa pattern revived by Nampeyo of Hano and tells the story of the migration of the people around the world.  The jar is traditionally fired to create the coloration on the surface of the jar.  The coloration works beautifully with this piece with shades from white to orange.  It is signed on the bottom.

$ 125.00
White, Elizabeth – Large Red Jar with Bean Dance Figures (1970’s)

Elizabeth White created distinctive pottery using the various colors of Hopi clay. She originated the use of the ear of corn as a design in repousse (pushed out from the inside) on her pottery. Her pottery is all signed in the clay with her Hopi name Polingaysi, which means, “butterfly sitting among the flowers in the breeze”.  This jar is one of her classic narrow jars with two ears of corn.  The coloration of the clay is the traditional red clay (well, reddish-orange), which is used in Hopi pottery.  The coloration is striking on this larger jar.   The entire piece is stone polished in a vertical manner and the figures are matte.  There are two figures, which are taken from an Awatovi mural design.  They are part of the winter “Bean Ceremony” when they grow bean sprouts in the kivas. The figures are pushed out from the inside of the jar, not applique on top of the surface.  The jar is in good condition and a few rough area in the matte.  Interestingly, Polingaysi was a school teacher and taught at Hopi and  Navajo schools for almost 40 years.  On retirement from teaching, she became an artist, a poet, and a philosopher.  Her career as a potter was begun late in life, after her retirement, so there is very little of her work available.  This is certainly one of the largest pieces we have had of her work in the gallery.  The last photo is one of Elizabeth White working on this piece! Definitely check out the work of her nephew, Al Qoyawayma for comparison and the evolution of this style!

$ 5,500.00
Naha, Helen “Feather Woman” – Awatovi Star Design Bowl (1978)

This smaller bowl by Helen Naha, also known as “Feather Woman”, has her iconic Awatovi Star design.  Helen created distinctive pottery using the white clay slip throughout her career.  The designs were all painted using bee-weed (black) and natural clay slips.  She learned to make pottery from her mother-in-law, Paqua Naha yet had her own style in form, imagery, and composition.  Helen is known for her revival of the pre-historic Awatovi pottery.   Awatovi is one of the ruins near Hopi where a white slipped style of pottery was made.  It is a fascinating place as it was where Coronado made contact with the Hopi in 1540.  During the excavations in the 1930’s the whiteware pottery was rediscovered.  It was the imagery from his work which inspired much of Helen’s early pottery, as opposed the more classic Sikyatki inspired pottery of Nampeyo.  This bowl has the “Awatovi Star” pattern painted on the top and the bottom.  The bowl has a larger opening and the entire interior is also fully polished!  Around the shoulder is an eternity band.  The bowl was traditionally fired and there is some variation to the color with the fired cloud, which certainly adds to the beauty of the piece.  The bowl is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  It is signed on the bottom with her hallmark feather.  It was originally purchased in 1978.

$ 1,000.00
Naha, Sylvia – Large Bowl with Lizard and Shard Designs

This large bowl is an exceptionally intricate piece by Sylvia Naha.  She was a daughter of Helen “Featherwoman” Naha and a sister of Rainy and Burell Naha.  She was known for her distinctive pieces painted with intricate designs on a white polished clay surface.  Throughout the 1980’s, Sylvia was considered among the most innovative of the Hopi potters.  Her pieces were classic in form and amazingly intricate in design.  This bowl is a wide shape and half of the piece has a lizard and corn design.  The other side is a series of pottery “shard” with designs from her various pottery designs.  There are about 15 different designs including a bat wing, Awatovi star, lizard and turtle.  What is really amazing, however, is the amount of fine-line painting!  There are so many sections with small, fine lines and hatchwork patterns.  Those are so time involved to paint, but very dramatic in appearance!  The black on the painting is from Bee-Weed (a plant) and the red and other colors are natural clay slips.  The jar is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  The jar is signed on the bottom with a feather and an “S”.  It is certainly an extraordinary piece by his exceptional Hopi-Tewa potter!

$ 1,500.00
Namingha, Les – “Birds Through The Window” Jar with Mica

This is a creative jar by Les Namingha.  It is a creative blend of Hopi-Tewa birds, Hopi and Zuni designs and mica.  The concept for the jar is a series of Hopi birds painted against a geometric white and blue sky. The birds are various colors and they are made up of various Hopi-Tewa or Zuni designs (the dots).  The larger geometric shapes are each painted with different colors.  They represent the “windows” looking out at the birds.  The background blue and white area of the jar is also slipped with mica into the clay. It creates both a texture (the feel of the mica) ad the bit of shine from the reflection of the mica.  It is a simple but powerful jar.  The jar is signed on the bottom.

$ 3,000.00
White, Elizabeth – Red Clay Jar with Double Corn (1981)

Elizabeth White created distinctive pottery using the various colors of Hopi clay. She originated the use of the ear of corn as a design in repousse (pushed out from the inside) on her pottery. Her pottery is all signed in the clay with her Hopi name Polingaysi, which means, “butterfly sitting among the flowers in the breeze”.  This jar is one of her classic narrow jars with two ears of corn.  The coloration of the clay is the traditional red clay (well, reddish-orange), which is used in Hopi pottery.  The coloration is striking on this larger jar.   The entire piece is stone polished to a high shine except for the two ears of corn which are unpolished matte.  The narrow shape is very much like the jars that her nephew Al Qoyawayma makes which he calls “wish pots”.  He tells the story that the name comes from Elizabeth as she said people would look at the pieces and say, “I wish I could have one”.  This jar is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  Interestingly, Polingaysi was a school teacher and taught at Hopi and  Navajo schools for almost 40 years.  On retirement from teaching, she became an artist, a poet, and a philosopher.  Her career as a potter was begun late in life, after her retirement, so there is very little of her work available.  This jar was originally purchased in 1981.  It is a classic of her work and an important addition to any collection!

$ 1,800.00
Namingha, Les – Contemporary Zuni Jar

This dynamic jar by Les Namingha is inspired by Zuni pottery of the early 1900’s.  Les often pulls from his Hopi-Tewa and Zuni ancestry for inspiration.  The shape and overall imagery finds a source in classic Zuni pottery.  The top of the jar is painted with rain cloud and lightning designs.  The lightning pattern on the neck is delicate and striking in the alternating designs.  The shoulder has a water design.  Note the flow of the coloration on this jar, as the top is greens and blues while the lower areas are the red of the earth. It is then the lower half of the jar which has the very tightly painted fine-line designs of the rain and cloud patterns.  Close to the base are the circular water designs.  The shape and intricate designs create a visual testament to a modernist approach to Zuni pottery.   The jar is signed on the bottom.

$ 3,800.00
Namingha, Les – Sikyatki Sunrise Canteen

This is an exceptional larger jar by Les Namingha.  Les is a descendant of Nampeyo and learned to make pottery from his aunt Dextra Quotskuyva.  This jar is one of his famous shapes, as it is inspired by a canteen, but reformed with a wider surface for more design.  One side of the jar has a Sikyatki (Hopi pottery from the 1400’s) bird with extended wings. The colors are all reminiscent of Hopi with the black and red and intricate patterns in the body of the piece. The circles are like the reflections of light at sunrise.  As the jar is turned there is the dramatic painted section.  It is a complex compilation of Hopi designs which encompass most of the surface of the jar.  The setting of the white clay and painted surface adds to the dramatic effect.  There is something both modern and very ancient about this jar!  It is signed on the bottom.

$ 3,800.00
Nampeyo, Iris – Tan Bowl with Corn Relief Design

Iris Nampeyo was a daughter of Fannie Nampeyo and well known for her elegant asymmetrical vessels with corn as part of the design in relief.  Iris began using the corn in relief on the surface of her pottery in the early 1980’s. The corn is symbolic of being part of the Corn Clan.  The surface of the jar is stone polished and the corn on the front is in applique relief.  The husk of the corn is sharp and the matte area extends around to the shoulder of the jar.  The matte areas are in contrast to the remainder of the piece which is polished.  The opening is asymmetrical which is in keeping with the organic style of the form.  There is a simplicity and elegance in her pottery.  Sadly, Iris passed away in September 2018, but her pottery remains a classic.  This piece is signed on the bottom in the clay and it is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

$ 800.00
Naha, Helen “Feather Woman – Wide Jar with Bat Wing Design (1970’s)

Helen Naha created distinctive pottery using the white kaolin clay slip throughout her career.  The designs were all painted using bee-weed (black) and natural clay slips.  She learned to make pottery from her mother-in-law, Paqua Naha yet had her own style in form, imagery, and composition. This jar has a wide shoulder and a slight neck.  It is a shape which Helen frequently used on her pottery. The sides are painted with a batwing design which extends down below the shoulder.  Helen would often make the mouth of the vessel large enough so she could get her hand in to polished the inside. The interior of this jar is fully polished.  The bottom has her hallmark “feather”.   It is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

$ 975.00
Nampeyo, Gary Polacca – Bowl with Lizard, Butterfly & Hano Katsina (1973)

This is an early piece by Gary Polacca Nampeyo.  He is known for his deeply carved pottery.  His early pottery was polished red and then fully incised with designs.  This piece was originally acquired in 1973.  The top half is fully etched with a lizard, a Hano katsina, a butterfly, a Sikyatki bird, and various other geometric patterns. The bottom of the bowl has a kiva ladder and swirling Hopi birds.  Note as well the background area is very deeply etched and creates its own precise desigsn.  Gary Polacca is a son of Thomas Polacca,  a grandson of Fannie Nampeyo and great-grandson of Nampeyo of Hano. His sisters Carla Claw Nampeyo and Elvira Nampeyo are both potters.  This bowl is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Gary Polacca Nampeyo”.   It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

$ 175.00
Naha, Helen “Feather Woman – Bowl with Cloud Designs (1978)

Helen Naha created distinctive pottery using the white kaolin clay slip throughout her career.  The designs were all painted using bee-weed (black) and natural clay slips.  She learned to make pottery from her mother-in-law, Paqua Naha yet had her own style in form, imagery, and composition. This bowl was originally purchased in 1978.  It is painted with a cloud pattern around the body of the piece.  Above the clouds and rain is a red clay slip and below are additional colors.  There is a separate band of “stippled” black, which adds another “color” to the bowl.  As with much of Helen’s pottery, the inside is fully polished.  She would try to make the mouth of the vessel large enough so she could get her hand inside to polished the inside.  The bottom has her hallmark “feather”.   It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

$ 625.00
Duwyenie, Preston – Tall Black Micaceous Jar with 21 Silver Insets

This is a large jar by Preston Duwyenie.  The piece is coil built from micaceous clay.  The shape is a tall, elongated jar with a narrow asymmetric opening.  The jar is slipped in a micaceous clay and then fired black. The mica then gives the piece a very metallic appearance to the surface.  There are 21 inset pieces of silver around the jar.  Each silver piece is cut to look like a pottery shard and the surfaces have the appearance of “shifting sands”, much in a similar style to the pottery where he has carved a shifting sand pattern.  They are cast by Preston against cuttlefish bone, to create the distinctive texture.  The jar is signed on the bottom in the clay with Preston’s hallmark, which means “carried in beauty”.  There is certainly something both modern and ancient about this striking piece!   Preston is from Third Mesa at Hopi and taught ceramics for years at Institute of American Indian Art (IAIA) in Santa Fe.  He is married to pottery Debra Duwyenie and now resides in Santa Clara Pueblo.  Preston has won numerous awards for pottery, including “Best of Show” at the Heard Indian Market.

$ 3,800.00
Clashin, Debbie – Storage Jar with Awatovi Birds & Koshari Clowns

This is an extraordinary large storage jar by Debbie Clashin.  She has become one of the exciting leaders in Hopi-Tewa pottery over the past several years.  She is known for her large-sized traditional fired vessels.  This large jar has a wide shoulder but is also taller in height.  The entire piece is stone polished and then it is painted with bee-weed and natural clay slips.  The top half of the jar is painted with two large birds, bird tails and panels with sun and mesa designs. The bottom half has four Koshari clowns as the design.  They are stylized but you it is easy to the see the classic figure in the center.  The design is one which she has modified from the work of her cousin, Mark Tahbo.  Separating the clowns are small dragonflies.  It is exciting to see a Hopi-Tewa potter bringing back this classic shape which few potters make today!  The jar is traditionally fired with blushes across the surface of the jar and a few little darker areas.   It is signed on the bottom with her name and a pipe for his “Tobacco Clan”.

$ 4,400.00
Namingha, Les – Hopi Sky Birds and Clouds

This wide jar by Les Namingha a creative blend of Hopi-Tewa and modernist designs.  The jar is a wide shape with a short neck.  It is fully painted on top with a complex pattern of Hopi-Tewa style birds.  The birds are painted against a background of triangular clouds. The birds are of various colors and they are each made up of different Hopi designs.  Take a closer look at the top view and the dynamic variations of each layer of readily apparent.  This jar is part of his “Urban Polychrome” series, of which Les says:

“The concept of layering is inherent in our mortal journey. As time moves forward, our memories become layered. Some memories remain vibrant, others faint or hazy. Yet others, obscure or even hidden. Likewise, our experiences, words, works, emotions, prayers and songs build up in layers creating our existence. In turn, our societal interactions become exercises in layering. We see this in evidence with street art or graffiti writing where layers of thought and a desire to express a “proof of existence” create tapestries of color and marks. Blending, covering, harmonizing, dissonance, disappearing. This concept of layering is the idea behind Urban Polychrome and other works in the Urban Series.”  Les Namingha

$ 3,600.00
Namingha, Les – “Gathering Birds with Approaching Clouds” Acrylic Painting

This painting by Les Namingha is entitled, “Gathering Birds with Approaching Clouds”.   It is acrylic on board. The painting is certainly Les at his very best and most intricate. The design has numerous areas of his pointilism in both larger and smaller areas.  The small dots stand out against the graph-like division of the overall piece.  Why the lines and the placement of the designs, it’s best to let Les explain:

“Gathering Birds with Approaching Clouds” is a playful geometric and line abstraction depicting the flurry of action as birds gather on power lines in an urban setting. The birds are alluded to by triangular and trapezoidal shapes representing tail feathers. Red circular patterns within other geometric shapes create motion symbolizing movement as mentioned in the painting’s title. The grid-like design in the mid portion of the composition represent a “birdseye” view of an urban environment. A larger grid structure encompassing the painting highlights the same idea.  Horizontal lines indicate electricity cables on which birds settle or from which they launch into flight. The “approaching” clouds are depicted as small triangular shapes on the upper right portion of the painting.  The idea to create this painting stemmed from my observations of such activity of birds as I would drive around the city.”

The painting is on board and has a silver leaf wood frame.  It is a creative and striking painting and certainly a reflection of Les’s strength both as a potter and a painter.

$ 2,400.00
Duwyenie, Preston – White Shifting Sands Plate with Silver Inset

This small plate by Preston Duwyenie is made from white Hopi clay found near Third Mesa at Hopi.  The back of the plate is stone polished and the front is carved to have the appearance of “shifting sand”.  The sand design has an organic and natural flow to each ribbon of sand, giving the appearance of them flowing across the surface.  On this plate, each of the bands is very tightly carved against the next, which creates a very striking appearance.  I photographed the plate with a quarter turn, which shows off how each line of sand has a different shadow as the piece is turned.  The center of the plate has a single inset piece of silver which is cast from cuttlefish bone.  The textured surface of the silver is similar to that of the surface of the plate.  The plate is signed on the back in the clay with Preston’s hallmark which is a woman carrying a child, which comes from Preston’s Hopi name, which means “carried in beauty”.  Preston is from Third Mesa at Hopi, and taught ceramics for years at Institute of American Indian Art (IAIA) in Santa Fe.

$ 525.00
Clashin, Debbie – Large Jar with Dragonflies and Cloud Spirals

This is a large jar by Debbie Clashin.  It is inspired by the classic Sikyatki style pottery with a wide shoulder and a slight neck.  Around the jar are dragonfly designs.  Dragonflies are symbolic prayer messengers.  Note the extension downward of the cloud designs in two sections. They rise up to the painted band around the neck which has more cloud and rain motifs.  The jar is painted with bee-weed and natural clay slips.  It was traditionally fired with blushes across the surface of the jar.  Debbie is a cousin of noted potter Mark Tahbo and a descendant of Grace Chapella.  Debbie has quickly become well known for her large-sized traditional Hopi-Tewa pottery.   It is signed on the bottom with her name and a pipe for his “Tobacco Clan”.

$ 2,200.00
Naha, Rainy – Jar with Butterfly and Dragonflies

This is an intricately designed jar by Rainy Naha.  She 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 has a butterfly with intricately painted wings on one side.  On the opposite side are two old style dragonflies.  Separating them are two large panels of various geometric designs.  There are over six different colors used on this jar!  The designs include rain, cloud, mountain and other patterns.  There is even the Awatovi swirl! The black is bee-weed while the colors are all natural clay slips.  The jar is traditionally fired which gives the white a very pearlescent appearance.  It is signed on the bottom with a feather and “Rainy”.

$ 1,200.00
Clashin, Debbie – Jar with Birds and Dragonflies

This is wide jar by Debbie Clashin is painted with a stylized bird design.  She is a cousin of noted potter Mark Tahbo and a descendant of Grace Chapella.  Debbie has quickly become well known for her large-sized traditional Hopi-Tewa pottery. The jar has a sloping shoulder and there are two sections with swirling birds.  Surrounding the birds are dragonflies and rain patterns.  The jar is painted with bee-weed and natural clay slips.  It was traditionally fired with blushes across the surface of the jar.   It is signed on the bottom with her name and a pipe for his “Tobacco Clan”.

$ 750.00
Lucas, Steve – Jar with Flat Sides and Hopi Birds

Steve Lucas is well known for the precisely painted designs on his Hopi-Tewa pottery.  He is one of the leading Hopi-Tewa potters working today.  Each piece is coil built, stone polished, painted with native clay slips and bee-weed (black) and traditionally fired.  Steve has won “Best of Show” at Santa Fe Indian Market and his work remains some of the most refined and creative.  This jar is stunning in person with the flat side and the sloping neck. The sides are fully painted and have an alternating bird design.  The top has two large swirling birds and dragonflies.  There are two of the eagle tail designs extending down from the rim.  Note as well all the colors used in the clay slips!  Amazing!  The base of the jar is fully polished red.  The jar was traditionally fired and the last photo shows the jar when it came out of the firing!  The jar has a dynamic coloration from the firing.  It is signed on the bottom in the clay, “S. Lucas” and a mudhead (koyemsi) and an ear of corn (corn clan).  The open space around the design and the color from the firing make this an exceptional piece of his pottery!

$ 3,000.00
Lucas, Steve – Large Awatovi Design Jar

This is the first time Steve Lucas has created this dynamic design on his pottery. He is one of the leading Hopi-Tewa potters working today.  Each piece is coil built, stone polished, painted with native clay slips and bee-weed (black) and traditionally fired.  Steve has won “Best of Show” at Santa Fe Indian Market and his work remains some of the most refined and creative.  This large jar has an amazing design inspired by the famous “Awatovi” jar by his aunt, Dextra Quotskuyva.  Here the jar has sloping sides and a very intricately painted design.  The geometric, butterfly and moth designs are all interwoven.  Note as well all the colors used in the clay slips!  Amazing!  The jar was traditionally fired and the last photo shows the jar when it came out of the firing!  The jar has a dynamic coloration from the firing.  It is signed on the bottom in the clay, “S. Lucas” and a mudhead (koyemsi) and an ear of corn (corn clan).  Spectacular!

$ 4,800.00
Qoyawayma, Al – “Modern Migration” Polychrome Lidded Jar

This large jar by Al Qoyawayma is stunning in his use of numerous clay slips, various levels of carving and his own innovative shape.  Al says his inspiration for his polychrome pieces is to imagine how Hopi Sikyatki pottery might have evolved without western contact. This jar has two sharp shoulders and a central band which is fully carved.  The band is designed with corn, various birds, and prayer feather patterns.  Each is slipped and polished with various clays!  The top has a stylized version inspired by the Migration pattern.  Here there are two sections which are like the historic migration design and they spiral into a larger red parrot and a green eagle. The center of the jar (which is the lid), has a star pattern and then a spiral for the galaxy.  Note the various layers of carving along with all the different colors of clay.  The amount of time to design, carve and polish this jar is extraordinary!  There are over five different clay slips used on this piece!  This piece is a striking balance of form, sculpture, color, and design!  It is signed on the bottom in the clay.

$ 17,500.00
Lucas, Steve – Large Jar with Bird Tail Designs

Steve Lucas is one of the leading Hopi-Tewa potters working today.  Each piece is coil built, stone polished, painted with native clay slips and bee-weed (black) and traditionally fired.  Steve has won “Best of Show” at Santa Fe Indian Market and his work remains some of the most refined and creative.  This large jar is a stunning piece of his pottery in form and design. The jar has a flat side and it extends up to the neck.  The side is fully painted with a variety of Hopi star and cloud designs.  Along the shoulder, the jar has four sections of eagle tail designs.  The tails are slipped in red and brown. Separating them are larger panels with additional bird tail designs.  These incorporate a green clay slip in addition to the red.  The jar has both an ancient and modern appearance to the design. The tight precision painting gives the jar an impressive appearance.  The piece was traditionally fired and the last photo shows the jar when it came out of the firing!  The jar has a dynamic coloration from the firing.  It is signed on the bottom in the clay, “S. Lucas” and a mudhead (koyemsi) and an ear of corn (corn clan).  Spectacular!

$ 5,000.00
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
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
Maho, Garrett –  Bowl with Four Tumbling Birds

Garrett Maho is known for his traditional and innovative Hopi-Tewa pottery.  This bowl has four birds in a swirling or tumbling motion around the top of the piece.  They are painted with a deep red clay slip as well as the black which 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.

$ 975.00
Loloma, Charles -Jar with Corn Maidens (1950’s)

Charles Loloma is a name synonymous with innovative Hopi jewelry. He began his jewelry career with a brief period of time also making pottery in the 1950’s.  The pieces were made form earthenware and were painted and glazed.  By the 1960’s his jewelry was already achieving some fame and he discontinued making pottery.  His clay pieces are relatively rare but fascinating in terms of form, design and glaze. In many ways they mirror the innovative style of his jewelry relative to the other work being created at Hopi at the same time.  This tall jar is fully designed with corn maiden motifs.  They are etched into the clay.  The surface is matte but the rim is glazed.  This is certainly an exceptional piece of his pottery! It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  It is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Loloma”.

$ 1,800.00
Navasie, Joy “Frogwoman” – Water Jar with Hopi Birds (1980’s)

This water jar by Joy “Frog Woman” Navasie is a distinctive shape.  It is a more classic water jar shape with the round shoulder, elongated neck and turned out rim. The jar is fully polished on the inside and outside.  It is slipped with the white clay and then painted with natural clay slips (the red is a deeper red clay she began to use in the 1980’s) and bee-weed (black).   It’s nice to see this period of her work painted with such precision to the lines!  The design is interesting, as there are two consecutive panels with birds.  The other two panels are painted with a bird wing design and a series of rain and cloud motifs.  The neck of the jar is also painted with a band of cloud and rain designs.  Interestingly, the delineation of the panels on the neck are in the center of the panels below!  Joy was always masterful with both the precision of her painting but also the geometry of her designs and the form.  The jar was traditionally fired so there are some very slight variations in the coloration but primarily the white has the classic pearlescent depth of color.  The jar is signed on the bottom with her Frog Hallmark.  It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  

$ 1,800.00
Navasie, Joy “Frogwoman” – Jar with Birds (1980’s)

This smaller jar by Joy “Frog Woman” Navasie is one of her classic shapes.  The jar has straight sides and it is polished on the inside and the outside.  The jar is slipped with the white clay and then painted with natural clay slips and bee-weed (black).   The sides of the jar are very tightly painted in four panels.  It’s nice to see a smaller piece with such precision to the lines!  Two panels are birds and the other two are bird tail designs. The black painted with bee-weed (a plant) and the red is a deeper red clay she began to use in the 1980’s.  It has been traditionally fired so there are some variations in the coloration from white to almost a pinkish color.   The jar is signed on the bottom with her Frog Hallmark.  It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  

$ 1,400.00
Duwyenie, Preston – Red “Earth in Balance” Bowl

This piece by Preston Duwyenie is made from red Hopi clay. The shape is inspired by early Sikyatki pottery with wide, low shoulders.  The body of the piece is fully polished with a matte area near the top.  The polished area is meant to represent the earth, the raised area the waters and the higher matte areas the land and mountains.  It is “the earth in balance” as all three are connected.  The bowl is rounded on the bottom and there is an acrylic base which comes with the piece to hold it steady.  The bowl is signed on the bottom in the clay with Preston’s hallmark which is a woman carrying a child.  Preston is from Third Mesa at Hopi, and taught ceramics for years at Institute of American Indian Art (IAIA) in Santa Fe.

$ 900.00
Naha, Helen “Feather Woman” – Large Awatovi Star Design Jar

This is a classic wide shoulder jar by Helen Naha, also known as “Feather Woman”.  She created distinctive pottery using the white clay slip throughout her career.  The designs were all painted using bee-weed (black) and natural clay slips.  She learned to make pottery from her mother-in-law, Paqua Naha yet had her own style in form, imagery, and composition.  Helen is known for her revival of the pre-historic Awatovi pottery.   Awatovi is one of the ruins near Hopi where a white slipped style of pottery was made.  It is a fascinating place as it was where Coronado made contact with the Hopi in 1540.  During the excavations in the 1930’s the whiteware pottery was rediscovered.  It was the imagery from his work which inspired much of Helen’s early pottery, as opposed the more classic Sikyatki inspired pottery of Nampeyo.  This jar has the “Awatovi Star” pattern painted on the top and the bottom.  The shape of the jar has a more open mouth, which reveals more of the painted imagery when viewing from the side.  Just above the shoulder is her “eternity band” design.  The inside of the bowl is also polished, which Helen tried to do on most of her pottery when she could reach her hand inside.  The jar has been traditionally fired and there is some variation to the color with the fired cloud, which certainly adds to the beauty of the piece.  The jar is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  It is signed on the bottom with her hallmark feather.

$ 2,800.00
Clashin, Debbie – Dragonfly Plate

Debbie Clashin has become one of the exciting leaders in Hopi-Tewa pottery over the past several years.  She is known for her large-sized traditional fired vessels.  This plate is fully polished.  It is painted on the front with a larger dragonfly, several small dragonflies and a series of “dragonfly wings” extending across the surface.  It is a wonderful use of design and the space.  The plate is painted with bee-weed and a red clay slip and traditionally fired.  There are blushes across the surface of the plate.   It is signed on the back with her name and a pipe for his “Tobacco Clan”.

$ 900.00
Huma, Rondina – Bowl with Hopi Bird Designs

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 early pieces from the 1970’s.  The bowl is made from red Hopi clay and then painted with bee-weed. The bowl is fully polished on the inside and outside.  The design has two Hopi birds which are painted encircling the piece.  It is always interesting to see her early work and how it certainly evolved over time.  The bowl is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  It is signed on the bottom in the clay.

$ 800.00
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
Adams, Sadie – Jar with Cloud and Rain Designs

This is a small jar by Sadie Adams. It is fully polished on the inside and outside. The design is a classic Sikyatki inspired rain and cloud pattern.  It is painted with bee-weed  (black) and two sections of polished red.  The jar is signed on the bottom with her hallmark flower.  It is in good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  There is some fugitive black areas.

$ 200.00
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Nampeyo, Priscilla Namingha – Migration Design Jar (1970’s)

This is an exceptional jar by Priscialla Namingha Nampeyo.  She was a great-granddaughter of Nampeyo of Hano and granddaughter of Annie Healing,  She was also a sister of Dextra Quotskuyva Nampeyo. Priscilla was the matriarch of a family of renown potters, including Rachel, Bonnie, Nyla and Jean Sahmie.  Priscilla began making pottery when she was only seven years old, under the guidance of Nampeyo of Hano. This jar is thin walled and painted with the classic migration pattern.  It is one of those pieces that captures the essence of her pottery skill with very thin lines and a design which matches the shape.  Priscilla was known for her traditional work and this jar is simply one of her best.  It was traditionally fired and so it has blushes across the surface.  It is signed on the bottom “Priscilla Namingha Nampeyo”.  It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

$ 1,200.00 $ 900.00
Quotskuyva, Dextra – Bowl with Migration Pattern (1970’s)

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 bowl from the 1970’s.  It is very thin walled and a classic bowl shape. The piece is painted with the classic migration pattern.  Dextra said of this design:

“This is the one design that was really stressed for us to use, the migration pattern. Nothing but lines, representing the migration of all the people to all the places, including down below and up above. It has seven points at the top and bottom. All the x’s represent life from the bottom and top, telling you the universe is one. The thin lines, I just wanted to paint them real fast and real close to try and include everyone.”  Dextra Quotskuyva Nampeyo, Spoken Through Clay

The bowl has deep red clay near the rim and the remainder is painted with bee-weed (black).  The lines are very thin and close, as would be expected from her pottery!  This bowl is signed on the bottom, “Dextra Quotskuyva (Nampeyo)”.  It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair. Simple, elegant and a classic!

$ 4,000.00
Naha, Helen “Feather Woman – Water Jar with Bat Wing Design (1970’s)

Helen Naha created distinctive pottery using the white kaolin clay slip throughout her career.  The designs were all painted using bee-weed (black) and natural clay slips.  She learned to make pottery from her mother-in-law, Paqua Naha yet had her own style in form, imagery, and composition. This jar has a wonderful shape with a low shoulder and slightly turned out rim.  The design is the classic batwing pattern which extends down below the shoulder.  The bottom has her hallmark “feather”.  It is really wonderful to note her attention to the little details and that even the entire inside of the jar is fully polished! Note the wonderful bold lines of Helen’s painting!  It is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

$ 1,800.00
Tahbo, Dianna – Jar with Bird Tail Designs (2001)

Diana Tahbo was known for her tightly painted pottery and especially her beautiful miniatures.  This tall jar is vertically polished and then painted.  The design has bird tails in two sections and bird wings in two others.  The jar was traditionally fired, which created the blushes on the surface.  The interesting thing about when she vertically polished her pottery (as well as when Mark did the same thing) is that the lines of the polishing are visible after the firing.  It adds one more layer of depth to the piece.  The jar is signed on the bottom in the clay.  It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

$ 575.00
Nampeyo, Priscilla Namingha – Large Eagle Tail Bowl (1990’s)

Priscilla Namingha Nampeyo was a great-granddaughter of Nampeyo of Hano and granddaughter of Annie Healing,  She was also a sister of  Dextra Quotskuyva Nampeyo. Priscilla was the matriarch of a family of renown potters, including Rachel, Bonnie, Nyla and Jean Sahmie.  Priscilla began making pottery when she was only seven years old, under the guidance of Nampeyo of Hano. This large bowl is a classic of her style.  It is thin walled and painted with the classic “eagle tail” pattern, which was made famous by Nampeyo.  The top section is slipped with red clay while the design itself is painted with bee-weed (a plant) for the black. Each of the four eagle tails extends down over the shoulder and are surrounded by the bird wings.  The bowl was traditionally fired, so there are striking blushes on the surface.  Priscilla was known for her traditional designs along with the tightly painted designs.  The bowl is signed on the bottom “Priscilla Namingha Nampeyo”.  It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  It is nice to see such a large and classic designed piece of her work in the gallery!

$ 3,200.00
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
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
Sahmie, Jean – Jar with Awatovi Style Designs

Jean Sahmie is a daughter of noted potter Priscilla Nampeyo and a descendant of Nampeyo of Hano. This jar has a wide shoulder and slightly turned out rim.  The shoulder of the jar is painted with a linear design and below that is a lightning pattern. The base has another lightning design. The designs for the jar are inspired by the classic Awatovi pottery.  The jar is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  It is signed on the bottom with her hallmark and a corn plant (for Corn Clan).  While Jean no longer makes pottery, there is a wonderful creativity in each of her pieces!

 

$ 500.00
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, Mark  – 16″ Wide Eagle Tail Shoulder Jar (1999)

This is a striking very large wide shoulder jar by Mark Tahbo.  The jar is a classic Hopi or Sikytaki shape, with the wide shoulder and a slight neck. The neck is just slightly turned out, which for Mark, it was the little details in his pottery which were important to him.  The shoulder of the jar is painted with an intricate eagle tail design.  Mark would often try and stylize patterns so that they were not just a repetition of previous work.  Here, the tail feathers can be seen in the center of the design, and then the wings extruding outward and mottled.  The jar was painted with bee-weed (black) and then clay slips.  Note that he used a deep red clay, but also a mauve clay slip in the center areas.  It was only around 1998-9 that he began to use the mauve clay, which he found near Hopi.  It was difficult to use and he didn’t have much, so he used it as an accent in his designs.  The jar is traditionally fired and the blushes are simply amazing!  The color variations range from white to orange almost red!  Mark worked diligently to create blushes on the surface of the pottery so that they would almost function as another design element!  The jar is signed on the bottom, “Mark Tahbo” and dated ’99.  The jar is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair. The owners of the jar acquired it directly from Mark. Finding pieces of his this size, design and coloration is a great testament to his skill as a potter and painter!

$ 5,000.00
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
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
Quotskuyva, Dextra – Double Opening Bowl with Hummingbird & Star (1990’s)

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 a fascinating bowl which has two openings.  On one side there is a flower painted on the clay with a tiny hummingbird.  The other side has a black painted star pattern.  The bowl is signed on the inside.  The bowl sits on a clay tile, which has been traditionally fired and is also signed in the clay.  The fine lines of the painting, along with the blush from the traditional firing make this an exceptional piece of her pottery. It is painted with red clay slips along with bee-weed (black).  It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  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“.

$ 3,600.00
Naha, Tyra – Bowl with Bird Designs

Tyra Naha is a daughter of Rainy Naha.   She learned to make pottery from her mother and continues to make traditional style Hopi-Tewa pottery in the style her grandmother, Helen “Feather Woman” Naha.  This bowl is coil built and painted with native clay slips and bee-weed (black).  It is a classic design with a series of birds encircling the bowl and connected with fineline patterns.  It is a variation on the classic “migration” pattern.  The bowl is is traditionally fired and signed on the bottom with a feather and spider (Spider Clan ) and a “3” for being Third Generation of the Naha family.

 

 

 

 

$ 250.00
Koopee, Jacob -19″ Wide Open Bowl with Migration Pattern & Cradledolls

This is an amazing large open bowl by Jacob Koopee.  Jake was known for his large pieces and his variations on traditional Hopi-Tewa designs.  This large open bowl is coil built and it is painted on the outside and the inside. On the outside there is the classic migration pattern.  Jake had an ability to paint the fine lines of the pattern thin and even. The inside of the bowl is also fully painted with hand prints and cradle dolls.  Each of the cradle dolls is a different katsina, including a Qooqule, Grandmother, Runner and other figures.  The small hand prints were meant to represent the children given the cradle dolls as gifts.  The bowl is signed on the bottom with a flute player, which was one of Jake’s signatures.  This immense bowl is a striking example of his skill as both potter and painter.  It is traditionally fired and painted with bee weed (black) and natural clay slips.  Jake won numerous awards during his career including “Best of Show” in 2005 at both Santa Fe Indian Market and the Heard Museum Market.  I was lucky to have been a pottery judge both years at both events, and it was exciting to see an artist create such dynamic work.

$ 16,000.00
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
Tahbo, Mark  – Large Jar with 16 Kastsina Masks (1998)

This is an exceptional large jar by Mark Tahbo. It came from a collector who purchased it directly from Mark. It looked very familiar and when I went though some old photos, I realized I had been at Hopi the day it was fired!  Mark had been firing pieces for Santa Fe Indian Market in1998 and asked me to come up and photograph some of the firings.  At the end of the photos are some photos of this being taken out of the firing! What an amazing coincedence!  It’s no surprise that this jar is thin walled and a great shape.  The entire surface is fully polished. The jar was made in 1998 and it was one of the first times he had deviated from more classic Sikyati designs of Nampeyo and his great-grandmother Grace Chapella.  Here each of the figures around the shoulder has a different katsina mask including the grandmother katsina, hornet, cloud, star, and others.  Note how the mask of each one is different and painted with both red, white and mauve clay slips!  The band closer to the neck has star, bird, corn, raincloud, butterfly and flower patterns.  Again, they are painted with the various clay slips!  The complexity in design and the variations in color are certainly a hallmark of this period of his pottery. The jar was traditionally fired and there are great blushes on the surface. Mark fired his pottery outdoors using sheep dung and the smoke created the intense colorations.  He was always fascinated with the blushes in the clay and worked hard to give his pottery a rich appearance. This jar is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  It is signed and dated on the bottom. 

$ 3,000.00
Quotskuyva, Dextra – Jar with Swans (1990’s)

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 a more classic piece of her pottery.  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 has four swans painted around the shoulder.  Note how the deep red is polished on the neck and the rim of the jar.  The base of the jar is matte red and the inside of the mouth of the jar is an unusual tan coloration.  The swans are painted to extend up from the shoulder.  Note the photo of the jar from the top and how she has squared the rim but has the birds swirls around! It is this attention to the small details which makes her work so spectacular.  The jar is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Dextra” along with a corn plant to represent the Corn Clan.  It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  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“.

$ 4,500.00
Nampeyo, Elva Tewaguna – Mini Bat Wing Bowl (1970’s)

Elva Tewaguna Namepyo, was a daughter of Fannie Nampeyo, a granddaughter of the Nampeyo of Hano and a sister of Iris and Tonita Nampeyo and Thomas Polacca.  Her pottery was coil built, stone polished and painted with bee-weed and natural clay slips. This small bowl is a very traditional design with a batwing pattern.  The piece was traditionally fired to create the blushes on the surface.  It is signed on the bottom.  It is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  Her daughter Adelle Nampeyo continues in the same family tradition.

$ 200.00
Nampeyo, Elva Tewaguna – Wide Bowl with Bat Wing Design (1970’s)

Elva Tewaguna Namepyo, was a daughter of Fannie Nampeyo, a granddaughter of the Nampeyo of Hano and a sister of Iris and Tonita Nampeyo and Thomas Polacca.  Her pottery was coil built, stone polished and painted with bee-weed and natural clay slips. This wide shape bowl is a very traditional form for Hopi-Tewa pottery.  This design, the bat wing pattern, is one which was revived by Nampeyo of Hano.   The piece was traditionally fired to create the blushes on the surface.  It is signed on the bottom.  It is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  Her daughter Adelle Nampeyo continues in the same family tradition.

$ 500.00
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
Nampeyo, Janell – Bowl with Bat Wing Design

Janell Nampeyo is a daughter of Adelle Nampeyo, a granddaughter of Elva Tewaguna Namepyo, a great-granddaughter of Fannie Nampeyo, and a great-great-granddaughter of the Nampeyo of Hano.  She creates coil built pottery painted with bee weed.  This bowl has a batwing design painted from the neck of the bowl.  The rim is slipped with a red clay.  The bat-wing pattern is one that was revived by Nampeyo of Hano.  It is signed on the bottom.

$ 125.00
Navasie, Dolly Joe “White Swann” – Jar with Bird Tail Design

Dolly Joe Navasie is best known by her name White Swann.  She is the daughter of Eunice “Fawn” Navasie and a sister of Dawn and Fawn Navasie.  This jar is coil built and painted with bee-weed (black) and a red clay slip. The design is a classic eagle tail pattern which extends down from the shoulder.  The jar is traditionally fired to create the blushes.  It is signed on the bottom, “White Swann”.   It is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

$ 325.00
Setalla, Pauline – Canteen with Bird Design (1970’s)

Pauline Talasyousia (Setalla) (b. 1930) married Justin Navasie Setalla.  She was raised in the village of Mishongovi and learned to make pottery from her mother-in-law, Agnes Navasie and her sister-in-law Eunice “Fawn” Navasie.  She had ten children, including Dee Stealla, Agnes Nasonhoya, Gwen Setalla and Stetson Setalla, who are all potters.  This is one of her canteens from the 1970’s.  It is a classic Hopi shape with the round belly.  The design is a bird pattern which is painted on the front of the piece.  The black is bee-weed and the white and red are clay slips. The canteen is flat on the back but it also stands.  It was traditionally fired which created the coloration of the pink and white.  The canteen is in good condition with some fugitive black and a small chip on the back of the lip.  It is signed, “Pauline S.” on the back.

$ 500.00
Koopee, Jacob – Bowl with Migration Pattern (2004)

This bowl by Jacob Koopee is from 2004. This jar I originally purchased from Jake and now it has come back to the gallery!  First about the color. The jar is made with the red Hopi clay and it is almost a brown coloration from the firing!  The rim and various other areas have the purple or mauve colored clay slip that he started to use on his pottery.  The design is a migration pattern with the bird wings but note how he modified it.  The rim has the migration lines over a mauve clay.  The bird wings extend down from the top and up from the shoulder and are etched with small lines.  Separating them are the bird heads which are again painted with the mauve clay.  All the designs are outlined with a white clay slip.   The bottom has small hand designs which Jake cut out and would use the white clay to spray around the hands.  The impact of the hands and the birds is striking and the white clay has just a little texture!  The jar was traditionally fired to create the colorations.   The piece is signed on the bottom, “Koopee” and a flute player hallmark.  It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  Jake won numerous awards during his career including “Best of Show” in 2005 at both Santa Fe Indian Market and the Heard Museum Market.  I was lucky to have been a pottery judge both years at both events, and it was exciting to see an artist create such dynamic work.

$ 4,800.00
Begaye, Nathan – Kiva Bowl with Frog in Center

Nathan Begaye was a unique innovator among Pueblo and Navajo potters.  His ethnic connection to both Hopi and Navajo let his style flow between the two distinctive cultures and yet find their own unique space.  His work used traditional designs, forms and techniques, yet somehow appeared very modern.  This is a very unusual and traditional style bowl.  The shape is a “kiva” bowl with the kiva steps on the side.  On the outside they are painted with dragonflies and on the inside with clouds.  The center of the bowl has a traditional frog as the pattern with a cloud design on its head.  The bowl is slipped with a white clay and the painted with natural clay slips and traditionally fired.  It is signed on the bottom with his wave/cloud hallmark.  It is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

$ 750.00
Huma, Rondina – Wide Bowl with Pottery Shard Designs (2000)

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 wide bowl is fully designed and painted.  The rim has a very intricate triangular pattern and above the shoulder is a mesa design in a burgundy clay slip.  The small areas area each individually painted with bee-weed (black) and then highlighted with a polished red clay slip.  Each of the sections is hand painted and was inspired by pottery shards.  On this bowl 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 tight patterns have become more and more intricate and detailed in each passing year.  Amazingly, the inside of the bowl is also fully polished!   The bowl is traditionally fired so that creates the color variations on the surface.  It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  It is signed on the bottom in the clay.

$ 5,000.00
Nampeyo, Fannie – Bowl with Blackbird Migration Pattern (1960’s)

This bowl by Fannie Nampeyo is a classic bowl shape.  form.   The design is a black bird migration pattern with the bird in black above the shoulder and the bird tail below the shoulder.  The design has a great flow around the entire piece.  It was traditionally fired creating the striking color variations on the surface.  It’s not often that we see such complex painting on Fannie’s smaller pieces.  It is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair. It is signed on the bottom, “Fannie Nampeyo” and it is from the 1960’s.

$ 775.00
Naha, Sylvia – 14″ Tall Lizard, Corn & Shard Design Jar (1980’s)

Sylvia Naha created pieces with the white clay polished surface painted with bee-weed (black) and native clay slips.  Throughout the 1980’s, Sylvia was considered among the most innovative of the Hopi potters.  Her pieces were classic in form and amazingly intricate in design.  This seedpot is a “miniature” version of complicated “shard” pattern pottery.  Half of the seepdot has a lizard and stalk of corn.  The other half is a very intricate pottery shard design. The shards have various images taken from both Sylivas pottery (like the turtle) and traditional Hopi-Tewa pottery.  It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  The seedpot is signed on the bottom with a feather and an “S”.

$ 4,500.00
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
Nampeyo, Camille “Hisi”  – Wide Bowl with Star Pattern

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 wide bowl has a star on the top of the piece. The star design with the fineline patterns surrounding it is inspired by the Awatovi pottery from the 1400’s. The star pattern here is painted with a red clay and the surrounding lines are painted with bee-weed, a plant.  When looked at from the side, the bowl has a mountain and rain pattern while from the top, the star emanates out from the center design.  Note the subtle variations in color from the firing.  It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  It is signed on the bottom.

$ 1,600.00
Ami, Loren – Hilili Katsina Jar

Loren Ami’s pottery is inspired by traditional Hopi designs and forms. Each piece is coil built, painted with native clays (red) and bee-weed (black) and outdoor fired.  This jar is one of his classic shapes with a wide shoulder and a turned out neck.  Loren said that the design on this jar was inspired by the Hilili Katsina.  The are inspired by the mask worn by the katsina.  The Hilili Katsina’s name comes from the call or noise that he makes. He is a Guard Kachina, who is mainly seen holding Yucca whips. He has become a popular guard at the ceremonies due to his dancing style. He can bee seen in the Powamu and Night dances.  The jar has been traditionally fired which creates the blushes on the surface.  Note the use of the mica in the red clay slip!  It is signed on the bottom.

$ 600.00
Quotskuyva, Dextra – Bowl with Red Tail Hawk Design

This is a traditional bowl 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 mid 1980’s, which can be see in the color of the red clay, as well as her signature.  The bowl has a series of Red Tail hawk tail feathers painted in four sections.  Separating each of them is a triangular design, which represents the back and wings of the birds.  The red areas are stone polished and the black is painted with bee-weed (a plant). The bowl 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“.

$ 5,350.00
Quotskuyva, Dextra – Mini Bowl with Bat Wing Design (1976)

This miniature bowl by Dextra Quotskuyva was made in 1976.  Dextra 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.  The bowl has the classic bat wing design painted on the surface in four sections.  Each of the wings is very tightly painted with Dextra’s fineline work.  The bowl was 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“.

$ 950.00
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
Begaye, Nathan – Melon jar with Birds (1985)

Nathan Begaye was a unique innovator among Pueblo and Navajo potters.  His ethnic connection to both Hopi and Navajo let his work flow between the two distinctive styles and yet find their own unique space.  His work used traditional designs, forms and techniques, yet somehow appeared very modern.  This is an exceptional jar by Nathan Begaye  The shape has a low shoulder and a slightly turned out neck. The shoulder has melon ribs pushed out in the clay.  Below the shoulder is very detailed painted Hopi style birds.  Check out the very intricate checkerboard patterns.  I remember watching Nathan create those patterns and work with the various colors of clay, all of which are natural.  It was fascinating how he knew which ones he could polish and which ones to leave matte. The jar is signed on the bottom in the clay.  It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

 

$ 900.00
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King, Charles S., “Spoken Through Clay”

Spoken Through Clay

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

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

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August 18, Pasatiempo Review

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

352 pages, 320 color plates, 40 artist portraits

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

$ 125.00 $ 95.00
Qoyawayma, Al – Slipper Jar with Jaguar and Bird Men

Al Qoyawayma calls the shape of this jar his “Slipper” pots.  He explains; “It is a shape that is ubiquitous form in pre-historic pottery in areas from Hopi south to Chile.  The figures on the slipper bowls are formed from actual Teotihuacán (Mexico) pottery stamps.  The stamps are genuine with an estimated age of 0-200 AD. The animal representation may be a jaguar or perhaps other smaller animal.  The other 3 figure relief characters I might guess as “bird men”.  I give these stamps and figures respect because of their antiquity. Also, Teotihuacan was very cosmopolitan city and pyramid complex, and is said to have many cultural enclaves, some possibly with ancestors to the Hopi.  Some linguists believe that the Teotihuacán’s spoke Uto-Aztecan, the root language of Hopi.

The slipper pot (or “shoe pots”) are an ancient ubiquitous phenomena found in Chile with the northern most extent at Hopi (and that is interesting).  Even today the shoe pots are beings made in Mexico. There are similar Hopi forms, many with a curved conical “nose” and were used for cooking…so sometimes the pots are referred to as “culinary shoe pots” (archaeologically speaking). My aunt Polingaysi (Elizabeth White) gave me a full explanation of the construction and use of these shoe pots in the 1970’s. Interestingly the pots showed up in an excavation at the village of Sikyatki by Walter Fewkes in 1895. Sikyatki likely occupied by Keres speaking (Laguna and Acoma) group who are the Coyote Clan. My ancestry is of the Coyote Clan.”

$ 5,800.00
Tahbo, Dianna – Bowl with Bird Design (1996)

Diana Tahbo was known for her tightly painted pottery and especially her beautiful miniatures.  This is an unusual piece as it is made with the red Hopi clay.  The design is a classic eagle with the tail to one side and the head to the other (the pointed end).  It is a classic style of Sikyatki design revived by Nampeyo of Hano.  Here Dianna has used it on half the bowl. The entire piece is fully polished, including the inside!  The bowl is from 1996 and it is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  It is signed on the bottom “Dianna Tahbo”.

$ 350.00
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