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Jemez Pottery

The  art of Jemez Pottery making was revived in the 1800s after being lost during the Spanish conquest of the American Southwest. After being developed in the tradition style, the pottery has been enhanced over the generations to include several wonderful clay colors and traditional shapes.  Jemez Pueblo Pottery has also been influcenced by later generations by polishing and insizing the pottery, fine line painting, inliad stonework and storyteller figures. The Pueblo of Jemez has a closed village policy due to the lack of tourism facilities and out of respect for the privacy of those who live there. The village is, therefore, open to the public only on Feast Days. The Pueblo now chooses to no longer allow these days to be publicized due to over capacity and for the reasons stated above. Visitors should go to the Walatowa Visitor Center which is open year round. Do not wander around the village.

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Vigil, Phillip – “Blue River” Original Acrylic on Canvas

Phillip Vigil is one of the exciting, young native painters working today.  His modernist designs are a play on his life, culture and personal experiences.  Phillip has primarily been working on paper, but the transition to canvas has been an exciting change in his art. In a 2011 “Rethinking Contemporary Native American Art” article in “THE” magazine, they included Vigil saying,  “Phillip Vigil seeks his identity as a contemporary creative type who is also an indigenous person.  He is self-taught, inspired to paint by his love of the comic strip Calvin & Hobbes”.

This painting, “Blue River”, is a large-scale piece painted on canvas.  Phillip said of this piece:

“I think of this painting as a metaphor for life.  Just as no river ever really flows in a straight line, neither do our lives.  The big blue streak of color is representational of the, ‘curving river’ and the way things always unexpectedly ‘pop-up’ in life to challenge us and change our direction.

The other elements of the painting, the splashes, marks, lines and drips, each of these speaks to the unexpected.  They are metaphors for our lives which rarely follow an imposed path no matter how hard we try to control events, people or the world around us.  Each day is like the paint, it will drip and splash around us and choose its own path.”

We are pleased to represent his paintings in our Scottsdale gallery and look for more from this amazing artist!

$ 3,500.00
Eteeyan, Mary Louise – Mini Bowl with Butterfly Lid and Plant Designs

Mary Louise Eteeyan is known for her delicately painted pottery and carved lids.  This bowl is polished red around the base and painted with flowers around the side.  Mary Louise uses classic Jemez clays to create her designs.  The lid has a polished rim and a sculptured butterfly on top.  Note the detail in the design and shape of the butterfly!  It is signed on the bottom.

$ 75.00
Vigil, Phillip – “Untitled No. 1″ Original Acrylic on Canvas – 61″ X 54”

Phillip Vigil is one of the exciting, young native painters working today.  His modernist designs are a play on his life, culture and personal experiences.  Phillip has primarily been working on paper, but the transition to canvas has been an exciting change in his art. In a 2011 “Rethinking Contemporary Native American Art” article in “THE” magazine, they included Vigil saying,  “Phillip Vigil seeks his identity as a contemporary creative type who is also an indigenous person.  He is self-taught, inspired to paint by his love of the comic strip Calvin & Hobbes”.

This painting, “Untitled, No. 1”, is a large scale piece painted on canvas.  This painting shows his first step in returning to canvas and doing it in a BIG way!  Phillip said of this piece:

“This painting represents my return to painting on canvas.  It is the largest of my first four recent canvas works. While I’m primarily known for works on paper, returning to the canvas has been a seamless process.  The larger expanse of space available to paint has ushered in a new perspective for me.  I no longer feel contained by the limits of the paper size and it is quite freeing.

“This painting is about life and my life, in particular.  These are internal landscapes I have created, which stretch back to my childhood and beyond.  The hand coming down from the left corner is picking up the marbles or gum ball drops.  The rest of the painting is in motion.  This is a metaphor for how life flows around us all at the same time.”

We are pleased to represent his paintings in our Scottsdale gallery and look for more from this amazing artist!

$ 4,800.00
Vigil, Phillip – “Sunset” Original Acrylic on Canvas – 54″ X 28″

Phillip Vigil is one of the exciting, young native painters working today.  His modernist designs are a play on his life, culture and personal experiences.  Phillip has primarily been working on paper, but the transition to canvas has been an exciting change in his art.  In a 2011 “Rethinking Contemporary Native American Art” article in “THE” magazine, they included Vigil saying,  “Phillip Vigil seeks his identity as a contemporary creative type who is also an indigenous person.  He is self-taught, inspired to paint by his love of the comic strip Calvin & Hobbes”.

This painting, “Sunset”, is a visually stunning use of color and design to reveal his experiences.  Phillip said of this piece:

“This painting, “Sunset” is a representation of the spectacular and visually varied event which is each sunset here in the high desert.  The light, the shape of the clouds and the quickly changing colors are stunning.  They amaze and inspire me.  Where I live in Jemez Pueblo, just south of the main village, the light pollution is limited and just as the sun sets, the first stars come out.  For most people this remarkable visual experience is something taken for granted.  For me, when I look up and see the sunset and then the first light of the stars in the darkening sky, I can’t help but think, ‘what more inspiration does one need’”.

 

We are pleased to represent his paintings in our Scottsdale gallery and look for more from this amazing artist!

$ 2,500.00
Vigil, Phillip – “Rain” Original Acrylic on Canvas – 46″ X 55″

Phillip Vigil is one of the exciting, young native painters working today.  His modernist designs are a play on his life, culture and personal experiences.  Phillip has primarily been working on paper, but the transition to canvas has been an exciting change in his art.  In a 2011 “Rethinking Contemporary Native American Art” article in “THE” magazine, they included Vigil saying,  “Phillip Vigil seeks his identity as a contemporary creative type who is also an indigenous person.  He is self-taught, inspired to paint by his love of the comic strip Calvin & Hobbes”.

This painting, “Rain”, is a large scale piece painted on canvas.  Phillip said of this piece:

“’Rain’ is about the rains which come during the monsoons throughout our southwestern summers.  The big thunder clouds build up in the distance and the you can see the rain flowing downward from them.  I currently live in Jemez Pueblo and here, rain is our everything.  It sustains our people or grows the chili or corn which are part of my daily life.

The recent droughts have put a strain on Pueblo life and has caused me to reflect on the importance of water to me, the pueblo and our culture.  The cleansing, sustaining rains which come each summer remind me that Water is Life.”

We are pleased to represent his paintings in our Scottsdale gallery and look for more from this amazing artist!

$ 3,500.00
Gachupin, Laura – Jar with Melon Ribs and Corn

Laura Gachupin is one of the leading potters from Jemez Pueblo.  This jar is one of the classics of her style.  The jar has a corn design on one side in relief.  The other side has a series of spiraling melon ribs. The entire surface is polished tan and the rim of the jar is polished red.  The shape and direction of the melon ribs is striking on this piece as they are deeply carved and spiral up from the base.  The jar is signed on the bottom in the clay.  It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair. It is signed on the bottom in the clay.

$ 900.00
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 gunmetal 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!

$ 400.00
Toya, Dominique – Jar with Melon Swirl Ribs

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 jar is a has fully polished sections through which are cut ribs which are slipped with  mica.  When fired black, the ribs have a nearly gunmetal metallic appearance!  The mouth of the jar is asymmetrical and also slipped with mica. The contrast of the polished and micaceous areas is visually striking in terms of how the light hits the surface. Dominique has won numerous awards for her pottery and continues to be one of the leading Jemez potters working today!

$ 700.00
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!

$ 600.00
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!

$ 600.00
Fragua, BJ – Tan Oval Jar with Ribbon Pattern

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

$ 300.00
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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
Fragua, Glendora – Mini Seedpot with Flowers & Dragonfly

This miniature seedpot by Glendora Fragua is fully polished red.  It is fully incised and has a dragonfly on one side and flowers across the rest of the surface. The flowers and dragonfly are painted with matte clay slips, while there are additional designs etched into the red areas of the seedpot.  It is signed on the bottom in the clay with Glendora’s corn hallmark.

$ 125.00
Fragua, Glendora – Tall Jar with Dragonflies and Flowers

This tall jar by Glendora Fragua is fully polished brown.  It is fully incised with dragonflies and flowers.  The dragonflies are highlighted with various matte clay slips.  Note as well the dragonflies etched into the rim of the jar!  The jar is signed on the bottom in the clay with Glendora’s corn hallmark.

$ 400.00
Fragua, Glendora – Tall Seepot with Lizard & Flowers

This elongated seedpot by Glendora Fragua is fully polished red.  It is fully incised and has a lizard as the main design.  Surrounding the lizard are various flower deigns both etched and painted on the surface.  Each of the designs is highlighted with red or black clay slips. The seedpot is signed on the bottom in the clay with Glendora’s corn hallmark.

$ 250.00
Fragua, Glendora – Seedpot with Sun Design (1987)

Glendora Fragua is known for her intricately incised pottery.  This piece is from 1987 and has a sun as the main design.  The sun is set to the left on the piece and the remainder of the medallion is intricately designed.  Note the various levels of etching on the piece which give it depth.  The additional white and black colors are derived from matte clay slips.  The piece is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  It is signed on the bottom in the clay with Glendora’s corn hallmark.

$ 375.00
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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.

$ 300.00 $ 200.00
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