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Kewa Sant0 Domingo

Kewa Sant0 Domingo Pueblo is one of the best known tribes of the southwest Indians, largely because of their skill in marketing, their jewelry and other crafts. The Pueblo is fifth in population of the nineteen New Mexico Pueblos, and is generally considered the most conservative in terms of customs and culture. Life in the Pueblo has altered little since the arrival of the white man, Santo Domingo people have closely guarded their ceremonies, placing great emphasis on their ancient religious structures and societies, the center of the social structure. While adhering strictly to tribal authority, much of the Pueblo productivity is devoted to the making of jewelry. They travel all over the country displaying and selling the silver and turquoise necklaces, rings and bracelets which have made them famous They also make fine heishe of turquoise and other stones and silver. As would be expected the pottery of Santo Domingo is strictly traditional, reproducing with care, the ancient forms and decorations.

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Holt, Lisa & Harlan Reano – “Twisted” Figure

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

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

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

$ 3,200.00 $ 2,500.00
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Holt, Lisa & Harlan Reano – Large Jar with Sparrows

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

$ 7,800.00 $ 6,800.00
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Holt, Lisa & Harlan Reano – Standing Owl with Pueblo Designs

Lisa Holt and Harlan Reano make an amazing team, working to create innovative pottery using traditional techniques.  Lisa makes the pottery and it is painted by Harlan.  This standing owl is an exceptional piece of their work.  The owl has a rather intense connotation in Native stories reflecting wisdom, foresight, and the keeper of sacred knowledge.  This standing owl utilizes numerous traditional Cochiti and Kewa designs to make up the entire piece.  The eyes are encircled by the wild spinach plant design, which is what is used to paint the black on the figures.  The wings also have the wild spinach design in the center and plant designs on either side.  The main body has triangular feather patterns with a surrounding lightning design.  However, it’s the use of the clay as the feathers on the head and wings that is exceptional!  Harlan as well said to note how they sculpted the feet, which together with the wings, give a sense of flight. The materials are all traditional as the red and cream are both native clays while the black is wild spinach (a plant). This figure was also traditionally fired outdoors.

$ 4,000.00 $ 3,000.00
Melchor – Jar with Deer Family

This jar was made by the Melcor family of Kewa (Santo Domingo) Pueblo. The jar is traditional in form with a wide rim and round body. There is a charming scene of deer and plants as the design.  The jar is painted with natural clay slips and wild spinach plant (black).  It is signed on the bottom, “Pottery by the Melchor’s”.  It is from 2010 and it is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

$ 125.00
Melchor, Santana – Bowl with Flower Patterns

Santana Melchor was one of the great potters from Santo Domingo throughout the 1900’s. This open bowl of hers is from the 1970’s.  It has a classic Santo Domingo design with a series of flowers encircling the piece.  The bowl has a “spirit line” on the rim. The bowl is painted with wild spinach (black) and native clay slips. It is signed on the bottom, “Santana Melchor”.  it is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair. It is certainly a striking piece of her pottery!

$ 600.00
Pacheco, William Andrew – Asymmetrical Dinosaur Jar

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

$ 850.00
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