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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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Tenorio, Robert  – Open Bowl with Flowers (1980)

This is an open bowl by Robert Tenorio. The bowl is painted on the outside with a classic Santo Domingo (Kewa) design.  The inside has three flowers. They are each connected and the leaves have a rain design.  The background is fully painted black, giving the bowl a negative space appearance.   The bowl also has a “spirit line” or a break in the painted line around the rim.  This goes back to historic Kewa pottery when the artist would use the spirit line to release their spirit or connection from the vessel.   The bowl is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  The bowl is signed on the bottom in the clay.  It has an interesting provenance, as it comes to us from the collection of Richard Spivey, known for his books on Maria Martinez.  The bowl was made as a Christmas gift to Richard and his wife in 1980.  In the clay on the bottom it says, “To Mr. & Mrs. R. Spivey.  May our friendship float on by spirit as well as by heart.  Robert Tenorio”.  Beautiful.

$ 200.00
Tenorio, Robert  – Open Bowl with Four Deer

This is an open bowl by Robert Tenorio. The bowl is painted on the outside with a classic Santo Domingo (Kewa) design.  The inside has four deer.  Each of the deer is separated by a tree and they are painted with two different colors of clay slips.  Note as well that very vessel has a “spirit line” or a break in the painted line around the rim.  This goes back to historic Kewa pottery when the artist would use the spirit line to release their spirit or connection from the vessel.  The bowl is signed on the bottom in the clay. The bowl is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  It has an interesting provenance, as it comes to us from the collection of Richard Spivey, known for his books on Maria Martinez.  However, note the tag on the bottom, which indicates he acquired it from Dick Howard, who was a well known collector of Pueblo pottery.

$ 225.00
Holt, Lisa & Harlan Reano – Spiraling Dragon Clay Figure

Lisa Holt and Harlan Reano make an amazing team, working to create innovative pottery using traditional techniques.  Lisa makes the pottery and it is painted by Harlan.  This dragon figure combines both a pueblo and Asian influence with the avanyu and dragon combination.  The dragon is hollow and the body has a spiraling appearance.  The undulating form is exceptional clay work as the piece is hollow and it is subtley connected adding both strength to the clay and allowing the figure to have more movement. The designs are a combination of plant patterns which are then emulated with the spines along the back.  The small clay tabs which are added are the natural color of the clay, adding another dimension to the piece.  The materials are all traditional as the red and cream are both native clays while the black is wild spinach (a plant). This figure was also traditionally fired outdoors.

$ 6,500.00
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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 $ 650.00
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
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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