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Navajo potters have traditionally made pots that are beautiful and useful. A rich traditional form of the Navajo Pottery is carried at King Galleries.

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Begay, Jr., Harrison – Brown Jar with Bears

While living at Santa Clara Pueblo, Harrison Begay, Jr. learned to make Santa Clara style carved and polished pottery.  This jar is carved with a story scene.  There are two bears with the stars in the sky. As the jar is turned there are three rows of eagle feathers.  Finally there is a stream, cave and cloud pattern.  It is charming how the imagery changes as the piece is turned.  The designs are either polished or matte, which Harrison alternates to accentuate his imagery. Note as well the style of carving, which has a beveled appearance to the angle of the cuts into the clay. This is a very distinctive style of carving for his pottery.  This jar has been fired brown, so there are some striking color variations as the piece is turned.  Harrison has won numerous awards for his work and continues to be one of the leading innovators in Native American Indian pottery.  The jar is signed on the bottom in the clay.

$ 850.00
Begay, Jr., Harrison – Jar with Heartline Horses & Dragonflies

Harrison Begay, Jr. has won numerous awards over the years for his deep carved pottery.  This jar is carved with two heartline horses. The “heartline” represent the center and strength of the animal.  As the jar is turned there are feather patterns along with a sun, water and double dragonfly design. The dragonflies tie in perfectly with the heartline horses, as they represent the spiritual messengers.  Note with the horses the cloud patterns by their mouths, connecting them to the dragonflies.  The designs are either polished or matte, which Harrison alternates to accentuate his imagery. Note as well the style of carving, which has a beveled appearance to the angle of the cuts into the clay. This is a very distinctive style of carving for his pottery.  Harrison has won numerous awards for his work and continues to be one of the leading innovators in Native American Indian pottery.  The jar is signed on the bottom in the clay.

$ 1,500.00
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 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 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 excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

$ 975.00
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Begaye, Nathan – Tile with Polychrome Lizard (2000)

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 tile is from 2000 and was made for a “Hopi Tile” show that we had here the gallery.  The lizard is painted on a polished white clay surface and the colors are all natural clay slips.  The black is bee-weed and note the tightly painted fineline designs. Nathan used a piece from a broken vessel to create this “shard” which he wanted to look like an ancient piece that had just been found.  There is a little bit of wear on the black and some minor spalling, which adds to the feel of the piece being “old”.  Note on the back the rust colored area below the signature, that was where he put some caliche clay he found here in AZ and he wanted to see what color it would fire.

$ 600.00 $ 200.00
Cling, Alice –  Jar with Asymmetrical Rim

This jar by Alice Cling has a narrow base and has an asymmetrical rim. The idea is that the rim looks like the mountains and mesas in the Southwest.  This jar is fully polished red and then fired outdoors.  The striking variation in the color are from the smoke and fire.   The colors on this piece are extraordinary as there are areas which range from red to black.  The piece was covered in pine-pitch after the firing, a continuation of the traditional Navajo pottery when pitch was used to make the pottery water proof. Alice has won numerous awards for her pottery and been featured in books such as “Legacy of Generations.”

$ 225.00
Cling, Alice – Lightning Rim Jar with Green Rim

This jar by Alice Cling has a lightning carved shape to the rim.  The remainder of the jar is highly polished red but note that she has added a band of green clay slip around the rim of the jar.  It creates a striking visual contrast after the firing.  The jar is traditionally fired and ranges in color from deep red to black. The piece was covered in pine-pitch after the firing, a continuation of the traditional Navajo pottery when pitch was used to make the pottery water proof. Alice has won numerous awards for her pottery and been featured in books such as “Legacy of Generations.”

$ 225.00
Cling, Alice – Long Neck Jar

This jar by Alice Cling has a high, round shoulder and a slight neck.  The shape is inspired by the traditional Navajo “tus”, which was a water jar with a narrow base that would be stood in the ground.  Here, Alice has flattened the bottom but kept the stylized form. The entire jar is highly polished red. It is then outdoor fired and the stunning variation in the color are from the smoke and fire.   The piece was covered in pine-pitch after the firing, a continuation of the traditional Navajo pottery when pitch was used to make the pottery water proof. Alice has won numerous awards for her pottery and been featured in books such as “Legacy of Generations.”

$ 125.00
Cling, Alice – Long Neck Water Jar

This jar by Alice Cling has a round shoulder and a long neck.  The shape is elegant with the proportions.  The entire jar is highly polished red. It is then outdoor fired and the stunning variation in the color are from the smoke and fire.   The piece was covered in pine-pitch after the firing, a continuation of the traditional Navajo pottery when pitch was used to make the pottery water proof. Alice has won numerous awards for her pottery and been featured in books such as “Legacy of Generations.”

$ 175.00
Cling, Alice – Water Jar with Square Mouth

This jar by Alice Cling has a high shoulder and a square mouth.  The jar is highly polished red. It is then outdoor fired and the stunning variation in the color are from the smoke and fire.  Note the color variation from a deep red to dark black.  The square mouth adds to the overall strength of the form. The piece was covered in pine-pitch after the firing, a continuation of the traditional Navajo pottery when pitch was used to make the pottery water proof. Alice has won numerous awards for her pottery and been featured in books such as “Legacy of Generations.”

$ 175.00
Crank, Susie – Long Neck Water Jar

Susie Crank is a daughter of Rose Williams and a sister of Alice Cling.  This is one of her classic shaped water jars.  The jar is slipped with a red clay and then traditionally fired. The various colorations are created from the smoke in the outdoor firing.  The piece was covered in pine-pitch after the firing, a continuation of the traditional Navajo pottery when pitch was used to make the pottery water proof.  It has striking color variations from red to black.  It is signed on the bottom.

$ 200.00
Jim, Harrison – Jar with Morning Singer Katsina Carved in Relief

Harrison Jim learned to make pottery from his mother-in-law Joy “Frogwoman” Navasie. He often collaborated with Marianne Navasie on his pottery. His work combines carved designs with traditional Hopi imagery.  This jar is coil built and half of it is carved with a very intricate Morning Singer Katsina.  The Katsina is depicted holding an evergreen tree and climbing out of the kiva.  What makes Harrison’s work so exceptional is the carving in relief of the imagery.  It is as if it has been carved in wood and placed on the clay vessel!  As the piece is turned, it slipped white in the style of his mother-in-law, Joy Navasie.  The design on the back is a shawl pattern, which is also replicated on the sides of the katsina. The jar is signed on the bottom.

$ 575.00
Johnson, Norvin – Jar with Flower Patterns & Flower Rim

Norvin Johnson learned to make pottery from Max Early. This jar is inspired by both contemporary and stylized flower patterns. The designs are painted in red clay on the white surface.  Norvin has been working on more experimental shapes and this jar has an angular body and a square shape.  The rim of the jar has triangular flower shapes which extend out from the opening.  The various angles of the jar and the round flowing designs work in complement to one another.  Norvin continues to create some unique and distinctive shapes for his pottery yet ties them back to the historic past.

$ 550.00
Manymules, Samuel  – Large Jar with Sharp Melon Swirls

This is a classic shape by Samuel Manymules.  It is coil built and slipped with a red clay and then traditionally fired.  The jar has the faceted sharp ribs extending from the base to the neck. It is the coloration on the jar which is so visually striking.  It ranges from deep red to black to nearly gunmetal in areas.  The color is created by the traditional outdoor firing.  After the firing the jar is the covered with pine pitch in the traditional way expected of Navajo pottery.  It is extraordinary vessels like this which keep Samuel among the top Navajo potters working today.

$ 2,200.00
Manymules, Samuel  – Long Neck Water Jar with Melon Rib Shoulder

This a very traditional style water jar shape by Samuel Manymules.  It is coil built and slipped with a red clay and then traditionally fired.  The jar has a long neck and a slightly turned out rim.  On the shoulder there is a “double rainbow” band, which is pushed out in the clay. The low shoulder of the jar is a series of sixteen sharp, angular melon ribs.  Each rib is pushed out in the clay, which adds to the difficultly of its creation.  The color is red and brown with blushes of black around the surface. The color is created by the traditional outdoor firing.  After the firing the jar is the covered with pine pitch in the traditional way expected of Navajo pottery.  It is extraordinary vessels like this which keep Samuel among the top Navajo potters working today.

$ 2,300.00
Manymules, Samuel  – Melon Rib Water Jar

This is a classic water jar shape by Samuel Manymules.  It is coil built and slipped with a red clay and then traditionally fired.  The jar has a turned out neck and edge at the shoulder. The ribs are each pushed out from the body of the piece to create the melon ribs.  The coloration on this jar is striking with variations from red to black.  The color is created by the traditional outdoor firing.  After the firing the jar is the covered with pine pitch in the traditional way expected of Navajo pottery.  It is extraordinary vessels like this which keep Samuel among the top Navajo potters working today.

$ 1,000.00
Manymules, Samuel  – Small Faceted Jar

This is a distinctive shape by Samuel Manymules.  It is coil built and slipped with a red clay and then traditionally fired.  The jar has the faceted sharp ribs extending up from the base. Just below the neck the ribs are indented to create the “faceted” appearance.  The fire clouds encircle the piece had create various colors from red to dark black.  After the firing the jar is the covered with pine pitch in the traditional way expected of Navajo pottery.  It is extraordinary vessels like this which keep Samuel among the top Navajo potters working today.

$ 875.00
Manymules, Samuel  – Small Swirl Melon Jar

This is a classic shape by Samuel Manymules.  It is coil built and slipped with a red clay and then traditionally fired.  The jar has a swirl rounded melon rib which extends from the neck to the base.  The ribs on Samuel’s pottery are pushed out from the inside to give them the traditional melon rib style.  The fire clouds encircle the piece had create various colors from red to dark black.  After the firing the jar is the covered with pine pitch in the traditional way expected of Navajo pottery.  It is extraordinary vessels like this which keep Samuel among the top Navajo potters working today.

$ 350.00
Manymules, Samuel  – Swirl Melon Jar with 10 Ribs

This is an exceptional shape by Samuel Manymules.  It is coil built and slipped with a red clay and then traditionally fired.  The jar has rounded  pushed out ribs extending in a swirl around from the shoulder.  The ribs on Samuel’s pottery are pushed out from the inside to give them the traditional melon rib style.  The fire clouds encircle the piece had create various colors from red to dark black.  After the firing the jar is the covered with pine pitch in the traditional way expected of Navajo pottery.  It is extraordinary vessels like this which keep Samuel among the top Navajo potters working today.

$ 400.00
McHorse, Christine -Large Gourd Jar with Lightning Rim

This jar is certainly one of those shapes for which Christine McHorse has become renown. It is an organic shaped gourd jar made from micaceous clay.  The rim of the jar has been carved into a lightning pattern and the edge of the rim is raised with a single coil.  The jar has been traditionally fired to create the fire clouds and blushes on the surface. The coloration which is coppery in color, shows all the variations from the flame.  After the firing it has been covered in pine pitch, much as traditional Navajo pottery has been made for the last century.   The jar is perfectly smooth and thin walled.  It is a classic of her pottery, in form and style.  There is always such a delicate nature to her pottery!  There is a simplicity to the jar and yet it is certainly striking among her traditional style.  Today she is creating more sculptural works with her pottery currently in the “Dark Light” exhibit which is travelling nationally.  This jar is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  It is signed on the bottom.

$ 3,600.00
McHorse, Joel — “Deconstruction” Mica Bowl w/ Silver Lid

This bowl by Joel McHorse is made of micaceous clay and reduction fired.  The lid fits perfectly and it is surmounted by silver finial which Joel has made.  Amazingly, he is as much a jeweler as a potter and an architect!  This bowl is called, “Deconstruction” and the finial for the lid is silver and made from the lost wax method.  The silver is attached to the lid using padded screws so that it will not damage the clay.  The lid on this piece is oxidized sterling silver with a textured feel.  The shape brings to mind traditional handles on lidded clay pots.  Joel’s pottery can be found in museums such as the IAIA Museum, the Boston Museum of Fine Arts/Peabody Essex and the Heard Museum.  His work is unique and timely and definitely a potter to watch!

$ 3,800.00
McHorse, Joel — “Hindsight” Bowl with Lid

This bowl is made of micaceous clay and reduction fired.  The lid fits perfectly and it is surmounted by silver finial which Joel has made.  Amazingly, he is as much a jeweler as a potter and an architect!  This bowl is called, “Hindsight” and the shape of the silver piece captures the name perfectly!  The silver piece is made from the lost wax method in which he carves out the shape in wax and then casts it in silver.  It is attached using padded screws so that it will not damage the clay.  The shape and motion of the silver work creates a very organic appearance in combination with the simplicity and sparkle of the black fired micaceous clay.  Joel’s pottery can be found in museums such as the IAIA Museum, the Boston Museum of Fine Arts/Peabody Essex and the Heard Museum.  His work is unique and timely and definitely a potter to watch!

$ 3,200.00
McHorse, Joel — “Silver Flower” Lidded Jar

Joel learned to make pottery from his mother, Christine McHorse.  His early work was a combination of traditional Navajo shapes and incised designs along this his own distinctive silver work that he used an finials on the lids. This is a classic jar with a perfectly fit lid made from micaceous clay and reduction fired.  The silver pieces for the lid are created using the lost wax method of casting. There are three vertical infinity symbols which are soldered together to create the flower design.  It is a brilliant use of various designs to create a new form!  The petal/flower motif as well works in balance with the shape of the jar  and the coloration from the firing.  There is an architectural appearance to them and a somewhat art-deco feel in their connection to the vessel itself.  Not surprisingly Joel is as much an architect as a potter.  He took nearly a decade away from the clay to become an architect.  Joel said of his early work, “The successes of form and composition that I see in my pottery I try to utilized in my architecture.”  The opposite could be said today as the success of his architectural career have created a new direction in his work in the clay and especially in silver.

$ 3,600.00
McHorse, Joel — “Symphony” Mica Bowl w/ Silver Lid

This bowl is made of micaceous clay and reduction fired.  The lid fits perfectly and it is surmounted by silver finial which Joel has made.  Amazingly, he is as much a jeweler as a potter and an architect!  This bowl is called, “Symphony” and the finial for the lid is silver and made from the lost wax method.  The silver is attached to the lid using padded screws so that it will not damage the clay.  The shape and motion of the silver work creates a dynamic sense of motion especially in combination with the simplicity and sparkle of the black fired micaceous clay.  Joel’s pottery can be found in museums such as the IAIA Museum, the Boston Museum of Fine Arts/Peabody Essex and the Heard Museum.  His work is unique and timely and definitely a potter to watch!

$ 8,800.00
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Sahmie, Ida — “Day & Night Chant” Jar

This jar is a new design by Ida Shamie.  Her work utilized traditional Navajo imagery for her patterns.  The jar has one side which has a Night Dance and the other which has the Day Dance.  The figures are male Yei-bi-chi dancers encircling the jar.  On the night side, the background area is fully painted with bee-weed (a plant) to make it black.  In the center image above is the fire around which the dancers are circling.  It is a wonderful attempt to create a “3D” story on the vessel!  The Day scene has the clouds and the mesa in the background.  What truly makes her work so distinctive is that the figures are not just painted, but they are also etched into the clay!  The faces and the designs on the kilts are also all etched into the clay!  Note as well the cloud design around the rim, which is the design on the Navajo wedding baskets.  One of our favorite parts, however, is near the base of the jar and the shadows she paints of the dancers!  Ida is a daughter-in-law of Priscilla Nampeyo.  She has won numerous awards for her pottery at events such as Santa Fe Indian Market.  She is the only Navajo potter creating this unique style of ethnographic pottery.

$ 1,200.00 $ 800.00
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Sahmie, Ida — “Navajo Rug” Design Jar

This jar is a new design by Ida Shamie.  Her work utilized traditional Navajo imagery for her patterns.  The jar has four rug patterns painted on the shoulder using bee-weed (a plant) to create the black.  The neck of the jar is polished with a red clay slip.  Separating the rug designs are etched mesa patterns.  The jar has been traditionally fired.  Ida is a daughter-in-law of Priscilla Nampeyo.  She has won numerous awards for her pottery at events such as Santa Fe Indian Market.  She is the only Navajo potter creating this unique style of ethnographic pottery.

$ 750.00 $ 450.00
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