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Each piece of Dine (Navajo) pottery is coil built, stone polished and traditionally fired outdoors. The color variations on the surface of the pieces is a result of the firing process.  For many of the pieces of pottery the surface is covered with pine pitch at the end of the firing.  This was a traditional method for sealing the pottery to hold water and today, many potters continue this process.

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Williams, Rose & Susie Crank – Very Large Jar with Mountain Design Rim

Rose Williams (1915-2015) wass one of the great matriarchs of Navajo pottery.  Shew as from the Shonto/Cow Springs area of the Navajo Reservation.  Rose was an adult when she learned to make pottery, but continued doing so for over three decades.  Her children, Alice Cling, Sue Ann Williams, and Susie Williams Crank, and her daughter-in-law, Lorraine Williams, are all recognized potters.  The Lók’aa’dine’é Clan (Reed People) in the Shonto/Cow Springs area has long been recognized for its pottery making, and many of the present-day potters or their spouses—Silas Claw, Faye Tso, Rose Williams, and Alice Cling—are members of this clan.  This is an exceptionally large piece of her pottery in collaboration with her daughter, Susie Willams Crank.  It is fully polished and traditionally fired.  The shape is based on traditional Navajo pottery with the low shoulder.  Around the rim is a raised relief mountain design. The jar is traditionally fired and afterwords covered in pine pitch.  This was a traditional method historically to make the pottery water-proof. Today, potters continue this process as a testament to the past. The jar is signed on the bottom in the clay by both potters.

$ 1,750.00
Manymules, Samuel  – Large Melon Jar with Sharp Swirls

This is a classic round shape jar 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 deep black 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.

$ 2,600.00
Begay, Jr., Harrison – Large Jar with Yei and Corn Figures

Harrison Begay, Jr. has won numerous awards over the years for his deep carved pottery.  This larger jar is fully carved and has a wide shoulder and fully polished rim.  The jar has a more realistic style Yei figure on one side with a feather headdress and wearing a blanket.  As the jar is turned there is a section with corn, stars and dragonflies. Separating these sections are various cloud, rain and geometric symbols.  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.  The jar is very highly polished, so that there is a strong visual distinction between the matte and polished surface.  The jar is signed on the bottom in the clay.

$ 2,200.00
Begay, Jr., Harrison – Brown Jar with Hummingbirds & Flowers

While living at Santa Clara Pueblo, Harrison Begay, Jr. learned to make Santa Clara style carved and polished pottery.  This jar is carved with hummingbirds and flowers as the design.  Each hummingbird is distinctive and has a different flower beside them. There are additional cloud and wind designs separating the birds.  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. This firing has created a darker brown coloration, which gives added contrast to the carving!  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.

$ 2,000.00
Begay, Daniel – Large Jar with Yei Figures & Stars

This is an exceptional large jar by Daniel Begay. He learned to make pottery from his father, Harrison Begay, Jr..  Each piece is coil built, carved, stone polished and traditionally fired.  Daniel has created a distinctive style of carving, similar to that of his father, yet with more angular and graphic designs. This jar is carved with stylized Yei figures on two sides.  The figures are carved in a spiral with the mask and feather and blanket.  Separating each of the figures are large and small star patterns.  There is a striking contrast between the polished and matte surfaces, which adds to the sophistication of the imagery. Note how Daniel’s designs combine both thin and thicker lines to enhance the imagery.  The style of carving has a beveled appearance to the angle of the cuts into the clay.  The jar is signed on the bottom in the clay.

$ 1,600.00
Manymules, Samuel  – Jar with Impressed Rug Design

This is striking jar by Samuel Manymules.  It is coil built and slipped with a red clay and then traditionally fired.  The jar has angular designs inspired by Navajo Crystal Rug designs (see last image).  Typical of Samuel’s pottery, the designs are not carved into the clay, nor are they applique.  Each row is pushed out in the clay to create the various layers of angles!  It is technically very difficult but the result is striking and gives the jar added dimension.   The entire jar is polished and it is traditionally fired outdoors.  The coloration, which ranges from red to black area almost gunmetal in areas.  The color changes as the jar is turned.  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.

$ 1,450.00
Begay, Daniel – Jar with Turtles

Daniel Begay learned to make pottery from his father, Harrison Begay, Jr..  Each piece is coil built, carved, stone polished and traditionally fired.  Daniel has created a distinctive style of carving, similar to that of his father, yet with more angular and graphic designs. This jar is carved with two turtles as the design.  The back of each turtle has a different design.  Separating the two turtles are bands of cloud and water designs.  Note how Daniel’s designs combine both thin and thicker lines to enhance the imagery.  The style of carving has a beveled appearance to the angle of the cuts into the clay.  The jar is very highly polished, so that there is a strong visual distinction between the matte and polished surface.  The jar is signed on the bottom in the clay.

$ 950.00
Manymules, Samuel  – Large Water Jar with Sharp Melon Swirls

This is a stunning water 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.  Each rib is pushed out from the inside and each has a sharp edge. The swirl down from a sharp edged shoulder, which dips down slightly as it rises up to the rim. The rim just slightly turns out. All of these twists, turns, dips and rises create perfect surfaces for the reflection of the light.  The entire jar is polished and it is traditionally fired outdoors.  The coloration, which ranges from red to black area almost gunmetal in areas.  The color changes as the jar is turned.  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  – Small Water Jar with Wide Ribs

This is a distinctive shape by Samuel Manymules.  It is coil built and slipped with a red clay and then traditionally fired.  The jar neck which is fully polished.  The lower section has melon ribs which are pushed out into the clay.  The ribs are wide and sharp.  The entire jar is fully polished and traditionally fired to create the coloration.  It is how Samuel places the jar in the firing and the smoke which determine how the colors will range from black to red.  The color changes as the jar is turned.  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.

$ 700.00
Begay, Jr., Harrison – Jar with Butterflies, Dragonflies and Handles

Harrison Begay, Jr. has won numerous awards over the years for his deep carved pottery.  This jar is deeply carved and has a butterfly and dragonflies as the design.  Separating them are cloud and water designs which are carved into the clay. Harrison contrasts matte and polished surfaces to create a striking visual contrast to his pottery. What makes this jar special are the little handles. They are small and fully polished, which is amazing!  They extend from the polished rim to the shoulder. The jar is fired to a near gunmetal appearance.   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.

$ 1,100.00
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.

 

$ 1,500.00
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
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
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
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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 $ 425.00
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
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 – 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
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 — “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
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
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
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
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
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