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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 – Bowl with Butterflies and Dragonflies

Harrison Begay, Jr. has won numerous awards over the years for his deep carved pottery.  This bowl is carved with butterflies and an flowers on one side. As the bowl is turned there is a sun with carved rays of light and then two old style dragonflies.  There is wonderful symbolism in both the dragonfly and butterfly imagery. 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 signed on the bottom in the clay.

$ 700.00
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 – Three Handle Jar with Turtles

Harrison Begay, Jr. has won numerous awards over the years for his deep carved pottery.  This larger jar is fully carved and a distinctive form. The jar has three handles and the idea comes from the canteens and yet it has a more stylistic appearance and the three handles add both difficulty (that they could crack during firing) and also an aesthetic balance.   Of course, it is a vessel for holding water, so the them on the piece is that of water creatures!  The jar has two turtles carved into the clay. The back of each turtle is carved with a different design.  Separating the two turtles are water bands and star patterns.  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 signed on the bottom in the clay.

$ 1,800.00
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
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Begaye, Nathan – Tile with Polychrome Lizard

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 $ 400.00
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 – 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
Cling, Alice – Wide Jar with Fired Clouds

This jar by Alice Cling has high tall shoulders and a slight neck.  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 colorations on the jar are striking with a deep black/blue area on one side and a very deep red on the other. The coloration as the jar is turned it exceptional.   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.”

$ 300.00
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
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.

$ 420.00
Manymules, Samuel  – Water Jar with Melon Rib Swirls

This is a classic water jar shape by Samuel Manymules.  It is coil built and slipped with a red clay and then traditionally fired.  It is a balance of shape and firing that makes it such an elegant vessel.  The  shape of the jar is a long neck water jar with a rainbow ridge around the shoulder.  There are melon ribs which are pushed out in the clay to create the swirling form.  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.

$ 1,000.00
Manymules, Samuel  – Wide Sharp Rib Melon Jar

This is a classic melon jar shape by Samuel Manymules.  It is coil built and slipped with a red clay and then traditionally fired.  The sharp ribs are pushed out from the inside to crete the form.  The undulating surface is created through the technically difficult method by which he pushes and pulls the clay to create the distinctive melon shape!  Note as well the slight neck and rim, which give the jar a more traditional 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.

$ 2,200.00
McHorse, Christine -Large Jar with Pine Cone Relief

Christine McHorse is well known for her sculptural pottery.  Each piece is coil built and have very thin walls.  This bowl is a classic of her traditional style.  It is think walled and on the rim are pine cones and pine needles in relief.  The connection here is to the pine pitch that is used to cover the traditional Navajo pottery after it is fired. Around the center of the jar is a painted line pattern with cloud designs.  There is always such a delicate nature to her pottery! After the firing the jar has been covered in pine pitch, which is typical of traditional Navajo 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.

$ 3,000.00
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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Williams, Lorraine – Large Bowl with Yei Designs

This is a large bowl by Lorriane Williams.  It is a wide shape with a sharp shoulder.  The piece is incised with two Yei masks on either side.  There is a connecting rug pattern.  The designs are further highlighted with additional clay slips.  It has been traditionally fired.  After the piece is fired it is covered in pine pitch, which is typical of all traditional Navajo pottery harkening back to when it was utilitarian.  Lorraine has won numerous awards for her pottery and been featured in books such as “A Legacy of Generations”.

$ 800.00 $ 550.00
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Williams, Lorraine – Long Neck Jar with Yei Figures

This is a traditional jar by Lorriane Williams.  It is a long neck and  low shoulder.  There are Yei Figures and rug patterns around the neck.  Around the shoulder is a corrugated section with a design created by pushing in the clay.  This is a simulated “rug” pattern, with a similar texture appearance.  Near the base is another mountain style rug pattern.  There is a spirit line which runs from the rim to the bottom of the design, which is traditional on Navajo work.  The designs are further highlighted with additional clay slips.  It has been traditionally fired.  After the piece is fired it is covered in pine pitch, which is typical of all traditional Navajo pottery harkening back to when it was utilitarian.  Lorraine has won numerous awards for her pottery and been featured in books such as “A Legacy of Generations”.

$ 400.00 $ 300.00
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