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San Felipe Pottery San Felipe Pottery

San Felipe Pottery, Traditional Name: Katishtya San Felipe is one of the most culturally conservative of all the Keresan speaking people, passionately retaining their Traditional religion and customs despite relentless pressures from the outside world. Community values and responsibilities are always subordinate to individual interests so that the strong ceremonial structure and the traditional rituals have kept the San Felipe people a vital and distinctive entity, with a proud heritage of ancient origin. Although the Pueblo is not more than thirty miles from Albuquerque, the fact that outsiders are not encouraged to visit has made it possible for the San Felipe people to resist the influences of modern life and to maintain their individuality. At certain times of the year, however, the Pueblo welcomes visitors. San Pedro’s Day festival is a popular event in June, but the Green Corn Dances in May are the main attraction to outsiders and other Pueblo people as well. Hundreds of men, women and children, dressed in traditional costume, dance throughout the day, accompanied by a male chorus. The unique features of the Pueblo, the center of the attraction on feast days, is the huge sunken bowl of the plaza, three feet below the level of the surrounding space. Used for centuries for ceremonial occasions, it has been worn away until today it is an ideal stage for the colorful spectacles.

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Candelario, Hubert – Seedpot with 44 Holes (2019)

Hubert Candelario is one of the few potters working at San Felipe Pueblo.  He has been known for his micaceous pottery for over thirty years.  This piece has 44 holes cut into the clay before the piece is fired.  The holes all vary in size and add to both the complexity and intricacy of the piece.  It is always interesting with such an open lattice style or clay work that his pieces always feel so structurally sound.  The piece is slipped 3 to 4 times with a micaceous clay before it is fired. This gives the piece such a deep coloration.  It is signed on the bottom, “Hubert Candelario”. 

$ 950.00
Candelario, Hubert – Jar with Four Dragonflies and Circular Holes (2018)

Hubert Candelario is one of the few potters from San Felipe Pueblo.  He has been known for his micaceous pottery for over thirty years.  This is one of the larger and most creative pieces we have had from him.  This distinctive jar has four dragonflies carved into the clay in the open space.   Each dragonfly is made up of oval and circular shapes.  Dragonflies are often represented as prayer messengers.  The dragonflies here are surrounded by circular holes in various sizes.  Belive it or not, there are almost 100 other holes carving ino the piece!  WOW!  It is a wonderfully complex piece he has created!  The piece is slipped 3 to 4 times with a micaceous clay before they are fired.  It is the multiple layers of mica which give the jar such sparkle and deep coloration.  This is a new piece is from 2018 and an exciting variation on his style and designs. 

$ 2,800.00
Candelaria, Daryl – Pottery “Shard” Design Bowl

Daryl Candelaria is one of the few potters working at San Felipe Pueblo.  He studied both historic and contemporary pottery at the School of American Research in Santa Fe, NM.  This jar is one of his classic “Shard” pots.  It is coil built and each of the “shards” is carved into the clay.  What makes it so extraordinary is that each shard is either painted, polished or carved in a representative manner the various Pueblos.  Few potters have the technical ability to create so many diverse surfaces, let alone on one vessel!  As the jar is turned the classic Zia, Jemez and Hopi designs.  The carved and polished red section with the avanyu head is reminiscent of San Ildefonso.  The figure and parrot are inspired by the Awatovi murals.  There are San Felipe geometric designs along with a red polished and micaceous section.  Note as well the red-on-red section and the black-on-black section.  Amazingly the various styles and techniques blend beautifully on the jar.   It is signed by the artist and it is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  What a perfect way to portray the history and techniques of Pueblo pottery in one vessel!

$ 1,800.00
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