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San Ildefonso PotterySan Ildefonso Pottery

San Ildefonso Pueblo English Pronunciation: "San Ill-day-fon-so" Traditional Name: Po-woh-ge-oweenge "Where the water cuts through." San Ildefonso pottery is one of the best-known art forms of the New Mexico Pueblos because of the famous black-on-black pottery which originated there and which was revived in the nineteen-twenties. At that time San Ildefonso Pueblo, like many other Pueblos, was suffering a severe economic depression. Long-standing internal conflicts, encroachment upon tribal lands by squatters and illegal cutting of timber all contributed to the low subsistence level to which the Pueblo had fallen. When American Indian crafts began to be popular with collectors, it was fortunate for the San Ildefonso people, because although the Pueblo population was small, there were a number of skilled artisans, makers of pottery and painters, who set to work to improve the economic condition of the Pueblo. Before long, the outstanding quality of San Ildefonso pottery became known. It was then that the famous black pots were revived, primarily because of Maria Martinez. Today, they command the respect of worldwide collectors of fine art. Other artists, potters, and watercolor painters came to the attention of the public and although the Pueblo is one of the smallest in population, it is among the best known. The San Ildefonso people have lived in the present site since before thirteen hundred A.D. They have a strong sense of identity and retain ancient ceremonies and rituals tenaciously, as well as tribal dances. A particularly important festival is the Buffalo Deer Dance, performed in San Ildefonso’s feast day.

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Unsigned – San Ildefonso Bowl with Lightning Design (1936)

This bowl is unsigned from around 1936.  It is stone polished and has a lightning design around the neck (or a very stylized avanyu) and triangular design around the shoulder.  The triangles have hatchwork painting and there are small dots around the lightning. While it is unsigned, the sticker on the bottom is from the 1936 Santa Fe Indian Market.  It’s always fascinating to find pieces with these stickers.  The bowl is in very good condition with cracks, restoration or repair.  There is one little chip on the inside of the rim.  Definitely a piece of history!

$ 150.00
Gonzales, Ramona Sanchez – Bowl with Cloud Designs (1920’s)

This is a classic bowl by Ramona Gonzales.  Ramona was known for her delicately painted pottery.  This bowl has a cloud and rain pattern painted on the shoulder.  It is a strong graphic image on the bowl.  It was fired a deep black with some areas of gunmetal coloration.  It is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Ramona”.    It is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  It is definitely a classic piece of her pottery!

Click here to learn more about the Early San Ildefonso Innovators!

$ 800.00
Pena, Juanita – Large Bowl with Rain Designs (1920’s)

This is a striking larger bowl by Juanita Pena. This bowl is an earlier piece of her pottery.  It is fully polished and painted with a rain design. The little “dots” of rain on the design are definitely a signature of her painting style.  The designs are definitely an unusual one with the geometric flow of pattern from one section to the next.  The bowl is highly polished and fired a deep black.  It is in very good condition with no cracks, restoration or repair.  There are some light surface scratches.   It is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Juanita”.  

$ 1,200.00
Sanchez, Russell  – Black Water Jar with Avanyu & Gourd Ridge Lid

This is a stunning water jar by Russell Sanchez.  He continues to be one of the true innovators in Pueblo pottery.  Each piece is perfectly coil built, stone polished and etched. The shape is a classic San Ildefonso form with the wide round shoulder.  Note how after the shoulder there is almost a flatness to the jar before the neck.  I took some of the photos straight on just to show how perfectly symmetrical the jar is in form!  This proportionality is technically difficult to achieve.  The jar is etched with a water serpent (avanyu) before it is fired.  The rim of the jar has 16 melon ribs carved into the clay.  The matchup with the 16 ribs which are deeply carved into the lid.  The ribs on the lid are slipped with a micaceous clay which when fired is almost metallic in color!  The top of the lid is fully polished to again compliment the polished surface of the jar.  The polishing on this jar is stunning that he is able to achieve such an amazing polish just using a stone!  Check out the neck and the base and the high shine is easily seen.  There are four bands of jet hei-shi beads which are inset into the jar around the neck and shoulder.  They separate bands of checkerboard mica and matt sections. The checkerboard use of the mica is subtle but stunning!  The jar is signed on the bottom in the clay. The last photos are some of the jar being fired (red before firing, in the fire, out of the fire but now black and surrounded by the manure and finally Russell holding the jar after it is fired).

Russell says of his work:

“I don’t let a pot go until I think it’s ready. I’ve had pots sitting there for months that I don’t think are ready, and then an idea will come, from anywhere, anytime, and it’s like, OK, that’s what this pot needs. That’s what they tell you at home [on the pueblo]: When the time is ready, it will happen. That’s when you finish up and let it go.”

$ 8,800.00
Sanchez, Russell  – Polychrome Mountain Lion Box

This is a very creative box by Russell Sanchez.  The shape is inspired by the historic San Ildefonso boxes from the 1920’s.  Here, Russell has furthered the connection to the historic pieces with his focus on the polychrome coloration.  The red is a very deep coloration and the same deep red as used in the 1920’s. The black areas are a black micaceous clay which he has polished.  When the red or black areas are etched away, they leave exposed clay, which is tan in coloration. That creates the polychrome coloration, which are the same three tonalities used in early San Ildefonso pottery.

The box itself is inspired by the painting of Florentino Montoya form the early 1900’s.  This box has two sides of red and two sides of black. The lid is half black and half red.  The lid can also be set for the black to match up, or for it to be a contrast.  Florentino was famous for his alternating and switching of colors on his painted designs.  Here the lid has very delicately etched fine-line patterns which represent the mountain lions when they are drawn as petroglyphs.  The sides of the box are etched in two sections with cloud and rain designs. The medallions are unique in design.  Russell has etched and textured the mountain lions in each of the medallions. They are much in the style of the animal imagery seen on San Ildefonso pottery before 1900.  The mountain lion design is an equally significant one on this piece as Russell says here that the mountain lions represent the twin war gods who protect the village.  Each of the medallions is surrounded by a band of hei-shi beads.  Again, the medallions are the opposite color of the surrounding clay.  The box was traditionally fired and the result is a striking coloration, especially for the red. The box is signed on the bottom.

$ 3,800.00
Sanchez, Russell  – Melon Jar with Waterfall Rim & Lid

This classic water jar by Russell Sanchez is a modern take on historic San Ildefonso pottery.  This jar is focused on the complexity of form and color and just the simplest addition of etched design.  The shape of the jar is inspired by the historic Pueblo water jar with a round shoulder and turned out rim. The colors on this jar are all from natural clay slips and they are simply stunning. The deep red is the same red clay which was used in the 1920’s.   The black areas are a black micaceous clay which he has polished.  On this piece, the black is an even coloration, which further enhances the red.  The base of the jar has 28  indented gourd or melon rib sections.  They are deeply carved into the clay creating an undulating appearance.  The base then comes up to the shoulder and there is just a slight dip in the jar before extending up to the neck.  The photo of the jar on its side reveals the depth of the indention at the shoulder.  This is technically difficult to create.  The neck of the jar is straight and the rim is flat.  Amazingly, the inside of the rim is carved with melon ribs creating the “waterfall rim”.  The rim is polished red while the melon section is polished with black mica.  There is a single section which is matte and inset with jet stones and surrounded on both sides by turquoise hei-shi beads.  Check out the tiny incised dots on the rim and neck of the jar.  They are a subtle but striking addition.  The jar also has a lid, which is carved with gourd sections and they alternate between matte and black mica.  The top of the lid if fully polished red.  There are inset jet stones on the end of the lid and the top has a piece of turquoise.  The lid is a wonderful addition, as it covers the “waterfall” leaving it as a surprise when the lid is removed.  The deep red on the lid also matches the deep red on the neck of the jar.  The jar is traditionally fired outside and it is signed in the clay on the bottom.

Russell Sanchez: Contemporizing the Pueblo Pottery Past

$ 6,800.00
Gutierrez, Margaret Lou Roybal – Large Feather Plate (1970’s)

Margaret Lou Gutierrez was the only daughter of noted potters Tonita & Juan Roybal.  She began making pottery in the 1970’s. This bowl is one of her few plates.  The surface is stone polished and painted with a classic feather design. The back is matte.  Her feathers always had distinctive sharp appearance in their shape.  The plate is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  It is signed on the back in the clay, “Margaret Lou Gutierrez”.

$ 950.00
Aguilar, Joe – Plate with Koshari Clown and Dog (1950’s)

This is a charming plate by Joe Aguilar.  He began his career painting pottery for his mother, Susana Aguilar,  He also made pottery with his wife, Rosalie, through the 1940’s.  In the 1950’s, after the passing of Rosalie, he created a fascinating group of polychrome pottery including both plates and vessels.  He was one of the few potters at the time still using traditional techniques for the polychrome or black-on-white pottery. This plate is painted with a stylized koshari clown as the design.  Off to the side is a dog sitting, watching the dancer.  It is an unusual design, as koshari are rarely if ever depicted in Pueblo pottery.  I was told that he was part of the clown group and so that is why he was able to paint the clowns on his pottery.  The plate is in very good condition with no cracks, restoration or repair.   It is signed on the back, “Joe Aguilar”.  It is from the Dick Howard collection and his inventory number is still on the back.

For more information on the

Early San Ildefonso Innovators, Click Here.

$ 800.00
Aguilar, Joe – Terrace Bowl with Avanyus (1950’s)

This is certainly one of the most exceptional pieces we have seen by Joe Aguilar.  He began his career painting pottery for his mother, Susana Aguilar,  He also made pottery with his wife, Rosalie, through the 1940’s.  In the 1950’s, after the passing of Rosalie, he created a fascinating group of polychrome pottery including both plates and vessels.  He was one of the few potters at the time still using traditional techniques for the polychrome or black-on-white pottery. This unique piece is a terraced bowl. The mountain steps are on one side and the center of the bowl is meant to represent the lake below the mountains. There are two avanyu painted along the interior sides of the bowl.  The bowl was traditionally fired and there is a slight dark cast to the cream colored clay due to the smoke in the firing. The interesting part of the firing, however, is that on the bottom you can see fingerprints of where he handled the bowl before it was fired!  The bowl is in very good condition with no cracks, restoration or repair.   It is signed on the bottom, “Joe Aguilar”.

For more information on the

Early San Ildefonso Innovators, Click Here.

$ 950.00
Aguilar, Joe – Bowl with Rain Cloud Designs (1950’s)

Joe Aguilar began his career painting pottery for his mother, Susana Aguilar,  He also made pottery with his wife, Rosalie, through the 1940’s.  In the 1950’s, after the passing of Rosalie, he created a fascinating group of polychrome pottery including both plates and vessels.  He was one of the few potters at the time still using traditional techniques and designs for his work. This wide bowl is slipped red on the inside and creame on the outside.  It is painted in black with a rain cloud and rain designs. The use of the lines in his design was a signature of his painting.  On this bowl the pattern is repeated four times.  The bowl is in very good condition with no cracks, restoration or repair.   It is signed on the bottom, “Joe Aguilar”.

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Early San Ildefonso Innovators, Click Here.

$ 650.00
Daubs, Dennis – Jar with Avanyu

Dennis Daubs is known for his intricately incised pottery.  Each piece is coil built, stone polished and the imagery is etched into the surface of the clay.  This jar has a water serpent around the shoulder of the piece.  Above and below are eternity belt patterns.  The designs are very intricately etched and note the precision of the lines.

$ 225.00
Da, Popovi – Sienna Feather Design Bowl “Popovi 965”

 

This is a unique sienna bowl Popovi Da, a son of noted potter Maria Martinez.  This bowl was made, polished and painted by Popovi Da.  It has a striking design of a feather pattern painted onto the surface.  It is unusual, however, as it is sienna in coloration. The sienna coloration is some of the rarest of the various colorations which Popovi Da created.  While the pottery of Popovi Da is rare, his sienna pottery is even more scarce!   To achieve this coloration, the piece is first fired black and then it is re-fired a second time to burn off the black and create the sienna.  This increases the risk of it breaking in the firing.  Today, there are no potters who are double firing their entire piece to create the sienna coloration!  It is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Popovi 965“. The signature indicates that it was made around in September, 1965.   The bowl is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  There is also the original invoice for the bowl from 1965 from the Popovi Da studio!

To learn more about Maria’s signatures, click here.

$ 4,000.00
Roybal, Tonita – Black-on-Red Bowl with Cloud and Rain Designs (1920’s)

It is very rare that we come across a black-on-red piece by Tonita Roybal.  This bowl is an early piece from the 1920’s.  Tonita and her mother, Dominguita Pino, were both very well known for their black-on-red pottery before the advent of the black-on-black pottery in 1920.  This bowl has beautifully painted designs in the band around the shoulder.  There are cloud and rain motifs which extend from the rim to the shoulder.  It is a smaller bowl and the design perfectly fits the shape of the piece.  The bowl is signed on the bottom, “Tonita”.  It is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair. This bowl has exceptional provenance.  It was part of the original collection of Dick Howard and his original inventory number is on the bottom. As well, the sticker with the red outline may well place it as a piece for one of the early Santa Fe Indian Markets.  Unfortunately, the writing is gone from the sticker over time.  This is definitely a piece of history, as much as piece of art!

$ 2,200.00
Martinez, Maria – Jar with Avanyu (Maria Popovi 365)

This is a long neck water jar by Maria Martinez and her son, Popovi Da.  Maria made and polished the jar while it was painted by her son, Popovi Da  (1923-1971). The jar is highly polished and has the classic water serpent (avanyu) painted around the shoulder. This particular shape, with the round body and the elongated neck, is one which is easily one of Maria’s most famous forms.  The firing is nearly gunmetal in coloration with a very high shine.  The jar is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Maria Popovi 365“. The signature indicates that it was made around in March, 1965.  Interestingly, there is also the invoice from the original purchase!  What a great addition to the provenance.  The jar is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

To learn more about Maria’s signatures, click here.

$ 5,500.00
Martinez, Maria – Sienna Avanyu Design Bowl “Maria Popovi 670”

This is a unique sienna bowl by Maria Martinez and her son, Popovi Da. Maria made and polished the bowl while it was painted by her son, Popovi Da  (1923-1971). The bowl is highly polished and has an avanyu (water serpent) as the main design.  It is unusual, however, as the sienna coloration is some of the rarest of the various colorations which Popovi Da created.   To achieve this coloration, the piece is first fired black and then it is re-fired a second time to burn off the black and create the sienna, or camel coloration.  This increases the risk of it breaking in the firing.  Today, there are almost no potters who are double firing their entire piece to create the sienna coloration!  It is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Maria Popovi 670“. The signature indicates that it was made around in June, 1970.   The bowl is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

To learn more about Maria’s signatures, click here.

$ 5,800.00
Gonzales, Rose – Carved Plate with Bird Design

Rose Gonzales is often considered the first at San Ildefonso Pueblo to make carved pottery.  This is a large plate with a very deeply carved bird as the design.  The edge of the plate has a cloud pattern and the bird is carved in a very modernist manner.  It has been highly fired and as with much of her work there are gunmetal fired areas of coloration.  The back of the plate is also fully polished.  It is signed, “Rose” in the clay.  It is in good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  There are some light surface scratches on both the front and back.  Rose’s legacy an certainly be seen in the work of Tse-Pe, Dora Tse-Pe and Russell Sanchez.

$ 1,400.00
Fender, Erik – Long Neck Jar with Feather Pattern

Erik Fender is the son of Martha Appleleaf and the grandson of noted potter Carmelita Dunlap. Erik combines classic San Ildefonso imagery with his own creative style. His pottery is signed, with his Tewa name, “Than Tsideh”.  This is a small longer neck water jar with a sharp shoulder. The shoulder of the jar is painted with a feather pattern. The neck of the jar is two-toned red and black and there are two inset bands of hei-shi beads.  The jar is signed on the bottom.

$ 250.00
Sanchez, Russell  – Polychrome Water Jar with Bear Lid

This is water jar by Russell Sanchez is visually stunning in person!  It is a larger water jar shape with the round body and the fluted rim.  The coloration is part of what is so spectacular. The red is a very deep coloration and the same deep red as used in the 1920’s!  The black areas are a black micaceous clay which he has polished.  When the red or black areas are etched away, they leave exposed clay, which is tan in coloration. That creates the polychrome coloration, which are the same three tonalities used in early San Ildefonso pottery.  On a purely visual level the black mica, deep red clay and the tan are a visually dynamic combination.  For Russell, the shape becomes the canvas for further exploration of San Ildefonso imagery.  The bear lid symbolizes the strength of the bear in the fetishes and the red sides of the jar are then etched with imagery that has stylized birds separated by checkerboard bands. Of course, it is the melon swirl base, neck and lid which are the most impressive!  The ribs are carved at an  angle and fully polished. They seem to flow from the lid to the neck and the base keeping the jar visually in motion with the reflection of the light.  This jar pulls from such a rich context that there become many levels of interpretation and enjoyment.  There are additional bands of shell hei-shi beads which are subtle and don’t overwhelm the rest of the designs.  The jar is traditionally fired outside and it is signed in the clay on the bottom.

Russell Sanchez: Contemporizing the Pueblo Pottery Past

$ 18,000.00
Martinez, Santana & Adam – Bowl with Lightning Designs (1970’s)

This is one of the smaller pieces we have had by Santana and Adam Martinez.  Adam was the youngest son of Maria Martinez, and Santana painted Maria’s pottery in the 1940-50’s. The entire surface is fully polished.  The design is painted around the shoulder of the bowl.  It is a rain and lightning pattern.  The bowl was traditionally fired to a very dark black appearance.  It is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Santana + Adam”. It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  Definitely a classic piece!

$ 350.00
Roybal, Tonita – Jar with Lightning Design (1930’s)

Tonita Roybal remains one of the great innovative names in San Ildefonso pottery.  This jar is one of her distinctive shapes which has a wide shoulder and a sloping neck.  The design is painted on the polished surface with a very modernist style.  There is a rainbow band with rain and lightning designs below.  As the jar is turned there is a double lightning pattern.  It is a complex design but striking and note as well how the firing of the black has created areas of gunmetal coloration!  Below the shoulder is a checkerboard pattern.  The jar was made and polished by Tonita and painted by Juan Cruz, her husband. It is signed, “Tonita + Juan” on the bottom in the clay. It is in very good condition with no cracks, restoration or repair.

Click here to read about the Early San Ildefonso Innovators

$ 2,400.00
Gonzales, Barbara – “Swish Pot” with Hummingbird & Spider

Barbara Gonzales is a great-great granddaughter of Maria Martinez.  She is known for her innovative pottery which combines etched designs along with inset stones.  This is one of her “Swish Pots”.  She said that while they are basically a seedpot pot, she has put a small bead inside them.  She says you can “swish” the bead around and make a wish”.  The top of the seedpot is fully polished and etched with a hummingbird.  There is a spider web and a spider on the side.  There are four inset pieces of coral on the top along with areas which are sienna in coloration.  The spider on the side is etched into the clay and has an inset piece of turquoise.  Barbara says she uses spiders as they are good luck symbols and the turquoise is a male spider.  The lower half of the piece has a mica slip. The bottom of the piece is signed in the clay, “Than-Moo-Whe”, which is her name in Tewa.

$ 350.00
Sanchez, Russell  – Polychrome Box with Bear Lid

This is an exceptional larger box by Russell Sanchez.  The shape is inspired by the historic San Ildefonso boxes from the 1920’s.  Here, Russell has furthered the connection to the historic pieces with his focus on the polychrome coloration.  The red is a very deep coloration and the same deep red as used in the 1920’s!  The black areas are a black micaceous clay which he has polished.  When the red or black areas are etched away, they leave exposed clay, which is tan in coloration. That creates the polychrome coloration, which are the same three tonalities used in early San Ildefonso pottery. The sides of the box have bear medallions etched into the red clay.  Each bear has an inset piece of turquoise.  They are surrounded by a band of hei-shi beads.  On the sides, there are rain clouds in a matte red and each has an inset piece of hematite.  It is the top of the box which a unique variation for Russell. The top is polished red and there is a circular band of matte tan which is painted with the matte black.  Russell shaped the bear on this box so that the beet were closer together, giving the piece a more sculptural appearance.  The back of the bear is inset with turquoise and hei-shi beads.  The black polished mica on this piece turned out perfectly with a deep black/brown coloration.  The interior of the box is slipped with micaceous clay.  The box is traditionally fired outside and the box and lid are both signed in the clay on the bottom.

$ 6,800.00
Blue Corn – Tile with Lightning Design (1960’s) (#23)

Blue Corn is often best known for her polychrome pottery, she also made exquisite black-on-black pottery.  This tile is one of a group which has a fascinating history.  They were made in the 1960’s for a CG Wallace Hotel in Albuquerque.  Each tile is signed on the back in the clay and each also has a sequential number and how it should be placed (up, down, etc).  They were meant to be used as tiles in a wall but were never removed from their box! This tile is painted black-on-black and has a lightning and wind design.  Note how even the sides of the tile are fully polished!  The tile is signed, “Blue Corn, San Ildefonso”.  It is tile number “23”.  It is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  Definitely a fascinating piece of history! The last photo is one that I took of all the tiles in their correct sequence and placement.

$ 275.00
Sanchez, Russell  – Polychrome Jar with Plant and Rain Designs

This spectacular water jar by Russell Sanchez is a modern take on the very classic style of San Ildeofnso pottery.  The shape of the jar is inspired by the historic Pueblo water jar with a wide shoulder and turned out rim. The colors on this jar are all from natural clay slips and they are simply stunning. The deep red is the same red clay which was used in the 1920’s!  The black areas are a black micaceous clay which he has polished.  On this piece, the black seems an even deep tone, which further enhances the red.  The shoulder of the jar is divided into sections.  The etched designs are inspired by the work of Tonita & Juan Cruz, with the thin lines, the linear rain patterns, the swirling interconnected designs and the mirror imaging.  They are complicated patterns delicately etched into the clay.  Each of the red panels is separated by a diamond-shaped snow design.  Now for the complicated part to this jar!  The base is impressed with sixteen melon ribs, as is the neck. The reflection of these in the light with the deep black, is visually striking. The rim of the jar has sixteen ribs, each rounded out and ending at a small ledge, which he built into the piece to hold the lid!  The lid is polished black mica and the deep red.  The top of the lid is so highly polished it almost seems to be a stone!  The jar has inset hei-shi beads made from shell.  There are four rows inset into the jar and two in the lid.  The new work of Russell’s pulls from such a rich context that there become many levels of interpretation and enjoyment.  The jar is traditionally fired outside and it is signed in the clay on the bottom.

“There is a huge change going on right now. People are rediscovering Pueblo pottery.  History has a lot to do with it. Every time I sell a pot, that’s what I talk about. It says something and it speaks. It’s true. The pots do speak to you, and you can feel the energy and what the pot is saying.” Russell Sanchez in “Spoken Through Clay”.

Russell Sanchez: Contemporizing the Pueblo Pottery Past

$ 7,800.00
Martinez, Maria  – Jar with Feather Design (Maria + Santana, 1954-6)

This is a classic jar by Maria Martinez.  It was made by Maria Martinez and painted by her daughter-in-law Santana Martinez (the wife of Adam Martinez, Maria’s son).  It is very highly polished and has a glassy surface.  The design is a feather pattern which encircles the shoulder of the jar.  The shape of the bowl has a wide shoulder and a sloping neck. The feather are painted very tightly from the rim to the neck. The bottom of the jar is indented and signed in the clay.   It is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  

To learn more about Maria’s signatures, click here.

$ 1,800.00
Roybal, Tonita – Large Bowl with Rain and Bird Wing Designs (1930’s)

Tonita Roybal remains one of the great innovative names in San Ildefonso pottery.  This is a large bowl with very complex designs. The bowl was made and polished by Tonita and painted by Juan Cruz, her husband. The design is a bird wing pattern along with both fine-line and hatchwork patterns, which are certainly a signature of Juan’s painting.  IT works beautifully on this bowl to create a complex variation of design and yet still reveal the highly polished surface.  The bowl is signed, “Tonita + Juan” on the bottom in the clay. It is in very good condition with no cracks, restoration or repair.  There is one small ding on the rim.   This bowl has an interesting provenance as if you note the tags on the bottom, it is from the collection of Dick Howard.  It was one of the pieces featured in his 2002 catalog of her work.  It’s always fun to see pieces come back from that exhibition!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

$ 3,600.00
Gonzales, Tse-Pe – Large Bowl with Avanyu & Green Heartline Bear

Tse-Pe Gonzales was a son of noted potter Rose Gonzales.  This is one of his larger pieces.  It has a central medallion which is polished green and etched with a bear. There is a single inset piece of shell hei-shi for the eye.  The remainder of the bowl is slipped with a micaceous clay.  There is a water serpent encircling the bowl and there is a piece of turquoise hei-shi for the eye.  The green clay slip for the central design was a natural slip which Tse-Pe used over the years.  Note as well the stippling of the matte areas around the designs.  This style was a visual signature to Tse-Pe’s technique.  It is signed on the bottom with Tse-Pe’s hallmark. It is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

$ 800.00
Sanchez, Angelita – Red Bowl with Feathers & Rainclouds

This is a large bowl by Angelita Sanchez.  It is a classic round shape and polished red. The designs are painted with a matte clay.  There are two sections of eagle feathers and two sections with rainclouds.  The bowl has been traditionally fired and has a classic red coloration. It is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Angelita Sanchez”.   It is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  Angelita was a daughter of Isabel Antencio and a sister of painter Gilbert Atencio and potter Helen Gutierrez. She did not make a lot of pottery over the years.

$ 400.00
Martinez, Maria – Jar with Mountain Design (Maria Popovi 660)

This is a wide jar by Maria Martinez and her son, Popovi Da.  Maria made and polished the jar while it was painted by her son, Popovi Da  (1923-1971). The jar is highly polished and has a distinctive step or mountain design around the shoulder of the piece.  The three lines around the rim are typical of Popovi Da’s work.  The firing is nearly gunmetal in coloration with a very high shine.  The jar is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Maria Popovi 660“. The signature indicates that it was made around in June, 1960, making it an early dated piece.  The jar is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  There is one small rub on the shoulder.

To learn more about Maria’s signatures, click here.

$ 4,000.00
Martinez, Santana & Adam – Bowl with Lightning & Mountain Designs (1970’s)

This is a classic bowl by Santana and Adam Martinez.  The piece is very highly polished and perfectly painted with classic mountain and lightning design.  The bowl is traditionally fired with areas of gunmetal coloration to the surface.  It is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Santana + Adam”. It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  Definitely a classic piece!

$ 600.00
Martinez, Maria – Feather and Bird Wing Plate (Maria + Popovi)

This is a variation on the classic eagle feather design plate by Maria Martinez and her son, Popovi Da. Maria made and polished the plate while it was painted by her son, Popovi Da  (1923-1971). The plate is highly polished with a deep black shine.  The design has the eagle feathers and the bird wings.  The plate is signed on the back in the clay, “Maria Popovi“. The signature indicates that it was an early piece of their pottery from 1956-9).  The plate is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair. I included photos of the plate turned in different directions to show how the shine appears on the piece.

To learn more about Maria’s signatures, click here.

$ 2,000.00
Blue Corn – Polychrome Bowl with Carved Avanyu (1970’s)

Blue Corn is often best known for her polychrome pottery and her creative use of various clay slips on her pottery. She learned to make pottery from Maria Martinez at San Ildefonso.  This is one of her few carved pieces which is also polychrome. The bowl is carved with a water serpent (avanyu) encircling the piece.  The bowl is polished tan and the avanyu and the carved areas are outlined with a black clay.  The background areas is slipped with a red clay.  The result is a striking appearance where the depth of the carving is enhanced by the coloration.  The bowl is signed on the bottom in the claym “Blue Corn, San Ildefonso”.  It is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

$ 2,000.00
Gonzales, Rose – Bowl with Bird Lid

This is a unique lidded bowl by Rose Gonzales.  She is often considered the first at San Ildefonso Pueblo to make carved pottery.  The bowl is round and fully polished.  The lid is in the shape of a bird and it is also fully polished.  Note however, that the lid is very sculptural in appearance with an indented and rounded back.  The bowl is signed on the bottom in the clay.  It is very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

$ 1,200.00
Sanchez, Kathy “Wan Povi” – Black and Sienna Seedpot with Avanyu Design

Kathy “Wan Povi” Sanchez is a great-great granddaughter of Maria Martinez and a sister of Barbara Gonzales.  This bowl is fully polished and etched with an avanyu and feather pattern on the top of the piece.  The area of the rim and the feather pattern are highlighted in sienna.  The remainder of the bowl is fully polished to a high shine.  The bowl is signed, “Wan Povi” on the bottom.  While Kathy makes little pottery today, the technical expertise of her shape, polish and design are certainly evident.  The bowl is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

$ 175.00
Gonzales, Barbara – Bowl with Feather Design

Barbara Gonzales is a great-great granddaughter of Maria Martinez.  She is known for her innovative pottery which combines etched designs along with inset stones.  This small bowl is one of her more traditional style pieces.  It is signed, “Barbara” and has a feather pattern painted on the top of the piece.  It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

$ 150.00
Da, Tony – Black & Sienna Plate with Antelope (1969)

While the pottery of Tony Da has been well documented, it is still exciting to have a piece with such an exceptional provenance.  This gunmetal fired plate is a significant piece in the history of his pottery.  It is one of approximately 6 pieces which he dated during his career.  In 1969 he created a group of plates, of which each was different.  These plates were all dated.  This is the only black and sienna one without a stone, which has a date. The plate was fired a gunmetal silver and then the rim was two-toned to make it sienna.  The design is an antelope, which was etched into the clay before the firing. The antelope style of the design was inspired by the Mimbres pottery of the 1100’s.  While he made other black and sienna plates, this one has a unique historic legacy.  It is signed and dated on the back in the clay, “DA 6 69”.  It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  Over the course of a career that spanned from 1967-82, Tony helped change the world of Pueblo pottery.   He was among the first to begin etching into the surface of the pottery (sgraffito), adding stones, hei-shi and then began creating all matte carved vessels.  His pottery today is considered to be among the most sought after by collectors and museum alike.  While he started out as a painter, he made his first pottery in 1967 and his first public showing was at Gallup Ceremonials of that year.

Martinez, Adelphia – Seedpot with Feather Design

Adelphia Martinez is a daughter of noted San Ildefonso potter Juanita Gonzales. This seedpot is fully polished and etched with a classic eagle feather pattern on the top.  It is signed on the bottom “Adelphia”.  It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

$ 300.00
Sanchez, Russell  – Gunmetal Box with Deer Medallions

Russell Sanchez is one of the few Pueblo potters who makes traditional style boxes.  Each piece is flat on the bottom (not started in the traditional puki). The sides are flat the box is square or rectangular in shape.  This box was fired to a gunmetal finish, which is somewhat metallic in coloration.  The lid has etched bear paws on the handle for the lid, along with a cloud design.  Two of the sides have etched deer in mica slipped medallions.  The opposite sides have rain cloud designs using very traditional San Ildefonso imagery.  Russell has used black hei-shi beads to surround the two medallions. On the lid and sides of the box he has inset hemitite.  It is the perfect material to use on a gunmetal box as it reflects much the same coloration as the gunmetal fired surface.  The style of this box is similar to the earlier ones made at San Ildefonso in the 1920’s.  Russell continues to derive inspiration from the Pueblo potters of the past, yet stylize it to make it his own.   The box and lid are both signed on the bottom.

Russell Sanchez: Contemporizing the Pueblo Pottery Past

$ 3,000.00
Tse-Pe, Irene – Jar with Carved Cloud Designs

Irene Tse-Pe is a daughter of Dora Tse-Pe and Tse-Pe Gonzales and a granddaughter of Rose Gonzales.  This jar is coil built and carved with cloud pattern around the neck. The carving is in the cameo style made famous by Rose. The jar is slipped with mica to the surface which gives it a bit of a sparkle in the light!  The piece is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Irene Tse-Pe”.  It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  While Irene no longer makes pottery, it is certainly a striking piece of her creative pottery!

$ 300.00
Martinez, Maria – Plainware Pitcher “Marie + Julian” (1920’s)

This pitcher is a piece by Maria Martinez from the late 1920’s.  It is a creative shape with indented sides and a square base. The handle and spout are both fully polished.  It is also indented in the base where it was signed in the clay. Throughout the 1920’s Maria made numerous pieces that were “utilitarian” in style, such as pitchers, creamers, and bowls for sugar.  Because they were often used, they rarely survived well over time, and especially those pieces with handles. This pitcher is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  There is just a bit of wear on the side rim. Otherwise, it is amazing that a piece this complicated has survived intact for so many years!  It is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Marie + Julian”.    

To learn more about Maria’s signatures, click here.

$ 1,600.00
Da, Tony – Bowl with Feather Design and Turquoise (1972-3)

Tony Da had a short career which spanned from 1967-82.  He helped change the world of Pueblo pottery.   He was among the first to begin etching into the surface of the pottery (sgraffito), adding stones, hei-shi and then began creating all matte carved vessels.  His pottery today is considered to be among the most sought after by collectors and museum alike. This bowl is from 1972-3.  It is fully polished red and the design is etched into the clay after firing.  This bowl has two series of eagle feathers etched into the clay.  It was Tony’s modernistic interpretation of the classic feather pattern seen on Maria’s pottery.  Connecting the two sections of the feather there is a triangular design and a single inset piece of turquoise on each side.  The bowl is signed on the bottom in the clay, “DA”.  It is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  This is certainly a classic style of Tony’s pottery and even an early piece like this bowl reflects the impact he had and continues to have, on Pueblo pottery.  The pottery of Tony Da remains an important addition to any collection!

$ 8,000.00
Da, Tony – Wide Red Bowl with Avanyu (1972-3)

Tony Da had a short career which spanned from 1967-82.  He helped change the world of Pueblo pottery.   He was among the first to begin etching into the surface of the pottery (sgraffito), adding stones, hei-shi and then began creating all matte carved vessels.  His pottery today is considered to be among the most sought after by collectors and museum alike. This wide shaped bowl is from 1972-3.  It is a period when the red clay slip was a bit deeper in coloration.  This bowl is fully polished and has a water serpent (avanyu) as the design. The avanyu is etched into the clay and note the sharpness of the horn. The avanyu is symbolic of the village being saved from a flood by the water serpent.  The bowl is signed on the bottom in the clay, “DA”.  It is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  This is certainly a classic style of Tony’s pottery and even an early piece like this bowl reflects the impact he had, and continues to have, on Pueblo pottery.  The pottery of Tony Da remains an important addition to any collection!

$ 9,800.00
Da, Tony – Red Jar with Avanyu (1972-3)

Tony Da had a short career which spanned from 1967-82.  He helped change the world of Pueblo pottery.   He was among the first to begin etching into the surface of the pottery (sgraffito), adding stones, hei-shi and then began creating all matte carved vessels.  His pottery today is considered to be among the most sought after by collectors and museum alike. This jar with a slightly elongated neck is from 1972-3.  It is a period when the red clay slip was a bit deeper red in coloration.  This bowl is fully polished and has a water serpent (avanyu) as the design. The avanyu is etched into the clay and note the sharpness of the horn. The avanyu is symbolic of the village being saved from a flood by the water serpent.  The bowl is signed on the bottom in the clay, “DA”.  It is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  This is certainly a classic style of Tony’s pottery and even an early piece like this bowl reflects the impact he had, and continues to have, on Pueblo pottery.  The pottery of Tony Da remains an important addition to any collection!

Da, Popovi-  Feather Plate (1965)

Popovi Da was a son of noted potter, Maria Martinez.  While he worked with her painting designs on her pottery, he also created a few pieces on his own beginning in 1962.  He was planning to continue making pottery on his own after Maria retired but unfortunately passed away before this could occur.  His pottery pieces are definitely a rarity among Pueblo pottery and it is not often that we come across his work.  This is one of his classic feather plates.  It is fully polished and delicately painted and traditionally fired.  It is signed on the back in the clay, “Popovi 1165” which is the firing date of November, 1965.  That makes this an early piece of his pottery.  The plate is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair and it is certainly an important addition to any collection!

$ 4,400.00
Blue Corn – Large Polychrome Water Jar with Feather Pattern

This is an exceptional large polychrome jar by Blue Corn.  Blue Corn began by making black-on-black pottery but it is her polychrome potter for which she is the most famous.  This tall water jar is fully polished tan and then it is painted.  The black is a black clay and the red are additional clays.  The shoulder of the jar has a feather pattern and the neck has alternating geometric patterns in each section.  The lines are perfectly painted and match the shape of the jar.  The intricately painted neck is unique in her design and not something we have often seen yet it emphasizes the elongated neck.  The jar is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  It is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Blue Corn”.

$ 2,400.00
Da, Tony – Gunmetal & Sienna Jar with Seed Design (1970-1)

While the pottery of Tony Da has been well documented, it is still exciting to have a piece with such an exceptional provenance.  This gunmetal fired jar is an early piece of his pottery from 1970-71.  It is featured in the book, “The Art and Life of Tony Da” on page 57.  The jar is perfectly polished and fired to a gunmetal appearance. The rim has been “two-toned” sienna.  Note how on the black and sienna pieces there is a the sienna color (where the black has been burned back off) and then a “halo” of black and then the gunmetal. The jar is designed around the shoulder and has a seed and a prayer feather pattern.  This is a design that he did not often do in his pottery, which makes it distinctive.  The jar is signed on the bottom in the clay, “DA”.  It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  Over the course of a career that spanned from 1967-82, Tony helped change the world of Pueblo pottery.   He was among the first to begin etching into the surface of the pottery (sgraffito), adding stones, hei-shi and then began creating all matte carved vessels.  His pottery today is considered to be among the most sought after by collectors and museum alike.  While he started out as a painter, he made his first pottery in 1967 and his first public showing was at Gallup Ceremonials of that year.

Da, Tony – Gunmetal Jar with Avanyu & Lid (1969)

While the pottery of Tony Da has been well documented, it is still exciting to have a piece with such an exceptional provenance.  This gunmetal fired jar is an early piece of his pottery from 1969, just two years after he began making pottery!   The jar is first featured in the book, “Maria” by Richard Spivey as a full plate (the correct caption is figure 6.25).  It captures the elegance of the shape and the lid.  The second time it is published is in the book, “The Art and Life of Tony Da”.  The shape of the jar reflects Tony having  learned to make pottery from Maria.  It has a round should and an elongated neck.  It is around the shoulder that the water serpent (avanyu) is etched into the clay before the firing. The lid has a long handle and it is formed on the inside so that it fits perfectly on the jar.  The jar was fired by Popovi Da (who fired most of Tony’s gunmetal pottery) and it has a stunning gunmetal appearance.  It is only near the base of the piece that there is more of a black coloration.  The jar is signed on the bottom in the clay, “DA”.  It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  Over the course of a career that spanned from 1967-82, Tony helped change the world of Pueblo pottery.   He was among the first to begin etching into the surface of the pottery (sgraffito), adding stones, hei-shi and then began creating all matte carved vessels.  His pottery today is considered to be among the most sought after by collectors and museum alike.  While he started out as a painter, he made his first pottery in 1967 and it’s first public showing was at Gallup Ceremonials of that year.

Martinez, Maria – Wide Black Plainware Bowl “Maria Poveka”, 1950’s

In the 1950’s Maria Martinez created a series of pieces which were simply stone polished with no design.  As she primarily made the pottery and polished it this was fitting with the other pieces of her career.  This wide bowl is very highly polished and it is fired a dark black.  The bowl is signed in the clay, “Maria Poveka”.  This is a combination of her Anglo and Tewa names.  Her name, “Poveka” means “Water Lilly”.  It is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

$ 1,800.00
Gutierrez, Margaret Lou Roybal – Large Bowl with Feather Designs

Margaret Lou Gutierrez was the only daughter of noted potters Tonita & Juan Roybal.  She began making pottery in the 1970’s. This bowl is one of the largest we have seen of her pottery.  It is very highly polished and beautifully painted with a feather pattern.  Note how tight and sharp the feather are in the design!   This bowl is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  It is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Margaret Lou Gutierrez”.

$ 875.00
Gutierrez, Margaret Lou -Bowl with Wind Designs

Margaret Lou Gutierrez was the only daughter of noted potters Tonita & Juan Roybal.  She began making pottery in the 1970’s. This bowl is very highly polished and one of her classic round shapes.  The design is a very tightly painted wind and cloud pattern with a mountain design.  The fine lines are certainly reminiscent of the designs painted by her father Juan in the 1930’s.  Margaret Lou no longer makes pottery.  This bowl is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  It is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Margaret Lou Gutierrez”.

$ 225.00
Martinez, Maria – Large Bowl with Lightning and Wind Designs (1920’s)

It is not often that we come across a large bowl by Maria Martinez in such great condition.  This bowl is from 1920-25 and it was made and polished by Maria Martinez and painted by her husband, Julian.  These early pieces are signed, “Marie”, although Julian was painting the designs.  It was not until around 1925 that they began to sign both names to the pottery.   This bowl has a wide mouth and the painting is on the side around the shoulder.  The designs are rain, lightning, wind and prayer feather patterns.  They flow perfectly across the surface.  The bowl is highly polished and fired with near-gunmetal areas on the surface. The gunmetal color achieved on these early pieces was from the heat of the firing.  The bowl is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  It is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Marie”.

To learn more about Maria’s signatures, click here.

 

$ 8,200.00
Roybal, Tonita – Long Neck Jar with Avanyu (1920’s)

Tonita Roybal remains one of the great innovative names in San Ildefonso pottery.  This is is one of the larger pieces we have had of her pottery. The jar is one of her early long neck vessels with a slight shoulder.  The design is the classic water serpent (avanyu), which is painted around the shoulder.  The jar is very highly polished and fired with a range of color from black to gunmetal.  Interestingly, when she would fire these long neck jars they would be fired on their side!  This jar has a slight lean to the form.  However, the size and classic design are the dynamic parts of this amazing jar!  It is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Tonita”.  It is in good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

 

 

 

 

 

 

$ 4,000.00
Gonzales, Ramona Sanchez – Plate with Bird Design (1920’s)

This is a striking painted bowl by Ramona Gonzales.  Ramona was known for her delicately painted pottery.  This plate is almost more like an open bowl.  It is fully polished on the front and back. The design has a bird which fills up the entire surface of the plate.  The polished background and matte painted designs work perfectly on this piece.  It is signed on the back in the clay, “Ramona”.  It is in good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  There is some wear on the surface. This is definitely an important piece of her pottery.

Click here to learn more about the Early San Ildefonso Innovators!

$ 1,550.00
Martinez, Maria  – Wide Bowl with Feather Design (Maria + Santana, 1954-6)

This wide bowl by Maria Martinez is one of her classic pieces in both shape and design.  It was made by Maria Martinez and painted by her daughter-in-law Santana Martinez (the wife of Adam Martinez, Maria’s son).  It is very highly polished and has a glassy surface.  The design is a feather pattern which encircles the shoulder of the jar.  The shape of the bowl is a very traditional one for Maria.  She would often say that this wide shape was made so the bowl could be easily held in both hands.  The deep black firing and the tightly painted designs using the matte clay work perfectly together.  The bowl is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Maria + Santana”.  It is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  There is one very small rub on the rim, but otherwise the condition is exceptional, which can also be seen from the bottom of the bowl, which has virtually no wear!

To learn more about Maria’s signatures, click here.

$ 2,200.00
Martinez, Maria – Jar with Storm Designs”Maria / Popovi” (1956-9)

This is a classic shaped smaller jar by Maria Martinez and her son, Popovi Da.  Maria made and polished the jar while it was painted by her son, Popovi Da  (1923-1971). The jar is highly polished and it painted with a storm design. The design is painted horizontally and there is a rain, lighting and thunder motif in each of the sections.  Around the rim is a cloud pattern.  The jar is fired to a dark black with some gunmetal areas. The gunmetal or metallic appearance is achieved in the firing process.  The jar is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Maria Popovi“. The signature indicates that it was made between 1956-9, before Popovi began adding a firing date.   The jar is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

To learn more about Maria’s signatures, click here.

$ 2,200.00
Blue Corn – Jar with 39 Feathers (1970’s)

Blue Corn is often best known for her polychrome pottery, she also made exquisite black-on-black pottery. She learned to make pottery from Maria Martinez at San Ildefonso. This jar is fully polished and patined with 39 feathers around the shoulder of the piece.  The shape is a classic one for Blue Corn, with the low shoulder and elongated sides.  The contrast of the matte feathers and the highly polished surface works perfectly!  The jar is signed on the bottom in the clay “Blue Corn, San Ildefonso”.  It is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  There are a few light surface scratches seen in the photos.

$ 1,200.00
Sanchez, Russell  – Waterfall Rim & Gourd Base Water Jar

This is a classic form of water jar by Russell Sanchez.  The shape is a very traditional form with a wide round shoulder and straight rim.  The edge of the rim is flat, but the inside of the neck is carved and polished with 16 melon ribs creating the “waterfall” effect!  The neck of the jar has four bear paws and the shoulder has a micaceous clay slip which, when fired, is a mettalic coloration.  Above and below the mica band are jet hei-shi beads.  The base of the jar is carved or indented with a “gourd” design. The way the light hits is perfect creating a sort of “shimmer” when the piece is turned!  The entire surface is stone polished and it is always amazing that when Russell polishes the inside of the neck, the jar doesn’t crack.  It is fascinating how Russell has gone back to revive old style and create their modern versions.  Russell continues to creatively revive historic San Ildefonso designs with his innovative style of pottery.  The bottom of the jar has the classic indention of traditional San Ildefonso water jars. Russell uses these historic elements to keep them alive on his contemporary pottery.  It is signed on the bottom in the clay, ‘Russell”.

Click here to read: Russell Sanchez: Contemporizing the Pueblo Pottery Past

$ 3,000.00
Sanchez, Russell  – Long Neck Jar with Avanyu & Shell Lid (2007)

Russell Sanchez continues to use traditional techniques and materials to create his stunning works in clay.  This long neck jar is made in the style of Russell’s great-aunt Rose Gonzales. The jar is from 2007 and has a blue ribbon from the Heard Indian Market.  The jar is fully polished and has  an avanyu etched around the shoulder. The body of the jar is polished red while the neck is polished brown. The lid is red and has a matte shell carved on the top of the lid.  In the neck there are 9 bands of hei-shi beads in shell and turquoise. There are additional bands of hei-shi beads on the lid and the around the shoulder. The eye and the body of the jar also have inset turquoise.  The jar is signed on the bottom in the clay.

$ 14,000.00
Fender, Erik – Large Water Jar with Feather Pattern

Erik Fender is the son of Martha Appleleaf and the grandson of noted potter Carmelita Dunlap. Erik combines classic San Ildefonso imagery with his own creative style. His pottery is signed, with his Tewa name, “Than Tsideh”.  This is a classic San Ildefonso water jar with a high shoulder.  The design is painted on the polished surface. There is a feather pattern separated by a rain and cloud design.  Note the precision of his painting!  It is nearly perfect! Around the shoulder is a cloud pattern.  The jar is fired a distinctive coloration.  It is signed on the bottom.

$ 975.00
Gutierrez, Helen – Small Feather Jar (1980’s)

Helen Gutierrez (1935-1993) was a daughter of Isabel Atencio, a sister of Gilbert Atencio and the mother of Geraldine, Carol and Rose Gutierrez. She was known for her traditional San Ildefonso pottery.  This jar is highly polished and painted with a feather pattern.  The design and style are classic for San Ildefonso.  The jar is signed on the bottom in the clay.  It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

$ 200.00
Martinez, Santana & Adam – Bowl with Feather Pattern (1970’s)

This is a classic tall bowl by Santana and Adam!  This piece is very highly polished and perfectly painted with a feather pattern around the shoulder of the piece.  Above the feather pattern is a tightly painted cloud design. The highly polished surface is perfect for the classic design.  It was Julian Martinez, the husband of Maria Martinez, who began painting the feather pattern.  It was inspired by the feather pattern on a piece of Mimbres pottery from the 1100’s.  The style of feather painted by Santana is very distinctive in form.   The bowl is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Santana + Adam”. It is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  Definitely a classic piece of their pottery.

$ 900.00
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Martinez, Maria  –  Feather Plate, “Marie + Santana”

This plate by Maria Martinez is one of her classic pieces.  It was made by Maria Martinez and painted by her daughter-in-law Santana.It has a nearly gunmetal appearance to the surface of the piece. The design the feather pattern which was originated by Maria’s husband, Julian.  Here, Santana has painted it in a very symmetrical style.  The surface is nearly flawless and it is beautiful in the flow of the design on the slightly curved surface.  It is signed on the back in the clay, “Marie + Santana”.  It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  Definitely a classic!  

To learn more about Maria’s signatures, click here.

$ 6,500.00 $ 5,500.00
Sanchez, Russell  – “Grizzly” Bear with Heartline and Inlaid Shell

Russell Sanchez continues to use traditional techniques and materials to create his stunning works in clay.  This bear is highly polished and fired to a near gunmetal coloration.  The bear has a sharp ridge on the back, which Russell says makes it a “grizzly bear”, as their fur creates this sort of angle.  The high shine and near metallic appearance of the surface is perfect for the use of the black-lip mother of pearl shell used on the back.  Russell has inlaid a series of the shell dots which create not only a striking appearance with their black luminesence, but also with their texture. They are raised from the surface, which creates a contrast with the smooth polished clay.  There are five strands of shell and turquoise hei-shi beads along the back.  The eyes are turquoise.  The striking combination of colors and textures gives this bear both the appearance of both a historic piece and something that is also almost “industrial” with the feel of the shell inlay and the metallic color of the bear.  The heartline extends out from the mouth of the bear. The bear is a symbol of strength and the heartline is a traditional image used to symbolize the heart as the center of power in the animal.  The back has five bands of hei-shi beads, alternating between turquoise and jet.  The bear is signed on the bottom in the clay.

$ 6,400.00
Sanchez, Russell  – Red and Tan Bear with Sun and Bear Paw Designs

Russell Sanchez continues to be one of the true innovators in Pueblo pottery.  Each piece is perfectly coil built, stone polished and etched.  This bear is distinctive with its head down.  Russell said that he made it so that it would look similar in form to the etched bears that he does (see the last 2 photos).  The bear is fully polished red and the back is tan.  There is a mica slip separating the two sections and mica on the inside of the feet.  The top of the back is etched with sun and bear paw designs.  There are inset jet and turquoise stones. There is jet and turquoise hei-shi beads inset into the back of the bear. Russell said that he double fired the bear, so that it was black fired first, then fired a second time to create the distinctive coloration.  The bear is a symbol of strength and the heartline is a traditional image used to symbolize the heart as the center of power in the animal.  The bear is hollow as the piece is coil built.  It is signed on the bottom in the clay.

$ 6,200.00
Martinez, Maria – Plainware Gunmetal Fired Plate (1930’s)

This plate by Maria Martinez is a classic plainware piece of her early pottery.   It was made and polished by Maria but doesn’t have any design painted on the surface.  It is fired to a gunmetal coloration on the front and black on the back.  Finding plainware plates in such great condition is always difficult, as they were often used or scratched over the years.  It is signed, “Marie + Julian” on the back in the clay.  The plate is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

To learn more about Maria’s signatures, click here.

$ 1,800.00
Roybal, Tonita – Bowl with Cloud and Water Designs (1930’s)

Tonita Roybal is one of the great innovative names in San Ildefonso pottery.  This is classic shape with the sharp shoulder.  The sloping area to the neck was painted by her husband, Juan Cruz.  The design is wonderful in the flowing pattern with a cloud design at the top and a water design at the bottom.  However, they are mirror images and the result is a pattern which has a very modern appearance.  The bowl is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Tonita + Juan”.  It is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

 

 

 

 

 

$ 1,050.00
Blue Corn – Water Jar with Feather Design (1960’s)

Blue Corn is often best known for her polychrome pottery, she also made exquisite black-on-black pottery. She learned to make pottery from Maria Martinez at San Ildefonso. This water jar is an early piece of her pottery.  The jar is fully polished and has feathers painted around the neck and shoulder.  The feathers are tightly painted and a nice contrast to the highly polished surface.  The jar is signed on the bottom in the clay “Blue Corn, San Ildefonso”.  The jar is in good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  There are a few light surface scratches seen in the photos.

$ 975.00
Martinez, Maria   – Gunmetal Fired Bowl “Maria Popovi 669”

This gunmetal fired bowl is a striking piece by Maria Martinez and her son, Popovi Da. Maria made and polished the bowl and it was fired by her son, Popovi Da  (1923-1971). Popovi focused on both the painted surfaces of the pottery as well as the firings.  This bowl is a true gunmetal with very strong metallic appearance across most of the surface.  There is even a slight hint of “goldtone” color.  Interestingly, note the photo of the top of the bowl, and you can see from some of the coloration that it was fired upside down!   It is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Maria / Popovi 669”.  The firing date is when the pottery was made, so this bowl was from June, 1969. It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.   Great gunmetal fired pieces by Maria and Popovi with such high polished surface are always stunning and a great addition to any collection!  The very last photo consists of two pieces by Maria and Popovi Da.  The one on the left is a black fired bowl and the other is this piece, which is gunmetal.  I thought it would be helpful to see the difference in coloration.

$ 2,200.00
Sanchez, Russell  – Bear Lid Box with Medallions

Russell Sanchez continues to revive historic shapes with is intricate designs and complex slips. This unique box is reminiscent of the boxes from the 1920’s made at San Ildefonso Pueblo.  Boxes are always difficult to make and often crack during drying or the firing stage because of the pull against the flat walls. This box has a deer on one side and a coyote on the other.  On the opposite sides are circular medallions with black mica clay which are etched into geometric corn patterns.  They medallions are surrounded by black (jet) hei-shi beads.  The two animals have turquoise insets.  The base of the box has a “foot”, much like many of the early San Ildefonso vessels.  Here the foot is matte and etched with little dots.  It gives the piece a bit more height and there is something charming about it, especially in person.  The lid of the box has a fully polished bear with an inset piece of turquoise and etched flower designs on the corners.  The red clay used on the box is a deep red, which is the new clay Russell has been using.   It is signed on the bottom in the clay, ‘Russell Sanchez”.

$ 4,200.00
Blue Corn – Bowl with 53 Feathers (1970’s)

Blue Corn is often best known for her polychrome pottery, she also made exquisite black-on-black pottery. She learned to make pottery from Maria Martinez at San Ildefonso. This wide bowl is fully polished and painted with 53 feathers on the top of the bowl. The contrast of the matte feathers and the highly polished surface works perfectly!  The bowl is a great shape for the design as there is just a slight dip from the shoulder to the neck which gives added emphasis to the feather pattern.  The bowl is signed on the bottom in the clay “Blue Corn, San Ildefonso”.  The bowl is in good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  There are a few light surface scratches seen in the photos.

$ 1,400.00
Gonzales, Cavan  – Polychrome Double Shoulder Water Jar

This is a large double shoulder water jar by Cavan Gonzales. He is a descendant of Maria Martinez, through her son Adam Martinez.  Cavan is one of the few potters today who continues to make traditional polychrome pottery.  This jar is slipped with a cream colored clay and then painted with black and red clay slips.  The design is a rain, snow and cloud motif which encircles the jar. The rim is fluted and then painted with a red clay slip on the inside.  The jar has been traditionally fired and it is signed on the bottom in the clay.

 

 

$ 1,800.00
Martinez, Maria – Red Carved Bowl with Rain & Cloud Designs (1930’s), Maria/Julian

This is an unusual carved bowl by Maria Martinez and her husband, Julian.  Maria would make the pottery and Julian would paint, or in this case, carve, the design.  Much of the carved pottery they created was in the early 1930’s.  It is “negative space” carving, as opposed to the linear carving later from Santa Clara.  As well, there is definitely a visual difference between their carved pottery and that of others from the same period.  This bowl has a rain and cloud or thunder pattern carved into the clay.  In the background area where the clay has been carved away the same red slip was applied but left matte.  For Maria and Julian, the carved pottery was never as popular as the painted ware and was also more time consuming.  They made them for a very short period and there remain very few in existence.   This bowl is from the 1930’s and it is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Marie + Julian”.  It is in good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  It is definitely a unique piece of history by these exceptional artists!

To learn more about Maria’s signatures, click here.

$ 3,800.00
Roybal, Tonita – Gunmetal Bowl with Mountain & Wind Designs (1920’s)

Tonita Roybal is one of the great innovative names in San Ildefonso pottery.  This is one of her “gunmetal” fired bowl.  The metallic coloration is achieve using a very high fire to heat the bowl and create an intense silver appearance on the surface. This bowl is one of her classic shapes with a sharp shoulder.  The designs are mountain, wind and rain patterns.  Note the delicate lines of the painting on the bowl!  The bowl is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Tonita”.  It is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

 

 

 

 

$ 1,200.00
Pena, Juanita – Water Jar with Wind and Rain Design

This is a stunning water jar by Juanita Pena. The jar is an elegant shape with a slightly turned in neck.  The jar is painted with small clouds and rain motifs. There are lots of fine lines and swirls. The jar has been fired to a glassy gunmetal appearance.  The jar is in very good condition with  no cracks, restoration or repair.  It is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Juanita”.   Juanita created some truly exceptional early pottery with innovative designs, great condition and a wonderful history.

$ 600.00
Gonzales, Rose – Long Neck Jar with Avanyu

This is a striking long neck jar by Rose Gonzales.  She is often considered the first at San Ildefonso Pueblo to make carved pottery.  This form is one of her classic shape with an elongated neck and a sharp shoulder.  There is a cloud design around the neck and it is fully polished.  The area below is matte while the avanyu (water serpent), which is carved around the shoulder, is also highly polished.  The jar is fired to a very high shine, so that there is a striking contrast to the matte and polished areas.  The high shine can be especially seen below the shoulder, where there are areas which are gunmetal (almost a metallic in appearance).  The jar is from the 1970’s and it is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  It is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Rose”.  Rose’s legacy and influence can certainly be seen in the work of Tse-Pe, Dora Tse-Pe and Russell Sanchez.

$ 1,800.00
Blue Corn –  Bowl with Lighter Inset (1972)

Blue Corn is certainly one of the most creative potters of her time with a varied used of clays and firing techniques to create her distinctive pottery.  This is one of her polychrome pieces.  It is polished on the surface and painted with red and black clay slips for the bugs, birds and fish.  On the top of the bowl she has inserted a lighter.  This was not unexpected of pieces from the 1950’s to the 1970’s.  This piece was made as a Christmas gift to Richard Spivey in 1972.  The bowl was signed in the clay on the bottom, “Blue Corn”.   It is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  The “striker” can be removed, although the silver inset that holds it is glued into the piece.  I kept the striker with the piece, as it makes for a more interesting part of the history of this piece.

$ 200.00
Gonzales, Cavan  – Polychrome Water Jar with Plant Designs

This is a large water jar by Cavan Gonzales. He is a descendant of Maria Martinez, through her son Adam Martinez.  Cavan is one of the few potters today who continues to make traditional polychrome pottery.  This jar is painted black-on-tan above the shoulder with a plant design.  There are cloud and rain patterns also in black.  Below the shoulder the jar is polished to a high shine.  There are etched cloud, rain and plant patterns in the red area.  There are coral insets around the neck of the jar and a band of hei-shi beads around the shoulder.  Below the shoulder in the red polished area there are inset turquoise stones connected with each of the etched designs.  The jar has been traditionally fired and it is signed on the bottom in the clay.

 

$ 3,600.00
Da, Jarrod – “Yellow Quail” Original Pastel

Jarrod Da has created a distinctive style of painting using pastels for his work. Each piece is hand painted and it is amazing how much detail he is able to achieve in each piece!  His new work is a blend of contemporary themes with San Ildefonso and Pueblo imagery.  This piece is entitled, “Yellow Quail”.  The painting has a large Pueblo style bird, typical of those painted on San Ildefonso pottery. The bird combines various designs, from clouds to rain patterns, to create the imagery. The background has geometric forms, which complement and shadow the bird. Jarrod says of this piece:

These bird pieces celebrate San Ildefonso plate design. These bird designs are rediscovered with more contemporary lines and shapes along with nontraditional colors. These nontraditional colors were used to investigate what new color pallets could be used on flat two dimensional designs.”

The painting is subtle in color but complex in design.  It comes in a black frame and matted. It is signed, “DA 17”.

$ 400.00
Da, Jarrod – “Red Hybird Bee III” Original Pastel

Jarrod Da has created a distinctive style of painting using pastels for his work. Each piece is hand painted and it is amazing how much detail he is able to achieve in each piece!  His new work is a blend of contemporary themes with San Ildefonso and Pueblo imagery.  This piece is entitled, “Red Hybrid Bee III”.  The painting has two bees painted in red and black with Pueblo designs on the wings . They are flying near pueblo painted flowers and with interspersed geometric shapes.  Jarrod wrote of this piece:

Red Hybrid Bee III was created pondering the modern effect we have on honeybees. This is three of a series of mixed media pieces. The design work is influenced through a mix of traditional San Ildefonso Pueblo design and modern deco influences. The fine detail work is done in India ink. This piece is my ode to saving the honeybee and realizing the crucial role they play in this giant organism we call earth.”

The painting is subtle in color but complex in design.  It comes in a black frame and matted. It is signed, “DA 17”.

$ 500.00
Martinez, Maria – Small “Fish” Plate (Maria + Popovi,1956-9)

This is a classic black plate by Maria Martinez and her son, Popovi Da. Maria made and polished the plate while it was painted by her son, Popovi Da  (1923-1971). The plate is highly polished and is one of his few pieces which has an animal motif.  This plate has a fish as the central design.  Fish were among the most common animal designs used by Popovi on his plates.  Popovi Da was an accomplished painter in the San Ildefonso two-dimensional style and this plate captures that style of his art.  The fish is beautifully painted to capture a sense of motion and fill the entire space.  It was only from 1956-9  that Popovi painted these pieces, which are among the most sought after and best of his career!   It is  signed on the back in the clay, “Maria Popovi“. The signature indicates that it was made around 1956-9.   The plate is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

To learn more about Maria’s signatures, click here.

$ 5,800.00
Martinez, Maria – “Pueblo Deer” Plate (Maria + Popovi,1956-9), Published

This is a charming gunmetal fired plate by Maria Martinez and her son, Popovi Da. Maria made and polished the plate while it was painted by her son, Popovi Da  (1923-1971). The plate is highly polished and is one of his few pieces which has an animal motif.  This plate has a pueblo style deer painted on the surface.  Below the deer is a plant design.  Popovi Da was an accomplished painter in the San Ildefonso two-dimensional style and this plate captures that style of his art.  The deer is beautifully painted in motion.  It was only from 1956-9  that Popovi painted these pieces, which are among the most sought after and best of his career!   It is  signed on the back in the clay, “Maria Popovi“. The signature indicates that it was made around 1956-9.    The plate is also published in the book, “The Legacy of Maria Poveka Martinez” by Richard Spivey, on page 89.  It is always a plus to have a piece which has been published in a significant book for both future authenticity and value.  The plate is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

To learn more about Maria’s signatures, click here.

$ 6,500.00
Martinez, Maria – Gunmetal Long Neck Jar “Maria Poveka”, 1950’s

In the 1950's Maria Martinez created a series of pieces which were simply stone polished with no design.  As she primarily made the pottery and polished it this was fitting with the other pieces of her career.  This small bowl is fired with a near gunmetal appearance.  It is possible as the bowl is turned to see how the gunmetal color (which comes from the firing) give the bowl a lustrous appearance.  It is signed in the clay, “Maria Poveka”.  This is a combination of her Anglo and Tewa names.  Her name, “Poveka” means “Water Lilly”.  The bowl is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  There is one tiny blister on the piece which can be seen in the photos.

Maria Martinez Signatures

 

$ 5,300.00
Blue Corn –  Tall Jar with Feather Design (1970’s)

Blue Corn is certainly one of the most creative potters of her time with a varied used of clays and firing techniques to create her distinctive pottery.  This is one of her distinctive red pieces. The jar is fully polished red and has a feather pattern painted along the body of the piece.  Around the neck is a triangular mountain design. The jar is painted in a buff-on-red style. The highly polished red is in contrast to the matte painted surface.  The jar was traditionally fired to create the coloration.  The jar is signed in the clay on the bottom, “Blue Corn”.   It is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

$ 2,000.00
Blue Corn – Jar with Feather Pattern (1970’s)

Blue Corn is often best known for her polychrome pottery, she also made exquisite black-on-black pottery. Her learned to make pottery from Maria Martinez at San Ildefonso. This jar is very highly polished and painted with a feather and mountain pattern. There is a striking contrast of the painted areas with the highly polished surface. The shape of the jar is one of her classic shape with the low shoulder. The jar is signed on the bottom in the clay “Blue Corn, San Ildefonso”.  The bowl is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  There is one small rub area shown in the photos.

$ 675.00
Martinez, Maria  – Jar with Prayer Feather Designs (Marie + Santana, 1954-6)

This jar by Maria Martinez is one of her classic pieces.  It was made by Maria Martinez and painted by her daughter-in-law Santana Martinez (the wife of Adam Martinez).  It is very highly polished and has a glassy surface.  The design is a prayer feather pattern which is at an angle and then a cloud and rain design. The painting is very crisp and stands out against the highly polished surface.  There are some small areas which are nearly gunmetal in appearance.  The jar is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Marie + Santana”.  It is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  Definitely a classic!

To learn more about Maria’s signatures, click here.

$ 1,800.00
Blue Corn – Bowl with Carved Avanyu (1960’s)

While Blue Corn is often best known for her polychrome pottery, she began her career making black pottery. This is one of her earlier pieces from the 1960’s and it is deeply carved with an avanyu.  The style of the carving is much like that seen in other early San Ildefonso potters, with a “cameo style”.  The avanyu encircles the shoulder of the bowl.  The piece is highly polished and fired a deep black.  It is signed on the bottom in the clay “Blue Corn, San Ildefonso”.  The bowl is in good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

$ 575.00
Sanchez, Desideria – Large Jar with Cloud and Wind Patterns (1920’s)

Desideria Montoya Sanchez was a sister of noted potter Maria Martinez.  She was known for her traditional pottery and use of both classic and innovative designs. This tall jar is a shape that was used by both her and Maria during the 1920’s.  It is a tall shaped jar with a high shoulder.  The jar here is highly polished and has a cloud design painted around the neck and then additional rain and wind designs around the shoulder.  The painted designs here are so bold that they give a very modernistic appearance to the jar. It is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  It is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Desideria”.

$ 2,000.00
Pena, Isabel – Red & Tan Carved Plate with Avanyu (1930’s)

Isabel Pena was one of the early San Ildefonso potters. This is one of her few carved pieces. It is most likely that she made the plate and then it was carved by her daughter, Terasita.  The style of carving is similar to that of her daughter.  The front of the plate is polished red and carved with an avanyu.  The interior carved area is filled in with the a cream colored clay. The back of the plate is also fully polished and it is tan.  The plate is signed on the back in the clay, “Isabel”.  It is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  Isabel Pena was a granddaughter of Cipriana Pena and a daughter of Tonita Pena (ca 1847-1910) who was known for making large storage vessels. Isabel was the wife of Pasqual Martinez. She was also the mother of noted potters Terasita Martinez and Petronella Martinez. Her great-grandson, Elvis Torres continues to make pottery today.

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$ 600.00
Roybal, Tonita – Water Jar with Avanyu Design (1920’s)

Tonita Roybal is one of the great innovative names in San Ildefonso pottery.  This is a classic shape for Tonita, with the low, round shoulder and the turned out rim.  What is unusual is the use of the avanyu or water serpent, as the design.  She painted a variety of designs, but very rarely depicted the water serpent on her pottery. The jar here is fired to a near gunmetal finish and  it is delicately painted and beautifully polished.  It is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Tonita”  It is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

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$ 1,800.00
Pena, Isabel – Jar with Step Pattern and Lid

Isabel Pena was one of the early San Ildefonso potters. This is an exceptional jar by Isabel Pena.  It is one of the only lidded pieces of hers we have come across.  The jar is painted with a mountain step pattern and the lid is also painted.  The jar is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Isabel”.  It is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  Isabel Pena was a granddaughter of Cipriana Pena and a daughter of Tonita Pena (ca 1847-1910) who was known for making large storage vessels. Isabel was the wife of Pasqual Martinez. She was also the mother of noted potters Teresita Martinez and Petronella Martinez. Her great-grandson, Elvis Torres continues to make pottery today.

 

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$ 800.00
Martinez, Maxamiliana “Anna” – Large Bowl with Water Designs (1930’s)

This is a large bowl by Maximiliana “Anna” Martinez, who was a sister of Maria Martinez.   It is fully polished and painted with water designs around the shoulder. The bowl itself has great coloration with areas which are nearly gunmetal.  The painting is fluid around the entire piece.  It is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  It is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Anna”.

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$ 1,500.00
Aguilar, Susana -Bowl with Avanyu (1920’s)

This is a very distinctive bowl by Susana Aguilar.  The piece is from the 1920’s and it is fully polished and fired to a near gunmetal appearance.  The style of her avanyu is very distinctive with the shape of the horn and the way she painted the mouth. The avanyu of her son, Joe Aguilar, is in very much the same style.  The shape of the bowl is also very classic for her work, with thin walls and a very flat top after the curve of the shoulder.  The bottom of the bowl is also fully polished.  It is signed on the bottom  in the clay, “Susana”. The bowl is in good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  It has some scratches on the rim.

San Ildefonso Pottery Innovators -1920-1940

$ 1,075.00
Roybal, Tonita – Bowl with Fineline Mountain and Plant Designs (1920’s)

Tonita Roybal is one of the great innovative names in San Ildefonso pottery.  This has long been one of my favorite bowls by Tonita.  The shape is perfect with the sharp shoulder and sloping angle.  The design is boldly painted with a mountain pattern which has lines painted in the center.  There are additional small plant designs.  Like much of her work, it is the gunmetal coloration, achieve during the heat of the firing, which gives the bowl its dynamic appearance.  The silver surface above the shoulder accentuate the design and give it a dynamic appearance. The bowl is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Tonita”.  It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

 

 

 

$ 1,250.00
Pena, Isabel – Large Jar with Snow Patterns

Isabel Pena was one of the early San Ildefonso potters. This is one of the largest of her black-on-black bowls we have seen. It  has a snow pattern as the design.  It is a complex pattern that encompasses the surface of the jar.  It is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Isabel Pena”.  It is in good condition with no cracks, restoration or repair.  There are a few little rubs and a small chip on the inside of the rim.  Isabel Pena was a granddaughter of Cipriana Pena and a daughter of Tonita Pena (ca 1847-1910) who was known for making large storage vessels. Isabel was the wife of Pasqual Martinez. She was also the mother of noted potters Teresita Martinez and Petronella Martinez. Her great-grandson, Elvis Torres continues to make pottery today.

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$ 600.00
Gonzales, Juanita – Large Bowl with Carved Rain Designs (1930’s)

This bowl is one of the larger bowls we have had  by Juanita and Wo-Peen Gonzales.  It is carved with the cameo style which Juanita learned from Rose Gonzales.  It has a flowing design on the shoulder with rain and lightning designs separated by mountains.  The carving is deep and perfectly fits the shape of the bowl.  It is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.    The bowl is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Juanita”.   It is great to find one of their pieces in such wonderful condition!

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$ 1,200.00
Aguilar, Rosalie & Joe – Plate with Avanyu Designs (1920’s)

Rosalie and Joe Aguilar created some exceptional pottery during brief career working together.  It is often their plates which are the most visually striking and complex of their work.  This plate is a complicated and fascinating design. There are two avanyu heads on either side where the circle is the eye and each has an elongated tongue. They are connected with a water design and the step pattern is the mountain. The “x” design in the center is the turkey track.  The fineline checkerboard areas area exceptionally well painted.  The piece has a very modern appearance with the placement of the imagery yet it is one from the 1920’s.  This plate is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or  repair.  There are a few light surface scratches.  It is signed on the back, “Rosalie + Joe”.

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$ 1,200.00
Naranjo, Florence Aguilar – Polychrome Jar with Cloud, Rain and Snow Designs (1950s’)

Florence Naranjo is a daughter of noted potters Rosalie & Joe Aguilar and a granddaughter of Susana Aguilar.  This is one of her few polychrome pieces of pottery. The jar is fully painted with black and red rain, cloud and snow patterns on a cream background.  The jar is a classic San Ildefonso water jar shape.  It is signed on the bottom, “Florence Naranjo”.  It is good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

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$ 400.00
Montoya, Simona Pena – Wide Bowl with Rain Designs (1920’s)

This is one of the only pieces we have ever seen by Simona Pena Montoya Naranjo (1902-82).  She was a daughter of Juan and Isabelita Pena.  She did not make much pottery and this bowl is from the 1920’s.  The bowl is signed, “Simona M.” and that was during the 1920’s when she was first married.  Her second marriage made her a Naranjo.  The bowl has painted triangular designed around the shoulder.  It is fully polished if a bit heavy to one side.  The bowl is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  Definitely a unique piece!

 

San Ildefonso Pottery Innovators -1920-1940

$ 125.00
Aguilar, Joe – Whirling Water Design Polychrome Plate (1950’s)

Joe Aguilar began his career painting pottery for his mother, Susana Aguilar,  He also made pottery with his wife, Rosalie, through the 1940’s.  In the 1950’s he created a fascinating group of polychrome pottery including both plates and vessels.  He was one of the few potters at the time still using traditional techniques and designs for his work. This is an exceptional plate painted with polychrome designs. The center is a fineline pattern, which was often seen in the earlier black-on-black pottery. The central medallion then becomes a whirling circle of water with the extensions of the plant designs.  The plate is in very good condition with no cracks, restoration or repair. There are two small areas where the white slip has flaked away.  It is signed on the back, “Joe Aguilar”.

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$ 850.00
Martinez, Maria – Plainware Bowl “Maria Poveka”, 1950’s

In the 1950’s Maria Martinez created a series of pieces which were simply stone polished with no design.  As she primarily made the pottery and polished it this was fitting with the other pieces of her career.  This small bowl is fired with a near gunmetal appearance.  It is possible as the bowl is turned to see how the gunmetal color (which comes from the firing) give the bowl a lustrous appearance.  It is signed in the clay, “Maria Poveka”.  This is a combination of her Anglo and Tewa names.  Her name, “Poveka” means “Water Lilly”.  The bowl is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  There is one tiny blister on the piece which can be seen in the photos.

$ 950.00
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