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San Ildefonso Pueblo English Pronunciation: "San Ill-day-fon-so" Traditional Name: Po-woh-ge-oweenge "Where the water cuts through" San Ildefonso Pueblo 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 Pueblo pottery became known. It was then that the famous black pots were revived, primarily because of Maria Martinez. Today, they command the respect of world-wide 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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Aguilar, Joe – Polychrome Plate with Feather Designs

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 plate is painted in a polychrome style.  The composition is classic for the Aguilars with fineline patterns breaking up various sections of design.  The designs include rain and eagle tail patterns.  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 unsigned but easily attributable to Joe Aguilar.  The plate is accompanied by a letter of attribution.

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$ 600.00
Aguilar, Joe – Star Design Polychrome Plate

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 star pattern and there are bird wing and prayer feather swirls extending out from the center.  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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$ 1,000.00
Aguilar, Rosalie -Bowl with  Cloud and Rain Designs

Rosalie and Joe Aguilar created some exceptional plates during their brief career working together.  This is one of their carved pieces. It has the “cameo” style of carving which was typical at San Ildefonso in the 1930’s.  The design is carved around the neck of the piece.  It is a cloud and rain design.  The remainder of the bowl is fully polished.  It was fired a dark black but with additional small gunmetal colored areas from the firing..  The bowl is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  It is signed, “Rosalie + Joe” on the bottom in the clay.

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$ 475.00
Aguilar, Rosalie & Joe – Plate with Bird Designs

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 birds on the plate and design deconstructs them into head, body and wings.  Note in the center are bird tracks.  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 late 1920’s.  Note how the back of the plate is fully polished and has a very angular appearance, which is typical of the early plates at San Ildefonso.  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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$ 1,000.00
Blue Corn –  Polychrome Rain & Lightning Bowl

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 bowl is a classic of her polychrome pottery. It is fully polished a gray-cream color and then painted.  The design is a cloud, rain and lightning pattern. The red slipped part is the lightning.  The bowl is signed in the clay, “Blue Corn”.   The bowl is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

$ 850.00
Blue Corn –  Red Jar with Feather Design

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 few red pieces. The jar is fully polished red and has a feather pattern painted on the shoulder. The feathers are tightly painted in a matte clay to contrast with the highly polished surface. The shape works perfectly for the design with the low, sharp shoulder and the elongated neck.  The jar is signed in the clay on the bottom, “Blue Corn”.   The bowl is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

$ 1,450.00
Blue Corn –  Sienna Feather Bowl

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 unique bowl is sienna in coloration.  It was originally fired black and then re-fired a second time to create the sienna coloration.  There are some slight color variations from the firing, which add to the interest of the piece.  Popovi Da was the one who created this technique so it is interesting to see a piece where Blue Corn has duplicated the process.  It is signed in the clay, “Blue Corn”.   The bowl is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

$ 1,250.00
Blue Corn – Bowl with Carved Avanyu (1950’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 1950’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 and there are also deeply carved clouds.  The piece is highly polished and fired a deep black.  It is not often that we see such complex carved pieces of this size.  It 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.

$ 1,800.00
Da, Popovi-  Red Water Jar (1971)

This red water jar is a late piece by Popovi Da, as he passed away the same year it was made.  It is a classic water jar and fully polished.  Popovi Da created both plainware and painted vessels.  He was a son of 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 jar is signed on the bottom in the clay “Popovi 471” which is the firing date of April, 1971. It is stunning in color and form and certainly a rarity of his work!

$ 18,000.00
Da, Tony  – Black Horno Oven (1967)

Over the course of a career that spanned from 1967-82, Tony Da 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.  The last photo here is one of Tony in 1967 at Gallup Ceremonials at his booth.  The pottery ranges from bears and candlesticks to horno ovens and plates.  The horno oven identified with the arrow in the photo is the one that is currently featured here!  It is certainly a rarity to have a piece of his work that is a significant part of the historic record.  As well, almost every other piece in the photo is now in a museum collection!  The horno oven is fully polished and has a very high shape and a near gunmetal appearance from the firing.  There is a small rub on the front edge which can be seen in the photos otherwise it is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  It is signed on the bottom in the clay, “D’A”, which was his earliest signature with the use of the apostrophe.  As well, I left on the sticker that says “1963”, which is incorrect as he was in the Navy at that time and had yet to make pottery.  It also reflects that until the publication of “The Art and Life of Tony Da” there was not an accurate assessment of when pieces were made.  It’s nice to now have more knowledge and perspective of his influential pottery and this unique piece is certainly an innovative example of his early work.

$ 5,000.00
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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.

$ 300.00 $ 200.00
Fender, Erik – Open Bowl with Avanyu & 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 open bowl is carved on the outside with an avanyu and has a micaceous clay slip. The inside of the bowl is very fully painted with a feather, rain and cloud pattern.  It is a striking contrast between the polished interior and the mica exterior.  However, it is the complexity of a fully designed piece which makes this bowl so extraordinary.  It is signed on the bottom.

$ 900.00
Gonzales, Cavan  – Buff on Red Bear

This clay by Cavan Gonzales is a charming figurative piece.  The bear is clay and slipped with a red clay and painted with a buff colored clay for the design. Th e design is a prayer feather pattern painted on its back.

$ 175.00
Gonzales, Cavan  – Polychrome Plate with Butterfly

This larger plate by Cavan Gonzales is a beautiful example of both his clay and painting skill.  As a form, many Pueblo potters dislike to create plates, as they break frequently while drying and firing.  Cavan is one of the few who has been making this form most of his career.  This plate is polychrome with a butterfly painted in the center.  There is a checkerboard pattern around the rim of the piece.  Note as well there is a single inset piece of turquoise for the head of the butterfly.  The back of the plate is slipped red and signed by Cavan.

$ 650.00
Gonzales, John – Bowl with Avanyu (2003)

This bowl by John Gonzales is from 2003.  It is a classic shape with an incised band around the body of the bowl.  The rim is black and there is a single band of inset turquoise hei-shi.  The design is an incised avanyu which encircles the bowl.  The bowl is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

$ 400.00
Gonzales, John – Red Bowl with Avanyu (1998)

This bowl by John Gonzales is from 1998.  The rim is a red clay slip and there is a single band of inset shell hei-shi above and below the central design.  The design is an incised avanyu which encircles the bowl.  Note as the bowl is turned the use of additional rain and cloud patterns.  The bowl is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  It is signed on the bottom.

$ 475.00
Gonzales, Juanita – Carved Jar with Avanyu

This jar by Juanita Gonzales is classic style of their work.  Juanita learned the cameo style of carving from Rose Gonzales.  The neck of the jar is carved with a rain pattern.  The body of the piece has the clay fully carved away to reveal the encircling avanyu.  The style of the avanyu, with the round incised eye, is very similar to that of Rose Gonzales.  The bottom of the jar is matte.  The contrast of the raised polished surfaces and the surrounding matte areas creates a very striking appearance.  The jar is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Juanita”.  It is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

$ 600.00
Gonzales, Juanita – Jar with Rain Design

This small jar is by Juanita Gonzales.  It is highly polished and has a distinctive shape with a sharp shoulder.  The design is painted around the neck of the piece.  While it is a simple design, the shape adds to the complexity of the piece.  The jar is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  It is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Juanita”.

$ 125.00
Gonzales, Juanita & Wo-Peen – Bowl with Cloud & Rain Designs

This bowl is by Juanita and Wo-Peen Gonzales.  It is carved with the cameo style which Juanita learned from Rose Gonzales.  It has a complicated design with rain and cloud patterns encircling the bowl.  It is beautifully polished and has deep black coloration.  The bowl is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair and some wear near the base.  The bowl is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Juanita Wo-Peen”.   It is great to find one of their pieces in such wonderful condition!

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$ 350.00
Gonzales, Rose – Jar with Carved Avanyu

Rose Gonzales is often considered the first at San Ildefonso Pueblo to make carved pottery. However, over the course of her career she created a variety of styles including plainware, painted and carved pottery.  This jar is both a classic shape and design.  Rose carved her pottery with a “cameo” style where the design often seems to be carved right at the edge of the shoulder.  Here the water serpent (avanyu) is in that position. The sharp edge of the jar and the long neck are both classics of her form.  The jar is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  It is signed, “Rose” on the bottom in the clay.

$ 975.00
Gonzales, Rose – Jar with Cloud and Rain Designs

Rose Gonzales is often considered the first at San Ildefonso Pueblo to make carved pottery. However, over the course of her career she created a variety of styles including plainware, painted and carved pottery.  This jar of hers is from the 1970’s.  It is highly polished and painted with a cloud and rain motif.  The jar has her classic shape with the sharp shoulder and sloping neck.  It is signed “Rose” in the clay on the bottom.   It is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  There is a slight lean to the jar.

$ 900.00
Gonzales, Rose – Red Canteen with Cloud & Rain Design (1930’s)

This canteen is an unusual piece by San Ildefono potter Rose Gonzales.  She is often considered the first at San Ildefonso Pueblo to make carved pottery. However, over the course of her career she created a variety of styles including plainware, painted and carved pottery.  This is one of the few canteens we have had of her work and one of her earlier pieces.  It is fully polished red and painted with a red clay slip.  The design is a cloud pattern near the top and a rain and prayer feather pattern below. There is still the original leather cord connected to the stopper!  The piece is signed on the bottom, “Rose” over a red matte clay slip.  This was typical of a lot of potters in the 1930’s and helps to date this piece.  It is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

$ 1,400.00
Gonzales, Rose – Tall Jar with Rain and Cloud Patterns

Rose Gonzales is often considered the first at San Ildefonso Pueblo to make carved pottery. However, over the course of her career she created a variety of styles including plainware, painted and carved pottery.  This jar is a very difficult shape with straight sides.  It is painted around the shoulder with a cloud and rain pattern.  At the base is a flower petal design.  The jar is highly polished and fired.  It is in very good condition with no cracks, restoration or repair.  There are some slight surface scratches and dings on the rim.  It is signed, “Rose” on the bottom in the clay.

$ 300.00
Gonzales, Tse-Pe – Jar with Dance Figure

Tse-Pe Gonzales as a son of noted potter Rose Gonzales.  This jar combines the various techniques for which he was well known.  The jar has a round body and a small neck.  There body of the piece is a matte earth colored nearly-pinkish clay, which comes from near Abique, NM.  The central medallion of the jar is polished green and has a Dance figure and a bear paw as the design.  The etching is tight and the stippling of the background is a visual signature to Tse-Pe’s technique.  It is signed on the bottom with Tse-Pe’s hallmark. It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

$ 800.00
Gonzales, Tse-Pe – Seedpot with Two Fish

Tse-Pe Gonzales as a son of noted potter Rose Gonzales.  This seedpot is fully polished and fired brown. The design is a central plant pattern with a fish on either side.  The tails of the fish extend out from the circle of the medallion.  There is a single inset piece of turquoise at the top to represent the water.  The back of the piece is fully polished with no design.  The etching is tight and the stippling of the background is a visual signature to Tse-Pe’s technique.  It is signed on the bottom with Tse-Pe’s hallmark. It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

$ 700.00
Martinez, Adelphia – Canteen

Adelphia Martinez is a daughter of noted San Ildefonso potter Juanita Gonzales. This canteen is made in a classic style with the rounded front and the flat back.  The entire piece is fully polished. There is a leather strap made which extends through the handles. The piece is signed on the back, “Adelphia”.

$ 150.00
Martinez, Anita – Plainware Bowl

Anita Martinez was a granddaughter of Maria Martinez and a daughter of Santana & Adam Martinez.  This is a classic bowl of hers which is highly polished. It has been fired with sections which have a gunmetal appearance.  The bowl is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  It is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Anita Martinez”.

$ 500.00
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Martinez, Lucy – Jar with Feather Pattern (1980’s)

Lucy Martinez is known for her traditional style San Ildefonso pottery.  This jar is highly polished and painted with a feather pattern around the neck. Around the shoulder is a cloud pattern.  Typically she would make the pottery and it would be polished by her husband, Richard. The jar is in good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  It is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Lucy M.”.

$ 125.00 $ 75.00
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Martinez, Lupita – Large Plainware Jar (1950’s)

Lupita Martinez was known for her highly polished and beautifully painted pottery.  She was also one of the last surviving early San Ildefonso potters.  Lupita was married to Anselmo Martinez and was a daughter of Santana Vigil. Her aunt was Isabel Atencio and her grandmother was Nicolasa Montoya, who taught Maria Martinez to make pottery. Lupita was known for her highly polished black-on-black pottery, typically with classic designs and shapes.This is a larger piece of her pottery and it is fully polished and fired a deep black.  It is from the 1950’s.   The bowl is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  It is signed, “Lupita Martinez” on the bottom in the clay.

$ 500.00 $ 275.00
Martinez, Maria   – Bowl with Avanyu, “Maria + Popovi”

This bowl is a classic piece by Maria Martinez and her son, Popovi Da. Maria made and polished the bowl while 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 a metalic appearance across most of the surface. The design is a water serpent (avanyu), which encircles the piece.  It is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Maria / Popovi 1161”.  The firing date is when the pottery was made, so this bowl was from November, 1961. 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!

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

$ 6,500.00
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
Martinez, Maria  – Bowl with Feather Pattern (Maria + Santana)

This is a striking larger bowl by Maria Martinez.  It is one of her classic shape with the wide shoulder and the sloping sides.  This shape is perfect for feather pattern which is painted from the rim to the shoulder.  The bowl was made by Maria and painted by her daughter-in-law Santana.  The feathers are tightly painted and perfectly fill the space.  The bowl has been fired to a high shine and is nearly gunmetal in coloration in areas.  It is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Maria + Santana”.  It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  

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

$ 4,000.00
Martinez, Maria  – Bowl with Storm Pattern

This bowl by Maria Martinez is a classic shape with a fully polished exterior surface.  The bowl was made by Maria and painted by her daughter-in-law Santana.  It is a traditional design with rain, cloud, lightning and wind patterns.  The design is repeated around the bowl.  It is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Marie + Santana”.  It is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  There are some surface scratches near the base.  

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

$ 2,500.00
Martinez, Maria  – Plate with Prayer Feather Design

This is a classic plate by Maria Martinez and  painted by her daughter-in-law Santana.  The plate is very highly polished and has a prayer feather pattern as the design.  The back is matte and it is signed 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.

$ 1,500.00
Martinez, Maria –  Gunmetal Bowl with Avanyu, “Maria + Popovi 465”

This smaller bowl by  Maria Martinez and her son, Popovi Da is simply a gem!  Maria made and polished the bowl while it was painted and 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 a metalic appearance across most of the surface. The design is a water serpent (avanyu), which encircles the piece.  It is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Maria / Popovi 465”.  The firing date is when the pottery was made, so this bowl was from April, 1965. 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!

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

$ 2,800.00
Martinez, Maria – Bowl with Prayer Feather Designs (1930’s)

This bowl by Maria Martinez but fired to a near gunmetal appearance!  The bowl was  made and polished by Maria and then painted by her husband, Julian Martinez (1897-1943).  The bowl is thin walled and highly polished.  The design is a prayer feather and lightning design which is repeated around the shoulder of the bowl.  The firing has variations from black to gunmetal to goldtone.  They are the result of the heat from the firing and unique to see all variations on one piece.  The bowl is signed, “Marie + Julian” on the bottom.  The bowl is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

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

$ 2,200.00
Martinez, Maria – Bowl with Prayer Feather Pattern (1920’s)

This bowl by Maria Martinez is an exceptional early piece of her pottery.  It was made and polished by Maria and then painted by her husband, Julian Martinez (1897-1943).  The design is a very traditional pattern which is painted horizontally rather than vertically.  The two triangles are the “prayer feathers”.  The design below represents where the prayer feathers are placed outside at the pueblo.  The bowl is fired to a near gunmetal appearance with areas that are both metallic silver and gold in coloration.  The bottom is fully polished, making it an earlier piece.  It is signed, “Marie + Julian” on the bottom.  The bowl is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

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

$ 1,500.00
Martinez, Maria – Gunmetal Feather Jar “Maria Popovi 766”

This larger jar is stunning piece 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 feather pattern around the shoulder.  It is the firing which has given it the beautiful gunmetal surface.  The metallic shine from the firing was refined by Popovi Da and became a signature of his work.  It is also a larger piece of their pottery.  Finding larger pieces in such great condition is always an exciting testament to their creativity and skill as potters!  It is  signed on the bottom in the clay, “Maria Popovi 766“. The signature indicates that it was made around in July, 1966.   The jar is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

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

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

$ 9,000.00
Martinez, Maria – Gunmetal Feather Plate “Maria Popovi”

This jar is stunning black gunmetal plate 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 plate is highly polished and has a feather pattern as the main design.  The surface of the plate is stunning and beautifully reflects the light.  The feathers are very tightly painted, which is typical of the early pieces from the late 1950’s.   It is  signed on the bottom in the clay, “Maria Popovi“. The signature indicates that it was made around 1956-9.   The plate is in excellent  condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

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

$ 8,000.00
Martinez, Maria – Gunmetal Long Neck Feather Design Jar “Maria Popovi” (1956-8)

This large long neck water jar is stunning piece 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 feather pattern around the shoulder. This is an early piece of their pottery when Popovi Da was just beginning to sign his work with Maria. The jar is highly polished and fired to a glassy gunmetal surface.  The metallic shine from the firing was refined by Popovi Da and became a signature of his work.  It is also a larger piece of their pottery.  Finding larger pieces in such great condition is always an exciting testament to their creativity and skill as potters!  It is  signed on the bottom in the clay, “Maria Popovi“. The signature indicates that it was made between 1956 and 1959.   The jar is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

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

 

$ 15,000.00
Martinez, Maria – Jar Feather & Cloud Design “Maria Popovi”

This jar is a classic vessel 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 feather pattern around the shoulder.  Below the shoulder is a cloud pattern which gives the piece a very distinctive appearance.  The jar has a wonderful nearly gunmetal appearance to the surface from the firing.  It is  signed on the bottom in the clay, “Maria Popovi 665“. The signature indicates that it was made around in June 1965.   The jar is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

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

$ 4,800.00
Martinez, Maria – Large Long Neck Jar with Avanyu

This large jar is an important example of the early pottery by Maria Martinez from the early 1920’s.  At this time while Maria was making the pottery, her husband, Julian Martinez (1897-1943) was painting the designs.  This jar is among her larger pieces and many in this shape were actually used for flowers.  Their utilitarian use has resulted in many being water damaged or broken over time.  Finding this shape in good condition always seems to be a challenge and surprise.  The jar has an elegant form, with a round body and a long neck.  It is highly polished which further enhances the delicate lines of the form.  The imagery is unique and reveals how Julian painted to accentuate the shape of the vessel.  There are triangular cloud patterns extending up to the rim and a rounded cloud pattern below.  The avanyu  or water serpent encircles the body of the jar.  It is unique with the cloud pattern at the point where the tongue and tail meet. The jar was traditionally fired has a glossy black surface.  It is signed on the bottom, “Marie”.  Note as well the original price tag on the bottom of “$5.00”!  It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  Vessels by Maria in this size and from this early time period are an important addition to any collection!

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

$ 12,000.00
Martinez, Maria – Long Neck Water Jar, “Maria Poveka”, 1950’s

During the 1950’s Maria Martinez made and polished pottery and signed using her Tewa name, “Maria Poveka”.  Poveka means “Water Lilly”.  This water jar is one of her classic shapes with the slightly indented shoulder and turned out rim. The sharp shoulder is striking as it contrasts with the slight indention in the clay before extending up to the neck. It is fired to a dark black coloration.  The jar is signed in the clay on the bottom, “Maria Pove’ka”.   It is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

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

$ 1,600.00
Martinez, Maria – Plainware Bowl “Maria Poveka”, 1950’s

During the 1950’s Maria Martinez made and polished pottery and signed using her Tewa name, “Maria Poveka”.  Poveka means “Water Lilly”.  This bowl is beautifully formed and polished.  It has a very gunmetal appearance on one side and more glassy black on the other.  On this piece the gunmetal coloration is derived from the heat of the firing.  It is signed in the clay on the bottom, “Maria Pove’ka”.   It is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  There is a small “divit” near the base where there was a stone when it was being polished and after it was taken out, it was polished over.

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

$ 1,400.00
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Martinez, Maria – Plainware Gunmetal Fired Plate (1920’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.

$ 1,500.00 $ 1,000.00
Martinez, Maria – Plainware Pitcher “Marie” (1920’s)

This pitcher is a piece by Maria Martinez from the early 1920’s.  It is a wonderful shape with a slight foot and a sharp shoulder. The handle and spout are both fully polished.  It is also indented in the base where it was signed in the clay. In the early 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 are some blisters from the firing near the base of the handle.  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”.    

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

$ 1,600.00
Martinez, Maria – Plainware Plate “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 plate is fully polished on the front and matte on the back.  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 plate is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

$ 900.00
Martinez, Maria – Short Water Jar, “Maria Poveka”, 1950’s

During the 1950’s Maria Martinez made and polished pottery and signed using her Tewa name, “Maria Poveka”.  Poveka means “Water Lilly”.  This water jar is one of her classic shapes with the slightly indented shoulder.  The sharp shoulder dips down and then extends up to to the neck.  It has a shorter neck but nicely proportional to the rest of the jar.  It is fired to a dark black coloration.  The jar is signed in the clay on the bottom, “Maria Pove’ka”.   It is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

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

$ 1,400.00
Martinez, Marvin & Frances – Bowl with Avanyu & Feather Pattern

Marvin is a great-great grandson of noted potter Dominguita Pino Martinez, a great-grandson of Maria Martinez and a grandson of Adam and Santana Martinez.  Marvin works with his wife, Frances (from Santa Clara) on their pottery. This wide, flat bowl is fully polished. It is painted with a feather and avanyu design on the top of the piece.  It is traditionally fired black.  The bowl is signed on the bottom in the clay.

$ 350.00
Martinez, Maxamiliana “Anna” – Bird Wing Design Bowl (1920’s)

It is not often that we come across the pottery of Maximiliana “Anna” Martinez, who was a sister of Maria Martinez.  This bowl has a low shoulder and a cloud, rain and bird wing pattern. The design is painted above the shoulder of the piece.  The bowl is in very good condition with no chips, restoration or repair. There are some light surface scratches.  The jar is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Anna”.

$ 700.00
Martinez, Maxamiliana “Anna” – Jar with Prayer Feather Design (1920’s)

It is not often that we come across the pottery of Maximiliana “Anna” Martinez, who was a sister of Maria Martinez.  This jar is a very round shape with just a slight neck.  The design is a prayer feather pattern which encircles the piece.  The design has a very modern use of the space with lots of open polished surface and lots of thin lines.  The jar is in very good condition with no chips, restoration or repair. There are some light surface scratches and there is a slight lean to the shape.  The jar is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Anna”.

$ 1,100.00
Pena, Isabel – Bowl with Mountain Designs

Isabel Pena was one of the early San Ildefonso potters. This bowl is one of her black-on-black pieces.  It is painted with a angular mountain pattern.  The bowl is highly polished and boldly painted.  The bowl is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Isabel”.  It is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  It is slightly off center. 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.

For more information on the Early San Ildefonso Innovators, Click Here.

$ 110.00
Pena, Juanita – Wedding Vase with Cloud and Rain Pattern

This is one of the few wedding vases we have seen by Juanita Pena. The piece is very highly polished and fired to a glassy finish.  The design is a traditional cloud and rain pattern.  There are cloud designs painted coming down from the spouts.  The little dots in the design are often seen on her pottery.  The wedding vase 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.

$ 500.00
Roybal, Josephine – Bowl with Rain Cloud Pattern (1940’s)

Josephine Roybal was a sister of noted potter Santana Martinez.  This bowl is one of the few pieces of her pottery we have come across.  The bowl is fully polished and painted with a cloud and rain design. There is a delicate style of painting to the cloud pattern. The bowl has been fired a deep black with areas of gunmetal appearance near the base.  It is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Josephine Roybal”.  It is very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

$ 400.00
Roybal, Tonita – Gunmetal Fired Jar with Cloud Designs

This is a visually striking jar by Tonita Roybal, from the 1920’s.  The jar was made and painted by Tonita.  It has a wide, round shoulder, and a slight neck. The jar is painted with a series of cloud patterns separated by rain and wind designs.  Note the strength of the painting on the piece and the wide lines, which enhance the design.  While beautifully painted, it is the firing, which gave this jar a very metallic gunmetal appearance.  It is a beautiful surface and great designs. The jar is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  It is signed on the bottom, “Tonita”.

$ 800.00
Roybal, Tonita – Jar with Lightning & Bird Feather Design (1920’s)

This is an classic jar by Tonita Roybal, from the 1920’s.  What is most distinctive about this jar is the shape, which Tonita originated, with the very sharp shoulder. The entire bowl is fired and the area from the shoulder to the rim is painted.  The design is a bird feather and lightning design.  There is also a very unusual comb-like pattern, which is meant to represent wind and rain.  The bowl has been traditionally fired outside, so there are color variations from gunmetal to brown. There is a small area of black and brown below the shoulder which is most likely from a piece of wood touching the piece during the firing.  It might also be from the Tonita herself touching the piece with some wood, as early potters would often touch the pots with a stick during the firing to give them character.  Either way it is part of the charm of the firing process.  The bowl is from the late 1920’s and signed, “Tonita”.  It is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

$ 1,050.00
Roybal, Tonita – Jar with Rain and Cloud Design (1920’s)

Tonita Roybal was known for her creative shapes and designs in the 1920’s.  This jar has a low, round shoulder.  The design has rain, cloud and lightning patterns.  What’s interesting about the design on this piece is how she put the design together. The vertical rain cloud line has a cloud pattern to one side and the lighting design also creates a bird wing pattern.  There is a striking creativity in the overall flow.  The jar is highly polished and traditionally fired.  The jar is from the late 1920’s and signed, “Tonita”.  It is in good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  There is some slight surface wear near one area of the rim and near the base.

$ 1,200.00
Roybal, Tonita – Jar with Rain Design & Goldtone Firing

This is an exciting jar by Tonita Roybal, from the 1920’s.  The bowl was made and paintd by Tonita.  The shape of the jar is one of her classic shapes with the high shoulder and sloping neck.  The design is a prayer feather and rain pattern.  However, what really makes this jar exciting is the firing. There are areas which are gunmetal, which is the more metallic coloration. There are also areas with the “goldtone” firing, which gives them a more yellow-gold appearance.  This is a technique which Tonita attempted to create on her pottery to create a distinctive appearance.  It is not of then that we see it on her pottery but it is one of the many creative innovations she added to San Ildefonso pottery in the 1920’s.  It is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  It is signed on the bottom, “Tonita”.

$ 2,400.00
Roybal, Tonita – Plate with Prayer Feather & Rain (1920’s)

This is an early plate from Tonita Roybal.  It is fully polished on the front and back of the piece.  The design is a prayer feather pattern which is repeated four times.  Separating the prayer feathers are triangular hatchwork patterns which represent rain. Like much of her work it is traditional imagery put together with a more modern appearance, especially leaving so much open polished space for the design.  The plate is from the mid-1920’s and it is signed on the back in the clay, “Tonita”.  It is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

$ 825.00
Roybal, Tonita – Wide Bowl with Cloud Design (1920’s)

Tonita Roybal was known for her creative shapes and designs in the 1920’s.  This bowl is a simple piece in terms of decoration.  It is fully polished and has a round shoulder and just a slight neck.  The bowl has been very highly fired and has a gunmetal metallic appearance.  The design is a rain pattern (the lines) around the neck of the jar and below are clouds.  The beauty of the bowl is in the colorations from the firing.  The piece is from the late 1920’s and signed, “Tonita”.  It is in good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

$ 800.00
Sanchez, Desideria – Bowl with Bird Wing Motif

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 bowl is painted with a bird wing pattern.  It is interesting that this design has a Hopi-Tewa style appearance to the design.  Many of the early San Ildefonso potters were very interested in the work of Nampeyo of Hano and incorporated Hopi designs into their work.  The imagery was often stylized, such as the feather pattern at the round end of the wing.  The bowl was fired with to a nearly gunmetal appearance.  It is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  It is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Desideria”.

$ 800.00
Sanchez, Desideria – Bowl with Cloud & Wind Designs

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 bowl is a round shape and painted with a series of cloud and wind patterns. The thick lines and the style of the imagery give the bowl a s very modern appearance and are certainly unusual in the imagery of San Ildefonso.  The firing of the bowl has given it a somewhat gunmetal appearance in areas.  The bowl is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  It is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Desideria”.

$ 1,200.00
Sanchez, Desideria – Bowl with Rain Designs

This piece is a classic shape by Desideria Sanchez.  She was a sister of famed potter Maria Martinez.  The bowl has a sharp shoulder and the sloping area to the rim has the painted designs.  The designs are a complicated rain, cloud and wind pattern.  Note the very fine lines used for the painting!  The bowl is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Desideria”.  It is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

$ 1,500.00
Sanchez, Desideria – Jar with Circular Cloud Motif

This is a smaller but intricately painted bowl by Desideria Montoya Sancherz. It has a sharp shoulder and it is fully polished.  The jar is painted around the neck with a stylized cloud, rain and mountain pattern. It is definitely a more unusual design for her pottery.  The bowl is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Desideria”.  It is in good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  It has some light surface scratches below the shoulder.

$ 300.00
Sanchez, Russell  –  Deep Red Long Square Neck Jar with Bird Medallions

This is a striking jar by Russell Sanchez.  The jar is a deep red coloration, which is a slip which he has rediscovered and it is the same deep coloration as the slip used at San Ildefonso in the 1920-30’s.  The red is used on the sides of the jar.  The neck also has a carved feather pattern with each feather carved at an angle. This style is inspired by the feather pattern usually painted on the pottery.  On the sides of the jar are two medallions. They each have an old style San Ildefonso bird with a single inset piece of turquoise. One of the birds has its head turned back while the other is facing forward.  Surrounding each of the medallions are two bands of black (jet) hei-shi beads.  Russell said the use of the black beads was to provide the historic connection to the traditional “black-on-red” pottery of San Ildefonso, as well as Tony Da’s use of the black clay slip on his work after 1977.   They are a beautiful complement to the black mica used on the carved feathers!  Note as well that the neck of the jar is square while the body is round.  Russell said this was his attempt to modernize this classic shape.   The bottom of the jar has the classic indention of traditional San Ildefonso water jars.  It’s exciting how Russell uses these historic elements to keep them alive on his contemporary pottery.  It is signed on the bottom in the clay, ‘Russell”.

To read more about Russell Sanchez and his “Contemporizing The Pueblo Pottery Past”, Click Here.

$ 6,000.00
Sanchez, Russell  –  Large Red Water Jar with Avanyu & Turtles

This is certainly one of the most dynamic large jars we have had from Russell Sanchez.  It is a classic water jar and has a fluted or “rain drop” rim.  The neck of the jar is carved with a swirl melon rib design and slipped with a black mica clay.  The rim and the shoulder are polished with a very deep red clay slip.  The deep red coloration is a slip which he has rediscovered and it is the same deep coloration as the slip used at San Ildefonso in the 1920-30’s.   The shoulder has a water serpent which is etched into the clay. The water serpent (avanyu) always encircles the entire piece and note how the tongue and tail overlap.  The “surprise” of the jar is the bottom, where he has used the more traditional red clay slip.  Here, Russell has etched six turtles into the bottom.  Each turtle has a different design for their shells. As well, each has a single piece of high grade Kingman turquoise on their back. There are additional pieces of Kingman turquoise on the back of the avanyu as well.  He has also used shell and turquoise hei-shi beads as part of the design around the jar.   The bottom of the jar has the classic indention of traditional San Ildefonso water jars.  It’s exciting how Russell uses these historic elements to keep them alive on his contemporary pottery.  It is signed on the bottom in the clay, ‘Russell”.  So, yes, with the complexity of form and design, it is certainly a spectacular piece!

To read more about Russell Sanchez and his “Contemporizing The Pueblo Pottery Past”, Click Here.

 

$ 24,000.00
Sanchez, Russell  – Avanyu Handle Jar with Lid

Russell Sanchez has been taking inspiration from signed historic San Ildefonso pottery for his pieces over the past several years.  This unique jar is inspired by a bowl by his great-great grandmother, Ramona Sanchez Gonzales.  In the second photo the red bowl by Ramona can be seen, with the avanyu in relief on the side.  As well, Tony Da made on jar with lizard handles in 1967-8, which is now in the Phibrook Museum (#7095).  The black and sienna of the jar and the etched medallions are certainly a reference for Russell’s latest piece.  This jar has sienna medallions on each side. They are etched with traditional San Ildefonso birds.  Each medallion is surrounded by two bands of hei-shi beads.  The handles are in the shape of the avanyu, much as on Ramona’s bowl.  The neck of the jar has a cloud pattern and the remainder of the piece is a micaceous clay slip.  The lid is fired to a near gunmetal appearance and has a sienna top and a single inset piece of turquoise.  The bottom of the jar has a “foot” which is reminiscent of historic San Ildefonso pottery and it is also indented. The hei-shi beads are all made by the Calabaza family from Santo Domingo Pueblo.  The jar seamlessly blends the old with the new and creates a new vision of how potters can derive inspiration from the past while creating their own new vessels.

$ 6,200.00
Sanchez, Russell  – Bowl with Carved Hummingbird & Lid

Russell Sanchez is known for his distinctive pottery with a highly polished surface and tightly incised designs.  The bowl has a central medallion with a relief (or cameo style of carving) hummingbird.  This style of carving is very complex with various rounded edges and layers to the carving.  The result is stunning with a stylized hummingbird which is polished green and the surrounding flowers which have a polished red center.  The medallion is surrounded by a turquoise band of hei-shi beads.  The remainder of the bowl has a step carved design which is polished red and contrasts against the black micaceous clay slip.  The lid is carved in the shape of a flower and has a single inset piece of Cerillios turquoise.  Note as well how the bottom of the bowl has an indented, which is reminiscent of historic San Ildefonso pottery.

$ 4,000.00
Sanchez, Russell  – Gunmetal Box with Bear Lid

Spectacular!  While Russell Sanchez is well known for the distinctive pottery and not only the polishing and shapes but the firing. This amazing box has been fire to a near perfect gunmetal finish with a very metallic appearance.  The box has  a square shape with flat sides and a bear lid.  Two of the sides have incised medallions with deer.  Each deer is in a different position.  The medallions are surrounded by a band of turquoise hei-shi beads.  The opposite sides have incised lightning designs.  Russell is one of the few potters working today who can create the full gunmetal color in his firing and it is spectacular!  The hei-shi beads used in Russell’s pottery are all handmade by the Calabaza family of Santo Domingo pueblo.

$ 4,400.00
Sanchez, Russell  – Large Jar with Gourd Indented Neck and Lid and Avanyu

Stunning! This is one of the largest pieces we have had from Russell Sanchez in a while!  It is a classic shape with an innovative use of clay and design.  The jar has a wide body and a slight neck.  The body of the jar is fully polished and has an incised avanyu (water serpent) as the design.  Above and below are single bands of matte clay with a slip of mica.  Separating the matte areas are bands of jet (black) hei-shi beads.  The use of the black is perfect on this, as it emphasizes the shine and adds another tonality of black to the piece. T he neck is indented with 16 “gourd” sections.  They are all fully polished.  The lid is carved and the top has six gourd indentions.  There is also a band of jet hei-shi inset into the lid!  The jar has been fired to a near gunmetal coloration. There is a single inset piece of turquoise in the sienna area for the eye of the avanyu.  The hei-shi beads are all made by the Calabaza family from Santo Domingo Pueblo.  The jar is stunning in form and design and harkens to the earlier San Ildefonso pieces of the 1920’s.

To read more about Russel Sanchez and his “Contemporizing of the Pueblo Pottery Past”, click here!!

$ 12,000.00
Sanchez, Russell  – Large Long Neck Jar with Avanyu & Lid

Stunning! This is one of the largest pieces we have had from Russell Sanchez in a while!  It is a classic shape with an innovative use of clay and design.  The shape of the has a low sharp shoulder and a long neck.  The shape of the jar is a classic which is typically seen in the work of his aunt, Rose Gonzales.  The jar is fired black and incised with a water serpent around the shoulder.  There is a single piece of inset turquoise for the eye. The neck of the jar is fully polished and then two-toned green at the rim with an incised mountain pattern.  There are also additional insets of turquoise hei-shi beads.  The lid has a rectangular finial with a carved “key hole” design.  The edges are polished and the top of the lid is incised, two-toned and inset with two pieces of turquoise.  The bottom of the jar has a “foot” which is reminiscent of historic San Ildefonso pottery and it is also indented.  The gunmetal firing of the jar can easily be seen in the area on the neck below the green band, where there is a “halo” of black.  The hei-shi beads are all made by the Calabaza family from Santo Domingo Pueblo.  The exciting addition to this jar is that we were there when it was fired!  There are additional photos of the piece before and right after the traditional firing at Russell’s house.  What a great piece of provenance to add to this important jar!

$ 12,000.00
Sanchez, Russell  – Lidded Jar with Fox Medallion & Turquoise

Russell Sanchez continues to revive historic San Ildefonso designs with his innovative style of pottery.  This striking jar is highly polished and fired black. There is a single medallion on one side with a Mimbres style fox.  This is one of the few times we have seen him use this imagery.  The area around the medallion is deeply carved and matte. There are three inset bands of shell and turquoise hei-shi beads around the medallion.  The neck is polished green and there is a band of turquoise hei-shi beads.  As the jar is turned the glassy shine of the polished is revealed.  The design on the back are older San Ildefonso designs which Russell has revived.  The cloud and seed patterns flow across the back of the jar.  There are three inset pieces of Kingman turquoise around which the jar has been two-toned sienna in coloration.  The lid is intricately carved with a polished top but note the two matte carved bands below!  Technically it is an amazingly difficult lid to create.  The side of the lid has been two-toned sienna and another band of turquoise hei-shi beads have been inset.  The bottom of the jar has the classic indention and “foot” of traditional San Ildefonso pottery.  It’s exciting how Russell uses these historic elements to keep them alive on his contemporary pottery.  All the hei-shi beads are made by the Calabasas from Santo Domingo Pueblo.  It is signed on the bottom in the clay, ‘Russell Sanchez”.

$ 7,200.00
Sanchez, Russell  – Rain Drop Rim and Double Shoulder Water Jar

This is a classic water jar by Russell Sanchez.  The shape is a very traditional form with a round shoulder and fluted neck.  The shoulder of the jar has been carved with 16 melon ribs.  The interesting aspect of his jar is where the shoulder meets the neck. It comes to a very sharp point, dips down and the begins to go up to the neck.  It is the small area where it dips down which is always difficult to create.  However, the interesting result is how the light hits the shoulder and the indention!  The top down photos really shows off the edges! Beautiful!  The rim is fluted with 16 undulations, which again, are difficult as they often crack during polishing or firing. The jar is fired a dark black coloration, with some almost gunmetal areas.  The neck has two bands of black mica separating three bands of shell hei-shi beads.  The overall polishing on this jar is extraordinary as polishing all the different angles at one time is what creates the challenge.  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.  It’s exciting how 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

$ 7,200.00
Sanchez, Russell  – Red Heartline Bear with Lone Mountain Turquoise

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 one of his classic shapes.  This bear is a variation to his form and the angular edge of the legs in inspired by the bears of Tony Da.  It is complemented with the angles carved into the clay on the top of the piece.  The bear is highly polished to a very deep red coloration from the slip.  Russell has brought back the deep red clay slip which was used at San Ildefonso in the 1920’s and 30’s.  It is an extraordinary coloration!  This bear is fully polished and there are etched heartlines on the legs. The “heartline” refers to the heart or center of the bear as a the source of their strength.  On the back is a single inset piece of fossilized Lone Mountain turquoise!  It is an exceptional stone to cap the simplicity of the bear.  The bears are symbolic of good luck and in many of the pueblos are carved from stone.  The bear is hollow as the piece is coil built.  It is signed on the bottom in the clay.  Stunning!

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

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$ 3,800.00
Sanchez, Russell  – Red Mountain Lion with Turquoise

Russell Sanchez continues to be one of the true innovators in Pueblo pottery.  Each piece is perfectly coil built, stone polished and etched.  This is one of Russell’s few mountain lions.  Mountain lions always have their tail up on the back.  This figure is polished red and has three bands of hei-shi beads (turquoise and shell), across its back. One side has a heartline, which reflects the spirit and strength of the animal. The opposite side has a moutain lion track.  The design around the eyes and the paw design are slipped with a black clay.  On the same side as the track is an inset piece of turquoise.  The underside of the mountain lion is slipped with a black micaceous clay. The use of the black harkens back to the early “black-on-red” style of San Ildefonso pottery from the late 1800’s.  Notes as well the angular style of the legs, which gives the figure a very modern appearance!  The hei-shi beads are made by the Calabazas of Santo Domingo pueblo.  The Mountain Lion is signed on the bottom.

$ 2,400.00
Sanchez, Russell – “Double” Water Jar with Skunk & Avanyu

This is a traditional water jar by Russell Sanchez.  The shape is classic with the narrow base, round shoulder and flared out rim.  So, what’s the “double” part? Look at the outline of the black mica on the front of the jar.  That section is deeply carved into the clay and rounded out.  The concept Russell has created is a ‘modern’ jar (i.e. the black water jar, which is recessed in the carving) surrounded by the historic jar.  The central medallion of the jar has a sgraffito skunk and tracks above and below.  The black micaceous area is also polished, which is an additionally new technique for Russell and gives more of an appearance of a “gunmetal” jar.   It is the surrounding jar which is equally as fascinating. The rim and below the shoulder are polished deep red.  The neck is a tan colored clay.  The neck has classic designs which are inspired by the work of San Ildefonso potter Susana Aguilar.  The flowing patterns are typical of her work.  The base of the jar also has a similar connection to her work with the butterflies. The central band is a water serpent and note how as the tail or tongue reach the section of the black, it is almost as if they are breaking away to reveal the jar below.  Extraordinary!  Around the shoulder is a rounded section of the polished mica, and there are two inset bands of hei-shi beads.  For a jar with a lot going on, it is beautifully balanced and creative in concept. It is signed on the bottom in the clay, ‘Russell”.

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

$ 5,600.00
Tafoya, Donicia – Jar with Plant Design

Donicia Tafoya was the mother of noted potter Juan Tafoya.  This jar is a stunning piece of her pottery.  The jar is a classic shape with a low shoulder and  a painted plant design.  It is the firing which is so distinctive on this piece. It is fired to a gunmetal appearance on one side and a darker black on the other.  The jar is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Donicia Tafoya”.  It is in very good condition with no cracks, restoration or repair.

$ 150.00
Tse-Pe, Dora – Black & Sienna Bear Lid Jar

Dora Tse-Pe learned to make pottery from her mother-in-law, Rose Gonzales.  She is renowned for her beautifully formed and highly polished pottery.  This is one of her classic pieces.  It is a highly polished black bowl which has a sienna rim. The bear lid is coil built and has a ridge so that it sits inside the mouth of the bowl. It is simple and yet a classic for San Ildefonso pottery.  It is signed on the bottom, “Dora of San Ildefonso” and it is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

$ 2,000.00
Tse-Pe, Dora – Black & Sienna Miniature Bowl

This small bowl by Dora Tse-Pe small bowl has an unusual coloration with a brownish-black coloration and mottled appearance around the rim. There is a single sienna medallion on one side and it has in inset piece of turquoise.  It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

$ 350.00
Tse-Pe, Dora – Black and Sienna Jar

This jar by Dora Tse-Pe is from 1982 and it is a classic shape from Rose wit the long neck and the sharp shoulder.   The jar is very highly polished with no design.  The rim of the jar is two-toned making it black and sienna in coloration.  It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair..

$ 675.00
Tse-Pe, Dora – Jar with Cloud Pattern (1978)

This jar by Dora Tse-Pe is from 1978 and it is a classic shape inspired by her mother-in-law Rose Gonzales.  The long neck and the sharp shoulder are classics of this form.  This jar is carved with a swirl cloud or water pattern around the shoulder.  The rim is sienna while the remainder of the jar is a dark black from the firing. It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

$ 700.00
Tse-Pe, Dora – Red Jar with Avanyu (1990)

This is a classic jar by Dora Tse-Pe.  She learned to make pottery from her mother-in-law Rose Gonzales and continued her work in a similar style of cameo carving. This jar has a water serpent (avanyu) carved around the top of the shoulder.  The avanyu is slipped in a micaceous clay.  There is a single inset piece of turquoise for the eye.  The neck and base of the jar are both fully polished to a very high shine. The contrast of the matte and polished surfaces work perfectly on this jar.  It is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  It is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Dora of San Ildefonso”.

$ 1,400.00
Tse-Pe, Jennifer Sisneros – Plate with Avanyu

Jennifer Sisneros Tse-pe learned her distinctive style of pottery from her late husband, Tse-Pe.  Each piece is coil built and etched with designs after the firing. This is one of her few plates. The entire surface is fully polished. The center of the plate has an etched medallion with a water serpent (Avanyu) as the design. Around the rim of the plate are semi-circular lightly etched areas.  She has stippled the background in contrast to the polished surface.  It is signed on the back with her hallmark.

$ 500.00
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