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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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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
Aguilar, Susana -Red Bowl with Avanyu (1920’s)

This is a very unusual bowl by Susana Aguilar.  The piece is from the late 1920’s as it was only in 1925-6 that the potters there began making redware.  This piece is painted red-on-red and then outlined with a white clay slip.  The design is a water serpent which encircles the bowl.  There are clouds surrounding the avanyu.  The contrast of the matte red on the highly polished red works well for this bowl.  It is signed on the bottom  in the clay, “Susana”. The bowl is in good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  There is some loss of the matte red and white on the back of the design.

San Ildefonso Pottery Innovators -1920-1940

$ 1,150.00
Martinez, Maria – Wide 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.  It is fired a dark black but with a slivery surface in the light.  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
Martinez, Maxamiliana “Anna” – Round Bowl with Wind Design (1920’s)

This is a round bowl by Maximiliana “Anna” Martinez, who was a sister of Maria Martinez.   It is an unusual shape being circular. The bowl is painted with a circle and wind pattern.  It is from around 1926 and the tag on the bottom indicates it was from the Indian Market of that time.  The tags with the red border were put on the bottom, with the artist’s name and a number. This piece was #199 and these can actually be found in the ledgers from the Indian Market!  It is amazing that piece like this can survive in such great condition for so long, and have such an important historic provenance.  It is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

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$ 750.00
Sanchez, Russell  – Black & Sienna Lidded Jar with Avanyu

Russell Sanchez is known for his ability to take traditional San Ildefonso forms and designs, and revise them into a more modern appearance.  This jar was fired to nearly a gunmetal metallic appearance.  After the firing, Russell “two toned” the jar to give the top half a sienna coloration. This is achieved by burning off the black to return the clay to its natural color. The bottom of the jar remains gunmetal in appearance.  The jar is etched with a water serpent (avanyu) encircling the shoulder. There are three bands of turquoise hei-shi beads around the shoulder and a single inset of jet for the eye.  The lid is gunmetal in appearance as well, and two-toned on the finial and then inset with a piece of turquoise on each side.  It is an elegant balance of form, design and color.  The jar is signed on the bottom in the clay.  Russell has won numerous awards for his pottery and in 2017 was awarded the prestigious New Mexico Governor’s Award for the Arts.

 

$ 5,200.00
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
Roybal, Tonita – Red Jar with Rain & Mountain Designs (1930’s)

This is a classic red-on-red and white jar by Tonita Roybal.  This pieces is from the 1930’s and it was made and polished by Tonita and painted by her husband Juan. The jar is a deep red coloration and the design is painted with a red clay slip, creating the red-on-red style.  There are areas which are highlighted with an additional white clay slip.  The design is a mountain pattern, with rain, snow and cloud designs.  It is an interesting combination of design patterns which encircles the piece.  Juan Cruz Roybal was known as one of the masterful pottery painters and one of the “signatures” of his work was the use of the white clay slip.  Here he has used it as an accent to the design in the little “dots”.  The result is a piece that seems to fit somewhere between art deco, moodernism and traditionalist designs.  Extraordinary!  The jar is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Tonita + Juan”.  It is in good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

Click here to read more about the “Early San Ildefonso Innovators”

$ 3,200.00
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
Blue Corn –  Feather Bowl with Lighter Inset

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 black-on-black pieces with a feather design.  It is highly polished and fully painted.  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.  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.

$ 150.00
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
Blue Corn – Polychrome Bowl with Feather Pattern (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 a tan color clay and has a feather pattern painted around the body of the piece.  It appears to have a bit of a dark coloration from the smoke.  The piece was made as gift to Richard Spivey.  It is signed in the clay on the back, “Blue Corn”.   It is in good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

$ 150.00
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 – Large “Fish” Plate (Maria + Popovi,1956-9)

This is a classic large 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 and he would fire them in various colors from gunmetal to sienna.  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.

$ 25,000.00
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 – Gunmetal Water Jar “Maria Poveka”, 1950’s

It’s not often that you see “The Perfect” gunmetal piece by Maria Martinez.  This jar is one of those pieces.  The water jar has a fluted rim and a wide shoulder.  There is a slight indention for the shoulder of the jar. However, what makes it so “perfect” is the firing.  It is so perfectly gunmetal in firing that the surface has a silvery appearance. It even appears more gunmetal in low light! The jar is quite extraordinary as the gunmetal color is created from the heat of the firing.   It is signed on the bottom in the clay,  “Maria Poveka”.  This is a combination of her Anglo and Tewa names.  Her name, “Poveka” means “Water Lilly”.  The jar is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

Maria Martinez Signatures

 

$ 7,200.00
Martinez, Maria – “Skunk” Plate (Maria + Popovi,1956-9)

This is a charming 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 skunk with 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 skunk is painted much in the way it was on his polychrome pottery.  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 excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

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

$ 6,500.00
Martinez, Maria – “Prancing Deer” Plate (Maria + Popovi,1956-9)

This is a charming 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 prancing deer with a plant design below.  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 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
Martinez, Maria – Avanyu Plate (Maria + Popovi 570)

This is classic 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 has a near gunmetal shine.  The avanyu is painted with the traditional horn and clouds around the body. There is a slight curve to the surface and the rim.   It is  signed on the back in the clay, “Maria Popovi 570“. The signature indicates that it was fired in May, 1970.   The plate is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

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

$ 2,500.00
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
Pena, Juanita – Red Carved Bowl with Avanyu (1930’s)

This wide shoulder bowl by Juanita Pena is from the 1930’s and it is carved with an avanyu as the design.  Juanita and Tony Pena had a particular style to their avanyu with the triangular eye.  As well, the carving was more in the “cameo” style, as note that the avanyu is in raised relief. It is the small details which are so striking on their work, such as the polished rim and the polish at the base of the bowl.  It is signed, “Juanita, San Ildefonso” and it is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

San Ildefonso Pottery Innovators -1920-1940

$ 850.00
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
Gonzales, Juanita – Red Bowl with Mountain and Rainbow Design (1930’s)

This bowl is one of the very few red pieces we have seen by Juanita Gonzales.  It is carved with the cameo style which Juanita learned from Rose Gonzales.  It has a mountain carved with a step design and the arch above is the rainbow. The bowl is highly polished and the red is a deep coloration.  The bowl 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 red pieces in such wonderful condition!

Click here to read more about the “Early San Ildefonso Innovators”

$ 600.00
Martinez, Terasita & Juan – Large Bowl with Carved Avanyu (1930’s)

This is a fascinating bowl by Terasita Martinez.  She was a daughter of noted potter Isabel Pena. She married Juan Martinez in 1933 and they often worked together on pottery. She also helped her mother with the carving on her pottery.  Terasita’s pottery is very distinctive with the reverse carved style of avanyu.  As well, she had such a short lifespan that she did not make that much pottery, and even less of it seems to have survived over time.  Interestingly, we see have come across pieces of her pottery mis-attributed to “Terasita Naranjo”.  However, the carving style  and designs are completely different. This jar is signed, “Terasita & Juan”.  It is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

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$ 800.00
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.

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

$ 2,200.00
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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 $ 600.00
Gonzales, Rayita – Carved Jar with Avanyu (1930’s)

Rayita Gonzales was a sister of Louis  “Wo-Peen” Gonzales and Raymoncita Gonzales.  She did not make much pottery but it was mostly during the 1930’s. This carved jar is an excellent example of her pottery with a carved water serpent encircling the jar. The style of her carving is very distinctive and especially on the neck with the carving of the lightning and clouds into the negative space.  The jar is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Rayita”.  It is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

 

 

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$ 850.00
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.

 

 

 

$ 1,600.00
Aguilar, Susana – Large Plate with Butterfly Design (1920’s)

It is not often that we see such a large plate by Susana Aguilar.  This is a striking piece of her pottery from the 1920’s.  It is as much an open bowl as a large plate. The front is slipped and highly polished while the back is wet polished.  The design is very intricately painted with a butterfly or moth as the design.  Interestingly, the word for both “moth” and “butterfly” is the same in Tewa (Thanks for the info Russell!!).  The design combines geometric and fine line elements. The butterfly shape can be seen with antennae at the top, the wings at the side.  I took a variety of different angles for the photos to show off both the polish and the design. The plate is signed on the back in clay slip, “Susanna”.  It is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

San Ildefonso Pottery Innovators -1920-1940

$ 2,400.00
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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 $ 400.00
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
Gonzales, Ramona Sanchez – Red Bowl with Rain Patterns (late 1920’s)

This is an early red-on-red painted bowl by Ramona Gonzales.  Ramona was known for her delicately painted pottery.  It was only after 1925 that red pottery appeared at San Ildefonso Pueblo. This bowl is a classic shape and beautifully painted. There are such delicate fine lines to the rain and cloud pattern.  The bowl is signed, “Ramona” on the bottom in the clay.  It is in good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  There is some wear on the surface. However, still a fascinating historic piece.

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$ 800.00
Martinez, Maxamiliana “Anna” – Black-on-Red Bowl with Sun and Rainbow (1920’s)

This is a striking wide bowl by Maximiliana “Anna” Martinez, who was a sister of Maria Martinez.  It is one of her few black-on-red pieces.  The jar has a sun design (the center checkerboard) with a rainbow pattern above and an overall tablita appearance.  The shape is a classic one for Anna with a wide sharp shoulder.  The red is a very deep coloration on this bowl and the painting creative in style   It is unsigned but easy to attribute to Anna.   It is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

San Ildefonso Pottery Innovators -1920-1940

$ 3,800.00
Montoya, Florentino & Martina – Large Fineline Jar (1905-10)

This is an extraordinary large jar by Florentino & Martina Montoya from around 1910.  Johnathan Batkin wrote about them, “The pottery of this husband and wife team is that of artist and innovators who introduced new materials and techniques to other potters. Martina’s experimentation with shapes and slips, and Florintino’s distinctive painting style facilitate the identification of many of their pots. [They] were active during a period of change in San Ildefonso pottery.”  I have included them in our “Early San Ildefonso Innovators” Show as they are the precursors to the changes and innovations in the 1920’s.  Looking at this jar, is is inspiring in the size, shape and designs.  The jar is thin walled and perfectly formed.  However, as with much of the San Ildefonso pottery, it is the shape which is so extraordinary.  The varied designs as the jar is turned is a hallmark of Florentino. The fineline hatchmark patterns along with the delicate plant swirls are almost unexpected on this large jar.  There is so little repetition that each quarter turn seems to evoke a new jar.  It was pottery like this jar which inspired these Early San Ildefonso Innovators.  Maria and other noted that Florentino was one of the finest painters they knew. His early passing during the influenza epidemic, along with so many others, changed the world of San Ildefonso.  This jar is unsigned but easily attributed to Florentino and Martina by shape and design.  I’ve been pleased that numerous other experts, beyond myself (I won’t claim extensive expertise here) all agree that this is one of their classic and more refined vessels.  It is in very good condition with no cracks, restoration or repair.  There are few small rim chips, but nothing unexpected with its age or size.  Simply said, historically important and a classic!

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$ 15,000.00
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.

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$ 1,400.00
Martinez, Maxamiliana “Anna” – Black-on-Red Jar with Tablita Design Figure (1920’s)

This is a striking wide bowl by Maximiliana “Anna” Martinez, who was a sister of Maria Martinez.  It is one of her few black-on-red pieces.  The jar has a sun design (the center checkerboard) with a rainbow pattern above and an overall tablita appearance.  The shape is a classic one for Anna with a wide sharp shoulder.  The red is a very deep coloration on this bowl and the painting creative in style   It is unsigned but easy to attribute to Anna.  But more to the point on the attribution I looked at several signed pieces I had in the past by Anna and compared the angle of the base (when it is in the puki) and the angle of the sides.  The puki used and shapes are typically individual to each artist.  Note the last photo with this jar by Anna on one side and a black-on-black signed piece by her on the right.  It is then easier to see how this is one of the shapes she created for her pottery.  This wide bowl is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

Special Thanks to Russell Sanchez for his identification of designs and also working on the attribution for this bowl with me.

San Ildefonso Pottery Innovators -1920-1940

San Ildefonso Pottery Innovators -1920-1940

$ 3,600.00
Aguilar, Rosalie & Joe – Plate with Bird 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
Roybal, Juan Cruz – Bowl with Bird Wing Designs (1940’s)

Juan Cruz Roybal is one of the great painters in San Ildefonso pottery.  He worked on pottery with his wife, Tonita, and often painted for other potters after her death in 1945.  Juan was known for his very distinctive style of painting using fine lines and flowing designs.  This is an unusual bowl which is just signed, “Juan”.  It has his very distinctive style of painting with a bird wing pattern.  It may be that he painted on a series of pieces which remained unfinished after the passing of Tonita. It is in good condition with some surface wear but no no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

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$ 150.00
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 – Polychrome Plate with Eagle (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 plate is painted in a polychrome style.  The design is an eagle. Note the use of the hatchwork on the body of the bird.  The plate is in very good condition with no cracks, restoration or repair.  It is unsigned but easily attributable to Joe Aguilar by style of painting.  The plate is accompanied by a letter of attribution.

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$ 300.00
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.

$ 1,300.00
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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$ 1,000.00
Aguilar, Joe – Polychrome Plate with Birds (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 plate is a very stylized birds as the design.  The style of painting, with the central square and the spiraling designs is very similar to his earlier black-on-black painted pottery. The plate is signed on the back, “Joe Aguilar + Katherine”.  Katherine was his daughter.   It is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

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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
Sanchez, Russell  – Red & Black Bear with Checkerboard and Sun Design

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 polished with a deep red clay slip.  The front has a sun pattern with a black mica clay line design in the center. The sun pattern is one that is inspired by the early pottery of Tonita Roybal.  The black of the bear has a black matte section along with a traditional San Ildefonso rain design.  The bear has a heartline which is etched into the clay.  The heartline which 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 bear is hollow as the piece is coil built.  It is signed on the bottom in the clay.

$ 3,800.00
Sanchez, Russell & Arthur Lopez – San Isidro the Farmer Saint Box

Russell Sanchez (San Ildefonso) and Arthur Lopez (Hispanic), have created unique collaborative works for the first time this year.  The vessel was made by Russell and stone polished with a black clay. The wood sections were carved by Arthur.  After the piece is carved, is covered in gesso (a glue made from rabbit hide) which is allowed to dry and then sanded.  It is painted with both natural and water color pigment.  Natural colored pigments, such as the brown, are derived from black walnut hulls.  Russell uses traditional clay from San Ildefonso, which is then coil built, stone polished and traditionally fired.  These are the time involved and historic foundations for this collaboration.

“San Isidro” is a charming piece which is both modern and historic in style.  The box was made by Russell Sanchez and the wood lid by Arthur Lopez.  The box is polished with a red clay slip and painted with black mica in the checkerboard near the base.  The lid depicts San Isidro, known as the Farmer Saint and for his piety to the poor and animals.  Here Arthur has depicted him surrounded by the bounty of his farm and a modernized version of the figure kneeling in prayer.  Around the sides are scenes depicting the farmland with an angel plowing the field in on scene and the crops sprouting in another.  Separating them are polished sections where Russell has etched Pueblo plants in bloom.

Russell and Arthur say about this piece:

The story of San Isidro told in New Mexico is that Isidro was always working in the fields and didn’t have time to go to church. God sent an angel to plow the fields so he would have time to pray.  The figure of San Isidro on the top of the box is him praying after a bountiful harvest.  The checkerboard at the bottom represents the heaven and earth, the two worlds.  The plants on the side are sprouting with the rain.  The brown hei-shi represents he earth and soil while the green hei-shi represents the crops.

 

$ 7,400.00
Sanchez, Russell & Arthur Lopez – Virgin of Guadalupe & San Ildefonso Roses

Russell Sanchez (San Ildefonso) and Arthur Lopez (Hispanic), have created unique collaborative works for the first time this year.  The vessel was made by Russell and stone polished with a black clay. The wood sections were carved by Arthur.  After the piece is carved, is covered in gesso (a glue made from rabbit hide) which is allowed to dry and then sanded.  It is painted with both natural and water color pigment.  Natural colored pigments, such as the brown, are derived from black walnut hulls.  Russell uses traditional clay from San Ildefonso, which is then coil built, stone polished and traditionally fired.  These are the time involved and historic foundations for this collaboration.

This oval clay vessel is the foundation for the “Virgin of Guadalupe” wood bultos added to one side.  The back is etched with roses and inset with Lone Mountain Turquoise.  The sides of the jar are inlaid with multi-color heishi beads.

Arthur and Russell say of this piece:

The Virgil of Guadalupe is the patron saint of Mexico.  She is depicted with brown skin, an angel and moon at her feet and rays of sunlight that encircle her.   According to tradition, the Virgin Mary appeared to an indigenous man named Juan Diego on Dec. 9, 1531.  Juan was told to take a message to the local bishop to build a church.  When he was ignored, he returned and the inside of his robe was filled with roses in the middle of winter.  When he opened his robe the roses fell to the ground and the Virgin’s image appeared on his cloak.  The Virgin of Guadalupe is therefore associated with Roses.  The back of the jar has San Idlefonso style roses.  The multicolor hei-shi is for the rainbow and also all the colors of the world.  The colors of the world represent light and all the people of the world.

$ 7,000.00
Sanchez, Russell & Arthur Lopez – Mother of Sorrows/Sacred Heart

Russell Sanchez (San Ildefonso) and Arthur Lopez (Hispanic), have created unique collaborative works for the first time this year.  The vessel was made by Russell and stone polished with a black clay. The wood sections were carved by Arthur.  After the piece is carved, is covered in gesso (a glue made from rabbit hide) which is allowed to dry and then sanded.  It is painted with both natural and water color pigment.  Natural colored pigments, such as the brown, are derived from black walnut hulls.  Russell uses traditional clay from San Ildefonso, which is then coil built, stone polished and traditionally fired.  These are the time involved and historic foundations for this collaboration.

The jar is polished with a black clay slip.  The rim is polished a deep red.  Russell has included two bands of copper leaf and inset hei-shi beads.  The sgraffito design is meant to complement the carved figurative work.

The clay vessel made by Russell Sanchez in a stylized form of the Sacred Heart. The wood panel on the front, and the wood sword, were carved by Arthur Lopez. The figure represents the Mother of Sorrows and the sword is symbolic of how Mary’s heart was broken seven times during the Passion.   Asymmetrical heart shape also has the ‘blood’ coming from the wound, represents the pain a mother is always feeling for their children.

$ 7,800.00
Sanchez, Russell & Arthur Lopez – Immaculate Conception & Avanyu Jar

Russell Sanchez (San Ildefonso) and Arthur Lopez (Spanish), have created unique collaborative works for the first time this year.  The vessel was made by Russell and stone polished with a black clay. The wood sections were carved by Arthur.  After the piece is carved, is covered in gesso (a glue made from rabbit hide) which is allowed to dry and then sanded.  It is painted with both natural and water color pigment.  Natural colored pigments, such as the brown, are derived from black walnut hulls.  Russell uses traditional clay from San Ildefonso, which is then coil built, stone polished and traditionally fired.  These are the time involved and historic foundations for this collaboration.

The jar has a black and red polished surface. The neck and base are polished black and there are very classic San Ildefonso style handles.  The central band is polished with a deep red clay. There are inset bands of turquoise hei-shi beads.  The coloration of the firing of the black is deep and a striking complement to the deep red.

Arthur and Russell said of this jar:

This jar combines to similar concepts, the Immaculate Conception and the pueblo Avanyu.  The vessel is a classic San Ildefonso water jar.  The black, red and tan are representative of the San Ildefonso polychrome pottery.  The jar is a “pot within a pot”, where the outer pot represents the acceptance of the pueblos of Catholicism.  People looked at the religion and not how it was forced on the pueblo people.  The avanyu (water serpent) encircling the back of the jar is representative of the avanyu as a symbol of cleansing.  In a similar manner the wood lid is a representation of the Immaculate Conception.  The painted section is painted in a Spanish style and has baby Jesus and a lamb, representing ‘the Lamb of God’.  So, much as the, “lamb of God washes away the sins of the world”, the avanyu is a cleansing force in the Pueblo world.

$ 11,500.00
Roybal, Tonita – Oval Shallow Bowl with Lightning Designs (1920’s)

This is a charming open bowl by Tonita Roybal, from the 1920’s.  It is either a small plate or a small dish.  It is oval and has a slight rim.  The bowl is painted on the inside with a lightning and cloud pattern.  The piece is polished which creates a strong contrast for the design.  The bowl is signed on the back in the clay, “Tonita”.  It is in very good condition with no cracks, restoration or repair. There are few tiny dings on the rim.  Amazingly, the center of the piece is in excellent condition!

 

$ 675.00
Gonzales, Cavan  – Polychrome Open Bowl with Corn and Plant Designs

This open bowl by Cavan Gonzales is classic design in polychrome pottery.  Cavan is a descendant of Maria Martinez and a son of Barbara Gonzales.  This open bowl has a corn and plant design painted in the center.  The black and red are clay slips which are used to create the coloration. The bowl is signed on the back.

 

$ 400.00
Martinez, Maria –  Gunmetal Bowl with Water and Wind Design (late 1920’s)

This is a stunning gunmetal fired bowl by Maria Martinez.  It was made and polished by Maria and then painted by her husband, Julian Martinez (1897-1943).  The design is unusual with the cloud and water designs.  It is very simple but linear.  The bowl is very highly polished and nearly a full gunmetal appearance from the firing.  Even the bottom of the bowl is fully polished, making it an earlier piece.  It is signed, “Marie + Julian” on the bottom in the clay.  The bowl is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

 

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$ 2,000.00
Sanchez, Russell  – Black-and-Red Bowl with Corn Designs & Lid

Russell Sanchez continues to be one of the true innovators in Pueblo pottery.  Each piece is perfectly coil built, stone polished and etched.  This bowl is a classic shape and the body is fully polished black.  The design is a corn pattern (note the dot in the center) etched as a checkerboard pattern.  Surrounding the corn is a sun design.  This “flower” like pattern is one that was originated by Tonita Roybal and found on her work from the early 1920’s.  Separating each of the sections is a matte red cloud pattern.  The designs fits perfectly to the shape of the bowl and elegant flow of design.  The neck of the bowl is fully polished a very deep red.  The lid is inspired by the dome lids of early San Ildefonso pottery.  The combination of the black, red, buff and matte red make this a true-polychrome vessel.  There is additional black hei-shi beads inset into the jar.  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!  For the polished black mica, Russell said that he was inspired by the use of the micaceous clay on utilitarian vessels and how he could use it to better match his highly polished surfaces.  The result is a black stone polished micaceous surface which has a high shine and a color that somehow ranges from gray to black to almost a blue, depending on the light!  It is quite exceptional!  The bowl is signed on the bottom in the clay.

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$ 7,400.00
Sanchez, Russell  – Black-and-Red Water Jar with Raindrop Rim

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 a classic double shoulder water jar. At the shoulder the jar reaches a sharp edge and drops down before it rises up to the double shoulder and the neck.  The body of the piece is polished with a black clay while there is a single band of deep red polished area.  The rim of the jar is polished a deep red and it is fluted or has a “raindrop rim”, as it is traditionally called.  Separating the various carved and clay colored areas are shell and turquoise hei-shi beads.  The three strands of white add a striking complement to the red and black areas.  Russell said that he was inspired by the use of the black  mica clay on utilitarian vessels and how he could use it to better match his highly polished surfaces.  The result is a black stone polished surface which has a high shine and a color that somehow ranges from gray to black to almost a blue, depending on the light!  It is quite exceptional!  The red is a recent addition to his pottery, and again, harkens to the early San Ildefonso pottery.   The bottom of the jar is indented, which reflects the historic San Ildefonso pottery with the indented base which would be worn on the head.   The jar is signed on the bottom in the clay.

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

$ 5,800.00
Sanchez, Russell  – Black-and-Red Bowl with Bear Lid

Russell Sanchez continues to be one of the true innovators in Pueblo pottery.  Each piece is perfectly coil built, stone polished and etched.  The bowl is polished with a black clay and there is a single band of deep red.  Separating the black and red stone polished areas are two bands of turquoise hei-shi beads.  The lid to the bowl is a bear which is also polished black. Note how inside the bear legs it is the red clay slip. The proportionality of the bear and the bowl work perfectly!  Russell said that he was inspired by the use of the black  mica clay on utilitarian vessels and how he could use it to better match his highly polished surfaces.  The result is a black stone polished surface which has a high shine and a color that somehow ranges from gray to black to almost a blue, depending on the light!  It is quite exceptional!  The red is a recent addition to his pottery, and again, harkens to the early San Ildefonso pottery.  The jar is signed on the bottom in the clay.

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

$ 3,600.00
Martinez, Maria – Gunmetal Long Neck Avanyu Design Jar Double Signed “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 water serpent (avanyu) as the design.  The neck has a high shine between gunmetal and deep black.  This is an early piece by Maria and Popovi, when he was just beginning to sign the pottery with Maria.  It is also a larger piece of their pottery with the classic elongated neck.  Finding larger pieces in such great condition is always an exciting testament to their creativity and skill as potters!  What is definitely unique about this jar is the double signature!  The jar is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Maria Popovi“.  However, it is also signed on the side in the clay and polished over!  I have to admit I didn’t even see it until I was photographing the jar and it showed up in the bright light.  That is definitely something that I have not seen often!  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.  There is one small rub on the side.

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

 

$ 15,000.00
Vigil, Albert & Josephine – Red Bowl with Rain and Cloud Patterns (1980’s)

Albert and Josephine Vigil worked together on their pottery. Albert Vigil (1927-2009) was a nephew of Maria Martinez. He was the son of painter Romando Vigil, one of the members of the San Ildefonso School of watercolor artists. Josephine Cordova Vigil (1927-2001) was from Taos Pueblo. She moved to San Ildefonso when she married Albert. Josephine learned pottery making by watching her aunts-in-law Maria Martinez and Clara Montoya. Maria taught her how to shape the clay and Clara taught her how to polish.  They began making pottery in 1945.  This bowl is polished red and has a red painted cloud and rain design. Their later work was typically buff-on-red while this bowl is red-on-red.  It is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Albert + Josephine”.  It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

 

$ 550.00
Blue Corn – Red Bowl with Feather Pattern

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 bowl 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 round body gives it a larger feel. The bowl is signed on the  bottom, “Blue Corn”.   The bowl is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

$ 1,800.00
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Pena, Isabel – Water Jar with Rain & Mountain Designs (1930’s)

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 stylized rain and mountain pattern.  The jar is highly polished and fired to near gunmetal on the surface.  It is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Isabel”.  It is in good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  It has a slight lean to the shape, which might have happened in the firing if it got too so hot that it created the gunmetal surface. 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.

$ 250.00 $ 150.00
Pena, Isabel – Bowl with Mountain Designs (1930’s)

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 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.

$ 100.00
Martinez, Anita – Lidded Plainware Jar

Anita Martinez was a granddaughter of Maria Martinez and a daughter of Santana & Adam Martinez.  This is a classic jar with the indented shoulder and a lid.  There is an elegant balance of the shape of the jar with the shape of the lid.  The entire piece is fully polished and fired a deep black, but there are very light gunmetal areas on the surface.  The jar is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  It is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Anita Martinez”.

$ 850.00
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Martinez, Maria – Fully Polished Open 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 is one of her classic open bowls, which are polished on both the inside and outside. Interestingly, today, few potters will attempt to fully polish the inside and outside of a piece, as it adds the possibility of it cracking.  The bowl is very highly polished and there are small areas of gunmetal and coloration in the black from the heat of the firing.  The bowl 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.

$ 2,000.00 $ 1,650.00
Martinez, Maria – Small Feather Jar “Maria Popovi 467”

This is a classic 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 feather pattern around the shoulder.  It is the firing which has given it the striking surface.  It has a black to gunmetal firing.  It is  signed on the bottom in the clay, “Maria Popovi 467“. The signature indicates that it was made around in April, 1967.   The jar is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

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

$ 2,800.00
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Gutierrez, Rose – Red Bowl with Spider & Flower

Rose Gutierrez is a daughter of noted potter Helen Gutierrez and a sister of Geraldine Gutierrez and Kathy Gutierrez.  This is a simple bowl with a flower motif around the rim painted with cream colored clay.   The side of bowl has a painted spider as well as one on the inside. The bowl is signed on the bottom in the clay.

$ 75.00 $ 55.00
Gonzales, Rose – Wedding Vase with Mountain 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 wedding vase is from the 1960’s. It is painted with a plant design on two sides and a very intricate mountain design on the sides.  Note the use of the linear lines for the mountain!  The wedding vase is fully polished it is not often that we see a wedding vase by Rose.  This piece is signed on the bottom in the clay “Rose”.  It is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  There are some scratches near the base of the piece.   Rose’s legacy an certainly be seen in the work of Tse-Pe, Dora Tse-Pe and Russell Sanchez.

$ 750.00
Appleleaf, Martha Fender – Green-on-Black Water Jar

Martha Appleleaf learned to make pottery from her mother, Carmelita Vigil Dunlap. Today she continues to create distinctive pottery with traditional designs.  This is a classic shaped water jar with a sharp shoulder and a micaceous clay rim. The jar has been painted with a green clay slip, which has a very subtle green coloration after the firing. The design is a feather pattern around the shoulder and a prayer feather design around the neck.  Below the shoulder are tadpoles. The jar is signed on the bottom in the clay.

$ 850.00
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.

Sanchez, Russell  – Red Bear with Sun Designs and Hei-Shi Band

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.  The bear is fully polished with a deep red clay 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 piece reflects on a very significant design, which is associated with Tonita Roybal.  It is the “sun” pattern which is on the back of the bear.  This design, which is painted with a black mica, is a very tight hatchwork pattern. The sun pattern is one that Tonita was inspired to use from some Acoma pottery, which speaks to the potters looking at a variety of designs and styles in the 1920’s.  Tonita modified it and it was identified in Guthe’s “San Ildefonso Pueblo Pottery Making” in 1925 by Tonita as one of her designs. The last photo is a close up of the “sun” design on a black-on-red jar by Tonita Roybal.  Here, Russell has strikingly painted and then etched the design into the clay.  There is also a heartline from the mouth of the bear.  The back has a series of five horizontal rows of hei-shi beads.  The eyes are also turquoise.  Note as well the use of the black micaceous clay for the legs 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

$ 6,800.00
Gonzales, John – Large Plate with Feather & Avanyu Designs (2003)

This plate by John Gonzales is from 2003.  John was well known for his plate and their intricate etched designs.  This plate is matte tan and the feather design is etched into the clay. The central medallion has a water serpent and in the very center is an inset piece of turquoise. The eye of the avanyu also has a piece of turquoise.  The background area which has been etched away has a micaceous clay slip.  There is also a band of shell hei-shi beads inlaid into the clay near the rim. The plate is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  It is signed on the back.

$ 1,200.00
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
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
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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 $ 650.00
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
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  – 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!

$ 9,800.00
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
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.

$ 1,400.00
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.

$ 1,500.00
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”.

$ 7,600.00
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, 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
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
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
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.

$ 1,100.00
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
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