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Traditional Name: Kha'p'oo Owinge (Valley of the Wild Roses.) The Pueblo is a member of the Eight Northern Pueblos, and the people are from the Tewa ethnic group of Native Americans who speak the Tewa language.  The Pueblo is on the Rio Grande, between Ohkay Owingeh (formerly San Juan Pueblo) to the north and San Ildefonso Pueblo to the south.  Santa Clara Pottery and its Pueblo are famous for producing hand-crafted pottery, specifically blackware and redware with deep engravings. Thanks to cultural pride and a strong sense of identity, the Santa Clara people have retained many of their ancient traditions while integrating with the best of what the majority culture has to offer. The Pueblo has a high regard for education, both the tribal heritage and modern education.  Santa Clara Pueblo people find employment on the reservation as well as in nearby cities. Some dances and community festivals are open to the public.  In June, St. Anthony’s Feast Day features Comanche Dances.  In August, Harvest Dances and Corn Dances are performed in honor of the patron saint, St. Clare. Regarded as one of the great masters of Pueblo ceramics Margaret Tafoya (1904-2001), a matriarch of Santa Clara Pueblo, is known for her trademark large black polished ceramics.  Margaret decorated with traditional imagery of rain clouds, water serpents, bear paws, and other family symbols.  An award-winning artist, she was the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Southwestern Association for Indian Arts and a National Heritage Fellowship.  She had twelve children, eight of whom became potters; Virginia Ebelacker, Lee Tafoya, Toni Roller, LuAnn Tafoya, Mela Youngblood, Jennie Trammel, Mary Ester Archuleta and Shirley Tafoya.  Her grandchildren and today great-grandchildren carry on the traditions of making pottery.  Margaret was a guardian of traditional pottery making methods and techniques.  She created large storage vessels with stone polished surfaces.  Her carving was done before the piece was polished.  She created her amazing work from the 1920's through the 1980's.

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Tafoya, Margaret, Toni Roller & Charles Lewis – Bowl with Rain and Mountain Designs

This is one of the few triple signature pieces by Margaret Tafoya.  The bowl was made by Margaret Tafoya, designed and carved by her great-grandson Charles Roller Lewis and polished by her daughter Toni Roller.  It was made in the 1990’s.  The bowl is one of Margaret’s classic shapes.  The designs are a mountain, cloud and rain pattern which are deeply carved into the bowl.  It is highly polished and traditionally fired black.  It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  It is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Margaret Tafoya, Toni Roller, Charles Lewis”.  It is definitely a fascinating piece of history!

$ 2,200.00
Chavarria, Stella  – Jar with Avanyu

Stella Chavarria is a daughter of noted potter Teresita Naranjo and a granddaughter of Christina Naranjo. This is a classic piece of her pottery.  The jar has a shape with a rounder shoulder and short neck.  The piece is carved with a water serpent (avanyu), which encircles the piece.  The designs are deeply carved into the clay.  There is certainly a similarity to the work of her mother with the style of carving and carving depth.  It is signed on the bottom in the clay.  The piece is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  While Stella makes very little pottery today her work continues to reflect Santa Clara pottery traditions.

$ 550.00
Roller, Toni – Small Storage Jar with Bear Paws (2014)

Toni Roller is known for her classic shapes and exquisite stone polished pottery.  A daughter of Margaret Tafoya, Toni has developed her own distinctive style. The shape for this storage jar is inspired by the work of her grandmother, Sarafina Tafoya. The jar has a high shoulder and a short neck.  It is fully polished and has four bear paws.  Toni said of this design:

“The story behind the bear paw, according to my grandmother, she said that our ancestors came from Puye, from the cliffs. One time when the people were living up there, there was a drought so bad they couldn’t grow anything. They were so worried. They wondered why the bear was well fed and not thin like they are. So they tracked the bear, and the bear led them to the Rio Grande. The reason we put the bear paw on the pots is to honor the bear that saved the people, the ancestors that came to Santa Clara from Puye. That’s why now most of the Indian people live along the Rio Grande. The bear saved all our ancestors.”  Toni Roller, Spoken Through Clay

The bowl was traditionally fired a dark black.  It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  It was made in 2017.  It is signed on the bottom in the clay.

$ 1,000.00
Garcia, Tammy – Red Kiva Bowl

This is an early piece by Tammy Garcia from around 1990. It is a kiva bowl, which is a classic shape for Santa Clara Pueblo.  The bowl is fully polished on the inside and the outside.  The outside edge has a deeply carved line which extends around the piece.  The area from the line to the inside rim is then matte.  While a simple piece, it is always more complex to polish the inside and the outside of a piece, as the extra water from the slip can often cause a piece to crack.  The bowl is signed “Tammy Borts” and it is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  Today, Tammy’s work is much more complex with her carved designs.  It is wonderful to see her early pieces and her innate creativity.

$ 2,200.00
Tafoya, Jennifer (Moquino) – Eagles and Osprey Lidded Bowl

Jennifer Tafoya is known for her clay vessels and also her amazing animal figures.  This new jar is complex in shape and design.  The jar is fully polished and the top section is fully designed. There are three different scenes with birds.  The various birds are a bald eagle, Golden Eagle, and Osprey.   Each bird is very intricately designed with the Bald and Golden Eagles in flight and the Osprey catching a fish.  Check out the little details in the background with the aspen trees!  Each section is separated by a different geometric pattern.  The top of the bowl is recessed so the lid sits down into the piece.  The lid is fully polished and etched with a cloud design.  All the various colors are derived from natural clay slips.  It is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Jennifer Tafoya, 2019”.

$ 4,000.00
Tafoya, LuAnn – Bowl with Gourd Designs (2019)

The is a new bowl from LuAnn Tafoya.  She is a daughter of Margaret Tafoya and learned to make the large vessels from her mother.  This bowl is a very round shape and carved with four “gourd” or “squash” designs.  LuAnn said that this was a design which was given to her by her father, Alcario.  It is a flowing pattern and repeated in each of the four panels.  The bowl is highly polished and traditionally fired black.   The pottery of LuAnn Tafoya is an important continuation of the traditions of her family and the pueblo.  Today, few potters create pieces this size and the skill and beauty in LuAnn’s pottery is always remarkable!  It is signed on the bottom in the clay.

$ 2,400.00
Tafoya, Shirley – Mini Canteen with Carved Avanyu & Bear Paw

Shirley Tafoya was known for her exceptional miniatures.  Each piece was coil built, stone polished and traditionally fired.  This is one of her classic canteen pieces.  It is very deeply carved on one side with a water serpent.  The other side has an impressed bear paw.  The entire piece is fully polished and fired a deep black.  After the firing, Shirley added the leather straps and wood stopper.  Shirley was so wonderfully talented and her miniatures were always inspired by traditional Santa Clara Pueblo shapes and forms.  It is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Shirley Cactus Blossom Tafoya”.  It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

$ 950.00
Youngblood, Mela, Nathan & Nancy – Wide Bowl with Avanyu (1975)

This is a very unusual carved bowl with a triple signature of Mela Youngblood and her two children, Nathan Youngblood and Nancy Youngblood.  The bowl was made in 1975.   I asked Nathan and he thought this might be the only piece that has all three signature!  The bowl was made by Nathan and finished and polished by Nancy and Mela.  It has a very complex avanyu (water serpent) encircling the piece.  The carving is deep and the piece is highly polished.  It is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  It is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Nathan Youngblood, Finished Nancy + Mela Youngblood, March 19, 1975”.  Definitely a classic and historically important bowl by all three of these significant potters!

$ 3,500.00
Gutierrez, Lois  – Jar with Rabbits and Avanyu

This is an intricately painted jar by Lois Gutierrez.  She is one of the few potters who continues to create polychrome pottery at Santa Clara.  Polychrome, or more than three different colors of clay slips, are all painted onto the surface of the vessel before it is fired. This is a water jar shape with a wide shoulder and an elongated neck. The jar is painted with a continuous scene of four rabbits and an avanyu. There is an additional design of a cloud, rain and rainbow.  Check out the variety of colors she was able to use on each of rabbits! Below the shoulder is a rain pattern and a “rabbit ear” design.  All the colors are derived from natural clay slips.   This jar has over five different natural clay colors utilized.  It is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Lois”.   This is an intricate piece of Lois’s pottery which combines a cultural legacy in design with one in clay.

 

$ 1,200.00
Tafoya, Jennifer (Moquino) – Roadrunner Clay Figure

Jennifer Tafoya is known for her clay vessels and also her amazing animal figures!  This is a piece of her pottery from 2012.  It is a roadrunner with an elongated tail and on the body, there are two medallions.  Each of the medallions is etched with a different scene, each with a roadrunner.  The neck is etched with a feather pattern, the same as on the head.  All the various colors are derived from natural clay slips.  It is signed on the bottom in the clay.  It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

$ 775.00
Tafoya, Jennifer (Moquino) – Plate with Peacock Bass

Jennifer Tafoya is known for her clay vessels and also her amazing animal figures!  This is a piece of her pottery from around 2004-5.  It has a central medallion with a large Peacock Bass and there are eight additional bass around the edge of the plate.  They are each incised into the clay.  The rim has geometric water designs. All the various colors are derived from natural clay slips.  It is signed on the back in the clay.  It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

$ 800.00
Roller, Jordan – Jar with Carved Lightning and Buffalo Designs

Jordan Roller is innovative in his use of thin carved designs on his pottery.  This jar combines a unique color combination along with the complex carving. The jar is fully carved with incredibly detailed designs.  There is a stylized buffalo skull, lightning, clouds, and mountains.  Take a moment to look closely at the designs and the intricate carving.  There is such small space between some of the carved areas that Jordan says he uses just a folded piece of sandpaper to “carve” the lines.  Not only is the jar very intricately carved, but also highly polished and even the inside of the neck is polished!  The jar was traditionally fired a dark brown coloration. It is a beautiful even tonality to the surface.  It’s exciting to see a piece with such complexity and flow of design.  It is signed on the bottom.

$ 2,000.00
Whitegeese, Daryl  – Large Oval Bowl with Carved Avanyu

Daryl Whitegeese is known for his traditional style Santa Clara pottery.  He coil builds amazing shapes which are then carved and stone polished.  This bowl is elongated with an oval shape.  This bowl is carved on the outside with an avanyu which encircles the entire piece.  Look closely and you can also see a micaceous slip in the background area surrounding the polished designs.  Daryl said this was one of his first attempts to use a mica background instead of matte.   The water serpent (or avanyu) is part of a Pueblo story where the Avanyu saves the village during a flood.  The rim is also fully polished to a sharp edge.  The inside is matte.   The oval shape is unusual but adds to the distinctive sense of proportionality to this piece.  The bowl is signed on the bottom in the clay.

$ 3,300.00
Naranjo, Teresita  – Large Jar with Avanyu (1980’s)

This is one of the largest and most extraordinary red carved jars by Teresita Naranjo we have had in the gallery in years.  Teresita was a daughter of Christina Naranjo and know for her deeply carved pottery.   Each piece was coil built, carved, stone polished and traditionally fired.  This jar is very large in size and fully carved with a water serpent encircling the piece.  The body of the avanyu ebbs and swirls around the jar in deeply-carved segments.  Note how the designs extend down from the negative space in areas.  It is easy to see how her great-niece Tammy Garcia was inspired by work at this caliber!  The area behind the carving is slipped with the traditional cream-colored clay slip.  The jar was traditionally fired to a deep red coloration.  It is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Teresita Naranjo”.  It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

$ 7,500.00
Medicine Flower, Grace – Basket Weave Double Sided Plate (2001)

Grace Medicine Flower remains renown for her innovative and creative pottery.  This is one of her dynamic “basket weave” pieces.  She only made the basket-weave pieces for a few years before moving on to the polychrome pottery.   The concept behind these pieces was for them to appear as if the clay had fallen away and there was a woven basket underneath. The basket areas are carved vertically, incised horizontally and then painted with a clay slip.  This plate has a central medallion which is fully polished red.  It is etched with two butterflies.  Surrounding the medallion is a series of etched and painted rows which create the basket.  In this case, she has replicated a Navajo wedding basket as the design.  After it is fully etched it is then incised and then painted with different clay slips.  Amazingly, the back is also fully designed with a carved water serpent (avanyu) as the design.  The avanyu is slipped with mica.  The piece is signed on the back in the clay, “Grace Medicine Flower”.  It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  Grace made very few plates during her career, which makes this an exceptional piece both in creativity and historically!

$ 1,500.00
Medicine Flower, Grace – Jar with 63 Carved Melon Ribs (1988)

This an unusual and intricate piece by Grace Medicine Flower.  It is from 1988.  The jar is carved with 63 straight melon ribs.  Each rib is rounded with a slight edge and on the top of the jar, they create a star design on the top when looking down.  The neck of the jar is also fully polished.  It is an amazingly complex piece of her work with a striking appearance.  The piece is fired a deep black in coloration.  It is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Grace Medicine Flower”.  The jar is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

$ 2,900.00
Baca, Alvin – Red Melon Jar with 24 Ribs

Alvin Baca is known for his classic melon ribbed jars. This red jar is carved with 24 ribs. The entire jar is fully polished, both between each rib as well as the base!  The shape is a classic for Alvin with the high shoulders and the short neck.  The jar is signed on the bottom in the clay.

$ 275.00
Baca David – Red Melon Jar with 32 Ribs (1993)

David Baca is a son of Angela Baca and known for his traditional pottery.  This jar has a wide body and an elongated neck.  The shoulder of the jar is carved with 32 melon ribs.  Each rib is polished and they are matte between them.  The jar is signed on the bottom in the clay.  It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

$ 300.00
Gutierrez, Margaret Lou – Large Jar with Feather and Hatchwork Designs (1990’s)

Margaret Lou Gutierrez was the only daughter of noted potters Tonita & Juan Roybal.  She began making pottery in the 1970’s and this is one of her pieces from the 1990’s. This is a larger jar which is fully polished and painted around the shoulder.  The painted designs are variations of feather, cloud and hatch-work designs.  It is a very complex pattern which includes the very elongated feathers for which she is famous.  The hatchwork imagery is also very reminiscent of the painting style of her father, Juan Cruz.  The jar is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  It is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Margaret Lou Gutierrez”.  It is hard to see the signature in the photo, but it is clear on the piece. 

$ 600.00
Year Flower, Lucy – Jar with Carved Avanyu (1980’s)

Lucy Year Flower was a daughter-in-law of Camilio Tafoya and a sister-in-law of Joseph Lonewolf and Grace Medicine Flower. She began making pottery in the 1970’s and was known for her flowing carved designs.  This jar is fully carved with a feathered water serpent (avanyu) encircling the bowl and additional cloud and rain designs.  Typical of her work, look at the matte area surrounding the polished avanyu and note the deeply incised lines.  She would do this to help accentuate her carving.  The jar is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  It is signed, “Lucy Year Flower” on the bottom.

$ 275.00
Tafoya, Ray  – Jar with Bear, Butterflies and Bear Lid (1990-4)

This is an exceptional lidded jar by Ray Tafoya.  The jar has a medallion on the lower side with a stylized bear.  Surrounding the bear are butterflies.  The neck has a feather pattern. The lid is a bear with a heart line.  There are additional clay colors of red, yellow, and blue, which accentuate the designs.  The jar is signed on the bottom in the clay with his hallmark, “White Mountain”.  It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  Note how many of the geometric designs are similar to ones used today by his daughter, Jennifer Tafoya.  

$ 850.00
Tafoya, Kenneth  – Red Bear with Bear Paw Design

Kenneth Tafoya is a brother of noted potters Ray Tafoya and Paul Speckled Rock. He is also the uncle of Jennifer Tafoya.  Kenneth is known for his figurative pottery animals.  This is one of his classic bears.  It is slipped with a red mica for the body. The back of the bear is polished a deep red.  The design is a bear paw surrounded by a feather pattern.  It is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Ken Tafoya”.  It is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

$ 275.00
Tafoya-Sanchez, Linda – Bowl with Four Designs

Linda Tafoya-Sanchez is a granddaughter of noted potter Margaret Tafoya and a daughter of Lee & Betty Tafoya.  She is known for her intricately carved pottery.  The bowl is deeply carved with four panels of designs. There is a bear paw and a corn plant on two of the panels. The other two are cloud patterns. The bowl is highly polished and traditionally fired.  The bowl is signed on the bottom, “Linda Tafoya-Sanchez”.  The last photo is of her holding the piece when she recently brought it into the gallery.

“The clay is a really important part of making the pottery. Listening to family members talk about how they used to get clay with Grandma and Grandpa [Margaret & Alcario Tafoya] and how they would make it an all-day venture. You feel that family connection when you are digging the clay out of the earth. It ties you to your home. There’s no other place you are going to find that kind of clay. You think about how many years people have dug that clay out of the earth, how many years Mother Earth has provided that clay for us.”  Linda Tafoya-Sanchez, Spoken Through Clay

$ 2,200.00
Tafoya-Sanchez, Linda – Jar with Butterflies and Carved Swirl Neck

Linda Tafoya-Sanchez is a granddaughter of noted potter Margaret Tafoya and a daughter of Lee & Betty Tafoya.  She is known for her intricately carved pottery.  The jar has butterflies carved around the shoulder.  The base has flower petals carved and the neck is a swirling rain design.  The rim of the jar is also carved with a flower style and it is slipped in mica.  The contrast of the mica on the rim and the fully polished jar is striking.  There is a lot of variation in style, design, and technique on this jar.  Linda was among the first Santa Clara potters to begin using the mica as a design element after she was given some by her San Juan Pueblo in-laws.  The jar is signed on the bottom, “Linda Tafoya-Sanchez”.

“The clay is a really important part of making the pottery. Listening to family members talk about how they used to get clay with Grandma and Grandpa [Margaret & Alcario Tafoya] and how they would make it an all-day venture. You feel that family connection when you are digging the clay out of the earth. It ties you to your home. There’s no other place you are going to find that kind of clay. You think about how many years people have dug that clay out of the earth, how many years Mother Earth has provided that clay for us.”  Linda Tafoya-Sanchez, Spoken Through Clay

 

$ 1,600.00
Naranjo, Johnathan – Lidded Bowl with Bears and Dragonflies

This lidded bowl by Johnathan Naranjo captures the motion of three bears.  The bears are standing in the river and one is catching a fish.  They are surrounded by dragonflies.  Check out the exceptional detail in the fur on the bears!  The piece is fully polished with the top carved section matte. The lid is also matte.   The coloration of the jar is derived from the firing technique.  The various shades of red and tan are achieved by lightly scraping away layers of polished surface!  This is a very difficult technique but visually is striking.  Johnathan has won numerous awards for his pottery.  The piece is signed on the bottom in the clay.

$ 750.00
Naranjo, Johnathan – Lidded Jar with Buffalo Dancers

This lidded jar by Johnathan Naranjo captures the beauty of the Santa Clara Pueblo Buffalo Dance.  Nearly every pueblo at the end of the year performs the Buffalo Dance.  There are male Buffalo Dancers and the female Buffalo Maiden.  This jar has the male dancer on one side and the female on the other.  They are etched with exceptional detail and realistic precision.  Note the small butterflies around the female dancer!  Separating them are very lightly etched bands of cloud and rain designs. The top section of the jar is matte and a dark brown, the same as the lid.   The coloration of the jar is derived from the firing technique.  The various shades of red and tan are achieved by lightly scraping away layers of polished surface!  This is a very difficult technique but visually is striking.  Johnathan has won numerous awards for his pottery.  The piece is signed on the bottom in the clay.

$ 750.00
Naranjo, Ursulita – Plainware Oval Bowl (1970’s)

Ursulita Naranjo (1924-1988) was the mother of Dolores Curran and Geri Naranjo.  She was known for her painted pottery.  This bowl is highly polished and oval in shape but with no design.  It is polished on the side and the inside.  It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  It is signed on the bottom, “Ursulita Naranjo”.

$ 175.00
Gutierrez, Margaret – Polychrome Horse and Koshari Figure (1990’s)

This horse figure was made and painted by Margaret Gutierrez.  It is her whimsical style of pottery which is reminiscent of the work she also made with her brother, Luther Gutierrez.  The horse is lying down and there is a koshari clown figure on its back.  The various colors are derived from natural clay slips.   It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  It is signed on the bottom, “Margaret”.

$ 100.00
Naranjo-Garcia, Sharon – Jar with Carved Feathers and Avanyu

Sharon Naranjo Garcia (b. 1951) is a granddaughter of Christina Naranjo.  She learned to make pottery from her grandmother and is known for her traditional style of pottery. This jar is a classic Santa Clara shape with the wide shoulder and sloping neck.  The neck is carved with a feather pattern and stone polished.  The central band is matte and carved with four cloud designs.  Below that matte band is a carved water serpent (avanyu) and it is stone polished, as is the lower section of the bowl.  It is fired a deep black.  The bowl is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Sharon Naranjo Garcia”.  It is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

$ 575.00
Roller, Jazmin – Jar with Rain and Mesa Designs (18 years old)

Jazmin Roller (b. 2000) is a daughter of Tim Roller,  a granddaughter of Toni Roller and a great-granddaughter of Margaret Tafoya. This is one of her first pieces.  It is a low shoulder jar with a slight neck.  It is very deeply carved with a rain and mesa design.  The jar is nicely stone polished and traditionally fired.  She said her father Tim helped with the firing and that this was her first piece she has sold.  It’s exciting to see a younger potter continuing the Tafoya family traditions!  The jar is signed on the bottom in the clay.

$ 575.00
Folwell, Susan – “Pueblo Politics” Long Neck Jar

Susan Folwell is one of the exciting innovators in Pueblo pottery.  This jar is an earlier piece of her work focused on Santa Clara Pueblo politics.  The jar is painted around the neck with acrylic and below the shoulder, it is slipped and stone polished.  The lower area is fully etched with the Folwell family, “x” design.  However, it is the top part of the jar which is fascinating.  It has a man holding a club next to a donkey and they are surrounded by interconnecting fish.  She says the “ass wearing a skirt” came from a dream.  He’s leading around the men (one with a block foot, the other with a webfoot).  She has often used the “block” as part of her commentary of Pueblo politics (her famous plate, “The Blockhead Manifesto”).   In general, she says about this jar, “It’s just the frustration that goes along with Pueblo politics.”.  It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  It is signed on the bottom, “Susan Folwell”.

“Susan has been experimenting with textured surfaces, creating a “bejeweled” effect that looks like turquoise, coral, silver, and gold.”  “Taos Light”.
Native Art Magazine, April 2018

$ 2,000.00
Youngblood, Nathan – Tri-Color Serving Plate

Nathan Youngblood is known for his deeply carved and highly polished pottery. This plate shape was inspired by the traditional Santa Clara serving bowls, which had an indention for the thumb to hold them when serving.  Nathan took that shape and added the same indention on the opposite side, creating his own distinctive form. The interior of the plate is fully carved and polished a deep red. The design is a central medallion of clouds, rain, and water, surrounded by cloud motifs above and below. Interestingly, while the rim is polished tan, there are two sections which are carved into the rim of the plate. This is always technically more complicated and adds to the risk of breaking when firing.  While the shape, carving, and designing might seem like enough, Nathan also takes his pottery one step further. After it is fired, he uses small screwdrivers and scrapes the sides of the carved designs and the recessed areas, to create a visually striking contrast.  This style has been called, “the new Santa Clara polychrome”, although I usually called it “tri-color” with the variations of red, matte and buff areas. The plate was traditionally fired.  It is signed on the back in the clay with his name and deer tracks, which represent his name in Tewa.

$ 9,800.00
Tafoya, Jennifer (Moquino) – Jar with Four Bird Medallions and Bird Lid (2012)

Jennifer Tafoya is known for her clay vessels and also her amazing animal figures!  This is a classic piece of her pottery from 2012.  It has four medallions, each with a different bird.  There is a Steller’s Jay, a Red Tail Hawk, a Browntail Hummingbird, and a Scaled Quail.  Each is etched with intricate detail for the feathers.  Surrounding the medallions is a water serpent which encircles the piece. The lid is a Black Headed Grosbeak which is also etched with detail. All the various colors are derived from natural clay slips.  It is signed on the bottom in the clay.  It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

$ 1,200.00
Suazo, Marie – Tall Jar with Avanyu and Kiva Step Design

Marie Suazo is a granddaughter of noted potter Rosita Velarde and a daughter of Teresa Gutierez.  She is a sister of potters Carol Velarde and Doris Tenorio.  She is known for her deeply carved pottery and use of complex designs.  This is one of her larger pieces.  It is fully carved with a water serpent (avanyu) near the shoulder.  Note the complexity of the design as the jar is turned.  Above is a band of kiva steps and then the top band is a series of stylized feather patterns.  The rim of the jar extends upward on one side and the opposite side is carved with kiva steps.  The entire piece is fully polished and fired a deep black.  Note the very fine outline of the edges of the carved areas which accentuate the design.  The jar is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Marie Suazo”.  It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

$ 350.00
Tafoya, Judy & Lincoln – “Winged Blessings” (2003)

Judy and Lincoln Tafoya (1954-2005) worked together for twenty years making pottery.  Lincoln learned to make pottery from his sister-in-law Sharon Naranjo Garcia.  He was a son of Dan Tafoya and Billie Rose Lee.  Judy is a daughter of Cecilia Naranjo and learned to make pottery from her grandmother Christina Naranjo.  Judy began making pottery in 1982 and married Lincoln in 1984. This bowl is entitled, “Winged Blessing #8”.  It is deeply carved with butterflies, hummingbirds, and flowers.  The carving is deep which accentuates the designs.  Each carved section is also etched light designs to create an added dimension to the piece.  The bowl is a dark brownish-black coloration.  It is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Judy and Lincoln Tafoya”.  It is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

$ 800.00
Youngblood, Nathan – Tri-Color Reverse Dragonfly and Cloud Bowl

This is a classic bowl by Nathan Youngblood.  He is well known for his deeply carved pottery and use of both traditional Santa Clara and other designs. This bowl is deeply carved with traditional designs.  On one side there are two dragonflies in the reverse space of the design.  Look at the matte area next to the red polished area in the first photo.  It is the space between them and the carved away horizontal lines which are the dragonflies.  As the bowl is turned there additional cloud, rain, lightning and kiva step designs.  The deeply carved areas are fully polished red.  The top and bottom bands are polished tan.   The deep red clay slip on this jar is exceptional and contrasts perfectly with the tan and matte areas.  While the shape, carving, and designing might seem like enough, Nathan also takes his pottery one step further. After it is fired, he uses small screwdrivers and scrapes the sides of the carved designs and the recessed areas, to create a visually striking contrast.  This style has been called, “the new Santa Clara polychrome”, although I usually called it “tri-color” with the variations of red, matte and buff areas.  It is signed on the back in the clay with his name and deer tracks, which represent his name in Tewa.

$ 4,000.00
Naranjo, Elijah – “My Backyard” Jar with Hummingbirds (2007) with Ribbon

Elijah Naranjo learned to make pottery from his mother Dolly Naranjo and sister Jody Naranjo.  He works in a similar style with the sgraffito designs and brown firing. This jar is from 2007 and it is entitled, “My Backyard”.  It is a shape with an asymmetric neck and the area above the shoulder is fully polished while below it is matte. The polished area has hummingbirds and flowers.  The area below has a geometric style of water design.  The jar was fired to be brown in coloration, so there is a color variation as the jar is turned.  It is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Elija Naranjo”.  It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  It received a blue ribbon at the 2007 Santa Fe Indian Market.  It is signed by Charles King, Robert Nichols, and Jody Folwell.  It always nice to see pieces that I judged in the past come back to the market. I remember such a great time with Robert and Jody, as they were both very knowledgable and assertive in their ideas about the work.  That made it a very educational experience.

$ 350.00
Tafoya, Shirley – Mini Canteen with Double Spout and Gourd Design

Shirley Tafoya was known for her exceptional miniatures.  Each piece was coil built, stone polished and traditionally fired.  This is an unusual shape with a double spout on the canteen.  The one spout is taller than the other, which has a wood cork in it (which is removable).   Around the side of the canteen are the classic “gourd” indentions, which come from the gourd shards used to smooth out the pottery when it is being made.  The piece is highly polished.  There is a leather strap which is interested in the two holes on the side.  Note as well there is a tiny etched cloud design on the side.  Shirley was so wonderfully talented and her miniatures were always inspired by traditional Santa Clara Pueblo shapes and forms.  It is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Shirley Cactus Blossom Tafoya”.  It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

$ 950.00
Lonewolf, Joseph – Wide Jar with Avanyu and Bear Lid (1972)

Joseph Lonewolf began making pottery in 1970-1.  His bear lidded vessels, which he only created for a few years, may be among his most iconic in style.  This wide jar is fully polished and etched with a feathered water serpent encircling the piece.  The body of the avanyu is very complex in design.  The matte area surrounding the avanyu is incised with swirling lines.  The lid has a bear with a fetish bundle of turquoise and coral.  The base of the bear is also fully etched with similar swirling lines to those on the bowl.  It is an exceptional piece in design and form.  It is signed on the bottom in the clay.  It is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  It is signed on the bottom in the clay.  Definitely a classic of Joseph’s early pottery style!

$ 2,600.00
Lonewolf, Joseph – Jar with Avanyu and Bear Lid (1973)

Joseph Lonewolf began making pottery in 1970-1.  His bear lidded vessels, which he only created for a few years, may be among his most iconic in style.  This jar is fully polished and etched with a feathered water serpent encircling the piece. The matte area surrounding the avanyu is vertically incised with lines.  The lid has a bear with a fetish bundle of turquoise and coral.  The base of the bear is also fully etched vertically.  It is an exceptional piece in design and form.  It is signed on the bottom in the clay.  It is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  It is signed on the bottom in the clay.  Definitely a classic of Joseph’s early pottery style!

$ 2,400.00
Naranjo-Romero, Monica – Black and Sienna Jar with Water Serpent

Monica Romero is a daughter of noted potter Geri Naranjo, a sister of Kevin Naranjo and a niece of Dolores Curran.  She is known for her very detailed miniature pottery.  This bowl is highly polished fully designed.  There is a water serpent around the shoulder of the piece and cloud, rain and lightning designs above.  Below the shoulder are feather and other pueblo designs.  The rim of the bowl is two-toned sienna.  It is signed on the bottom.

$ 200.00
Tafoya, Shirley – Jar with Melon Swirl Neck

Shirley Tafoya was the youngest daughter of Margaret Tafoya and known for her miniature pottery.  This jar is from the late 1990’s.  It is a classic Santa Clara water jar shape. The rim is fluted and the neck is carved with an old-style melon swirl design.  Shirley would often use historic pieces as inspiration for her pottery.  The jar is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  It is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Shirley Cactus Blossom Tafoya”. A classic of Tafoya Family pottery!

$ 800.00
Naranjo, Jody –  Jar with Butterflies and Horses (2005)

This jar byJody Naranjo is from 2005.  The entire piece is fully polished.  The design is alternating horses and butterflies.  The background tan area is also fully designed with linear etching.  The jar is fired a brownish coloration.  It is signed, “Jody Naranjo” and it is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

$ 500.00
Begay, Jr., Harrison – Small Jar with Heartline Bears

This jar by Harrison Begay, Jr.is from 2001.  He has won numerous awards over the years for his deep carved pottery.  The jar is very deeply carved for the size and has three highly polished bears as the design.  Each bear is carved with a heartline and they are each separated by a lightning design in matte.  It is fired a deep black.  It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  It is signed on the bottom in the clay.

$ 350.00
Cain, Linda – Mini Carved Jar

This is one of the smallest pieces we have had by Linda Cain.  It is deeply carved with a cloud and rain pattern. Note how deeply it is carved and the extension of the carved designs down from the neck.  It is highly polished and fired a brownish-red.  It is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Linda Cain”.

$ 275.00
Begay, Daniel – Jar with Turtle and Star Designs

This tall jar by Daniel Begay combines both polished and carved designs.  The jar has four sections of design.  One has a turtle with a water and feather pattern. The design is deeply cut into the clay and it is matte.  The opposite side has a feather pattern on the top, then a star and cloud design with a water design near the base.  Again, the carved section is matte.  Separating the two sections are two large panels which are fully polished.  The contrast of the polished and matte sections works well on this jar to highlight the two different techniques.  The matte is always difficult as it has to be sanded smooth or else there will be shadows created by any uneven surface.  The jar is fired a deep black in coloration.   Note how Daniel’s designs also combine both thin and thicker lines to enhance the imagery.  The style of carving has a beveled appearance to the angle of the cuts into the clay.  The jar is signed on the bottom in the clay.

$ 1,000.00
Begay, Daniel – Storage Jar with Avanyu and Stars

This is an exceptional carved storage jar by Daniel Begay. He has been creating some unique shapes with flat or square sides. This piece is very round in shape with a short neck.  It is fully carved around the side, which is a lot of carving space!  The jar has a water serpent in one section.  Note the complexity to the body  and the unique set up of the design.  As the jar is turned there are polished and matte sections of cloud and lightning motifs.  The side opposite the avanyu has deeply carved stars which are both polished and matte.  Note near the base the little carved dragonfly!  There are additional bands of carved clouds and an eternity design.  The top and lower section are fully polished.  It is a striking piece in form and design.  Throughout his work, Daniel creates a strong visual contrast between the polished and matte surfaces, which adds to the sophistication of the imagery. Note how Daniel’s designs also combine both thin and thicker lines to enhance the imagery.  The style of carving has a beveled appearance to the angle of the cuts into the clay.  The jar is signed on the bottom in the clay.

$ 1,800.00
Garcia, Gloria “Golden Rod” – Bowl with Fish

This bowl by Gloria Garcia is fully polished and fired black. The designs are etched into the clay.  There are eight Mimbres inspired fish as the design.  Each fish is different.  There is a water design around the rim of the bowl.   Gloria’s combination of polishing and etched designs is always striking.  This piece is signed on the bottom with her Tewa name “GoldenRod”.

$ 450.00
Lonewolf, Joseph – Red & Black Bowl with Nine Birds (1978)

Joseph Lonewolf began making pottery in 1970-1.  This is a classic piece of his pottery in the black and red style. The firing is one where he created a “red and black” coloration at the end of the firing process before the manure was added to turn the piece black.  The bowl is polished, incised and etched before it is fired.  The design on this piece is a series of nine birds.  The top half of the bowl is red and the bottom half is black.  The area behind the birds is more deeply incised with a swirling linear design.   The precision of the designs and the shine of the polished surface create a perfect balance.  This piece is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  It is signed on the bottom in the clay.

$ 1,250.00
Medicine Flower, Grace – Lidded Bowl with Butterfly Medallion (1980’s)

This small lidded bowl by Grace Medicine Flower is from the 1980s.  She remains renown for her creative pottery.  This piece has a single medallion on one side with etched butterflies and flowers.  Surrounding the top of the medallion are carved lightning designs.  As the bowl is turned there are two melon ribs which encircle the bowl from the base to the medallion. The lid fits down into the bowl. The entire piece is very highly polished and fired a deep black.  Grace always etched the designs into her pieces before they were fired, which creates the coloration of the matte area on the bowl. It is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Grace Medicine Flower”.  It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

$ 1,200.00
Garcia, Gloria “Golden Rod” – Bowl with Bears

This bowl by Gloria Garcia is fully polished and fired black. The designs are etched into the clay.  There are two scenes, each with realistic bears as the design.  Separating them are two bands with etched bear paws. There is an additional red clay slip added to the rain design around the rim of the bowl.  Gloria’s combination of polishing and etched designs is always striking.  This piece is signed on the bottom with her Tewa name “GoldenRod”.

$ 575.00
Begay, Jr., Harrison – Jar with Hummingbird, Flowers and Dragonfly

This is a larger and complex jar by Harrison Begay, Jr..  He has won numerous awards over the years for his deep carved pottery.  This jar is a water jar shape with a flat rim and tall sides.  The designs are deeply carved into the clay and combine both polished and matte surfaces.  There is a large hummingbird which is fully polished along with two flowers.  This jar combines both “realistic” and traditional design elements. As the jar is turned there is a water pattern and then two large old style dragonflies.  The dragonflies have the double wings and are surrounded by wind designs.  It is a complex but flowing group of designs.   The polished sections stand out more in contrast to the black matte areas.  The jar also has a flat rim, which is fully polished on the top and side.  The polished rim is a nice complement both to the shape and the intricate designs.  Note as well the style of carving, which has a beveled appearance to the angle of the cuts into the clay. This is a very distinctive style of carving for his pottery.  The jar is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Harrison”.

$ 2,200.00
Garcia, Tammy – “Harvest Time”, Bronze 2/35

This is a new bronze by Tammy Garcia.  The piece is entitled, “Harvest Time” and it is in the shape of one of her water jars.  The designs are Pueblo maidens dancing along with dragonflies.  The entire piece is fully designed.  Around the neck of the jar is a feather pattern.  The bronze has several patinas used to create the various colors of green and red. The additional colors give the piece added depth.   It is signed on the side near the base “TG” for Tammy Garcia and the number is 2/35.  Tammy has been innovative with her exploration of various medium using her amazing artistic style.

$ 6,800.00
Youngblood, Mela  – Gourd Bowl (1974)

Mela Youngblood began making pottery in the late 1960’s and quickly achieved a distinctive style for her work.  Each piece of her work very highly polished and when carved the edges are distinctly rounded.  This bowl is a stylized version of the classic “gourd pot”. This style usually has indented areas on the surface of the vessel. On this piece Mela has created indentions on the side of the bowl leaving the top and bottom a fully polished surface.  The bowl was made in 1974 and it is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  It is signed on the bottom in the clay.  It is beautifully polished and unique in its form.

$ 1,200.00
Whitegeese, Daryl  – Rainbow Ridge Water Jar with Bear Paw

This is a striking water jar by Daryl Whitegeese.  Daryl said he was inspired by the shapes of the water jars made by his grandmother, Margaret Tafoya.  The jar has the classic double shoulder or “rainbow ridge”.  This is not just an added coil on the surface, but if you feel inside the jar, you can actually feel the second shoulder.  I wrote of the rainbow ridge on Santa Clara pottery:

“Sarafina was inspired by the myths and legends of Santa Clara Pueblo, which were incorporated into her pottery. On the shoulder of her water jars, a second raised section or ‘double shoulder’ created a ‘rainbow band.’ This band was a prayer to keep the water from evaporating from the jar.” —CHARLES S. KING, 2008, Born of Fire: The Life and Pottery of Margaret Tafoya

The jar is highly polished and traditionally fired a dark black.  There is a single bear paw as the design on one side of the neck.  The bear paws represent a Tewa story where a bear led the Pueblo people to water during a drought.   The jar is signed on the bottom in the clay.  Definitely a classic piece keeping family history alive!  Congrats to Daryl who recently won “Best of Pottery at the Heard Museum Indian Market in 2019!

$ 4,500.00
Roller, Jeff – Box with Sun Design and Mountain Lion Lid (2019)

This is a very intricate carved box by Jeff Roller.  Jeff is a grandson of Margaret Tafoya and continues a family legacy of extraordinary traditional pottery.  The box part of the piece is deeply carved with a sun and mountain design on two sides.  The opposite ends have a cloud pattern.  There are additional incised lines for the rays of the sun. The lid is also made from Santa Clara clay.  It is a sculptural mountain lion lying down!  There is some great detail in the tail and head of the figure!  It looks great with the ears up!  The bottom of the lid extends downward so that it fits into the inside rim of the box.  The piece is traditionally fired to a brownish-red coloration creating some exceptional color variations.  It is a striking and complex piece.  It is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Jeff Roller”.

$ 3,200.00
Baca, Angela – Red Melon Bowl with 24 Ribs

This is a classic round melon bowl by Angela Baca.  It is very deeply carved and each rib is stone polished.  On this bowl, the space between the ribs is matte so it contrasts to the polished surface.  It is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Angela Baca” and it is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

$ 500.00
Youngblood, Nathan –  Black Jar with Walking Bear Paw Design

This is a deeply carved and highly polished black jar bowl by Nathan Youngblood.  He is well known for his carved pottery and use of both traditional Santa Clara and other designs. This jar is an elegant shape with a round shoulder and slightly turned out rim.  The design has a walking bear paw pattern on one side and cloud motifs on the remainder.  The “walking bear paw” pattern is one which Nathan’s grandmother, Margaret Tafoya also used on her pottery.  This bowl will also have a bit of upcoming fame.  It is one which Nathan was polishing for a show on him for “Colores” on PBS!  Definitely, some great provenance to have a piece which has been part of a TV program. The PBS show documents Nathan’s life and pottery and will air on March 2, 2019.  The bowl was traditionally fired black.  It is signed on the bottom in the clay with his name and deer tracks, which represent his name in Tewa.

$ 4,200.00
Ebelacker, Jason – 17″ Storage Jar with Bear Paws

This is an exceptional storage jar by Jason Ebelacker. The storage jar is a classic shape for Santa Clara pottery.  It is also one which many potters try to achieve and many consider one over 16″ to be a goal height when each added inch adds additional risk.  The shape of the jar has a high shoulder and a short neck. This taller style of storgae jar (as opposed to rounder) is most often associated with the work of Jason’s father Richard Ebelacker, as well as Sarafina Tafoya (Jason’s great-great-grandmother).  The jar is coil built and stone polished.  There are two bear paws as the design on either side.  The bear paw is carved into the clay and then polished.  The use of the bear paw is part of a story where a bear led the Pueblo people to water during a drought.  Jason fired the jar a deep red, which is always a bit more difficult to fire than a black, as the color can vary more dramatically from the flames and smoke.  The jar is signed on the bottom in the clay.  Jason is a son of noted potter Richard Ebelacker, a grandson of Virginia Ebelacker and great-grandson of Margaret Tafoya.  He has won numerous awards for his pottery and continues to be one of the younger potters to watch.  It’s great to see the continuing evolution of his work in clay and to see him continuing a family tradition of storage jars!

$ 8,000.00
de la Cruz, Juan and Lois Gutierrez  – “Pleiades Star” Jar

Juan Cruz creates complex painted polychrome pottery.  He is a son of noted potter Lois Gutierrez.  Lois made the jar and Juan, who is noted for his illustrations, painted the design using natural clay slips.  This jar has a rounder shape and intricately painted figures.  Juan wrote of the scene he painted as follows:

“This piece was inspired by my admiration for ancient Greek pottery and is my own interpretation of the Pleiades star cluster, which is also known as the Seven Sisters.  In Greek mythology, the Pleiads were the seven daughters of Atlas and the oceanid Pleione. The sisters were Maia, Electra, Alcyone, Taygete, Asterope, Celaeno and Merope.  In my design, I’ve depicted them as Tewa women with some holding stylized star pattern baskets.

The jar is truly polychrome (more than three colors of clay).  Note the intricacy of the painted designs and the flow of imagery across the piece.   The description is written on the back of a hand-painted graphic of the four directions.  What a phenomenal addition to this piece and the painting helps to better understand how exceptional Juan is with his art.   While Juan is new to the pottery world, he recently won “Best of Pottery” at Gallup Ceremonials in 2017 and has been featured in articles in Cowboys & Indians Magazine and Native Art Magazine in 2018.

$ 2,500.00
Youngblood, Nathan – Jar with Medallions and Impressed Avanyu and Rainbows

This is a striking jar by Nathan Youngblood which is part of his series, “The Space Between”.  These pieces are inspired by the early carved work of Sarafina Tafoya (1863-1949) and Margaret Tafoya (1904-2001).  This jar is a shape which Nathan has often used in his work.  It is a tall water jar with an elongated neck.  There are four impressed avanyu around the neck and four rainbows around the base.  Each of these areas is slipped with a micaceous clay.  The three large medallions, each has a different design.  There is one with rainclouds, one with a star and a cloud motif.  The impressed avanyus around top of the jar are inspired by the impressed work of Sarafina Tafoya.  Nathan said of the avanyu design:

 “The water serpent (avanyu) is not what people think of a ‘water snake’.  It is a reference to the way the rivers run.  They are all integrated and connect everything.  Creeks become streams, streams become rivers which become oceans.  The oceans are fed by everything around the world.  It binds us. That is why when we go to the water and throw in cornmeal and pray.  The water and water serpent connect us to the entire world.”

The impressed rainbows are another design seen in early carved/impressed Santa Clara pottery.  The last two photos show both the rainbow and avanyu designs on early Santa Clara pieces.  There is also a photo of this jar before it was polished and fired.  It’s always interesting to see a piece in process!  The jar has an exceptional amount of carving and the polishing is Nathan’s “glass-like” surface.  It is signed on the bottom in the clay with his name and deer tracks, which represent his name in Tewa, which means “Deer Path”.   Simply stunning!

“The Space Between”: Santa Clara Carved Pottery 1920-Present

$ 8,800.00
Garcia, Tammy – Dragonfly Jar (2019)

This new jar by Tammy Garcia is a round shape with a slight neck.  The jar has a classic dragonfly carved into the clay and polished red.  Behind the dragonfly is a lightning pattern polished tan.  The remainder of the jar has deeply carved sections which are either polished or stippled. The jar has various levels of carving, which give the piece a dramatic appearance.  There is a single inset piece of turquoise.  The jar is signed on the bottom in the clay.  Tammy has won numerous awards for her pottery and been the recipient of the New Mexico Governor’s award.  It’s not surprising that with the intricate nature of her pottery she makes only about ten pieces of pottery a year.  Yes. Ten!  Yet each piece is unique and expands on her distinctive style and voice in the clay.

$ 7,000.00
Youngblood, Nathan – Bowl with Carved Avanyu and Impressed Rainbows

This wide bowl by Nathan Youngblood which is part of his series, “The Space Between”.  These pieces are inspired by the early carved work of Sarafina Tafoya (1863-1949) and Margaret Tafoya (1904-2001).  This wide bowl has a carved avanyu encircling the piece.  The avanyu is deeply carved into the clay before being polised and fired.  Nathan said of the avanyu design:

 “The water serpent (avanyu) is not what people think of a ‘water snake’.  It is a reference to the way the rivers run.  They are all integrated and connect everything.  Creeks become streams, streams become rivers which become oceans.  The oceans are fed by everything around the world.  It binds us. That is why when we go to the water and throw in cornmeal and pray.  The water and water serpent connect us to the entire world.”

In addition to the avanyu, there are impressed rainbows around the neck of the piece. They are carved into the clay and then Nathan stone polishes the surface to his “glass-like” appearance.  It is signed on the bottom in the clay with his name and deer tracks, which represent his name in Tewa, which means “Deer Path”.   Simply elegant combo of carving and polishing.

“The Space Between”: Santa Clara Carved Pottery 1920-Present

$ 7,000.00
Garcia, Tammy – Large Jar with Fish and Flowers (2018)

Elegant! This new jar by Tammy Garcia is a delicate shape with correspondingly delicate imagery.  The designs encompass the surface of this piece and the shape of the water jar is striking with the sharp shoulder and the raindrop rim.  The jar has 27 fl0wers, each deeply carved with a raised central section.  There are very delicately carved thin lines which separate each petal of each flower.   There are three elaborate medallions, each carved with a trout in the center.  The trout are amazing, as not only are they highly polished, but each has different marking painted onto the clay.  As for the designs around the medallions,  Tammy says she has been creating “frames” for her designs.  Here, each medallion is framed with bear paws and floral designs.  There are additional bear paws across the surface of the jar. The bear paws are symbolic for good luck.  Note the variety of colors on the jar!  There are deep red and tan areas on the surface.  The various colors are from different clay slips. She has also texturized sections of her work and even rounded out surfaces, like the area above each fish!  The entire jar has numerous levels of carving from the raised flowers to the interiors of the bear paws.  Note as well the matte areas of the jar.  This is technically one of the most difficult parts of this piece, as they have to be sanded perfectly smooth so that no raised areas cast shadows.  It’s very time-consuming.  Tammy has won numerous awards for her pottery and been the recipient of the New Mexico Governor’s award.  It’s not surprising that with the intricate nature of her pottery she makes only about ten pieces of pottery a year.  Yes. Ten!  Yet each piece is unique and expands on her distinctive style and voice in the clay.

$ 24,000.00
Youngblood, Nathan –  Bowl with Carved Avanyu and Carved Rim

This is a deeply carved and highly polished red bowl by Nathan Youngblood.  He is well known for his carved pottery and use of both traditional Santa Clara and other designs. This bowl is unusual for Nathan’s work.  The entire surface is fully carved with a water serpent encircling the bowl  The body of the avanyu or water serpent consists of cloud and rain designs.  There are also additional incised dragonfly and lightning designs and even a small plant near the base!  What makes this bowl so unusual is the rim.  The entire rim is fully carved to match the carving of the avanyu!  The result is spectacular and Nathan said that this is only the third time he has tried this technique.  It is more time consuming and risky but the rim seems like another design element to the piece.  The bowl is traditionally fired a very deep red.  While the shape, carving, and designing might seem like enough, Nathan also takes his pottery one step further. After it is fired, he uses small screwdrivers and scrapes the sides of the carved designs and the recessed areas, to create a visually striking contrast.  It is signed on the bottom in the clay with his name and deer tracks, which represent his name in Tewa.  Simply stunning!

$ 9,200.00
Garcia, Tammy – Jar with Mimbres Rabbit (2019)

This new jar by Tammy Garcia is a round shape with a slight neck.  The jar has two Mimbres inspired rabbits as the design.  Each rabbit is carved into the clay.  The heads and legs are polished while the body is matte.  There are small polished flowers carved onto the body of the rabbit and flowers below.  Between the rabbits are carved geometric shapes with flowers carved in relief!  There are wonderful variations in dimension on this jar.   As well, there are contrasting textures with matte, polished and stippled areas.  The jar is signed on the bottom in the clay.  Tammy has won numerous awards for her pottery and been the recipient of the New Mexico Governor’s award.  It’s not surprising that with the intricate nature of her pottery she makes only about ten pieces of pottery a year.  Yes. Ten!  Yet each piece is unique and expands on her distinctive style and voice in the clay.

$ 7,000.00
Youngblood, Nathan – “Mesa Rain” Red Jar

This is a deeply carved and highly polished red jar by Nathan Youngblood.  He is well known for his carved pottery and use of both traditional Santa Clara and other designs. This jar has a round body and a short sloping neck.  The entire jar is fully polished.  Around the center, it is fully carved with design.  Nathan says of the design,

“The jar has a mesa pattern in the center.  Going to the left, the wind is blowing off the mesa with swirling clouds.  The round medallion opposite the mesa steps is the sun in the clouds at sunset.  Then the clouds and rain come back to the mesa completing the cycle of the day.

The jar is very fully carved and each of the sections of design change, flow and interlock as the jar is turned.  The red clay slip is deep and rich in coloration and the jar was traditionally fired. The shape shows off the imagery and the angle of the short neck beautifully reflects the light.  While the shape, carving, and designing might seem like enough, Nathan also takes his pottery one step further. After it is fired, he uses small screwdrivers and scrapes the sides of the carved designs and the recessed areas, to create a visually striking contrast.  It is signed on the bottom in the clay with his name and deer tracks, which represent his name in Tewa.  Simply stunning!

$ 5,200.00
Youngblood, Nathan – “Deer Tracks and Rain Clouds” Red Jar

This is a deeply carved and highly polished red jar by Nathan Youngblood.  He is well known for his carved pottery and use of both traditional Santa Clara and other designs. This jar has a wide shoulder and a sloping neck.  The area around the center is fully carved with design.  Nathan says of the design,

“The jar has three different cloud designs.  One is the clouds just circling in the sky.  The next are the clouds building up to get ready to rain. The third group has the clouds and the rain coming down.  Right where the rain is coming down is where I etched the deer tracks.  The deer have come out to enjoy a spring rain.”

The jar is very fully carved and each of the sections of design builds up in concept as the jar is turned.  The four deer tracks etched into the clay are near the base of the jar.    The red clay slip is deep and rich in coloration and the jar was traditionally fired. The shape shows off the imagery and the angle of the short neck beautifully reflects the light.  While the shape, carving, and designing might seem like enough, Nathan also takes his pottery one step further. After it is fired, he uses small screwdrivers and scrapes the sides of the carved designs and the recessed areas, to create a visually striking contrast.  It is signed on the bottom in the clay with his name and deer tracks, which represent his name in Tewa.

$ 5,800.00
de la Cruz, Juan and Lois Gutierrez  – “Birds of Song and Prey” Jar

Juan Cruz creates complex painted polychrome pottery.  He is a son of noted potter Lois Gutierrez.  Lois made the jar and Juan, who is noted for his illustrations, painted the design using natural clay slips.  This water jar has sloping sides and intricately painted figures.  Juan wrote of the scene he painted as follows:

“And the Sisters asked, “What new creation is in these next two bowls?”  They hold them aloft and from one emerged the songbirds of the trees and form the other emerged the birds of pretty; each having the breath of life given to it.”

The jar is truly polychrome (more than three colors of clay).  Note the intricacy of the painted designs and especially the figures.  On one side are the two women holding kiva bowls.  Next to one is a songbird and next to the other is a hawk (bird of prey).   The description is written on the back of a hand-painted graphic of the four directions.  What a phenomenal addition to this piece and the painting helps to better understand how exceptional Juan is with his art.   While Juan is new to the pottery world, he recently won “Best of Pottery” at Gallup Ceremonials in 2017 and has been featured in articles in Cowboys & Indians Magazine and Native Art Magazine in 2018.

$ 1,500.00
Lonewolf, Joseph – Bowl with Antelope Medallions (1973)

Beginning in the early 1970’s, Joseph Lonewolf revolutionized the world of Santa Clara pottery by incorporating his sgraffito (lightly etching the surface of the clay) and incised (more deeply cut into the clay) designs.  This bowl is very thin walled and has an indented bottom.  It is fully polished red and there are three medallions.  Each medallion has an antelope as the design.  The antelope are etched into the clay before firing.  The border of each medallion is polished green.  Joseph was one of the first potters to begin using clays that were not red and this is a very early example of his green clay slip.  The remainder of the bowl is fully polished red.  The precision of the designs and the shine of the polished surface create a perfect balance.  This piece is in perfect condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  It is signed on the bottom in the clay.

$ 2,200.00
Lonewolf, Joseph – “Standing Fawn & Butterflies” Seedpot (1989)

This seedpot by Joseph Lonewolf is from 1989.  The piece is coil built and stone polished. The design is etched into the clay.  There is a single standing fawn on one side surrounded by a blue clay slip.  Surrounding the fawn are 20 small butterflies also highlighted in blue. On the back is a doe and her fawn lightly etched into the clay. They are surrounded by more very tiny etched butterflies! Near the base is the 1989 yearly symbol, an ankh, an ancient Egyptian symbol of life.  Each year Joseph would create a new “yearly symbol” and use it to “date” his pieces for that year.  Beginning in the early 1970’s, Joseph Lonewolf revolutionized the world of Santa Clara pottery by incorporating his sgraffito (lightly etching the surface of the clay) and incised (more deeply cut into the clay) designs.  The piece is signed on the bottom.  It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

$ 4,200.00
Youngblood, Nancy – Asymmetric Swirl and Shell Jar with Lid (2018)

This is an extraordinary tall jar by Nancy Youngblood. The shape is one which has become iconic for her pottery and especially the melon ribs.  The straight sides show off all the various designs.  On two of the sections there are shells.  Why shells?  They are often used in Pueblo dances and ceremonies as part of necklaces.  The interesting aspect to them on Nancy’s pottery is that each of the sections is rounded out and polished just like her melon ribs!  The two other sections have various melon swirl designs carved into they clay. They are more “free form” and ebb and flow to create unique shapes.  There are deep ridges and rounded sections.  It is a beautiful flow of design on the jar!  The background area is perfectly sanded and smooth to contrast with the highly polished sections. This is always difficult as the matte areas can cast shadows if they are note smooth.  The lid is also carved with swirls of ribbed designs.  Throughout the entire piece the angles of her carving create a strong surface for the reflection of light.  Nancy said of this style of her work:

“I’ve had problems that if I carve it too thin, it will break. I’ve had that happen so many times. I get to the end and I’m carving the single ribs and it has an air pocket in it. You wet it with slip and then when you touch it, with the first stroke of the stone, the clay falls off. There’s nothing you can do. It’s a loss.”  Nancy Youngblood, Spoken Through Clay

Nancy has won numerous awards, from “Best of Pottery” to “Best of Show” at Santa Fe Indian Market for her melon bowls.  This new jar is signed on the bottom in the clay.  This is undoubtedly a contemporary classic of her style!

$ 12,000.00
Gutierrez, Lois  – Jar with Bears & Avanyu

This is a complex jar by Lois Gutierrez.  She is one of the few potters who continues to create polychrome pottery at Santa Clara.  Polychrome, or more than three different colors of clay slips, are all painted onto the surface of the vessel before it is fired. This is a water jar shape with a wide shoulder and an elongated neck. The jar is painted with three panels of design, each with a bear and an avanyu.   The story of the bear and the Pueblo people is that the bear leads the people to water during a drought.  Here, the bear and water serpent are connected in their designs.  They are each every intricately designed with different clay slips.  Above the avanyu are bear paws and below the shoulder is an additional bear paw design.  All the colors are derived from natural clay slips.   This jar has over five different natural clay colors utilized.  It is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Lois”.   This is an intricate piece of Lois’s pottery which combines a cultural legacy in design with one in clay.

 

$ 1,200.00
Youngblood, Christopher – Square Box with Four Melon Rib Designs

Christopher Youngblood creates intricately carved vessels which reflect a perfect balance of matte and polished surfaces with intricately carved designs.   This box is square in shape. Creating boxes is always technically difficult as the flat sides can easily crack during drying or firing.  This piece is fully carved on the outside and the inside of the box has a micaceous clay slip. The side of the box has four different styles of melon ribs.  Each goes a different direction or has a variation in the swirl but they each flow seamlessly into the next side!  Carving and the polishing to create this seamless flow is difficult but the results are striking.  The lid has additional melon ribs extending down on both sides.  The piece was traditionally fired (see the last two photos) inside a metal box to keep out smoke and create a more consistent coloration. The result, however, is a striking coloration to the red and the contrasting matte surface.  It is signed on the bottom in the clay.  I’m pleased that I have been working with Chris since 2010 when I wrote the first article on him for Native People’s magazine.  It is exciting to see how his work has progressed over the years and the awards for his pottery, including the 2104 “Best of Pottery” at Santa Fe Indian Market.  He was featured in the book, Spoken Through Clay, and continues to be one of the leading young potters working today.

$ 6,800.00
Tafoya, Jennifer (Moquino) – Wide Jar with Bees and Blossoms

This is a striking jar by Jennifer Tafoya.  She is known for her clay vessels and also her amazing animal figures!  This jar is an elegant shape with a wide shoulder and a short neck. The entire piece is very highly polished.  The top is very intricately designed.  There are cherry blossoms and note the intricacy of the flowers, the buds, and the branches!  There are four bees as part of the design.  They are very intricately designed and note that two of them even have pollen on their back legs!  All the various colors are derived from natural clay slips.  It is signed on the bottom in the clay.  Jennifer continues to be one of the leading innovative potters working today!

$ 3,500.00
Tafoya, Jennifer (Moquino) – Spinosaurus Dinosaur Clay Figure

This is a figurative clay dinosaur by Jennifer Moquino.  Jennifer has created a unique group of dinosaur figures.  This figure is a Spinosaurus and the back is fully polished and designed.  The back spine is painted and slipped with a mica clay.  The sides are fully designed with geometric patterns.  Note the detail on the head!  As the tail extends out backward, Jennifer created an amazing balance on this figure!  The colors are all derived from natural clay slips.  The piece is signed on the bottom.

Jennifer says of her dinosaur figures

“I have always been a huge fan of dinosaurs.  I didn’t have a bunch of dolls, I had dinosaurs.  If my mother would give me a Barbie doll, I’d give it to my sister.  I think working with animals that lived millions of years ago is fascinating and it’s fun learning how they lived. “

$ 500.00
Youngblood, Christopher – Elongated Box with Avanyu & Avanyu Lid

Christopher Youngblood creates intricately carved vessels which reflect a perfect balance of matte and polished surfaces with intricately carved designs.   This box is rectangular in shape. Creating boxes is always technically difficult as the flat sides can easily crack during drying or firing.  This piece is fully carved on the outside and the inside of the box has a micaceous clay slip. The side of the box has two avanyu encircling the piece.  The body of each avanyu consists of rain and lightning designs. The Avanyu, or water serpent, is a design often seen in Santa Clara Pueblo pottery and is part of a story where the avanyu saves the village from a flood.  The lid is as exceptional as the box, as it is flat and fully carved.  The sides of the finial each have a water serpent as the design.  The flat part of the lid has swirling water designs.  Note the smooth matte areas in contrast to the highly polished relief areas.  The last photos are of the bowl being traditionally fired black. It is signed on the bottom in the clay.  I’m pleased that I have been working with Chris since 2010 when I wrote the first article on him for Native People’s magazine.  It is exciting to see how his work has progressed over the years and the awards for his pottery, including the 2104 “Best of Pottery” at Santa Fe Indian Market.  He was featured in the book, Spoken Through Clay, and continues to be one of the leading young potters working today.

$ 6,500.00
Tafoya, Jennifer (Moquino) – Velociraptor Clay Figure

This is a figurative clay dinosaur by Jennifer Moquino.  Jennifer has created a unique group of dinosaur figures.  This figure is a Velociraptor and the back is fully polished and designed.  There are lightning and cloud designs.  Check out the head and the teeth as well as the large claw on the feet!  The colors are all derived from natural clay slips.  The piece is signed on the bottom.

Jennifer says of her dinosaur figures

“I have always been a huge fan of dinosaurs.  I didn’t have a bunch of dolls, I had dinosaurs.  If my mother would give me a Barbie doll, I’d give it to my sister.  I think working with animals that lived millions of years ago is fascinating and it’s fun learning how they lived. “

$ 900.00
Youngblood, Christopher – Oval Bowl with Rain and Cloud Swirls

Christopher Youngblood creates intricately carved vessels which reflect a perfect balance of matte and polished surfaces with intricately carved designs.   This oval bowl is a shape which perfectly lends itself to his carved designs.  The long sides of the bowl have three different style of melon ribs.  There are vertical, swirl and “s” swirl.  On the ends are round cloud swirls.  The ribs are deeply carved and very highly polished.  Their precision is accentuated by the shape of the bowl.  The base of the bowl is matte.  The last photos are of the bowl being traditionally fired. It is signed on the bottom in the clay.  I’m pleased that I have been working with Chris since 2010 when I wrote the first article on him for Native People’s magazine.  It is exciting to see how his work has progressed over the years and the awards for his pottery, including the 2104 “Best of Pottery” at Santa Fe Indian Market.  He was featured in the book, Spoken Through Clay, and continues to be one of the leading young potters working today.

$ 5,500.00
Garcia, Tammy – “Seeded Woman I” Bronze.  Ed. 7/35

Tammy Garcia is known for her amazing pottery, as well as the creativity of her bronzes. This bronze is taken from a series of clay pieces which she made which were inspired by the paintings of Picasso.  The imagery is a Picasso-esqe woman sitting in a chair.  The piece has multiple layers and textures.  When asked about the name and the imagery, Tammy said:

“I thought about a definition of the word, “seed” which I had read.  It was, ‘A seed is the small, hard part of a plant from which a new plant grows’.  It made me think of women who came to the Southwest when the trains arrived in the 1880’s, or with the Fred Harvey Tours in the 1920’s.  They brought with them their past but became enamored with the Southwest or Native Culture. So on the bronze, the woman is sitting on a chair and the back of the chair is incised with Pueblo designs.  The side has areas which were inlaid hei-shi beads.  These women became the seeds of new interest in the area and culture. They spread this love of the Southwest just like a seed.  I called this, “Seeded Woman I”.  It is the first in this series to pay tribute to those how become aware of Native culture, respect it and spread their love of the art and artists to the world.”.

The piece has striking patinas to differentiate the various textures and depths of carving.  Much like her clay work, the piece is distinctive in style and yet very sharply defined.  This piece is 7/35 and it is signed and numbered on the bottom by Tammy Garcia. Simply a striking piece by one of today’s great potters with a lot of thought behind it!

$ 1,200.00
Garcia, Tammy – “Of Traditions”, Bronze 11/50

This is one of Tammy Garcia’s new bronzes. The piece is in the shape of one of her water jars but in miniature form.  It has carved feathers and an avanyu (water serpent) as the design.  The jar is made in an edition of 50.  The patina she selected for this piece has a silver and black coloration.  It is signed on the bottom, “TG” for Tammy Garcia and the number is 11/50.  Tammy has been innovative with her exploration of various medium using her amazing artistic style.

$ 1,200.00
Garcia, Tammy – “Of Traditions”, Bronze 10/50

This is one of Tammy Garcia’s new bronzes. The piece is in the shape of one of her water jars but in miniature form.  It has carved feathers and an avanyu (water serpent) as the design.  The jar is made in an edition of 50.  The patina she selected for this piece has a bronze and copper coloration.  It is signed on the bottom, “TG” for Tammy Garcia and the number is 10/50.  Tammy has been innovative with her exploration of various medium using her amazing artistic style.

$ 1,200.00
Garcia, Tammy – “Inclusions”, Bronze 8/35

This bronze by Tammy Garcia captures the multi-dimensionality of her clay work. The bronze is in the shape of one of her classic jars.  It has carved feathers around the neck and bears around the body of the piece.  The jar is an edition of 35.  The patina she selected for this is a green copper coloration, which gives it a striking appearance.  It is signed on the bottom, “Tammy Garcia”.  Tammy has been innovative with her exploration of various medium using her amazing artistic style.  This piece is number 8/35.

$ 3,400.00
Garcia, Tammy – “Seeded Woman II” Bronze.  3/35

Tammy Garcia is known for her amazing pottery, as well as the creativity of her bronzes. This bronze is taken from a series of clay pieces which she made which were inspired by the paintings of Picasso.  The imagery is a Picasso-esqe woman sitting in a chair.  The piece has multiple layers and textures.  When asked about the name and the imagery, Tammy said:

“I thought about a definition of the word, “seed” which I had read.  It was, ‘A seed is the small, hard part of a plant from which a new plant grows’.  It made me think of women who came to the Southwest when the trains arrived in the 1880’s, or with the Fred Harvey Tours in the 1920’s.  They brought with them their past but became enamored with the Southwest or Native Culture. So on the bronze, the woman is sitting on a chair and the back of the chair is incised with Pueblo designs.  The chair itself is has a turquoise colored patina to represent the areas. The woman on one side has a hei-shi necklace and the other a turquoise colored necklace.  These are representative of how those who journeyed and continue to visit here have the culture become an integral part of their lives.  They have become seeds who spread their affection for the Southwest and Native art around the world.  I called this, “Seeded Woman II”.  It is the second in this series to pay tribute to those how become aware of Native culture, respect it and spread their love of the art and artists to the world.”.

The piece has striking patinas to differentiate the various textures and depths of carving.  Much like her clay work, the piece is distinctive in style and yet very sharply defined.  This piece is 3/35 and it is signed and numbered on the bottom by Tammy Garcia. Simply a striking piece by one of today’s great potters with a lot of thought behind it!

$ 1,200.00
Lonewolf, Greg – “Hummingbirds” Black Seedpot

Greg Lonewolf is the son of Joseph Lonewolf and is known for his intricately incised miniatures.  This seedpot is one of his larger pieces and it is fully designed and fired black.  The design consists of three realistic hummingbirds encircling the seedpot. At the top is a flower and a geometric star pattern.  All the various colors are additional clay slips. which are added after the black firing. The seedpot is entitled, “Hummingbirds”.  It is signed on the bottom in the clay.  It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

$ 650.00
Ebelacker, Jason – Wide Bowl with Bear Paw Medallions

This is a very deeply carved wide bowl by Jason Ebelacker.  Jason is a son of noted potter Richard Ebelacker and grandson of Virginia Ebelacker.  This bowl is coil built and very flat across the top.  The bowl is carved with two bear paw medallions.  Separating them are cloud and lightning designs.  The bear paw design is classic in Santa Clara pottery as it represents a story of a bear leading the Pueblo people to water during a drought.  The bowl is very deeply carved!  Note as well the matte area which creates a strong visual contrast to the highly polished surface.  The base of the bowl is also stone polished.  It is fired a deep black coloration.  The piece is signed on the bottom in the clay.

$ 2,000.00
Naranjo, Teresita  – Small Fully Carved Jar with Feathers and Avanyu (1970’s)

Teresita Naranjo was a daughter of Christina Naranjo and know for her deeply carved pottery.  This jar is fully carved with a feather pattern around the neck and water serpent around the body of the piece.  It is very much like some of her larger pieces with complex designs.  Note how deeply it is carved and the intricate flow of design on the body of the avanyu.  It is traditionally fired black and signed on the bottom in the clay, “Teresita Naranjo”.  It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

$ 650.00
Tafoya, LuAnn – Storage Jar with Bear Paws

LuAnn Tafoya is known for her highly polished traditional Santa Clara pottery.  This is a stunning large black storage jar.  A storage jar is a particular shape in Santa Clara Pueblo pottery which usually has a round shape and a short neck.  This piece is a classic shape with a very round form and just a slight indention before the neck.  There are four bear paws on the piece.  They are impressed into the clay and then the entire piece is fully polished.  Did  you know that the whole piece has to be polished at one time?  Otherwise, the clay slip will dry and it won’t be as shiny in appearance.  LuAnn said of her water jars:

“Sometimes the shape depends on how the clay is drying. Sometimes you have to bring it in right away. It is OK you can make it wider and then come in. I think for the first storage jar I used the puki given to my mom from my grandmother. It was narrow at the bottom. They made the base so the puki was just thin. We had to wire it to keep it attached. Later I made a new one with that form so I could have it for the future. It’s a nice shape going up from the bottom.”  LuAnn Tafoya, Spoken Through Clay

The storage jar is highly polished and fired a striking glassy black coloration.  LuAnn is one of the few potters making piece of such quality and historic continuity.  The jar is signed on the bottom in the clay, “LuAnn Tafoya”.   It is an exceptional example of her skill, creativity, and commitment to traditional Santa Clara pottery.

$ 7,800.00
Lonewolf, Joseph – Mimbres Insects Seedpot (1982)

This seedpot by Joseph Lonewolf is from 1982 and it is highly polished and fired red.  The design has six different Mimbres insects as the design.  There are a bee, butterfly, beetle, mosquito and two others.  Each is etched into the clay and then their bodies consist of additional designs.  All the various colors are derived from natural clay slips.  There are three different green clays, blue and white.  Near the base is the yearly symbol for 1982, which is a “+”.   The piece is very highly polished and intricately designed.  It is signed on the bottom in the clay.  It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  Joseph Lonewolf said of his use of Mimbres imagery in his pottery:

“I regard the Mimbres as my ancestors. Though I refine their designs, each design must have meaning for me. In my dreams I see how to use the design, how to make the pot happen. Then when I work the clay, everything flows. Some people wonder why I keep changing styles, colors, forms. But I can’t just sit there and make pots. Like any artist, I must try different things, different techniques. I must meet the challenge with my hands. The patterns and the methods I see in my mind during my dreams.” —Joseph Lonewolf, 1974, Spoken Through Clay

“I regard the Mimbres as my ancestors. Though I refine their designs, each design must have meaning for me. In my dreams I see how to use the design, how to make the pot happen. Then when I work the clay, everything flows. Some people wonder why I keep changing styles, colors, forms. But I can’t just sit there and make pots. Like any artist, I must try different things, different techniques. I must meet the challenge with my hands. The patterns and the methods I see in my mind during my dreams.” —Joseph Lonewolf, 1974, Spoken Through Clay

$ 1,800.00
Lonewolf, Joseph – Rabbit and Rabbit Hunters (1987)

This seedpot by Joseph Lonewolf is from 1987 and it is highly polished and fired black.  The design has two Mimbres inspired figures who are hunting a rabbit.  One is holding a “rabbit stick” and the other has just thrown his.  The opposite side has a Mimbres rabbit etched into the clay.  All the various colors are derived from natural clay slips.  Near the base is an incised butterfly.  The 1987 symbol, the Propeller of Life, is also etched into the design.  The piece is very highly polished and intricately designed.  It is signed on the bottom in the clay.  It is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  Joseph Lonewolf said of his use of Mimbres imagery in his pottery:

“I regard the Mimbres as my ancestors. Though I refine their designs, each design must have meaning for me. In my dreams I see how to use the design, how to make the pot happen. Then when I work the clay, everything flows. Some people wonder why I keep changing styles, colors, forms. But I can’t just sit there and make pots. Like any artist, I must try different things, different techniques. I must meet the challenge with my hands. The patterns and the methods I see in my mind during my dreams.” —Joseph Lonewolf, 1974, Spoken Through Clay

$ 1,400.00
Lonewolf, Joseph – “Buffalo Dancer” Etching, 23/60 (1984)

Joseph Lonewolf created a series of original etchings based on designs from his pottery.  This piece is entitled, “Buffalo Dancer”.  It was printed at El Cerro Graphics in New Mexico in 1984.  The image on the front is a Pueblo Buffalo Dancer.  It is framed and was made in 1984 and it is 23/60.  It is in excellent condition.

$ 600.00
Lonewolf, Joseph – “Spirit of Winter” Etching, 23/60 (1984)

Joseph Lonewolf created a series of original etchings based on designs from his pottery.  This piece is entitled, “Spirit of Winter”.  It was printed at El Cerro Graphics in New Mexico in 1984.  The image on the front is a Pueblo Deer Dancer.  It is framed and on the back is the original documentation signed by Joseph Lonewolf for the edition.  It was made in 1984 and it is 23/60.  It is in excellent condition.

$ 600.00
Lonewolf, Joseph – Seedpot with Antelope (1979)

This seedpot by Joseph Lonewolf is from 1979.  It has an incised antelope as the design on the top of the piece.  On the sides of the piece are rain and lightning designs and even a very small dragonfly!  It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  The seedpot is signed on the bottom in the clay.

$ 1,100.00
Garcia, Jason – Four Corn Maidens Box

Jason Garcia is known for his tiles, he also creates a few boxes and jars each year.  This box is one that has four Corn Maidens painted, with one on each side.  They are painted in the old “two-dimensional” style of Santa Clara art and each of the Corn Maidens represents a different direction (North, South, East, West) based on the color (Blue, Red, White, Yellow).  In one hand she is holding corn and the other a basket of cornmeal.  On the ground are stylized corn plants and there is a corn design on each of the dresses.  The detail in this box is fantastic, with even small detailed created with the clay. The box is made of native clay and he uses native clay slips for the colors.  It is signed on the bottom in the clay “Okuu Pin” which is Jason’s name in Tewa (which means Turtle Mountain).  The piece is certainly inspired by the work of San Ildefonso painter Gilbert Atencio and his Blue Corn Maiden (see last photo).

$ 900.00
Duwyenie, Debra & Preston – Seedpot with Eight Turtles

Debra Duwyenie is well known for her wonderful miniatures and incised designs. Each piece is stone polished and then it is etched before it is fired! This seedpot has eight turtles as the design.  Each of the turtles has a different design on the back.  Note the one with the wavy lines, that one is meant to represent Preston Duwyenie, her husband, who is known for his “shifting sand” pottery.  There are additional dragonflies and a water serpent at the base of the design.  Note that the lighter red matte areas are where Debra has only etched away the polished surface but not down as far as the tan color of the clay. Debra also pays close attention to the little details like the tan background area and how evenly she etches the vertical lines. The seedpot is traditionally fired.  It is signed on the bottom in the clay with Preston’s hallmark and “Debra”.

$ 450.00
Curran, Dolores – Round Box with Avanyu Lid

Dolores Curran creates intricately incised and painted pottery.  She was inspired to create these red polychrome incised and painted by her husband, Alvin Curran.  He was known for his incised San Juan style pottery in the 1990’s.  This piece is one of her lidded boxes. The box is oval and the sides are fully painted with geometric designs.  There are feather, cloud and sun designs.  Did you know that when she paints the designs, she goes over each area at least four times so that the white clay will be dark enough to show against the polished red surface!  The lid has a water serpent incised into the clay in a San Juan style.  The area is matte and there are red, white and brown clay slips.  It is surrounded by a painted cloud design.  Note on the lid there are red dots on one side and white dots on the other, to let you know which way to place the lid!  The piece is wonderfully intricate in painting and complex in form.  It is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Dolores Curran”.

$ 1,600.00
Lonewolf, Joseph – “Quail” Etching, 18/60 (1981)

Joseph Lonewolf created a series of original etchings based on designs from his pottery.  This piece has quail and butterflies as the design.  It is very intricately designed with many of the same motifs he used in his pottery.   It is dated 1981 and signed and numbered 18/60.  It is in excellent condition.

$ 200.00
Lonewolf, Rosemary –  “Corn Spirit’s Fertile Form” Original Etching (1985) 4/60

This is an original etching by Rosemary Lonewolf.  The figure is a Corn Spirit holding an ear of corn and surrounded by a corn stalk and pollen.  It is 4/60 and titled, “Corn Spirit’s Fertile Form”.   It is signed, “Rosemary Apple Blossom Lonewolf”.   It is in excellent condition.

$ 125.00
Tafoya, Camilio -“Frogs and Mice” Original Etching (1981)  23/60

This is an original etching by Camilio Tafoya.  It uses similar designs to those in his pottery.  Here it depicts a charming combination of frogs and mice playing in the sun.  There are additional colors added to the etching.  This piece is 23/60 and it was printed by El Cerro Graphics, who printed all of Camilio and Jospeh’s etchings.  It is dated 1981 and signed, “Camilio Sunflower Tafoya”.   It is in excellent condition.

$ 150.00
Haungooah, Art Cody- Seedpot with Sun, Lizard and Frog (1981)

This seedpot by Art Cody Haungooah is from 1981.  It is fully polished and has etched designs. There is a sunface in one medallion.  The other medallion ahs a lizard and frog. This medallion is “two-toned” to make it black-and sienna.  The contrast of the highly polished surfaces and the color from the sienna is striking.  Art was Kiowa and married to Martha Suazo from Santa Clara and that is where he began to make pottery. The bowl is signed, “Haungooah” and a flute player.  It is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

Art Cody Haungooh: A “Reflected Light” in Pueblo Pottery

$ 250.00
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