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Santa Clara Pottery

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 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 – Wedding Vase with Bear Paws & Ribbon (1972)

This is a very traditionally designed wedding vase by Margaret Tafoya.  It is from the 1960’s.  It is fully polished and carved.  The design is a kiva step and rain pattern which is repeated on both sides.  There is a mountain design carved into the opposite sides.  The shape of the spouts with the squared ends is also typical of Margaet’s work throughout her career.  This piece is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  There are a few light surface scratches.  It is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Margaret”.

$ 14,800.00
Diaz, Tina – Black Jar with Avanyu

Tina Diaz is a daughter of Mary Cain and a sister of noted potters Joy, Linda and Billy Cain.  She makes very few pieces of pottery each year and this is one of the few carved black pieces.  The jar is very thin walled and fully carved.  The design is an avanyu (water serpent), which encircles the piece.  It is slipped in mica.  The remainder of the piece is fully carved and polished.  Note how her designs are very fluid from top to bottom.  As well, the background area which is matte is “rounded”, which adds another dimension to her pottery!  The jar is signed on the bottom in the clay.

$ 400.00
Tafoya, Margaret – Red Wedding Vase (1960’s)b

This is an unusual red wedding vase by Margaret Tafoya from the early 1960’s.  It is fully polished with the deep red clay slip which was used in Santa Clara through the late 1950’s.  The piece was traditionally fired and the cream colored clay slip is painted into the background area of the carving.  The design is also an unusual one for her pottery.  There is a rain design above the kiva step pattern which is then surrounded byclouds.  The sides have a mountain design.  The shape of the spouts with the squared ends is also typical of Margaet’s work throughout her career.  This piece is in good condition and some slight wear indicative of age.  It is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Margaret Tafoya”.

$ 8,800.00
Begay, Jr., Harrison – Jar with Heartline Bears

Harrison Begay, Jr. has won numerous awards over the years for his deep carved pottery.  This tall jar is a classic shape with a round body and a slightly turned out neck.  The rim of the jar is fully polished.  Around the side of the jar it is fully carved.  Harrison says that he tries to carve his pieces so that the imagery looks to be in motion.  This jar has two heartline bears carved into the clay. The heartline represents the strength of the animal.  As the jar clouds and water designs.  The carving is deep and the polishing is nearly glassy. The contrast of the matte and polished surfaces is perfection!  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.

$ 575.00
Whitegeese, Daryl  – Long Neck Water Jar with Clouds & Mountains

This is a classic long neck water jar by Daryl Whitegeese.  The jar has a round body and an elongated neck. The rim is very sharp, which is always a bit of a surprise that it didn’t crack in the drying or polishing stage.  The neck is fully stone polished and the body of the jar is fully carved.  There is a cloud, kiva step, mountain, wind and prayer feather design which encircle the piece.  What makes the design interesting is the variations of circular and angular designs.  The full designs tell a story as the jar is turned and there is no repetition.  Typical of Daryl’s carving there are sharp edges to the carving.  The bottom of the jar is also fully polished.  The jar is highly polished and fired a dark black.  It is signed on the bottom in the clay.  Daryl has won numerous awards at Santa Fe Indian Market and other events.  He remains one of the exciting traditional potters working today!

 

 

$ 3,500.00
Youngblood, Nancy – Miniature 32 Rib Melon Bowl

This is an exceptional miniature by Nancy Youngblood.  This bowl is from 2017.   It is one of her classic deep carved miniature melon bowls. The bowl has thirty-two ribs and each is very deeply carved into the clay in a vertical manner. They are narrow at the base and neck and wider at the shoulder.  Each rib is individually polished.  Nancy has a particular stone which allows her to polish so deeply and the piece has a glassy surface.  She says she can only polish three ribs at a time.  It is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Nancy Youngblood”.  While it may be a small piece, it is certainly spectacular and an iconic work by this renowned artist.

$ 3,800.00
Youngblood, Nathan – Tan Polished “Egg” – 3 Pieces

Nathan Youngblood is one of those few potters who has actually created new shapes which are unique in Pueblo pottery.  His “tear drop shaped” plates and his “eggs” are the two most famous of his innovative forms.  This egg is three pieces, each perfectly designed to fit with the next piece. The base is carved with a cloud pattern. The top of the egg is carved with rain and cloud symbols. The bottom half of the egg has walking bear paw, mountain patterns and an encircling avanyu.  All three pieces are fired tan, which is one of the most difficult colors to achieve in Pueblo pottery.  Why?  It is water instead of a clay slip that is used to polish the piece.  Polish too hard and it is streaky, and not hard enough and it is dull.  When a piece is traditionally fired it also takes in more smoke which changes the color.  This piece has perfect firing and the result is a caramel coloration, which is always so rich and distinctive for the tan fired vessels.  All three piece are signed with Nathan’s name and deer tracks, which represents his name in Tewa.

$ 11,000.00
Archuleta,  Mary Ester – Red Jar with Tan Kiva Step Pattern

This is a beautifully shaped jar by Mary Ester Archuleta.  The jar has a round body and a slightly turned out neck.  It is fully polished red and carved around the body with a kiva step design.  The carved areas are polished tan in contrast to the red of the remainder of the jar.   The tan is the natural color of the clay and always difficult to achieve this coloration.  There is also the traditional cream colored slip painted into the carved areas.  It is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Mary E. Archuleta.  It is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  Mary is the second youngest daughter of Margaret Tafoya.  She married into San Juan Pueblo in the late 1960’s and created most of her pieces in the San Juan inspired style.

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

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

$ 875.00
Gutierrez, Margaret Lou -Bowl with Wind Designs

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

$ 225.00
Garcia, Gloria “Golden Rod” – Bowl with Turtles and Fish

This bowl by Gloria Garcia is fully polished and fired black. The design is a series of fish and turtles. They are intermixed as they swim around the surface of the piece.  There are additional areas with a red clay slip in contrast to the polished black.  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
Medicine Flower, Grace & Camillio Tafoya – Large Red & Black Wedding Vase

This an unusual collaborative piece by Grace Medicine Flower and her father, Camilio Tafoya.  It is from the early 1970’s and it was fired “black-and-red”.  It is a distinctive firing technique where the piece is covered before the manure is put on to turn it black.  The bowl was made by Camilio and polished by Grace. She would then etch the designs into the clay before it was fired.  This piece has Koshari clowns dancers on either side.   They are in the center of the red “two-tone” medallion. The sides of the lip on the spouts are also two-tone red.  It is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Grace Medicne Flower and Camilio Tafoya”.   The wedding vase is in good condition with no chips,cracks, restoration or repair and a few light surface scratches.

$ 1,500.00
Tafoya-Sanchez, Linda –  Flower Petals and Pollen Jar

Linda Tafoya-Sanchez learned to make pottery from her father, Lee Tafoya, a son of Margaret Tafoya.  This jar is a short neck water jar and has flower petals carved around the neck.  The design below the shoulder is a series of circles which represent the flower pollen and the angular designs are the wind.  The final appearance of the jar is one that is both very traditional and very modern!  The carved areas are fully polished and there are sections with micaceous clay.  The contrast of the matte and mica are always striking on her potter!  This jar is signed on the bottom in the clay.  Linda is a granddaughter of Margaret Tafoya and the quality and creativity in her carving are readily apparent on this vessel!

$ 1,800.00
Naranjo, Johnathan – Buffalo & Buffalo Dancers

This bowl with buffalo and Pueblo Buffalo Dancers by Johnathan Naranjo is certainly a timely piece for winter.  Nearly every pueblo at the end of the year perform the Buffalo Dance.  There are male Buffalo Dancers and the female Buffalo Maiden.  This bowl is highly polished and the two figures are etched into the clay with realistic precision.  Separating them are stampeding buffalo. Noe as well the detail to the animals and even the sense of movement in the dust being stirred up by their feet!  The coloration of the bowl 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 and  Johnathan is definitely one of the young potters to watch!

$ 1,200.00
Duwyenie, Debra & Preston – Seedpot with Turtles and Silver Turtle Lid

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 encircling the piece.  Each of them has a different design etched onto its back.  The turtles are surrounded by fish and one lizard which has a mesa shaped head and a lightning tail.  Usually Debra etches one of the lizards to have a “shifting sand” design to represent her husband, Preston Duwyenie.  On this piece, it is the lid, which is in the shape of a turtle, was made by Preston.  The back of the turtle on the lid has the shifting sand pattern which is cast from cuttlefish!  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 bottom of the lid is stamped with Preston’s hallmark. and the bottom of the seedpot is signed by both.

$ 850.00
Youngblood, Nancy – Red Flame Design Bowl

Nancy Youngblood is known for her swirl melon bowls and carved pottery.  This amazing piece is one of what she calls her “micro-minis”.  It is even smaller than her usual miniatures!  This piece has melon ribs carved into the clay and polished red.  They are in a variety of designs from rain drops on one side, to clouds and almost a heart shaped design on another.  They ribs are deeply carved and flow around the surface of the piece. The top is matte in contrast to the polished ribs.  Consider that each rib has two “sides” to be polished and the surface area of the piece is about double its size! It may seem small, but it is a gem!  Nancy has won numerous awards for her melon bowls, and this is undoubtedly an amazing example of her skill!

$ 2,800.00
Naranjo, Madeline – Lidded Box with Parrots

Madeline Naranjo creates beautifully carved and polished pottery.  Each piece is coil built, stone polished and traditionally fired.  This box is rectangular in shape.  It has carved parrots on two sides.  They are both matte and polished in sections.  On the ends of the box are plant designs carved into the clay.  The lid is fully polished and has a lip on the inside so that it rests inside the box.  Note as well how her matte areas are sanded and perfectly smooth so that there are no indentions or areas where the matte might make a shadow.  Her designs are always innovative and beautifully executed.  The box is signed on the bottom.

$ 500.00
Diaz, Tina – Red & Tan Jar with Rain Design

Tina Diaz has skillfully created her own unique style of carving pottery.  She is one of only a handful of Santa Clara potters who has mastered the technique of polishing her pottery tan.  The tan is the natural color of the clay and the most difficult to polish to achieve a high shine.  This red and tan jar is fully carved with very sharp geometric patterns.  The jar has rain patterns which are the melon ribs extending across the design.  The remainder of the piece consists of tan polished prayer feather patterns. The number of individual sections makes this a very complex piece for both carving and polishing!  It is always technically difficult to carve such sharp angles and delicate edges into the clay.  The background has a red colored slip for contrast with the tan.  The piece is signed on the bottom, “Tina Diaz”. 

$ 375.00
Begay, Jr., Harrison – Jar with Hummingbirds and Flowers

Harrison Begay, Jr. has won numerous awards over the years for his deep carved pottery.  This jar has a taller shape with a turned out rim, which is fully polished. The entire side of the jar is very deeply carved with hummingbird and flower motifs. The hummingbirds are very highly polished and Harrison has used matte areas to accentuate the complex designs.  Harrison says that he tries to carve his pieces so that the imagery looks to be in motion.  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.

$ 1,100.00
Vigil, Minnie – Red Jar with Feather Pattern (1970’s)

Minnie Vigil is renown for her polychrome and highly polished pottery.  This jar is fully polished red and painted with a feather pattern around the shoulder of the jar. Below the shoulder are rain and wind designs and above the feathers are cloud designs.  The clay used to paint the area at the base of the feathers is almost a blue coloration!  The jar is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  It is signed on the bottom, “Minnie”.  She is a sister to potters Gloria Garcia (Goldenrod), Lois Guiterrez and Thelma Talachy and an aunt to Jason Garcia.

$ 175.00
Begay, Jr., Harrison – Three Handle Jar with Turtle & Dragonfly

Harrison Begay, Jr. has won numerous awards over the years for his deep carved pottery.  This jar is inspired by a canteen shape, but here Harrison has made three handles. They are each highly polished, which is amazing that they didn’t break in polishing or firing!  The design has a turtle on one side and then a dragonfly and stars on the other.  The highly polished surfaces are a striking contrast to the matte areas.  As the design flows around the surface of the jar, Harrison contrasts angular and circular designs.  Harrison says that he tries to carve his pieces so that the imagery looks to be in motion.  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.

$ 1,200.00
Diaz, Tina – Black Jar with Dragonflies

Tina Diaz is a daughter of Mary Cain and a sister of noted potters Joy, Linda and Billy Cain.  She makes very few pieces of pottery each year and this is one of the few carved black pieces.  The jar is very thin walled and fully carved.  The design is a series of three dragonflies and and flowers.  The top has rain designs and there is wind around the dragonflies.  As there jar is turned there is also a rain fall created with carved melon ribs!  It is highly polished and a stunning jar!  Note how her designs are very fluid from top to bottom.  As well, the background area which is matte is “rounded”, which adds another dimension to her pottery!  The jar is signed on the bottom in the clay.

$ 450.00
Naranjo, Madeline – Jar with Dragonflies

Madeline Naranjo creates beautifully carved and polished pottery.  Each piece is coil built, stone polished and traditionally fired.  This jar is one of her few red pieces.  There are four dragonflies on the jar, alternating from polished to matte.  Below them are wind or cloud designs.  Dragonflies are symbolic of prayers and are often seen on pottery from all the Pueblos.  The jar is traditionally fired and signed on the bottom.

$ 250.00
Naranjo, Madeline – Box with Bears

Madeline Naranjo creates beautifully carved and polished pottery.  Each piece is coil built, stone polished and traditionally fired.  This past year she has been making some stunning boxes! This piece is fully carved on all four sides. There are two polished bears on either side.  On the opposite ends are kiva step patterns.  Those fit into the meaning of the boxes, which were often used for cornmeal.  The contrast of the polished and matte surfaces is striking on this piece and certainly helps to show off the design.  Her matte areas are an important part of her pottery as they are sanded perfectly smooth so that there are no indentions or areas where the matte might make a shadow.  Her designs are always innovative and beautifully executed.  The box is signed on the bottom.

$ 300.00
Begay, Jr., Harrison – Jar with Heartline Bear and Sun

Harrison Begay, Jr. has won numerous awards over the years for his deep carved pottery.  This jar is a classic shape with a round body and a slightly turned out neck.  The rim of the jar is fully polished.  Around the side of the jar it is fully carved.  Harrison says that he tries to carve his pieces so that the imagery looks to be in motion.  This jar has a heartline bear carved into the clay. The heartline represents the strength of the animal.  As the jar is turned there is a sun and rain pattern along with a wind design.  The carving is deep and the polishing is nearly glassy. The contrast of the matte and polished surfaces is perfection!  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.

$ 575.00
Folwell, Susan – “Plaza Rail Runner” Plate

Susan Folwell is known for her innovative and unique Santa Clara pottery.  This is a rectangular curved plate which can sit flat or on its side.  The piece is entitled, “Plaza Rail Runner”. The design is painted onto the clay and depicts the Plaza and cathedral in Santa Fe.  Int he foreground is a woman with binoculars watching the crowd.  Behind her are the tents of Santa Fe Indian Market and the train logo for the Rail Runner train in New Mexico.  The title of the piece is a clever play on the scene.  It is signed on the bottom.

$ 975.00
Folwell, Susan – “Lizards and Roses” Bowl

Susan Folwell is known for her innovative and unique Santa Clara pottery.  This bowl is entitled, “Lizards and Roses”.  For this piece the bowl is left the natural color of the clay on one side an there are etched roses and a lizard.  On the opposite side the bowl is fully etched with the Folwell family “x’s” and there are medallions with roses.  The roses are etched into the clay and highlighted. There is a striking contrast of the colorations on the bowl and the various designs.  The bowl is signed on the bottom.

$ 2,200.00
Folwell, Susan – “Thunder Heart” Jar

This is a very creative jar by Susan Folwell.  The jar is entitled, “Thunder Heart”.  It is etched with frogs around the shoulder of the piece.  Susan said the inspiration for the frogs was that desert frogs or toads rely on water and burrow underground where it stays cool and damp to hibernate through the dry months.  During the first rain storms they are “revived” and return to life from their hibernation.  There the frogs have clouds behind them and lightning below.  The rim and the inside of the jar have carved stars!  Yes, carved! This is technically difficult to carve the inside of a jar.  Then as one looks down the neck of the jar there is a basket pattern painted in the clay.  Note how the sections of the basket have a very “op art” appearance! For the inside of the jar there is a moon, on which she has painted a lightning bolt on one side and butterflies on the other.  In the photos, I placed the moon outside the jar. It is signed on the bottom in the clay.

$ 2,400.00
Folwell, Susan – Large Seedpot with Butterflies

Susan Folwell is known for her innovative Santa Clara pottery.  This large seedpot is fully polished and etched with a butterfly as the design. The surrounding imagery is a mosaic checkerboard pattern with additional butterfly designs. The contrasting coloration of matte and polished surfaces is striking!  The seedpot is signed on the bottom in the clay.

$ 975.00
Naranjo, Luciano – Wide Bowl with Wildlife Scene

Spectacular!  This is a remarkable piece from Luciano.  It is one of his largest vessels to date and it is a technically difficult wide shoulder jar!  Few Santa Clara potters attempt this shape as the native clay does not always work well for making wide pieces.  This jar has been fired a dark, rich brown coloration.  There is just a slight lip, which adds to the overall elegance of the form.  However, it is the incised imagery which makes the jar so dynamic.  There is an etched eagle, elk, geese, rabbit, bugling elk, big horn sheep and butterfly!  They are each etched into the surface of the clay in a blend of realism and traditional Santa Clara two-dimensional style of art.  Note as well how Luciano has scraped down the tan background area, which creates such and elegant appearance and also a strong visual contrast with the design.  Again, it is a distinguishing technical aspect of this piece which is very time consuming.  It is great to see a younger potter taking chances on such major work.  Luciano is definitely one of those younger potters to watch!

$ 2,800.00
Curran, Ursula – Jar with Buff-on-Red Rain Designs

Ursula Curran is a daughter of noted potter Dolores Curran and Alvin Curran.  She is named after her grandmother Ursulita Naranjo.  Ursula is known for her painted pottery.  This jar is fully polished and intricately painted with a buff clay.  Amazingly, she would paint each piece up to five times to get the color of the matte painted areas deep and consistent enough!  This jar has a cloud pattern around the neck.  The body has a band of rain, cloud and plant designs and a single band of red. There is another band of cloud and kiva step designs near the base. The thin lines and are exceptional on this jar! It is signed on the bottom in the caly.

 

$ 250.00
Duwyenie, Debra – Plate with 19 Hummingbirds

This plate was made by Preston Duwyenie and polished and incised by Debra Duwyenie.  The design on the front is fully polished and full of imagery. The design is a flowering plant which extends up from the vase.  Each of the flowers are etched into the clay and the center of each is matte, which is just where the polished slip has been etched away.  For nearly each flower is a hummingbird, each of which are also etched into the clay and with matte bellies.  There are 19 hummingbirds on the plate!  There are also additional butterflies and note near the top is a sunface and extending from the sun are rain and cloud designs.  The back of the plate is fully polished and signed with Debra’s name and Preston’s hallmark.

 

$ 650.00
Naranjo, Dusty – Jar with Butterflies

This jar by Dusty Naranjo jar is from 2007 and it is fully polished and etched.  It has a series of butterflies and dragonflies encircling the piece.  Connecting them are additional cloud elements which are also fully etched with imagery.   Dusty etches with a combination of lighter and deeper cuts.  The jar is fired brown.  The shape, color and design give the jar a very modern appearance.  It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

$ 300.00
Gutierrez, Margaret & Luther – Polychrome Turtle (1970’s)

This polychrome standing turtle is by Margaret & Luther Gutierrez.  Margaret would make the pottery and Luther, her brother, would paint them.  This turtle is carved on the back and the “shell” has seven sections. They have painted bugs, animals, and a human figure.  Typical of their pottery the face of the turtle is quite whimsical with the buck teeth!  The colors are all derived from natural clay slips.  It is signed on the bottom “Margaret/Luther”. The bowl is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

$ 200.00
Gutierrez, Margaret & Luther – Bowl with Avanyu (1970’s)

This polychrome bowl is by Margaret & Luther Gutierrez.  Margaret would make the pottery and Luther, her brother, would paint them.  This bowl is painted with at least five different colors of clay!  The design is a water serpent which encircles the bowl.  It is signed on the bottom “Margaret/Luther”. The bowl is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

$ 175.00
Tafoya-Sanchez, Linda –  Red Long Neck Jar with Avanyu and Feather Design

This is a stunning red long neck water jar by Linda Tafoya-Sanchez.  The jar is coil built, carved and stone polished. The design around the neck has 19 rounded feathers carved into the clay. Below the feathers is a band with the “walking bear paw” design.  This is a pattern which her grandmother, Margaret Tafoya, utilized in her pottery.  There are two avanyu (water serpents) encircling the piece.   Note the shape of the head of the Avanyu on her pottery with the square mouth.  That is the same shape as her father Lee used on his pottery and hers always remains a tribute to her art and pottery education.  Below the avanyu is a walking bear paw design and then finally a larger rounded feather pattern. The jar is deeply carved and the red is very highly polished.  The background area is a matte red clay, which seems to intensify the polished red surface.  The complicated designs add to the dynamic appearance of the piece.  Linda is a granddaughter of Margaret Tafoya and the quality and creativity in her carving are readily apparent on this vessel!  It is signed on the base.

$ 3,200.00
Diaz, Tina – Black Jar with Carved Rain Designs

Tina Diaz is a daughter of Mary Cain and a sister of noted potters Joy, Linda and Billy Cain.  She makes very few pieces of pottery each year and this is one of the few carved black pieces.  The jar is very thin walled and fully carved.  The design is a series of melon ribs or “rain” coming off the rim.  The reaminder of the jar is fully carved with cloud, wind and lightning patterns.  Note how her designs are very fluid from top to bottom and each flowing into the next!  As well, the background area which is matte is “rounded”, which adds another dimension to her pottery!  The jar is signed on the bottom in the clay.

$ 375.00
Medicine Flower, Grace & Camillio Tafoya – Mini Avanyu & Yei Bowl

This miniature bowl is a collaborative piece by Grace Medicine Flower and her father, Camilio Tafoya.  It is from the early 1970’s and it was fired “black-and-red”.  It is a distinctive firing technique where the piece is covered before the manure is put on to turn it black.  The bowl is highly polished and etched with a water serpent encircling the jar.  The central medallion, which is red, has a yei figure.  Typically Camilio would make the piece and Grace would etch the designs.  It is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Grace Medicne Flower and Camilio Tafoya”.   The bowl is in very good condition with no chips,cracks, restoration or repair.

$ 600.00
Romero, Susan “Snowflake” – “Eagle” Seedpot

Susan “Snowflake” Romero’s pottery is highly polished and intricately etched with detailed imagery.  She learned to make pottery from her father, Joseph Lonewolf. This seedpot has a realistic eagle etched into the surface on the top.  Surrounding the eagle is a Mimbres style eagle head (above the beak) and note the incised basket weave lines as well.  For such small pieces, Susan is able to create amazingly complex designs using various depths of the clay. This is actually a larger sized piece of her pottery!  It is in perfect condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair and signed on the bottom.

$ 600.00
Diaz, Tina – Red and Tan Jar with Avanyu

Tina Diaz has skillfully created her own unique style of carving pottery.  She is one of only a handful of Santa Clara potters who has mastered the technique of polishing her pottery tan.  The tan is the natural color of the clay and the most difficult to polish to achieve a high shine.  This red and tan jar with a as a classic avanyu (water serpent) encircling the piece.  It is intricately carved with elaborate designs for the body of the piece.  Note the various sections which create swirls and various angles for the design.   It is always technically difficult to carve such sharp angles and delicate edges into the clay.  The background has the traditional cream colored slip, which few potters use today because it is difficult to apply.

$ 600.00
Diaz, Tina – Red & Tan Jar with Rain Swirls

Tina Diaz has skillfully created her own unique style of carving pottery.  She is one of only a handful of Santa Clara potters who has mastered the technique of polishing her pottery tan.  The tan is the natural color of the clay and the most difficult to polish to achieve a high shine.  This red and tan jar is fully carved with a rain swirl design on one side polished tan. There is a stylized bird next in tan with a red lightning pattern.  Next is a cloud near neck neck with rain and plant designs near the base.  Finally there is a fed polished lightning pattern as the design returns to the tan rain swirls.  This jar is very intricately carved with elaborate designs for the body of the piece.  Note the various sections which create swirls and various angles for the design.   It is always technically difficult to carve such sharp angles and delicate edges into the clay.  The background has the traditional cream colored slip, which few potters use today because it is difficult to apply.

$ 800.00
Garcia, Tammy – Kiva Jar with Dragonflies (1994)

This is a classic traditional kiva jar by Tammy Garcia from 1994.  It is a larger piece and has the very traditional shape.  The tall sides lead up to the kiva steps on one side. The body of the piece is fully carved in a band with dragonflies and cloud patterns.  This early piece of her work also has the traditional cream clay in the background.  Tammy says that she stopped using this background clay as it was so time consuming to apply with the intricacy of her carving.  There is also a large old style dragonfly in the red polished kiva center of the design. The jar is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair. It is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Tammy Garcia, 94”.

$ 9,800.00
Tafoya, Margaret – Tall Double Shoulder Water Jar (1960’s)

This is a striking plainware water jar by Margaret Tafoya is from the 1960’s.  It is an elegant shape with a long neck and a “double shoulder”.  The double shoulder was also called a “rainbow ridge” by Margaret and her mother, Sarafina. It adds to the difficulty of a piece as the second ridge requirest he potters to step up the ridges for each rise from the shoulder to the neck.  The jar is stone polished and fired to a deep black.  It is from the 1960’s and it is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  It is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Margaret Tafoya”.  This shape and size is definitely a classic of her work!

$ 14,800.00
Ebelacker, Virginia – Jar with Cloud Designs (1974)

Virginia Ebelacker was the first daughter of noted potter Margaret Tafoya.  She was known for large sized pottery as well as her deeply carved designs.  This jar is from 1974 and it is a very unusual shape with a flared rim and sharp shoulder.  The neck of the jar and the inside of the neck are fully polished. The shoulder is carved with a cloud pattern.  Note that even the vase has a slight edge to it!  The jar is highly polished and fired a deep black.  It has a blue ribbon from the 1974 Gallup Ceremonials. The jar is signed on the bottom in the clay.  It is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  Her sons Richard and James were both known for their distinctive large pottery and today her grandson, Jason, is also creating exceptional pottery.

$ 1,100.00
Ebelacker, Jason – Water Jar with Bear Paws and Rainbow Ridge

This large double shoulder water jar by Jason Ebelacker is an extraordinary vessel.  The shape brings to mind the vessels of Jason’s great-grandmother Margaret Tafoya.  Yet there is something unique in his placement of the second shoulder or the “rainbow band”. The shoulder is higher, which further accentuates the neck and the slight lip. The two shoulders create a further undulation of the form and create numerous angles for the light to hit and seem to add to the overall shine.  The two bear paws are carved into the neck of the jar.  The paws represent the story of the bear who saved the village from a flood and they are represented on vessels which hold water.  The jar is stone polished to a high shine and then traditionally fired. The firing is always an unknown how a piece will turn out but this jar has just bit of a gunmetal cast from the heat of the firing!  It just adds to the depth of the jar.  Jason is a son of noted potter Richard Ebelacker and grandson of Virginia Ebelacker.  He has won numerous awards for his pottery and continues to be one of the important younger potters to watch.  Pottery at this level of creativity and quality are certainly a reflection of both his talent and the future!

$ 3,600.00
Roller, Jordan – Bowl with Cloud Design

Jordan Roller uses traditional techniques to creates his modernistic vessels in clay. This jar is coil built, carved, stone polished and traditionally fired black. The shape is unique with a low round shoulder and sloping sides.  Jordan said the designs on this bowl were inspired by the work of his great-grandparent Margaret & Alcario Tafoya. The designs are bold cloud, rain and lightning patterns.  However, note how most of them extend down from the top band of design or up from the bottom.  Once again, Jordan has used both thinly carved lines and more open spaces for his carving. The bowl is fully polished and traditionally fired.  Jordan’s work is featured in the book, “Spoken Through Clay” and he is certainly a  young potter to watch!

$ 1,400.00
Garcia, Gloria “Golden Rod” – Bowl with Hummingbirds & Butterflies

This is a striking bowl by Gloria Garcia.  It is fully polished and fired black. The bowl has a series of hummingbirds encircling the piece.  They are all going in different directions and highlighted with a red clay slip. The flower are highlighted with a white clay.  Around the rim are plant patterns and a sun design, again highlighted with red.  There is simply a wonderful flow of design on this piece!  It is signed on the bottom, “Golden Rod”.

$ 650.00
Moquino, Jennifer Tafoya – Jar with Dragonflies and Fish

Jennifer Moquino is known for her clay vessels and exceptional realistic animals. This jar is coil built and fully polished.  It is a wonderful shape with indented sides and it has a square shape.  The top has all different dragonflies etched into the clay.  The background has some additional designs and a micaceous clay.  The bottom is also fully polished and there are small fish etched on the bottom.  Check out the exceptional polishing on and firing the jar.  The last photos are some taken before the jar was fired and then another taken after.  You can see how the jar was red and it is sitting in the crate.  It was then fired black (using the horse manure) and the photo of it with other pieces right after the firing.  We were lucky to have time with Jennifer to fire this piece!  The etched designs are all done after the firing and the colors are all from natural clay slips.  Jennifer continues to be one of the leading innovative potters working today!

$ 1,500.00
Tafoya, Margaret – Large “Gourd” Jar (1974) with Ribbon

This is an exceptional jar by Margaret Tafoya is from 1974.  It is one of our favorite shapes that she made.  It is called a “gourd bowl”.  The name comes from the small gourd “shards” that are used to smooth the inside of the pottery when it is being made. The shape of these pieces of gourd are similar in shape to the indentions on the shoulder of the piece.  They are also technically difficult as the indentions are areas pushed into the clay.  As well, the entire piece has to be polished at one time. This jar is highly polished and has a beautiful shine.  The additional highlight of the shape is how the various curves on the surface reflect the light.  The jar is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  It has the additional provenance of having received a blue first place ribbon from the 1974 Eight Northern Pueblos Indian Market!  While ribbons do not influence the value, they do add a wonderful additional provenance to a piece and on older work attach them to a particular point in time.  This jar is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Margaret Tafoya”.

$ 5,600.00
Garcia, Tammy – Canteen with Mimbres Fish (1997)

This is a stylized canteen by Tammy Garcia from 19947.  The canteen is carved, polished and traditionally fired black.  The design is inspired by the fish on Mimbres pottery from the 1100’s. The fish is on one side and as the canteen is turned there are linear geometric patterns. These patterns were also inspired by the linear designs on Mimbres bowls.  The canteen is in the shape of a Pueblo womans’ canteen with the flat base and the handles on top.  The piece is highly polished and precision carved.  It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair. It is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Tammy Garcia, 97”.

 

$ 7,000.00
Folwell, Susan & Les Namingha – “Corn Maiden: Earth Mother” Jar

Susan Folwell (Santa Clara )and Les Namingha (Hopi-Tewa/Zuni) collaborated together for the first time on a series of vessels in a show entitled “Corn:Maiden:Cultures” in 2015. The concept for the exhibition was that the Corn Maiden in Pueblo culture can also be found as a primal female archetype in cultures throughout the world.  There is play back and forth on these vessels as the multi-cultural figures are placed within a Pueblo context as the “Corn Maiden”, who brings the corn, the harvest and life.  This jar has been in an exhibit at the Museum of Indian Art and Culture since 2016.

This large jar was made by Les.  The designs painted by Susan on two sides show a Hopi maiden and a Pueblo maiden.  Her idea was to leave the faces empty, so that they did not represent just one person, but all women.  The two women represent the Pueblo and Hopi ancestry of Les and Susan. Playing from Susan’s more realistic portrayals, Les painted a more modern version of the women on the other two sides.  The angular shape of this vessel, made from Zuni clay, is unusual but also perfect for this important imagery.  In many ways, this powerful jar brings together the ideas of womanhood, femininity, modernism and the continuing importance of the Corn Maiden concept in Pueblo culture.  The dark brown background works perfectly for this intense jar.  Check out more of their exceptional collaborative pottery in the book, “Spoken Through Clay”.

$ 8,800.00
Gutierrez, Margaret & Luther – Nativity Set – 22 pieces (1977)

This nativity set by Margaret and Luther Gutierrez contains 22 different figures. This is the middle size of the sets that they made. There are Mary, Joseph, baby Jesus and the three wise men.  The Wise Men are presenting gifts of bread and animals.  There are additional animals of a cow, donkey, pig, horse, duck and more!  This is also one of the few sets which includes three angels.  There are two koshari figures and even one miniature seedpot.  Each piece is signed and it does include pieces by Margaret & Luther, Pauline Naranjo (Luther’s daughter) and a couple by Margaret alone.  The set is from the collection of Richard Spivey and was begun in 1977 and put together over the course of several years.  They are each painted with native clay slips and they are all in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair. Definitely a charming collection of work by this important family of potters!

$ 1,200.00
Ebelacker, Jason – Red Storage Jar

Jason Ebelacker is a son of Richard Ebelacker and grandson of Virginia Ebelacker.  Jason has been focusing on traditional shapes for his pottery.  This jar has a stunning wide shoulder and then a slight, sharp indention before turning up to the neck. This is a technically difficult form and it has an elegant shape. The bear paws are on the neck of the jar.  The entire piece has to polished at one time and it has a high shine and great angle of reflection from the shape.   Jason is certainly one of the younger potters to watch!

$ 1,400.00
Medicine Flower, Grace –   Seedpot with Hummingbirds & Flowers (1981)

This is a seedpot by Grace Medicine Flower is from 198`.  It is fully polished and etched on the top.  There are four hummingbirds and two butterflies as the design.  There are additional feather swirls and flowers along with rain and wind patterns. What is really interesting about this piece is the matte background area.  Note how Grace used two different techniques for the background.  One is a series of lines and arches, which almost seem to depict the movement of the birds and butterflies.  The other is a series of small semi-circles which create a visual distinction with other background areas.  These small incised lines create small shadows and add to the overall depth of the design.  The jar is signed on the bottom in the clay. It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks restoration or repair.

$ 1,100.00
Roller, Jordan – Brown Bowl with Walking Bear Paw Design

Jordan Roller is innovative in his use of thin carved designs on his pottery.  This bowl is fully polished and a distinctive form with a low, wide shoulder and sloping neck.  The design is a lightning pattern and stylized walking bear paw design.  The “walking bear paw” is a design often used by Margaret Tafoya.  Here, Jordan has used a combination of thin and thick lines to create a similar pattern. There is a modernistic style to this design and his use of the negative space.  The bowl is signed on the bottom in the clay.   Jordan is certainly a  young potter to watch!

$ 1,400.00
Moquino, Ty – Large Mask With Goggles and Sunface (Age 15)

Ty Moquino is a son of noted potter Jennifer Moquino.  At only 15 years old he is making some creative pottery!  This is one of his larger masks.  They are inspired by the science fiction he has read, along with being a commentary on the environment, sustainability and even imagery from Standing Rock.  This mask is matte with polished areas on the front. The goggles are polished and etched with a rain and mountain design while the mouthpiece is etched with a sunface.  The eyes of the goggles are micaceous clay slipped.  There is some nice detail in the etching and the additional coloration is from additional clay slips.  The piece has a museum mount for it, so that it is stable.  Ty won the “Best of Youth” award at the Heard Museum Indian Market in 2017 for one of his masks!  It is signed on the back.

$ 425.00
Gutierrez, Lois  – Water Jar with Double Old Style Avanyu

Lois Gutierrez 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 water jar has a wonderful shape with very round body and elongated neck.  The design around the neck is a feather pattern.  Note the use of the three different colors of clay for the tip of the feather in contrast to the white feathers.  The body of the jar has two intertwined water serpents. Note the use of classic rain and seed patterns in the bodies of each avanyu.  Above them is a rain cloud design. What makes them the “old style” avanyu?  Check out the shape of the horn and the shape of the tongue.  They each have the three prong style, and this is similar to the very early historic style of avany painted on the pottery!   The base of the jar is indented, which is reminiscent of the historic Santa Clara water jars which were carried on the head.  This jar has over five different natural clay colors utilized.  This is certainly a classic piece of Lois’s pottery which combines a cultural legacy in design with one in clay.

 

$ 1,100.00
Medicine Flower, Grace – Long Neck Jar with Hummingbirds (1988)

This long neck jar by Grace Medicine Flower is from 1988.  It is one of her classic shape with the elongated neck. The jar is fully polished to an amazing glassy surface.  The design on the front medallion has a spiral feather pattern in the center, with surrounding hummingbirds and butterflies.  They are each delicately etched into the surface of the piece.  Around the shoulder of the jar are two hummingbirds with rising and setting sun designs.  Separating them is a cloud and feather pattern. Interestingly, Grace always etched the designs into her pottery before they were fired, adding to their complexity and intricacy.  The shape, polishing and design all work together perfectly on this jar!  It is in excellent condition with no chips,cracks restoration or repair. It is signed on the bottom in the clay.  Over her career she made very few black pieces and yet they are always stunning and creative!

$ 2,000.00
Year Flower, Lucy -Jar with Avanyu (1974)

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 is an early piece of her pottery from 1974.  It is carved around the shoulder with a water serpent (avanyu).  It is actually a larger piece of her pottery, as much of her work was in miniatures!  Note the complexity of the carving as the jar is turned.  It is fully polished and has an exceptional shine!  The jar is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  It is signed, “Lucy Year Flower” on the bottom.

$ 475.00
Year Flower, Lucy – Bowl with Carved Avanyu (1982)

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 bowl is fully carved with a feathered water serpent (avanyu) encircling the bowl and additional cloud and rain designs. The bowl is very highly polished.  It is from 1982.  It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  It is signed, “Lucy Year Flower” on the bottom.

$ 200.00
Lonewolf, Joseph – “Cougar” Seedpot (2001)

This striking seedpot by Joseph Lonewolf is from 2001.  The piece is one of his from this period when he was creating exceptionally detailed and realistic animals on his pottery surfaces.  On this piece is is fully polished red.  The cougar head is carved in relief on the surface, with extra depth around the eyes.  The fur is then etched into the clay and the various colors are from natural clay slips.  The area behind the cougar is a blueish-brown coloration.  The back of the seedpot has a winged butterfly which represents beauty.  There are the two “yearly” medallions on this piece, which signify 2001 and are symbolic for his mother (Agapita) and father (Camilio).  At this time, in 2001, Joseph was creating some of his most exceptionally detailed work as he was adding more layers of etching to the surface.   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 and includes the signed artist card.  It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

$ 3,800.00
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Naranjo, Johnathan – Trout Jar with Dragonfly Lid

This jar perfect shape for Johnathan Naranjo’s distinctive style of incised pottery. All four sides are fully polished and the shape is square with flat sides and a flat top. On each side is a realistic trout swimming in the water.  It is meant to be as if the viewer is looking through the water at the fish on each side. The top of the jar is matte and carved with water swirls.  The lid is carved in the shape of a dragonfly!  It the dragonfly landing on the water which is exciting the fish.  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 and  Johnathan is definitely one of the young potters to watch!

$ 2,800.00 $ 2,200.00
Garcia, Jason – “#Hashtag Corn Maiden” Tile

This tile is part of his Corn Maiden series which features young women in traditional dress for the Corn Dance and placing them in a modern context.  This tile has a young Corn Maiden dancer in a very reflective girl standing against the wall of the pueblo. There is amazing detail in her shawl, dress and tablita.  In the background is the kiva ladder along with a TV antennae. The antennae is a nod to “St. Claire”, the patron saint of Santa Clara Pueblo, but also televisions.  In the background there is a traditional raincloud.  On the back of the tile are all the hashtags, as if this was a photo to be posted online, “#cornmaiden, #khapo #tewa #okuupin”.  His piece is signed with his Tewa name, Okuu Pin, which means Turtle Mountain.  This tile is hand built from native clay.  All of the colors are derived from Native clay.

$ 900.00
Tafoya-Sanchez, Linda – Incised Gourd Bowl with Turtles

This bowl by Linda Tafoya-Sanchez is inspired in form by the classic “gourd bowls” made by her grandmother, Margaet Tafoya. The bowl has a fluted rim and there are indented sections around the neck which represent the gourds used to smooth out the inside of the bowl when they are being made.  Here, Linda has modified the jar so that each of the sections is a turtle!  There are seven turtles around the neck of the piece.  Below the shoulder there are an additional seven. Each of the turtles is highly polished. They are in contrast to the remainder of the bowl which is fully incised with San Juan style designs and slipped with mica.  The linear designs create an almost “puzzle” like appearance surrounding the polished turtles.  As well, the texture of the mica and the smooth surface of the turtles gives the bowl a wonderful feel when being held!  The angle of the turtles and their indention in the clay adds another layer of how the light reflects on this piece.  One final aspect of this bowl is when you look inside and there is ANOTHER carved and polished turtle!  It is also surrounded by mica and it is a wonderful surprise.  Linda began using the mica years ago when she was given some by a relative at San Juan.   The bowl is signed on the bottom, “Linda Tafoya-Sanchez”.

$ 1,800.00
Roller, Jordan – Double Band Water Jar with Sharp Edge Shoulders

This is a stunning jar by Jordan Roller.  The shape is one of his creative forms which are water jar inspired.  The jar undulates in and out creating three sharp edges!  There are two distinctive bands of design. The top band has a lightning, cloud and mountain design. The bottom band is tightly carved with swirling clouds and lighting patterns.  Jordan has created a unique style of carving with bold, open areas and sections in which the lines are nearly paper thin to separate the sections. The jar is fully polished and there are matte areas which contrast with the polished surfaces.  The jar is fired a brown coloration which gives additional variation to the colors of the jar as it is turned.  The angles of the jar, the highly polished surface and the complex carving result in a stunning overall appearance. Beyond the beauty of the carving and the polished surface is that the jar is surprisingly thin walled.  It is lighter than most carved vessels and that adds to the physical impact of the piece.  Jordan remains an important young potter to watch!

$ 2,800.00
Moquino, Jennifer & Jason Ebelacker – Large Double Shoulder Water Jar with Trout

This is a very large collaborative jar by Jennifer Moquino and Jason Ebelacker.  Jason is a grandson of Virginia Ebelacker and a great-grandson of Margaret Tafoya.  He continues in the family tradition of making large vessels.  The amazing water jar has a double shoulder and bear paws around the neck.  The entire piece is fully polished.  The jar captures the traditional forms and style of the Tafoya family.  Jennifer Moquino is known for her realistic etched designs.  On this jar Jennifer has etched a series of trout around the shoulder of the piece.  Each trout is different in design and they are highlighted with additional clay slips for the color.  Jennifer seeks out different natural clays for the coloration on her designs.  Near the base Jennifer has also etched and highlighted some shadows of fish swimming towards the surface. The intricate designs and the large size of the jar work perfectly together.  Jennifer & Jason have collaborated on numerous pieces winning awards for their distinctive collaborations.  This large jar won a First Place blue ribbon at the 2016 Santa Fe Indian Market.  It is exciting to see potters push beyond their comfort level in size and complexity of design.  This large jar definitely an extraordinary piece and note in the last photo the size of the jar next to the Kirin collaborative piece!  Amazing!

$ 14,000.00
Naranjo, Kevin – Bowl with Bear and Eagle Designs

Kevin Naranjo creates beautifully incised pottery with realistic scenes.  This miniature jar is amazingly intricate with designs. The rim has cloud pattern and below that is an eagle feather design.  There is a central medallion with a realistic bear. Around the side of the bowl as it is turned there is an eagle, bear paw tracks and at the very bottom an avanyu (water serpent).  To accentuate his designs Kevin creates sienna areas in contrast to the black. This highlights the rim, bear paw tracks and eagle.  The bowl itself is very highly polished which gives added dimension to the designs.  The jar is signed on the bottom in the clay.

$ 425.00
Medicine Flower, Grace – Large Carved Bowl with Rounded Melon Swirl Designs (1991)

Grace Medicine Flower is one of the masterful potters of Santa Clara Pueblo.  She began with sgraffito (etching) technique in her pottery around 1970 and was always creative in her forms and designs.  This is one of her distinctive large black pieces that is fully carved.  The top of the bowl has six swirling melon ribs extending downward.  The side of the bowl is fully carved with triangular and rectangular cloud patterns which circle in on themselves.  Within each of these sections there is a small area which has a carved kiva step pattern.  The entire surface of the bowl is fully polished to a high shine and fired a deep black.  It is a testament to Grace’s creativity throughout her career that each of her pieces is unique and she was always trying to expand her styles and make each piece unique.  The bowl is signed on the bottom in the clay.  It is from 1991.  It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  While Grace has now retired from pottery, her work remains elegant and stunning!

$ 3,200.00
Tafoya, Camilio – Seedpot with Field Mice and Deer (1975)

The is a small fully polished seedpot by Camilio Tafoya. The seedpot was made in 1975 and it is fully etched with designs.  It is polished red and on one side there is a deer who is watching the leaping field mice on the other side.  Separating the two sections are a feather pattern.  The seedpot is signed on the bottom in the clay.  It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

$ 300.00
Curran, Dolores – Polychrome Jar with Butterflies and Carved Lid

This is a stunning and complex polychrome jar from Dolores Curran.  She continues to create 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 jar has incised butterfly and flower designs around the neck.   As the design gets closer to the shoulder, there are incised clouds and rain designs.  What is incised mean? Incised is just a bit deeper carving than the sgraffito or etched designs, but not as deep as carved designs.  There is a tightness and precision required of incised designs and it a skill with which Dolores excels.  Around the shoulder is a carved avanyu and below that are stylized bowls with prayer feathers.  Near the base are cloud and rain designs painted on the polished red surface.  Note even the little red-on-red dragonflies!  The design on the lid is a plant pattern and there are painted dragonfly and cloud designs on the lid.  When the lid is turned over there is an incised turtle underneath!  The entire jar combines polished, matte and micaceous surfaces.  All the colorations are from natural clay slips.  It is an extraordinary amount of time to create pieces this intricate both in design and in the various clay additions.   The jar is signed on the bottom in the clay.  Simply perfect!

$ 3,600.00
Naranjo, Geri  – Black-and-Sienna Jar with Avanyu

This is a jar is a highly polished piece by Geri Naranjo.  She is known for her miniature pottery and intricate designs.  Here rim is matte and has been two-toned sienna. Around the shoulder are a water serpent (avanyu) and feather pattern. There is an additional cloud design near the base.  The jar is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Geri Naranjo”.  It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

 

$ 300.00
Tafoya, Camilio – Seedpot with Rabbits (1980’s)

The is a small but intricate seedpot by Camilio Tafoya. The seedpot was made in 1980’s and it is fully etched with designs.  It is polished red and the top is etched with a star pattern and four rabbits.  Rabbits were a them often used by Camilio on his pottery.  The bottom of the seedpot has a water design.  The various colors of green and white are from natural clay slips. The seedpot is signed on the bottom in the clay.  It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

$ 400.00
Curran, Dolores – Jar with Feather & Cloud Designs (1994)

This is a striking larger jar by Dolores Curran.  Before she began making her carved pieces, she was well known for her delicately painted buff-on-red pottery.  The jar is highly polished red and painted with a buff clay for the design.  Amazingly, she would paint each piece up to five times to get the color of the matte painted areas deep and consistent enough!  This jar has a water serpent around the neck.  Around the shoulder are two bands of feathers.  Note that three of the feathers on each are filled in with a matte red clay slip.  Separating the feathers are very tightly painted cloud patterns.  Below the shoulder are small cloud, rain and lightning designs.  So why doesn’t Dolores make this style anymore? She ran out of the cream colored clay slip for the painting, and so only uses it as an accent on her new work!  As well, this is a larger sized piece of her painted pottery, as she mostly made miniatures due to the time consuming nature of the painting. The jar is signed and dated on the bottom.  It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

$ 1,500.00
Tafoya, Margaret -Jar with Sun & Cloud Designs (1960’s)

This jar by Margaret Tafoya is from the 1960’s.  It is carved with a flowing pattern.  The triangular designs are the sun rays while they are separated by cloud and mountain patterns. It is a more complicated design for this period of her pottery. The carving is deep and the jar is highly polished.  It is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Margaret Tafoya”.  It is fired to a dark black coloration.  It is good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

$ 1,200.00
Medicine Flower, Grace – Seedpot with Eagles (1975)

This is a very small seedpot by Grace Medicine Flower is from 1975.  It is fully polished and etched on the entire surface.  There are two eagles as the design.  They are actually quite intricate for the size of the piece.  Note the detail in the wings and on the body!  The background matte area is also fully designed with very small circles.  The piece is signed on the bottom in the clay. It is in excellent condition with no chips,cracks restoration or repair.  It is from the collection of Richard Spivey who is known for his books on Maria Martinez.  The piece was given to him as a Christmas present by the artist in 1975.

$ 575.00
Lonewolf, Joseph – “Birds of Prey” Seedpot (1995)

This exceptional seedpot by Joseph Lonewolf is from 1995.  The piece is entitled, “Birds of Prey”.  It includes the story card which Joseph made for each of his miniatures.  Joseph wrote partially of this piece,

“Meticulously designed and colored to perfection are two large birds of prey, a Golden Eagle and a Bald Eagle.  Both eagles adorn the front side.  Depicted in bust form, the Golden Eagle seems to be staring at something with his sharp vision.  Portrayed in the foreground is a Bald Eagle.  Behind the eagles is a highly polished red slip that encompasses all surfaces of this pottery.  Sketched and cream colored on the back side is an open winged butterfly symbolic of beauty.  A medallion depicting a side view positioned geometric designed fish.  Directly above the winged beauty and medallioned fish is a side view open beaked eaglet depicted in bust form”

This piece is perfectly polished. This period of Joseph’s work, he would etch away the clay to create realistic animals.  On the two eagles, note the eyes and the feathers, which are very intricate for the size.  All the various colors are derived from natural clay slips.  There is a painterly style to his sgraffito designs.  The intricacy of the two birds is perfectly in contrast to the simplicity of the highly polished red clay slip.  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 and includes the signed artist card.  It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

$ 7,000.00
Youngblood, Nathan – Jar with Double Medallions

Nathan Youngblood is known for his deeply carved and highly polished pottery.  This jar is a striking shape with a  very round body and a slight neck.  The jar is carved with two large medallions. The medallions each have circular rain and lightning patterns.  They are connected by two linear bands with cloud pattern.  The use of the matte areas helps to focus the eye on the carved designs.  The jar is highly polished using a stone and the surface has a glassy black appearance.  It is striking when Nathan is able to achieve this shine!  It is signed on the bottom with his name and Tewa hallmark which are the deer tracks (his Tewa name is Deer Path).  The jar is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

$ 5,900.00
Folwell, Jody – Miniature Seedpot with Raised Lizards (1976)

Jody Folwell is known for her creative pottery shapes and designs.  This miniature is complex with the various techniques used on the surface.  The lizards are carved away int the clay and then they are stone polished. One lizard has additional etched designs.  The lizards appear in “relief” on the surface of the seedpot.  It is signed on the bottom, “Jody”.   It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

$ 350.00
Tafoya, Camilio – Seedpot with Hummingbirds (1982)

The is a classic miniature by Camilio Tafoya. The seedpot is incised with Mimbres inspired hummingbirds as the design.  Note on the top of the piece there is a single Mimbres bee! The seedpot has an unusual form but one which is certainly recognizable as Camilio’s.  There are additional clay slips used to create the various colors.  The seedpot is from 1982 and it is signed on the bottom in the clay.  It is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

$ 250.00
Medicine Flower, Grace –   Seedpot with 5 Lizards (1977)

This is a small seedpot by Grace Medicine Flower is from 1977.  It is fully polished and etched on the entire surface.  There are five Mimbres style lizards etched into the surface.  The tan background area is etched with a linear design.  The piece is signed on the bottom in the clay. It is in excellent condition with no chips,cracks restoration or repair.  It is from the collection of Richard Spivey who is known for his books on Maria Martinez.  The piece was given to him as a Christmas present in 1977.

$ 550.00
Garcia, Jason –  Pueblo Warriors Jar

Jason Garcia has a unique ability to combine Comic book and Pueblo imagery on his pottery.  This jar is coil built and painted with native clay slips.  The design starts with his father reading one of the “Tewa Tales of Suspense” comic books.  In the background is the kiva ladder and the rain clouds.  As the jar is turned there is imagery of Thor and Loki.  The figures are then re-imagined with the two Pueblo warriors in then next section. Note the complexity of the painting on the figures,t he ground and the clouds!  Jason fills his work with such fascinating symbolism and relevance to his own family life.   All the colors are derived from natural clay slips and the jar has been traditionally fired.  Jason manages to bring together so many aspects of Pueblo art and culture, it keeps his work fresh and relevant!

$ 2,200.00
Tafoya, Camilio – Seedpot with Deer Family (1985)

The is a complex sgraffito seedpot by Camilio Tafoya. The seedpot was made in 1985 and it is fully etched with designs.  It is very highly polished which creates a striking contrast with the matte and etched areas. The imagery is a deer family encircling the piece.  The top has a cloud and rain design. The green and white are additional clay slips.  The seedpot is signed on the bottom in the clay.  It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

$ 900.00
Medicine Flower, Grace –  Bowl with Three Medallions (1974)

This is an early bowl by Grace Medicine Flower is from 1974.  It is fully polished and etched on the entire surface.  There are three separate medallions. One has a Tewa sunface, the next corn surrounded by a Yei figure and the third is an avanyu around a cloud and rain design.  Separating each of the medallions are cloud designs.  The piece is signed on the bottom in the clay. It is in excellent condition with no chips,cracks restoration or repair.

$ 900.00
Youngblood, Nancy – Miniature Black-on-Black Double Shoulder Water Jar (1978)

While Nancy Youngblood is known for her swirl melon bowls and carved pottery, she started out her career making miniatures.  This miniature is from 1978 which makes it a very early piece of her pottery!  It is a miniature water jar and it is fully polished.  There is a double shoulder.  The jar has been stone polished a glass like appearance.  The jar is painted with a water serpent around the body of the piece.  The painting is crisp and a striking contrast to the polished surface.  Note as well the complexity of the design, with all the edges and loops in the pattern!  In the photos the painted line gets distorted with the reflections of the light, but it is a perfect consistency all the way around. The jar is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  It is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Nancy Yellow Aspen Youngblood “.

$ 1,500.00
Youngblood, Nancy – Miniature Red & Tan Jar with Kiva Step Designs (1980)

While Nancy Youngblood is known for her swirl melon bowls and carved pottery, she started out her career making miniatures.  This miniature is from 1980 and it is one of her striking red pieces.  The jar is matte on the top and bottom bands.  In the center, it is very deeply carved with eight Kiva step designs.  The “kiva step” pattern always has three steps when used in pottery and signify the ladder coming out of the kivas. Each of the eight carved designs is polished tan, which is always difficult to achieve a high polish.  On this piece, the background are has been slipped with a red clay.  This creates as striking visual contrast with the tan and the buff matte areas.  It is exceptional how deeply Nancy was able to carve into her her pottery relative to the size of the piece!  This jar is in excellent condition and it is signed on the bottom, “Nancy Youngblood Cutler”.  It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

$ 1,600.00
Youngblood, Nancy – Mini Lidded Bowl with 2 Feathers & Avanyu (1982)

This amazing miniature bowl by Nancy Youngblood is from 1982.  While it is small, it is very deeply carved into the clay.  The bowl as 22 carved feathers around the top of the piece. Around the shoulder is a very deeply carved avanyu (water serpent).  Take a closer look at how deeply it is carved, it is astounding!  The mini lid is perfectly in the opening.  The bowl is highly polished to a stunning shine. It is in perfect condition, with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  It is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Nancy Youngblood Cutler”.

$ 1,600.00
Ebelacker, Jason – Large Water Jar with Raindrop Rim

Stunning!  This large water jar by Jason Ebelacker is an extraordinary vessel, which finds its reference in a very historical form.  Jason’s great-great grandmother SaraFina Tafoya created similar shapes which had a rounded shoulder and a fluted or “raindrop” rim.  Here the jar extends up to a round shoulder and then as it turns inward there is a sharp edge and a drop down before the neck.  It can slightly be seen in the photos but it is more a part of the jar to be felt.  It is also technically a more difficult detail in a water jar, as there is additional risk that it could crack when drying.  The jar then has a fluted or “raindrop” rim. It was a called such as it looked as if a raindrop had fallen into a puddle!  This jar is stone polished and the surface is stunning, as the entire piece has to be polished at one time.  Note the polishing and how the rim is reflected in the shoulder of the jar!  The time to polish the various angles of the jar and achieve such a dynamic polish is something few potters are able to achieve today.  The jar is traditionally fired outdoors and it is a deep black in coloration. Jason is a son of noted potter Richard Ebelacker and grandson of Virginia Ebelacker.  Jason has won numerous awards for his pottery and continues to be one of the important younger potters to watch.  Pottery at this level of creativity and quality are certainly a reflection of both his talent and the future!

$ 4,800.00
Gutierrez, Margaret & Luther – Sitting Turtle Figure (1971)

This is a sitting turtle Margaret and Luther Gutierrez.  The figure was made by Margaret and painted by her brother, Luther. Typical of their turtles, the face is whimsical. The front has an insect design while the back “shell” is carved and has four images ranging from insects to birds.  All the various colors are derived from natural clay slips.  It is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  It is signed on the bottom, “Margaret/Luther”.  It is from the collection of Richard Spivey and was a Christmas gift to him from Margaret & Luther in 1971.

$ 150.00
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Borts-Medlock, Autumn & Linda Cain  – Elk Skull Jar with Turquoise

This is a extraordinary piece by Autumn Borts-Medlock and her mother, Linda Cain. Over the years they have created some extraordinary collaborative pieces.  This jar has a carved elk skull which is deeply carved, etched and highlighted with a white clay slip on the front of the piece.  The antlers of the elk are also carved and polished red.  In the center of the skull is a large inset piece of turquoise.  As the jar is turned, the antlers extend to the back and there are two crossed arrows with a single inset piece of turquoise.  The area surrounding the carved surfaces has a micaceous clay slip. The use of the mica is a perfect contrast to the polished surfaces.  The top of the jar is carved with a kiva step pattern.  The scale of the jar along with the complexity of the carving make this a exceptional piece of their art.  Autumn is a sister of noted potter Tammy Garcia.  Both Autumn and Linda have won numerous awards for their pottery, recognizing their creative and contemporary style of carving.

$ 5,800.00 $ 4,800.00
Begay, Daniel – Large Jar with Yei Figures & Stars

This is an exceptional large jar by Daniel Begay. He learned to make pottery from his father, Harrison Begay, Jr..  Each piece is coil built, carved, stone polished and traditionally fired.  Daniel has created a distinctive style of carving, similar to that of his father, yet with more angular and graphic designs. This jar is carved with stylized Yei figures on two sides.  The figures are carved in a spiral with the mask and feather and blanket.  Separating each of the figures are large and small star patterns.  There is a striking contrast between the polished and matte surfaces, which adds to the sophistication of the imagery. Note how Daniel’s designs 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.

$ 1,600.00
Begay, Daniel – Jar with Turtles

Daniel Begay learned to make pottery from his father, Harrison Begay, Jr..  Each piece is coil built, carved, stone polished and traditionally fired.  Daniel has created a distinctive style of carving, similar to that of his father, yet with more angular and graphic designs. This jar is carved with two turtles as the design.  The back of each turtle has a different design.  Separating the two turtles are bands of cloud and water designs.  Note how Daniel’s designs 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 very highly polished, so that there is a strong visual distinction between the matte and polished surface.  The jar is signed on the bottom in the clay.

$ 950.00
Moquino, Jennifer & Jason Ebelacker – Water Jar with Kirin Dragons

This is a collaborative jar by Jennifer Moquino and Jason Ebelacker.  Jason is a great-grandson of Margaret Tafoya and he make, polishes and fired the vessel.  Jennifer then etches the surface with her intricate designs. Together they have been winning awards for their exceptional collaborative works.  Jennifer made a smaller Kirin jar several years ago for one of our shows and a collaborative piece with Russell Sanchez.  This one is a striking shape and very complicated in design with four interconnected Kirin dragons.  Why the Kirin?  The Kirin is a mythical hooved chimerical creature known in Chinese and other East Asian cultures, said to appear with the imminent arrival or passing of a sage or illustrious ruler.  Jennifer has long been fascinated with Asian culture and tying imagery like the Kirin to that of the Avanyu in Pueblo culture.  Here, they are highly detailed and check out the expressions on the faces!  The deep black and very highly polished surface of the jar add to the overall impact of the piece.  All the various colors are from natural clay slips.  Jennifer is extraordinary in her use of realism on her pottery and capturing a moment in time.

$ 7,700.00
Lonewolf, Rosemary –  Seedpot with Sparrow (1976)

This is seedpot by Rosemary Lonewolf is from 1976.  It is fully polished and has a single bird as the design.  As the bowl is turned there is a cloud, rain and lightning pattern etched into the surface. The contrast of the matte and polished areas accentuates her imagery.  The piece is signed on the bottom “Apple Blossom”, which is her name in Tewa.  It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

$ 425.00
Naranjo, Pauline Gutierrez – Mini Jar with Avanyu (1973)

This mini jar is by Pauline Naranjo.  She was a daughter of Luther Gutierrez and a niece of Margaret Gutierrez.  In the 1970’s she helped them with their pottery and made very few pieces on her own.  Her daughter Stephanie Naranjo continues to make similar polychrome pottery.  This miniature jar has an avanyu as the design.  It is signed on the bottom, “Pauline Naranjo”.  It is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair. It was made in 1973 and given to Richard Spivey as a Christmas gift.  It is part of his collection.  Richard Spivey, known for his books on Maria Martinez.  The tag on the bottom is his inventory numbering system.

$ 75.00
Gutierrez, Margaret & Luther – Double Lobe Jar (1970’s)

This double lobed bowl is by Margaret & Luther Gutierrez.  Margaret would make the pottery and Luther, her brother, would paint them.  This jar is a smaller version of their larger canteen/double lobed jar for which they were famous.  This piece has ants or insets painted encircling the piece.   All the various colors are derived from natural clay slips.  It is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  It is signed on the bottom, “Margaret/Luther”.  It is from the collection of Richard Spivey, known for his books on Maria Martinez.  The tag on the bottom is his inventory numbering system.

$ 200.00
Shupla, Helen – Plate with Painted Avanyu (1970’s)

Helen Shupla is famous for her carved pottery as well as her exceptional melon jars.  This is one of her few black-on-black painted pieces.  The plate is fully polished and has an avanyu (water serpent) painted as the design.  Note the head of the avanyu is in the lower left of the photo.  The avanyu has a more stylized appearance on this piece.  The intricate painting is a striking contrast to the highly polished surface. It is signed on the back in the clay.  It is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

$ 1,000.00
Naranjo, Johnathan – Large Bowl with Eagle, Bear, Mountain Lion & Trout

This is one of the largest fully designed pieces we have had by Johnathan Naranjo.  The bowl is fully polished and the designs are etched into the clay.  Johnathan says of this bowl:

As the end of Summer approaches, I looked back at my time spent in the mountains during the warmest months. I thought it fun to design some stories where family or I had lived. To the left is a trout leaping out of the water for its food. While fly fishing in Chama NM, I witnessed a fish jump out of the water three times in a row. The third jump was so close to me, I bet I could have taken off my hat and caught myself dinner if I wasn’t so shocked. Stunned because I had never witnessed it before, I also felt taunted by the fish with a fly rod in my hands. The mountain lion to the right was an encounter my uncle had during his evening run descending Puyé Cliffs in Santa Clara Pueblo. 45 feet away from him was a mountain lion yet to notice him near the road. Cautiously my uncle turned back to avoid an encounter with thoughts of flagging a vehicle down. With no car in sight, he turned back to see the lion again and it was gone.

To the left is an image of a hawk catching a fish using the most primal of methods. My grandfather and I were sitting
in a canoe on the lake of Santa Cruz one evening and I was recording our fishing expedition when he asked me how to zoom in with my camera phone. I demonstrated by pinching my two fingers open on my phone’s screen and told him “look gramps, I will zoom in on this hawk flying above us”. Right at that moment, the large bird suddenly stopped and dropped right into a spiraling freefall splashing into the lake. After a short struggle the raptor regained it’s composure and continued to fly on by us. Upon further review and using close up imagery, sure enough there was a fish in the grasp of it’s talons. The irony of a hawk catching our fish and showing us how fishing is REALLY done was too awesome to ingore. To the right is a New Mexico black bear in a patch of raspberry bushes. When trekking in the mountains it’s important to remember that we share this beautiful world with other animals that are much larger than us. My family and I have had multiple encounters with bears living in Northern NM. Although most likely to flee, there is always a risk of curiosity or aggression. My grandmother always told me to be careful when picking raspberries because that’s where the bears like to be. So I thought it would be great to design some of the mountains most amazing creatures.”

The bowl is fully polished and each of the sections is etched with a different animal scene as described above.  Johnathan etches into the clay at varying depths to create his designs.  The lighter etching is more red while the deeper is tan.  There is a difficulty is just etching away the polished surface to create the light red coloration.  Separating each of the animals is an eternity design, which again appears around the shoulder of the piece.  On the highly polished base there are additional light red etched eternity designs.  The highly polished bowl is perfect to reflect the delicate imagery.   It is traditionally fired, which gives it the distinctive coloration.  It is signed on the bottom in the clay.  Johnathan has won numerous awards for his pottery and  Johnathan is definitely one of the young potters to watch!

$ 4,000.00
Lonewolf, Joseph – Seedpot with Fish and Sunface (1975)

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 is larger black fired seedpot has complex designs across the entire surface. On one side there is Sun Face design.  The opposite side has Mimbres style fish and tadpoles. The areas separating these two sections have feather pattern.  The piece is signed on the bottom in the clay.  It is from 1975.  It is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

$ 1,800.00
Moquino, Jennifer & Jason Ebelacker – Wide Bowl with Prairie Hens

This is a collaborative bowl by Jennifer Moquino and Jason Ebelacker.  Jason made the bowl, which has a very wide and sharp shoulder. The flat top of the bowl is a perfect surface for Jennifer’s designs. His polishing skill can be seen on both the top of the piece and the bottom.  The top of the bowl is fully designed with four Paririe Hens.  This may not seem like an exotic choice of birds, but the complex detail to the etching of the feathers on the bodies is amazing.  There are additional plants and flowers which also surround the bowl around the birds.  The mouth of the mouth of the bowl has cloud and rain patterns etched in the style of her father, Ray Tafoya.  All the various colors are derived from natural clay slips.  Jennifer is extraordinary in her use of realism on her pottery and capturing a moment in time.

$ 4,200.00
Tafoya, Camilio –  Black & Red Bowl with Buffalo Dancer (1974)

This bowl by Camilio Tafoya is from 1974.  It is fully polished and has been fired black-and-red.  This distinctive coloration is one that was only used by Camilio and his children Joseph Lonewolf and Grace Medicine Flower.  It was achieved during the firing.  The design on the front is etched into the clay and it is a traditional Pueblo Buffalo Dancer.  The contrast of the black and red is very striking on this piece.  It is signed on the bottom “Camilio Sunflower Tafoya”. It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

$ 375.00
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