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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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Curran, Dolores – Lidded Jar with Painted Feather Design

This is an intricately painted lidded 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 fully polished red, as is the lid. The surface is then painted with a cream or buff colored clay which is matte in contrast to the highly polished surface.  It’s the painting which is so complex, as Dolores would paint each piece up to five times to get the color of the matte painted areas deep and consistent enough!  This piece has a feather pattern encircling the shoulder of the piece.  Below the feathers is a water serpent (avanyu) and above are clouds.  Around the neck are kiva step patterns.  The is a wonderful shape which delicately complements the shape of the jar.  The jar is signed on the bottom.  It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

 

$ 975.00
Trammel, Jennie – Clay Turtle (1970’s)

This is an unusual figurative piece by Jennie Trammel.   She was a daughter of Margaret Tafoya.  Over the years Jennie did not make a lot of pottery as she lived a very private life and was virtually never involved in markets or gallery shows.  However, she created striking pottery with classic shapes and designs which were distinctive to her work. This turtle is highly polished and painted black-on-black with a rain design.  It is a charming piece and unusual to see a figurative piece of her pottery.  The entire piece is fully polished and it is signed in the clay on the underside, “Jennie Trammel”.  It is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

$ 175.00
Tafoya, Margaret – Clay Bird Figure (1960’s)

This is an unusual bird fire by Margaret Tafoya is from the 1960’s.  The bird is fully polished and the wings and tail are painted black-on-black.  The painting is delicate and the designs are meant to symbolize the wings and tail feathers.  The entire piece is fully stone polished and it is fired black.  Margaret would often make these bird figures for tourists visiting the pueblo as well as to use up clay before preparing a new batch for her pottery.  The bird in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair. There is a small blister on the head and a just a bit of wear on the inside “bowl” part of the bird.  It is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Margaret”. It is charming piece reflective of the variety of pottery she made throughout her career!

$ 675.00
Whitegeese, Daryl  – Tall Water Jar with Mesa and Rain Designs

I should start off by saying that is one of the tallest pieces we have had by Daryl Whitegeese.  Next, sometimes a photo just doesn’t do a piece justice and this is one of those times.  I realize looking at the photo that the top band looks “wavy” when in fact it is perfectly even.  I had a hard time capturing the size, shine and carving on this large jar.  I went for the polish and shape.  The jar is an elegant form with a tall shoulder which turns in and then rises up to the tall neck.  It is this proportionality which creates such an elegance to this piece.  The center of the jar is fully carved with a design which depicts the mesa and the clouds , along with the rain and lightning designs.  the carving is deep and the edges are VERY sharp. This style of carving has become a ‘signature’ for Daryl’s pottery.  The jar is stone polished and it a glassy black surface. Note as well the edge of the rim of the jar and how he has polished into the rim!  The size, shape and design all work perfectly on this piece. 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!  Simply stunning!

 

 

$ 5,700.00
Romero, Susan “Snowflake” – Butterfly 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 style of butterfly on the top.  The butterfly is surrounded by flowers. There are various levels of etching on the piece, including some wonderful areas which are just tan.  The polishing has created a high shine.  The seepot is in perfect condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair and signed on the bottom.

$ 325.00
Moquino, Jennifer & Jason Ebelacker – Double Shoulder Water Jar with Cherry Blossoms

This is a striking collaborative jar by Jennifer Tafoya 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 water jar is one of his striking shapes with a wide shoulder and then is has a sharp, flat curve and a second shoulder as it extends up to the neck! The rim of the jar is slightly turned out and polished on the inside. The jar has two bear paws and it is fired a deep red coloration.  The surface of the jar is etched by Jennifer Tafoya Moquino. She is known for her realistic etched designs.  On this jar Jennifer has etched a series of cherry blossoms around the surface of the jar.  It is a simple but elegant design which leaves open spaces to reveal the polishing. The petals and branches add just a slight detail to the surface of the jar.  It is a striking combination of design and shape.  Jennifer & Jason have collaborated on numerous pieces winning awards for their distinctive collaborations.  This jar won a Second Place ribbon at the 2018 Heard Indian Market.  It is exciting to see potters push beyond their comfort level in size and complexity of design.

$ 4,200.00
Roller, Cliff – Bowl with Bear Paws (1995)

Cliff Roller is a son of noted potter Toni Roller. Each piece is coil built and stone polished.  This bowl is carved four bear paws as the designs. The bear paws are symbolic of a Pueblo story where the bear leads the people to water during a drought.  Here the bear paws are each deeply carved into the clay and polished. The remainder of the bowl is fully polished to a very high shine.  It is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Cliff Roller”.  This bowl is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  While these days Cliff makes very little pottery, his work remains a statement to his skill as a potter!

$ 400.00
Swentzell, Roxanne – Original Clay Mask

This is an original clay piece by Roxanne Swentzell.  She is well known for her clay masks and their unique expressiveness.  This mask is a charming smaller piece of her work.  The face has great expression and a lot of detail on the mouth and eyes.  It is in perfect condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  It is signed in the clay, “ROX”.

$ 1,000.00
Gutierrez, Margaret Lou Roybal – Large Feather Plate (1970’s)

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

$ 950.00
Ebelacker, Jason – Double Shoulder Water Jar with Bear Paws

This is a classic wide shoulder water jar by Jason Ebelacker.  The jar is an elegant shape with the very wide shoulder and turned out rim. This shape of water jar is one which is often seen in the work of his great-grandmother Margaret Tafoya.  Here Jason has created a jar with a double shoulder or “rainbow rim”.  The key to making a jar of this shape is to accentuate the round shoulder and the curves of the neck.  He has impressed a bear paw as part of the design.   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 jar has a high polish and a very deep black coloration.  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
Diaz, Tina – Red & Tan Jar with Birds & Clouds

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.  There is a bird and cloud design on one side in the red.  As the jar is turned the lightning design is carved and polished tan. She uses the negative space of the jar to create additional cloud motifs.  The neck and base of the jar polished red.   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.  The jar is signed on the bottom in the clay. 

$ 950.00
Lonewolf, Rosemary “Apple Blossom” – Seedpot with Birds

This is an exceptional miniature seedpot by Rosemary Lonewolf!  It is fully designed with three birds and a band of flowers around the shoulder.  Spiraling around the top of the seedpot is a feather design and there is a small flower on the very top! Rosemary has added additional white and blue colorations for the clay on this piece.  The various colors are all derived from natural clay slips.  The seedpot is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  It is signed on the bottom.

$ 800.00
Medicine Flower, Grace – Long Neck Jar with Butterfly (1993)

This is a classic miniature long neck jar by Grace Medicine Flower is from 1993.  It is fully polished and the area around the body of the piece is fully designed. There is a butterfly on one side and around the shoulder are cloud and rain designs.  Note the various levels of etched into the clay on the butterfly!  The jar is signed on the bottom in the clay.  It is in very good condition with no chips, cracks restoration or repair.

$ 975.00
Folwell, Susan – “Going East” Large Tile

Susan Folwell is one of the exciting innovators in Pueblo pottery.  This jar is part of her series for, “Taos Light: Maidens to Mantas”.  The focus is on Susan re-interpreting the work of the Taos Society of Artists. This tile is inspired by the painting “Water Carriers” by Walter Ufer.  Susan says of this piece:

Tiles are always so difficult to make, but I wanted to challenge myself to do one that is exceptionally large.  In the original painting by Walter Ufer, the coloration of the blue is so intense.  I wanted to soften it so that the clay would have room to breathe. When you have a painting that is powerful, I leave the faces undefined so that it is not a “copy” but it leaves them to the imagination.  The “frame” became one of my very intricate “bejeweled” designs. I want the little squares to look like turquoise, coral, silver, and gold.

The tile is intricately etched around the edge to create a tile or mosaic appearance.  The central design is delicately painted and captures the women and the pottery.  There is a striking sense of movement and the use of the natural clay for the color of the background is perfect!  The til is signed on the front.

$ 2,400.00
Folwell, Susan – “Reclining Woman” Lidded Jar

Susan Folwell is one of the exciting innovators in Pueblo pottery.  This jar is part of her series for, “Taos Light: Maidens to Mantas”.  The focus is on Susan re-interpreting the work of the Taos Society of Artists. This jar is inspired by a painting by Victor Higgins.  Susan says of this jar:

“This painting by Higgins is a powerful piece.  I really wanted to be able to capture the “Higgins Clouds” (last image).  They are the kind of clouds which you only see in Northern New Mexico.  I put the lid on the jar with the tightly basket to create a greater sense of intimacy than it just being an open vessel.

The jar is a tall shape and the white areas are a textured white slip. The figures are painted so that the clay can be seen in the background of the piece.  Again, the texture of the clay plays an important part of the vessel. The lid is wonderful with the tightly painted basket and the handle.  The jar is signed on the bottom.

“Viewing Susan Folwell’s intricately designed pottery is like reading a book, as each piece must be turned, examined and viewed from different angles to understand the whole story.”  American Indian Art Magazine, 2005

$ 2,200.00
Folwell, Susan – “Water Carriers” Tile

Susan Folwell is one of the exciting innovators in Pueblo pottery.  This jar is part of her series for, “Taos Light: Maidens to Mantas”.  The focus is on Susan re-interpreting the work of the Taos Society of Artists. This tile is inspired by the “Water Carriers” painting by Walter Ufer.  Susan says of this piece:

My newest pieces serve as commentaries and reflections on the classic Taos Society of Artists Work. I specifically want to focus on their portrayal of Native Women.  The use of the tile format allows me to create my own “painting”.  Here I added the shelf or “bench” to the tile and made four additional pieces of pottery which are attached to the tile.  I like the idea of the painting becoming 3-D, just like a piece of pottery!

The tile has the women painted carrying water jars on their heads.  In the foreground are four small pieces of pottery which are attached to the tile.  There is a black water jar, a red and tan polished bowl, a tan polished bowl and a tiny black and white bowl.  The back of the tile is also fully designed with a textured pattern with dots.  There is almost the feeling of a shawl or cloth to the texture and coloration.  The tile is signed on the front.

$ 1,450.00
Folwell, Susan – “The Twins” Large Jar

Susan Folwell is one of the exciting innovators in Pueblo pottery.  This large jar is part of her new series for, “Peering through Taos Light”.  The focus is on Susan re-interpreting the work of the Taos Society of Artists. This jar is inspired by a Hennings painting of two twins who moved to Taos. Susan says of this piece:

 

“What attracted me to this painting was the striking look of the twins.  They were the Baumgartner brothers who relocated to Taos.  I appreciated the painting captured the essence of the time they lived.  I wanted to do a flask as the shape to accentuate the landscape.  I went a bit “free” form on the shape, but it billows behind them, like the clouds.  The back panel are flowers local to Taos and New Mexico and the painted and etched the basket on the bottom. I love how the basket seems to be both holding them and they seem to be floating out of it as well.  It’s all like a dream.”

This large jar is both painted and etched.  Note on the figures how Susan has etched away the figures to create both depth and bring out the natural color of the clay.  The “lid” for the flask is cork.  The shape, design and story all fit together perfectly on this amazing large vessel!  The last photos here are the actual painting for comparison.  The pieces are signed on the bottom.

$ 11,000.00
Folwell, Susan – “Water-Grass” Open Bowl

Susan Folwell is one of the exciting innovators in Pueblo pottery.  This jar is part of her series for, “Taos Light: Maidens to Mantas”.  The focus is on Susan re-interpreting the work of the Taos Society of Artists. This jar is inspired by the painting “Water-Grass” by Bert Phillips.  Davison Koening, the Director of the E.I. Couse Foundation in Taos, NM noted that the early paintings by many of the Taos artists were ethnographic in orientation.  As a result, the title, such as “Water-Grass”, would often simply be the name of the subject in the painting.  Susan says of this piece:

“On this piece, I had created the open bowl and then I saw the Phillips portrait of “Water-Grass”.   As with much of my recent work, I wanted to be able to honor and reflect on the women in these paintings by the Taos Artists.  This image was perfect for the shape, as it almost felt as if I was painting a cameo in a shell.  There was an unexpected intimacy in the hand-held size of the open bowl and the detail for her clothing and jewelry.  I painted the intricately etched detail on her jewlery to have it own lumininescence.  The bowl itself is like a shell that could be held.  The back is textured and painted to look like a turtle shell.   I put her name, “Water-Grass” on the front to honor her and the endurance of Native women.”

The open bowl is painted in the center with the portrait of “Water-Grass”.  Scan in close and you can see how Susan has incised the hair and necklace, so there is an intricacy in the technique and design which is unexpected. The space around the figure reveals the coloration of the clay.  The back is almost the “surprise” as it is highly textured and the coloration is to have the feel of a turtle shell.  It is signed on the back.

$ 1,500.00
Folwell, Susan – “Hennings at Sunset in the Snow” Jar

Susan Folwell is one of the exciting innovators in Pueblo pottery.  This jar is part of her series for, “Peering through Taos Light”.  The focus is on Susan re-interpreting the work of the Taos Society of Artists. This jar is inspired by the painting “Passing By” by Ernest Hennings.  Susan says of this piece,

“In the painting, it is a scene with the two women walking down the lane. When I was working on this jar in Taos, it was the first snow of the season.  I deiced to make it a snow scene instead of an autumn scene.

The color of the jar is the key to this piece.  It captures the mood of the sky after a snow and at sunset.  The piece is mostly matte, with a single band of the Folwell family “x’s” etched into the clay.  The figures are painted but note the use etching around the plants, which gives them just a slight sense of relief.   Sometimes less is more and the strength of the design is powerful enough for the jar.  The jar is signed on the bottom.

$ 4,400.00
Folwell, Susan – “Corn Maidens” Jar

Susan Folwell is one of the exciting innovators in Pueblo pottery.  This jar is part of her continuing series for, “Peering through Taos Light”.  The focus is on Susan re-interpreting the work of the Taos Society of Artists. This jar is inspired by painting by Bert Phillips.  The jar features Taos Pueblo women with baskets of corn.  The designs are painted and etched into the clay.  The rim of the jar has been wet so that it has a “crackled” appearance. Susan said she wanted it to have a utilitarian feel, much like the baskets the women are holding.  The figures are each intricately painted and etched.  The original Phillips painting is the last image.  The jar is signed on the bottom.

$ 3,600.00
Folwell, Susan – “Feast Day” Long Neck Jar

Susan Folwell is one of the exciting innovators in Pueblo pottery.  This jar is part of her series for, “Taos Light”.  This jar combines her love of Pop-Art with Pueblo imagery. Here there are two young women wearing tablitas on their heads for Feast Day  The area behind them has been left the natural color of the clay.  The shoulder of the jar has been indented, almost reminding one of the bread made during Feast Day in the horno ovens.  However, it is the base of the jar which is dynamic.  Susan has etched and carved into the clay with a series of rows which she has then painted to have the appearance of a stone mosaic!  Each band is a different size, as is each of the various squares and rectangles. The imagery here is evocative not only of the hei-shi beads and jewelry worn during Feast Day, but also the beauty of the stones and how when set in this manner almost seem to replicate the horizon.  The jar is signed on the bottom.

“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

$ 2,600.00
Folwell, Susan – “Bread Bakers” Large Jar

Susan Folwell is one of the exciting innovators in Pueblo pottery.  This jar is part of her series for, “Taos Light: Maidens to Mantas”.  The focus is on Susan re-interpreting the work of the Taos Society of Artists. This jar is inspired by the painting “The Bakers” by Walter Ufer.  Susan says of this piece,

I made this jar to have a very open and organic appearance.  I wanted to capture the fun and intensity of Pueblo women getting ready for Feast Day.  There is so much movement in the clouds and sky and there was an unexpected translucence when I put on the clay slip.  It made me want to keep the clay showing and create a piece which was more subtle.  The use of the layers of rope around the neck are the passing of the legacy of Feast Day and baking bread from one generation to another.

The jar is a large but organic shape with a wide body and indented neck.  The rim of the jar is fully incised to create the appearance of the rope. The body of the piece is painted with the scenes of Pueblo women baking bread.  The clouds are intricately painted with small dots and note how the background areas has large swaths of white clay slip against the natural color of the clay.  The jar is signed on the bottom.

$ 4,900.00
Folwell, Kaa – Large Grafiti Style Clouds and Lightning Design Bowl

Kaa Folwell is one of the exciting young potters working today.  In 2018 she is graduating from IAIA, which certainly adds an educational component to a lifetime of making pottery in her renowned family.  This large bowl has a wide shoulder and a slight neck.  The outside of the bowl is etched and then painted. The designs are graffiti style clouds and lightning.  The spiral and flow around the surface of the bowl.  The contrast of the painted surfaces with the texture of the clay body works perfectly for both the feel and the visual.  In various places around the designs are the Folwell family “x” design.  Not only is the bowl painted and etched, but the entire interior is fully painted as well.  The strength of the exterior design continues on the interior.  It is a beautiful balance of color, form, and design.  The bowl is signed on the bottom.  We are excited to see more from this young potter!

$ 1,500.00
Folwell, Kaa – Bowl with Graffiti Design

Kaa Folwell is one of the exciting young potters working today. This jar has an asymmetrical shape around the rim. The coloration is achieved by polishing the top and bottom areas red and the center tan.  The area around the shoulder is fully incised with “graffiti” designs.  There is a striking flow of design and the various levels of design.  It is a beautiful balance of color, form, and design.  We are excited to see more from this young potter!

$ 400.00
Roller, Toni – Large Jar with 32 Feather & Mountain Design

This is an exceptional large carved jar by Toni Roller.  She is a daughter of Margaret Tafoya and is known for her classic shapes and exquisite stone polished pottery.   This large jar is a striking shape with a high shoulder and a slight neck.  Around the shoulder are 32 carved feathers as the design.  Toni has a distinctive style of carved feather she uses for her pottery, with a rounded edge at the base.  The lower section of the jar is carved with a kiva step and mountain pattern.  It is a subtle complement to the complex carving of the feathers.  The jar is fully polished and a striking example of her work.  It is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Toni Roller” and dated February 2018.

$ 4,000.00
Moquino, Jennifer Tafoya – Perch Clay Fish

This is a figurative piece by Jennifer Tafoya Moquino.  It is a perch and fully polished and etched.  Note the details on the sides and the various layers.  The piece is signed on the bottom.  The colors are all derived from natural clay slips.

$ 140.00
Garcia, Greg – Double Shoulder Water Jar (1984)

Greg Garcia was known for his use of classic Santa Clara forms for his pottery.  He learned to make pottery from his grandmother, Severa Tafoya and also worked closely with his sister, Tina Garcia.  This is one of his classic double shoulder water jars. The jar has the “rainbow ridge” or double shoulder, which is always technically difficult to make. The entire piece is fully polished.  The jar was fired a deep black coloration.  It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair. It is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Greg Garcia”.

$ 300.00
Garcia, Tina – Long Neck Jar with Fluted Rim

Tina Garcia was well known for her focus on traditional shape and plainware Santa Clara pottery. This jar is a classic shape with a long neck and a sharp shoulder.  The rim is fluted and it is also fully polished on the inside.  Typical of her pottery is an elegant shape and the stone polished surface is stunning.  It is signed on the bottom and  it is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

$ 1,000.00
Nichols, Robert Cleto – Black Bowl with Carved Fish Design

Robert Cleto Nichols is known for his deep carved pottery.  Each piece is coil built, carved and stone polished.  This bowl has a fish as the design which encircles the piece.  As the bowl is turned the body of the fish is divided up into various classic Santa Clara designs. There are melon ribs, kiva steps, and cloud designs.  Note the depth of the carving on this piece!  The bowl is traditionally fired black and signed on the bottom in the clay.

$ 400.00
Medicine Flower, Grace – Mini Jar with Flute Player, Frogs & Turtles (1998)

This miniature red jar by Grace Medicine Flower is fully polished and incised.  The design is a central medallion with a Mimbres inspired flute player.  Around the shoulder are alternating turtles and frogs.  The jar is from 1998 and it is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  It is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Grace Medicine Flower”.

$ 1,600.00
Youngblood, Nancy –  Red 16 Rib Swirl Melon Bowl with Kiva Step Lid

This is an exceptional miniature by Nancy Youngblood.  It is one of her very deeply carved melon bowls which swirl down from the neck to the base.  There are sixteen ribs and each rib is carved into the clay and fully stone polished.  Consider that each rib has two “sides” to be polished and the surface area of the piece is about double its size! This jar also has a lid which is carved to fit exactly into the rim of the bowl.  Amazingly, the front and the back of the lid are stone polished!  Nancy said of this type of lid:

“The kiva step lid.  I saw that design a lot when I was a young girl both on pottery and on my mom’s embroidery. I wanted to try that pattern with a lid. It’s tough to do because lids are so fragile. You have to make it solid and then cut into it to get the shape. Lids are probably some of the hardest things to do with the pottery.”  Nancy Youngblood, Spoken Through Clay

The coloration on this bowl is a striking deep red.  The deep ribs and the deep color are in perfect to reflect the light at every angle!  Nancy has won numerous awards for her melon bowls, and this is undoubtedly a classic of her style!  It is signed on the bottom in the clay.

$ 4,800.00
Lonewolf, Joseph – “Leaping Grasshoppers” Seedpot (1997)

This seedpot by Joseph Lonewolf is from 1997.  The piece is entitled, “Leaping Grasshoppers”.  It includes a signed version of the card which Joseph made for each of his miniatures.  There is also a photo of Joseph holding the piece! Joseph wrote partially of this piece,

“Portrayed side view are two geometrically designed and color-toned grasshoppers.  Representative of the Mimbres Period – 10th to 14th centuries. Both grasshoppers appear to be leaping.  Beneath the plant-eating insects is a higly polished red slipwork symbolic of Mother Earth.  Swirled and jagged to denote “Her” terrain, MOther Earth’s surface is only sparsely vegetated.”

The butterfly etched on the back is symbolic of beauty and the the interlocking rings medallion represents the attachment between friends and was the yearly symbol for 1997.   This piece was actually purchased at our gallery show for Joseph Lonewolf and Grace Medicine Flower in 1998! 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.

$ 1,600.00
Lonewolf, Joseph – “Lone Chipmunk” (1986)

This is a charming miniature by Joseph Lonewolf  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 seedpot is entitled, “Lone Chipmunk”.  Joseph wrote of this piece:

“Comprising the front side of this minature is a cheerful, alert, sun-loving little animal, a lone chipmunk.  Below the handsome hoarder, at the base, is the symbol of beauty, a tiny butterfly.  Encircling the chipmunk and comprising the back side are designs symbolic of sun rays and the natural habitat (of the chipmunk).

The surface is fully polished red and there are additional black, white, green and blue clay slips added to create the colorations.  The yearly symbol for 1986 is a “heart” which represents love and Lonewolf says, “in particular a deep devotion for the ancestors and Mother Earth”.  The seedpot is signed on the bottom in the clay.  It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

$ 1,600.00
Lonewolf, Joseph – “Call to The Creatures” (1984)

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 seedpot is entitled, “Call to the Creatures”.  Joseph wrote of this piece:

“The time has come…the People must stock up on food and clothing once again.  Standing upon the design symbolic of his pathway, the flute player lifts his flute and calls the creatures on the back side of this creation.  Encircled by the musical story coming from his flute, the flute player, symbolic of leadership, tells the rabbit, antelope, ram, and fish to come forth and provide the people all they require”.

This seedpot is very intricately designed with a fourish of the flute player on the piece. There is an additional green clay slip used to highlight the piece. The yearly symbol for 1984 is near the base and it is a rainbow, symbolising a bright future.  The seedpot is signed on the bottom in the clay.  It is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  It includes the original card with the information on the piece.

$ 2,000.00
Lonewolf, Joseph – “Secreted Fawn” Seedpot (1998)

This seedpot by Joseph Lonewolf is from 1998.  The piece is entitled, “Secreted Fawn”.  It includes a signed version of the card which Joseph made for each of his miniatures.  This piece was actually made for our show at the gallery with Joseph and Grace Medicine Flower in 1998.   Joseph wrote partially of this piece,

“Portrayed against a blue sky background is a single realistically designed Mule Deer fawn, most of which are born in June or July.  Nestled, side view, in an abundance of sheltered valley grasses, remote to other members of the heard, the fawn is partially encircled by eight yellow disked, red tipped daisy blossoms, which denote all that is sweet, or pleasant, in life.

Three small realistically designed cabbage white  butterflies, symbolic of beauty in life, are portrayed with the fawn.  two wings about the new born in a delicate, unhurried flight and one alight on the tip of the newborn’s right ear.”

On the back of the seedpot in the red is a Mule Deer buck, doe and fawn sketched into the clay.  They are inspired by the Mimbres pottery designs of the 11th century.  The interlocking rings medallion represents the attachment between friends and was the yearly symbol for 1997.  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.  There is also a photo of Joseph holding the piece! It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

$ 4,000.00
Haungooah, Art Cody – Seedpot with Frogs (1981)

This is a classic stylized seedpot by Art Cody Haungooah.  It is fully polished and etched in his signature “asymmetrical’ manner, meaning there are two medallions but they are not on opposite side, and there is a section which is just plain.  In one of the medallions, there are four frogs and a central lily pad.  They are surrounded by a feather pattern.  The second medallion also has a circle of feathers and in the center is a stylized bird.  Separating the two is a design with three prayer feathers.  The piece is from 1981 when he signed his work with his name and a flute player.  The piece is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.r repair.

To learn more about Art Cody Haungooah, click below:

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

 

$ 600.00
Haungooah, Art Cody -Jar with Feather (1972)

This is a very early piece by Art Cody Haungooah.  It is a tall jar which is fully polished and carved around the shoulder. The carved design is a single feather, which he has etched into to the clay.  The remainder of the jar is plain.  It was only in 1972 that Art began to make pottery and this piece is signed with his earlies signature, “Haungooah”.  It is in good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

To learn more about Art Cody Haungooah, click below:

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

 

$ 100.00
Haungooah, Art Cody – Bowl with Pueblo Bird (1972)

This is a very early piece by Art Cody Haungooah.  It is an open bowl and it is fully polished. The design is etched into one side of the piece. There is a single Pueblo style bird with deep etching around the design.  The remainder of the bowl is plain.  It was only in 1972 that Art began to make pottery and this piece is signed with his earlies signature, “Haungooah”.  It is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

To learn more about Art Cody Haungooah, click below:

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

 

$ 250.00
Haungooah, Art Cody -Red and Brown Bowl with Feather Pattern (1977)

This is bowl by Art Cody Haungooah is from 1975.  The style of this bowl was some of the favorite work that Art made during his career.  Here, the top of the bowl is slipped with a brown clay, while the bottom half is red.  The bowl is etched around the center with a stylized feather pattern.  The area around the design is more deeply etched to reveal the tan clay. The bowl was made by Martha, while Art did the polishing and designs.  The bowl is indented on the bottom and also fully polished.  It is signed, “Art & Martha Haungooah, Santa Clara Pueblo, 1977”.  It is in good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

To learn more about Art Cody Haungooah, click the link below:

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

$ 575.00
Haungooah, Art Cody -Jar with Fox and Feathers (1975)

This is a charming jar by Art Cody Haungooah is from 1975.  The jar is fully polished and has design just around the neck of the piece.  The design is a fox out in the lightning and as the jar is turned there is a feather pattern.  The remainder of the jar is highly polished.  Interestingly, the jar is not signed on the bottom, but on the side!  It is signed, “Haungooah, 3-20-75”.  It is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

To learn more about Art Cody Haungooah, click the link below:

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

$ 500.00
Haungooah, Art Cody & Martha – Bowl with Howling Coyote and Moon (1976)

This is one of the few pieces signed by both Art Cody Haungooah and his wife, Martha.  Martha made the small jar and polished the surface.  Art Cody etched the design.  The central medallion is a howling coyote.  In front of the coyote is a quarter moon.  On the opposite side of the moon is a stylized bird.  There is just a slight lip to the jar.  The piece is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Art & Martha Haungooah  1976”.  It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

To learn more about Art Cody Haungooah, click the link below:

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

$ 500.00
Moquino, Jennifer Tafoya – Jar with Peony Flowers

This is a striking jar by Jennifer Moquino.  It is fully polished and has a high shoulder and a slight neck. Around the neck is a rain and cloud pattern.  Around the body of the jar are etched peony flowers.  They are delicately designed and etched into the clay.  The very subtle coloration is from the natural clay slips she uses to add color to her work.  Jennifer has used flowers as an accent to many of her pieces, so it is exciting to see her do something with just flowers!  As well, check out the polishing overall, which has a very high shine!  It is signed on the bottom.  It is this creative evolution in her work which keeps  Jennifer as one of the leading innovative potters working today!

$ 1,875.00
Gutierrez, Margaret & Luther – Jar with Warriors and Animals (1970’s)

This is a classic polychrome jar by Margaret & Luther Gutierrez.  Margaret would make the pottery and Luther, her brother, Luther,  would paint them.  This jar is one of their classic shapes with a round body and slight neck.  Allt he various colors are derived from native clay slips.  There are four medallions on the jar.  Two have warriors or hunters and the other two have animals (a bear and a mountain lion). The bear and mountain lion both have heartlines as part of their designs.  Note the various clay colors used on this jar, including the green and orange.  The jar is signed on the bottom, “Margaret / Luther” and it is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

$ 900.00
Gutierrez, Denny -Faceted Melon Jar with Lid (2006)

Denny Gutierrez was known for his faceted melon bowls. As opposed to carving them, he would flatten out each rib out to create a “faceted” appearance.  The result was a reflective surface and a very striking piece of pottery.  This jar has 32 melon ribs which are straight at the shoulder and then swirl below the shoulder.  The area above the melon ribs is polished and the lid is also fully polished.  The jar is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Denny Gutierrez Santa Clara 06”.  It is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

$ 600.00
Begay, Jr., Harrison – Jar with Eagle Family

Harrison Begay, Jr. has won numerous awards over the years for his deep carved pottery.  This round jar is fully carved with an eagle family.  There are two eagles in flight and two baby eaglets in a tree.  Surrounding the birds are cloud and wind designs.  Note the complexity of the tree branches, which provided wonderful depth to the overall story of the jar.  The firing on this piece is exceptional with a silvery appearance to the surface which contrasts with the black matte areas.  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.

$ 850.00
Folwell, Susan – “From Horse to Train” Jar

Susan Folwell is one of the exciting innovators in Pueblo pottery. Her work in native clay and traditional designs, but she is constantly experimenting with techniques and clays.  This jar is rag polished, so that the surface has a satin sheen.  The design is an incised train which encircles the neck.  Note the detail and the precision in the train!  There are also “x’s” for the stars above the train. On the remainder of the jar there are horses, which she uses a stamp and applies them in ink, clay and mica.  The unique shape of the jar, with the low shoulder and asymmetrical rim, are part of the innovative clay work in her pottery.

$ 975.00
Ebelacker, James – Storage Jar with Carved Cloud Designs

This is an exceptional carved storage jar shaped vessel by James Ebelacker.  He is a son of noted potter Virginia Ebelacker.  He is known for his large vessels and this jar is a striking piece of his pottery.  It is a classic storage jar shape with a round shoulder and slightly turned out rim.  The storage jar from is not just a difficult one to coil build and create a “round” shape, but the resulting vessel has an exceptional amount of space for carving.  The neck of the jar is slipped with a micaceous clay and the body of the jar is very deeply carved. There are cloud, rain and lightning designs.  What’s interesting is not just how he carved them, but also how they are polished. He carved the jar with a lot of open space, which created much more intricate design patterns and sections. The polishing was done so that the edges of the carving has a soft slope instead of the usual edge.  This style of carving is reminiscent of his aunt Jennie Trammel’s carving and polishing.  The jar is fired a striking red in coloration.  The contrast of the complex designs, the matte and polished surfaces and the micaceous rim make for an exceedingly varied and unique jar.  It is signed on the bottom in the clay.  His work can be found in museums throughout the southwest and most recently in the book, “Spoken Through Clay”.

$ 8,000.00
Begay, Daniel – Square Jar with Yei Figures & Stars

This is a striking square shaped 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 two different stylized Yei figures.  The figures are each carved in a spiral with the mask and feather and blanket.  Separating each of the figures are large and small star patterns.  The stars certainly take ones mind not just to the celestial nature fo the Yei figures, but also their use in Navajo weavings.  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.

$ 1,400.00
Tafoya, LuAnn – Jar with Lightning and Rain Desings

LuAnn Tafoya is a daughter of Margaret Tafoya and learned to make the large vessels from her mother.  This jar is one of her classic shaped smaller pieces with a round body and a sloping neck. The body of the jar is carved with a complex rain, lighting and cloud pattern.  The designs are carved in a series of panels and extend from the top down and the bottom up.  The jar is highly polished to a glassy finish.   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.

$ 1,200.00
Vigil, Ethel – Carved Bowl with Feather & Avanyu

Ethel Vigil is a daughter of noted potter Mida Tafoya and a granddaughter of Christina Naranjo.  She has been making pottery since 1975. This bowl is deeply carved with a feather pattern around the top and a water serpent (avanyu) around the body of the piece.  Note the depth of the carving and the very high stone polished surface!  It is signed on the bottom in the clay.

$ 175.00
Singer, Mary – Bowl with Carved Feather Design

Mary Singer was known for her intricately carved pottery and figurative work.  This bowl is deeply carved with a reverse feather pattern.  The feathers extend up from the base and inside each feather is a kiva step design.  The carving is deep and the polishing creates a very even coloration.  The bowl is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Mary Singer”. While she no longer makes pottery, her work can be found in museums nationwide.  This bowl is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair. It is from the 1990’s.

$ 300.00
Folwell, Susan – Wolves and Buffalo Bowl

Susan Folwell is known for her innovative and unique Santa Clara pottery.  This bowl has an oval shape and the top half is fully polished and the bottom matte. The bowl has painted wolves on the top, along with a cross and Northwest Coast eye.  The bottom is carved with buffalo  and the Folwell family “x’s”.  The bowl denotes a variety of sacred imagery and the coloration from the firing is striking!  The bowl is signed on the bottom.

$ 1,500.00
Whitegeese, Daryl – Wide Shoulder Red Jar with Storm Designs

This is a spectacular wide shoulder jar by Daryl Whitegeese.  He is known for his use of traditional Santa Clara shapes and designs.  This wide shape is one which his mother, LuAnn Tafoya has made famous.  I didn’t think I had seen a piece this shape by Daryl before and when I asked him he said he had made three of them, but the other two didn’t survive the firing!  The jar has a wide shoulder and it is fully polished a very deep red.  The design is a storm pattern, with clouds, rain and lightning designs.  Typically for his work, the edges are very sharp and create a strong contrast to the matte slipped background.  The jar has been traditionally fired to give it a deep, red coloration.  It was a difficult piece to photograph, so some of the lines you see on the rim in white are just reflection.  The shape and polish work perfectly to reflect the light. Daryl has won numerous awards for his pottery including “Best of Pottery” at the 2015 Heard Indian Market.’  The jar is signed on the bottom in the clay. aryl Whitegeese is known for his use of traditional Santa Clara shapes and designs.  This water jar is a graceful shape with a round body and a very sharp edged rim. The neck and base are fully polished red.  The design around the center is inspired by an early red bowl by his grandmother, Margaret Tafoya.  The design is cut into the clay and has a strong angular composition as the jar is turned. The background area surrounding the carving has been scraped away to reveal the tan clay coloration.  It’s a striking visual contrast to the highly polished surface.  The smooth matte areas are always difficult to keep smooth. If they are not smooth the shadow of any indentions are readily apparent.  The jar has been traditionally fired to give it a deep, red coloration. The shape and polish work perfectly to reflect the light. Daryl has won numerous awards for his pottery including “Best of Pottery” at the 2015 Heard Indian Market.

 

$ 5,200.00
Tafoya, Margaret -Jar with Lightning Design (1960’s)

This is a small bowl by Margaret Tafoya is from the 1960’s.  The jar is fully carved with four panels of designs.  Each panel has a lightning design separated by a vertical line, which represents the rain.  While Margaret was known for her large vessels, why make something so small?  The reason is that potters of her generation would not ‘throw away” clay that was not used, but also not mix a large portion of it with the new clay.  So, when they were running out of clay, they would often make smaller vessels like this bowl.  It is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Margaret”.  It is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

$ 875.00
Tafoya, Margaret – Bowl with Carved Avanyu (1960’s)

This is a small bowl by Margaret Tafoya is from the 1960’s.  The bowl is fully carved with a water serpent as a design.  As the bowl is turned the body of the water serpent (avanyu) creates cloud and lightning designs.  The mouth and eye of the avanyu are painted onto the clay, which was very typical of this time.  While Margaret was known for her large vessels, why make something so small?  The reason is that potters of her generation would not ‘throw away” clay that was not used, but also not mix a large portion of it with the new clay.  So, when they were running out of clay, they would often make smaller vessels like this bowl.  It is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Margaret”.  It is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

$ 875.00
Baca, Angela – Round 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, even the space between the 24 individual ribs is fully polished!  It is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Angela Baca” and it is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

$ 575.00
Begay, Jr., Harrison – Brown Jar with Bears

While living at Santa Clara Pueblo, Harrison Begay, Jr. learned to make Santa Clara style carved and polished pottery.  This jar is deeply carved with heartline bears on both sides.  They are connected with cloud swirls above them an plant designs below.  The neck of the jar is also fully polished.  The designs are either polished or matte, which Harrison alternates to accentuate his imagery. 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.  This jar has been fired brown, so there are some striking color variations as the piece is turned.  The interesting part about the brown firings is that they always feel close in color to the traditional Navajo pottery, which is also brown.  Harrison has won numerous awards for his work and continues to be one of the leading innovators in Native American Indian pottery.  The jar is signed on the bottom in the clay.

$ 750.00
Tafoya, Emily – Green Seedpot with Butterflies & Hummingbird

Emily Tafoya was the wife of noted potter Ray Tafoya and is the mother of Jennifer Moquino. This seedpot is fully polished green and etched with a hummingbird, flower and butterflies.  All the various additional clay colors are added after the firing. It is signed on the bottom.

$ 200.00
Duwyenie, Debra & Preston – Tile with 10 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 tile is flat with ten turtles.  Each of them has a different design on its back.  Usually, Debra etches one of the turtles to have a “shifting sand” design to represent her husband, Preston Duwyenie.  That one can be seen in the corner.  Surrounding the turtles are lots of dragonflies along with a lizard.  The edge of the tile has a water serpent encircling the piece  and a rain cloud in the corner.  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 back of the tile is also fully polished.  The piece is signed on the back by both artists.

$ 750.00
Speckled Rock, Adam – Open Bowl with Turtle and Pine Tree Design

Adam Speckled Rock is the son of noted potters Paul Speckled Rock and Rosemary Lonewolf.  He is a grandson of Joseph Lonewolf and a great-grandson of both Severa Tafoya and Camilio Tafoya.  This open bowl is fully polished on the outside.  It is designed like a “kiva bowl” with the step patterns. In each of the step designs is an etched pine tree.  There is also an etched turtle with a sun design on its back.  The bowl is signed on the bottom in the clay.  It is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

$ 200.00
Lonewolf, Greg – Seedpot “Hummingbirds and Bees”

Greg Lonewolf is the son of Joseph Lonewolf and is known for his intricately incised miniatures.  While he no longer makes pottery, his work was both creative and detailed in design.  Different that that of his father, with a focus on telling a story on each piece that encompassed both realistic and Mimbres inspired imagery.  This seedpot has two realistic hummingbirds on the side of the piece.  They are surrounded by flowers.  There is one section with two Mimbres bees, lightly etched into the clay.  On the top is a flower medallion with a feather pattern below.  The piece is entitled, “Hummingbirds and Bees”. It is signed on the bottom in the clay.  It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

$ 600.00
Begay, Daniel – Tall Jar with Bears and Geometrics

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 bears, one on each side.  Below the bears are a stylized rain cloud design.  Separating them are a triangular “heartline” design on each side.  One section is polished, the other is matte.  The matte areas are always difficult as if they are not sanded enough they appear rough in the shadows.  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.

$ 700.00
Cain, Mary – Bowl with Cloud and Wind Designs

Mary Cain was a daughter of Christina Naranjo and a granddaughter of SaraFina Tafoya.  Her granddaughters Tammy Garcia and Autumn Borts-Medlock, continue a family tradition of making exceptional pottery.  She was known for her classic style Santa Clara pottery.  This bowl is carved with a cloud and wind pattern which encircles the piece.  The bowl is highly polished and fired a dark black.  It is signed on the bottom, “Mary Cain”.    It is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  One great piece of ephemera with the bowl is one of her business cards!

$ 300.00
Roller, Cliff – Bowl with Feather Pattern (1995)

Cliff Roller is a son of noted potter Toni Roller. Each piece is coil built and stone polished.  This bowl is carved with a feather pattern around the shoulder of the piece.  Note the shape of the feathers, with the slight wave at the bottom, which is a style created by his mother, Toni. The bowl is fully polished and it is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Cliff Roller”.  This bowl is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  While these days Cliff makes very little pottery, his work remains a statement to his skill as a potter!

$ 400.00
Curran, Dolores – Mini Storage Jar with Turtles and Dragonflies

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 in the shape of a storage jar with the tall round sides and the slight neck.  The top and bottom are fully polished red. The area around the center is incised with turtles and dragonflies. Each is different and they are each surrounded by a step pattern. The jar is amazingly complex in design for its size!

$ 1,000.00
Curran, Dolores – Mini Lidded Round Bowl with 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 a round “box” which is incised with a feather pattern.  Each feather is highlighted in white.  As the piece is turned, there are two red sections, one which is a matte red flower.  The other is a polished red figure.  The band on the lid is an incised avanyu.  The lid top is fully polished and the underside has a stylized plant design.  The piece is amazingly complex in design for its size!  It is signed on the bottom.

$ 975.00
de la Cruz, Juan and Lois Gutierrez  – “Mountain Lion” Storage Jar

Juan Cruz is creating some beautifully 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 is Juan’s second large vessel, which certainly requires different skills to paint something so large.  Juan wrote of the scene he painted as follows:

“Before setting out, the hunters make their offering at the shrine of the Stone Lions.  The lion is the personification of the hunt, for his skill and cunning when stakling his prey is legendary.”

The jar is truly polychrome (more than three colors of clay).  Note the intricacy of the painted designs and especially the figures.  The jar has been traditionally fired outdoor and overall is a striking coloration.  There are some additional images at then end of the jar in process.  It is signed on the indented bottom of the jar by both Juan and Lois.  The description is written on the back of a hand-painted graphic of a cougar and deer.  What a phenomenal addition to this piece and the painting helps to better understand the story behind the art.

$ 7,200.00
de la Cruz, Juan and Lois Gutierrez  – “Hidden Spring” Jar

Juan Cruz is creating some beautifully 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.   Juan wrote of the scene as follows:

“The women were certain they’d heard something liek a song on the breeze.  As they got closer to wehre the sound emanated from, they were able to discern words.  They began to sing the song they heard, mimicking the unusal timbre of the low voice.  Right there before them, water welled up from the gournd and formed a pool from which they joyfully drew; each in turn giving thanks for the gift granted from the Hidden Spring”

The jar is truly polychrome (more than three colors of clay).  Juan has an excellent ability as a storyteller as well as turning those stories into graphically painted art.  The figures on this piece, their pottery and his depiction of the Hidden Springs are exceptional.  The jar has been traditionally fired outdoor and overall is a striking coloration.  It is signed on the indented bottom of the pot by both Juan and Lois.  The description is written on the back of a hand-painted graphic of a Pueblo woman and the Hidden Springs.  What a phenomenal addition to this piece and the painting helps to understand better how exceptional Juan is with his art.  Juan most recently won “Best of Pottery” at Gallup Ceremonials in 2017!

$ 1,200.00
Garcia, Tammy – Large Jar with Bears, Trout and Bear Paws (2018)

This new jar by Tammy Garcia combines classic Santa Clara imagery with her own delicately carved imagery. The jar is coil built and the designs are carved into the clay. But take a moment to view the various views of the jar and note something new in Tammy’s work.  The jar is carved at various levels into the clay. The bear paws on the sides and the surrounding geometric designs are each precision carved and polished.  The medallions on each side have a heartline bear and they are set into a  “frame” with the trout on the sides and bear paws below!  Note how she has used red clay slips of varying color to enhance the designs!  The rim of the jar is a “raindrop rim” and the top is carved with bear paws.  Each bear paw in inset with a single piece of Sleeping Beauty turquoise.  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.

$ 28,000.00
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 – Double Medallion “Legacy” Storage Jar

Nathan Youngblood has often been inspired in his pottery shapes by the work of his grandmother, Margaret Tafoya.  The round shape of this jar and the slight neck reflects his desire to keep the storage jar form alive. The shape is a visually striking one, but one which is difficult to build, and more that it is a lot of space to carve or polish!  The key to this jar is the base, which is polished tan and there are two lines leading upward, carved through the tan “earth” of the jar.  The short one represents his mother, Mela Youngblood, and the longer one, Margaret Tafoya.  Nathan said of this piece that it is their teaching and legacy, which is the “spring” which wells up and nourishes the designs on the jar.  The jar itself is one of his most fully carved pieces! There is scarcely a section left uncarved.  The medallions on each side, one has the avanyu (water serpent) and the other a maze of life. They are visually contrasting with one being so angular and the other very rounded.  Separating them are layers of carved patterns with designs which range from the walking bear paw to clouds, rain and all the various designs Nathan has ever used in his pottery (well, that he could remember!). That is his legacy in this jar, to keep all these images alive, much as it was Margaret Tafoya’s legacy to keep the pottery tradition alive.  The jar is very deeply carved and the surface is polished to a stunning deep red coloration.  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 jar was traditionally fired and the massive size and fully carved surface are stunning.  The story of the legacy created this jar is as impactful as the vessel itself.

$ 30,000.00
Youngblood, Nathan – Avanyu & Dragon Tri-Color Jar

Nathan Youngblood has long taken inspiration from the world around him.  His work for decades has drawn inspiration from both Pueblo and Asian art.  When he was a young boy, while his father was in the military, they were stationed in the Netherlands, and he said he would often go to the museums and look at Asian ceramics.  That has been a life-long love affair with those distinctive forms and designs.  This jar has a very Asian form and the designs play out the duality at times found in his art.  Around the shoulder on one side is a dragon and then the opposite a water serpent (avanyu).  Each facing the other.  There are two opposing medallions, one with Pueblo clouds and the other a cipher.  Around the neck is a band of clouds and around the base, in tan, is a band of clouds, wind and eagle feathers. 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. The jar was traditionally fired.  The result of various levels of color and imagery make for an exceptional jar that is certainly a reflection of how Native art has become a world art, and the two are meeting as equals.

$ 24,000.00
de la Cruz, Juan and Lois Gutierrez  – “Dragonfly” Water Jar

Juan Cruz is creating some beautifully 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 is a classic water jar shape with a wide shoulder and slightly turned out neck.  Juan wrote of the scene he painted as follows:

“For thought the people had forgotten how to call upon the corn maidens, the poor boy and his sister were able to help.  The simple toy he’d made for his sister, Dragonfly, spoke to them through its fluttering motions and hovering. Through this strange dialogue his sister discerned that Dragonfly could serve as emissary for the whole village.”

The jar is truly polychrome (more than three colors of clay).  Note the intricacy of the painted designs and especially the figures.  It is a charming jar with the children and the dragonfly leaving their hands and coming to the women of the women of the village.   Note the very complicated dress and sashes on the women!  Amazing!  As well there are the two bands of stylized dragonflies on the jar and the dragonflies in red below the shoulder!  This is a striking design and refinement of the painting technique using the natural clay slips. It is signed on the indented bottom of the jar by both Juan and Lois.  The description is written on the back of a hand-painted graphic of Dragonfly.  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 most recently won “Best of Pottery” at Gallup Ceremonials in 2017!

$ 2,400.00
Youngblood, Nathan – Red & Tan Water Jar with Eagle & Fish

Nathan Youngblood has long created his own “lexicon in clay” with his distinctive designs which pull from Pueblo, personal and cultural experiences.  This stunning water jar is an exceptional shape with a round body, a double shoulder and an elongated neck.  The design is a complicated story of the eagle in the sky and the fish under the water. The fish are swimming and the double shoulder of the jar is set at such a point that it becomes the waves above the fish!  The jar is very deeply carved and the surface is polished a stunning deep red coloration. As the jar is turned the eagle and fish swirl around the surface of the piece. The lowest section of the jar is polished tan.  The scene is a reflection of Nathan’s love of nature and it’s interaction with Pueblo life, culture and stories. 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 jar was traditionally fired and the result simply speaks for itself.  Lustrous!

$ 19,500.00
de la Cruz, Juan and Lois Gutierrez  – “Turkey Girl” Jar

Juan Cruz is creating some beautifully 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 bowl has a scene with a story of the Turkey Girl.   He writes of this piece:

“Turkey Girl’s tattered and worn rainment was taken and transformed itno beautiful garments: a dazzling necklace and intricately woven mantle were drpaed upon her arms.  The turkeys that she tended to presented these gifts: for they knew her heart’s desire was to participate in the festivites being held in the neighboring village. In exchange for this and the kindness she always borew towards them, they were given freedeom and traveresed into the narrow mountain pass where they reside to this day”.

The jar is truly polychrome (more than three colors of clay).  Note the intricacy of the painted designs and especially the figures.  It is striking how he has depicted the Turkey Girl and the receiving of her necklace and manta.  As well, the stylized turkeys painted as they enter the mountain pass is wonderful!  Finally, there is a large stylized turkey painted on one section of the jar.  This piece has been traditionally fired outdoor and overall is a striking coloration.  It is signed on the indented bottom of the jar by both Juan and Lois.  The description is written on the back of a hand-painted graphic of one of the Turkey Girl and a turkey.  What a phenomenal addition to this piece and the painting helps to better understand how exceptional Juan is with his art.  While Juan has been painting the pottery for only a few years, he most recently won “Best of Pottery” at Gallup Ceremonials in 2017!

$ 1,200.00
Naranjo, Madeline – Large Wedding Vase with Carved Avanyu (1970’s)

Madeline Naranjo (b. 1916) was known for her deep carved pottery.  This large wedding vase is carved around the body of the piece with an avanyu (water serpent).  Note how wonderfully she used the negative space on the jar so that the design seems to flow up the spouts!  There are clouds extending down from the center of the piece and up the spouts are lightning designs.  The avanyu is often depicted with rain and cloud patterns as it story tells of the water serpent who saves the village from a flood. The wedding vase is signed, “Madeline Naranjo” on the bottom in the clay.  It is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  While Madeline no longer makes pottery, her work is certainly a classic and her legacy continues in the pottery of her granddaughter, Madeline E. Naranjo.

$ 1,200.00
Swentzell, Roxanne – “Thinking Hat” Original Clay Figure

This is certainly a sense of fun and whimsy to this clay piece by Roxanne Swentzell.  It is entitled “The Thinking Hat”.  It is one of the classic style pieces by Roxanne in terms of the body and the face.  The feet are at an angle and the figure is wearing a floppy hat.  The hat band says, “Thinking” and she appears to be looking up trying to decide if it is helping or not!  The hands and feet are delineated and the face is playful.  Roxanne is able to achieve such a sense of fun and emotion in the faces of her figures!  This is one of those pieces that you can’t help but smile when you see it! This figure is in perfect condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  This piece is from early 2000 and signed in the clay, “ROX”.

$ 9,000.00
Naranjo, Madeline – “Blessings from Above” Seepot

Madeline Naranjo creates beautifully carved and polished pottery.  This jar is called, “Blessings from Above”.  She said of this piece:

“I dreamt of this shape and design the night before I made it.  I was so happy with its creation”.

The jar is a teardrop shape and has four avanyu (water serpents) carved into the clay.  They alternate between polished and matte surfaces.  The deeply carved designs and the highly polished surfaces work perfectly on this jar.  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.  It is signed on the bottom.

$ 350.00
Tafoya, Legoria – Open Bowl with Handle (1960’s)

Legoria Tafoya Legoria was a sister of painter Pablita Velarde. She was the mother of noted potter Celes Tafoya. This unique open bowl is actually a traditional shape. The form is a “scoop”, the type of which would be used as a serving bowl in traditional pueblo meals. This piece has a slight rim and the handle is braided clay.  The surface is stone polished and the piece is signed on the bottom in the clay.  It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

$ 150.00
Ebelacker, Jason –  Wide Shoulder Jar With Long Neck

This jar by Jason Ebelacker is very difficult form to create.  The shape of the jar has a very low and flat shoulder.  It is a form which finds its reference in a very historical form. There are classic Santa Clara jars made by Jason’s great-great grandmother SaraFina Tafoya, which had a low shoulder.  Jason has created this form with a very flat and wide base.  The neck rises up vertically and it is just slightly flared out and it is even polished on the inside!  Note as well the exceptionally stone polished surface. The time to polish the various levels of the jar and achieve such a dynamic polish is something few potters are able to achieve today.  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!

$ 1,850.00
Tafoya, LuAnn – Red Water Jar with Avanyu

LuAnn Tafoya is a daughter of Margaret Tafoya and known for her large, highly polished pottery.  This jar is a classic shape for Santa Clara pottery with the round body and the elongated neck.  For LuAnn, it is the perfect surface!  The jar is deeply carved with a water serpent encircling the piece.  The water serpent (avanyu) is part of a story where it saves the village from a flood.  That is why as the jar is turned the body of the avanyu consists of cloud and rain pattern.  However, that also gives the jar a distinctive appearance as it is turned beyond just the one design.  The jar is very highly polished and traditionally fired.  The color is a striking deep red.  The recessed area surrounding the carving is filled in using a white or cream-colored clay.  This creates a striking visual contrast between the tan and red areas.  The coloration is beautiful and the shape of his piece is a great example of her skill, creativity, and commitment to traditional Santa Clara pottery.  The jar is signed on the bottom in the clay.

$ 2,900.00
Tafoya, Gwen – Seedpot with Four Butterflies

Gwen Tafoya (b. 1965) is a granddaughter of noted potter Severa Tafoya.  Each piece is coil built and stone polished.  This seedpot is fully polished red and etched with butterflies and flowers. Note the complex designs etched into the wings of each butterfly!  The flowers are also highly detailed around the base of the seedpot.   It is signed on the bottom in the clay.

$ 125.00
Curran, Dolores – Incised Plate with Dragonflies and Avanyu

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 plate is exceptionally intricate in design.  The front has a water serpent etched around the rim.  The center is a complex square pattern which has four plants on each side.  Note both the precision of the incised designs but also how she used clay slips in the incised area to help accentuate the imagery!  The rim is fully polished red and the back is equally as complex with dragonflies, stylized birds, and flowers.  Again it is deeply incised, which is surprising for all the work that is also on the front!  There are both matte and micaceous clays used throughout. The mica adds a bit of “sparkle” to the designs.  The plate may be small but it is amazingly complex in design and color for its size!

$ 950.00
Curran, Dolores – Jar with Avanyu, Stars and Plant Design Lid

This is a striking lidded jar by Dolores Curran.  She continues to create intricately incised and painted pottery.  This jar is incised a star pattern around the neck.  Each star is separated by a rainbow band.  Around the shoulder is a water serpent (avanyu) which is incised into the clay.  Note how she has a red clay above the avanyu and the lighter red below!  The lower section of the bowl is a usual tan coloration.  Ther are incised Pueblo faces and plant designs.  The bottom of the jar is highly polished and painted with dragonflies and prayer feathers.  The lid is designed to fit into the mouth of the jar so that it is stable.  The top of the lid is fully polished red. The finial is incised with a plant design and slipped with red and mica clay.  The jar is signed on the bottom in the clay.   It is stunning in detail for the size!

$ 1,400.00
Chavarria, Harvey & Debra Trujillo – Flat Seedpot with Flute Player (1980’s)

This is an intricate seedpot by Debra Trujillo (Duwyenie) and Harvey Chavarria.   The seedpot has a flute player etched into the clay next to a sun design inset with a piece of turquoise.  The bowl is highly polished and Debra etched the designs before it was fired.  The shape is narrow with a fully polished back.  It signed on the bottom in the clay.   The piece is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

$ 300.00
Medicine Flower, Grace – Storage Jar with Carved Medallions & Mica Swirl

This is a stunning larger carved by Grace Medicine Flower.  When Grace began making pottery, she started out making carved pieces.  In 1968 she saw work by Tony Da, and then began to etch her pottery with her own designs.  Her early pieces in the 1970’s were mostly miniatures.  However, in the 1980’s her work evolved to larger vessels with carved sections and smaller medallions of sgraffito or etched designs. The result was that she could make larger pieces and she was able to combine various techniques (carving, etching) with various clay surfaces (polished, matte, mica).  Even today, there is no other Pueblo potter creating pieces in the style she created.  This jar is a storage jar shape with a round body and slight neck.  There is a swirl around the shoulder and side which is slipped with mica.  The the carved areas are polished and are in the shapes of clouds and feathers.  The central etched medallion has two Mimbres figures.  At the base, there are also etched figures of a rabbit, lizard, frog and ram.  The jar is highly polished and a striking balance of design, form and design!  The jar is in excellent condition with no chips,cracks restoration or repair.  It is signed on the bottom in the clay.   It is elegant and stunning!

$ 4,000.00
Tafoya, Margaret – Red Bowl with Clouds over the Mesa Design (1980’s)

This  is a smaller red bowl by Margaret Tafoya is from the 1980’s. The bowl is carved and fully polished.  The design is deeply carved and represents the clouds coming over the mesas and then the rain. The the carved line below represents the path taken around the mesas.  It is a simple but striking piece.  The carving is deep and it is highly polished and fired a deep red.  The bowl is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Margaret Tafoya”.  It is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

$ 2,500.00
Tafoya, Margaret – Large Wedding Vase with Bear Paws & Ribbon (1972)

Margaret Tafoya was known for her large-scale pottery.  This exceptional wedding vase is 16 inches tall and fully polished. There are bear paws on both sides. The bear paw is symbolic on her pottery of a Santa Clara story where the bear led the Pueblo people to water during a drought.  The fully polished pieces by Margaret are always the most difficult to make. The entire piece has to be polished at one time!  It is amazing that she could get such an exceptional polish on these large pieces.  As well, not the shape.  Margaret was known for her wedding vases and their round body and the very straight and tall spouts. The symmetry of her wedding vases is something that few other potters have been able to achieve!  It is certainly a testament to the skill, shape, and shine of this piece that it received a blue ribbon at the 1972 Santa Fe Indian Market!  The jar is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  It is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Margaret Tafoya”.   Definitely a piece of significance in size and history!

$ 14,800.00
Naranjo-Romero, Monica – Black & Sienna Bowl with Fish Design

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 and etched on one side with a fish. That area has been two-toned sienna.  The remainder of the bowl is designed with feather and lightning patterns. It is very highly polished and note the precision of the lines!  It is signed on the bottom.

$ 175.00
Moquino, Jennifer Tafoya – Jar with Four Koi & Waves

This is a larger jar by Jennifer Moquino.  It is fully polished and has a wide shoulder and a small neck. The jar is very intricately etched with four koi fish.  Each is painted with different clay slips to create the dynamic coloration. Check out the movement of the koi as well as the waves!  They all have a sense of motion and movement!  Not only did she use clay slips, but also mica clays, which give the whole piece a bit of “sparkle”.  The bottom has plum blossoms, along with those on the top.  As well, check out the polishing overall, which has a very high shine!  Perfect balance to the intricate designs.  It is signed on the bottom.  It is this creative evolution in her work which keeps  Jennifer as one of the leading innovative potters working today!

$ 3,800.00
Tafoya, Ray  – Green Seedpot with Butterflies & Flowers

This miniature seedpot by Ray Tafoya is fully polished and round in shape.  It has a Mimbres inspired flowers and butterflies as the design. The entire piece is fully polished with a green clay slip.   It is etched with the designs and then he used additonal clay colors to accentuate the designs. The seedpot is signed on the bottom in the clay with his hallmark, “White Mountain”.  The seedpot is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  Note how many of the designs are similar to ones used today by his daughter, Jennifer Moquino.  

$ 400.00
Moquino, Jennifer Tafoya – Canteen with 4 Carved Trout

This is an exceptional carved piece by Jennifer Moquino.  This is her first carved canteen. The interesting part about the carving for her work is that it is done even before the piece is polished so it takes more planning.  Here, there are four trout carved into the clay.  Note as well how she carved into the background area which is matte with little air bubbles and water ripples!  The fish are Rio Grande Cutthroat Trout, Rainbow Trout, Brook Trout and Gila Trout.  Each of the different trout is etched and highlighted with natural clay slips. The deep caring around them gives them added dimension.  The sides of the canteen are also carved with bear tracks on one side, and water swirls on the other. The polished surfaces are glassy.  Jennifer said it took her hours to polished this piece but the result is striking. The handles and the mouth of the canteen are matte.  It is signed on the bottom.  It is this creative evolution in her work which keeps  Jennifer as one of the leading innovative potters working today!

$ 3,200.00
Haungooah, Art Cody – Bowl with Lizard & Shell Insets (1974)

This small bowl by Art Cody Haungooah is from 1974.  The bowl is fully polished and there is a section with the etched design.  Here is a lizard which is inspired by the Mimbres pottery.  The lizard has shell insets for its eyes as well as 6 in the body.  Art used the shell insets as a reflection of new trends in Pueblo pottery at the time, but also as these are little beads, they recall the Kiowa influence of beaded objects.  The bowl is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Haungooah”.  It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

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

$ 450.00
Moquino, Ty – Mask With Carved Visor and Filter (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 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.  His first group of masks we had in the gallery were polished and etched.  For this group, he has focused on carving and polishing. The results are striking!  This mask has carved areas to create the air filters and he has polished sections and left others matte and even used some micaceous clay slip!  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.

$ 450.00
Naranjo, Kevin – Black & Sienna Bowl with Avanyu and Feather Pattern

Kevin Naranjo is known for his very detailed incised pottery.  This miniature bowl has a sienna-colored rim and the sides of the piece are full of very tightly etched designs!  There is a water serpent, feather patterns, mountain and rain designs.  On the bottom are additional water and bear paw symbols.  Note the very highly polished surface of the bowl! It is signed on the bottom in the clay.

$ 200.00
Curran, Dolores – Mini Bowl with Eagle Feather Design

This is an intricately painted miniature bowl Dolores Curran.  Before she began making her carved pieces, she was well known for her delicately painted buff-on-red pottery.  The bowl 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 piece has a feather pattern on two sections and a cloud and mountain design on the other two sections. For the size of the piece, it is amazing that it could even be painted!  Look at how perfect the lines are!  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 bowl is signed on the bottom.  It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

$ 250.00
Roller, Jordan – Double Shoulder Jar with Eagle fEather Designs

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 striking with the double shoulder and slight neck.  The neck and base are fully polished to a high shine.  Around the shoulder the jar is carved with a striking combination of designs and techniques.  There is an eagle tail and eagle feather pattern which then extends into a lighting and mountain design.  The larger feather patterns are carved with  more open space and then there is a spiraling cloud design.  The contrasting thin carved areas and wide carved spaces emphasize the designs and the form. The double shoulder is perfect for how the light hits the jar and shows the designs.  Jordan continues to make exceptional carved pottery and remains a younger potter to watch!

$ 1,500.00
Swentzell, Roxanne – “Grateful” Original Clay Figure

This is a serenity to this clay piece by Roxanne Swentzell.  It is entitled “Grateful”.  It is one of the classic style pieces by Roxanne.  The figure is sitting with her feet outstretched and hands clasped. It is the face which gives voice to the title.  The prayerful, grateful look on her face is wonderfully sculpted.  The back of the figure has a contrasting detail with the braid of the hair.  The hands, feet, and toes are sculpted with her distinctive style.  It’s always charming when the toes are curved and separated.  The color is earthy, like the clay and the feeling created around this piece. Roxanne is able to achieve such a sense of emotion in the faces of her figures!  This piece is in perfect condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  This piece is from early 2000 and signed in the clay, “ROX”.

$ 9,000.00
Lonewolf, Joseph – Mimbres Rabbit Seedpot (1976)

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 seedpot is from 1976 and it is fully designed. On the top is a Mimbres inspired rabbit.  The surrounding designs are water, grass and plant imagery.  The piece is highly polished and fired red.  It is signed on the bottom in the clay with the date.   It is in condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

$ 2,500.00
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.

$ 2,400.00
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