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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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Ebelacker, Jason – Wide Bowl with Bear Paw Medallions

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

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

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

$ 650.00
Tafoya, LuAnn – Storage Jar with Bear Paws

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

$ 1,100.00
Tafoya, Ray  – Mimbres Big Horn Sheep Seedpot (1987)

This is a very intricate miniature seedpot by Ray Tafoya.  The design has a Mimbres Big Horn Sheep as the main design.  It is surrounded by additional prayer feather, lightning and mountain designs.  All the various colors are derived from natural clay slips.  The seedpot is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  It is signed on the bottom in the clay with his hallmark.

$ 300.00
Curran, Dolores – Mini Square Neck Jar with Avanyu

This is an intricately painted miniature jar by Dolores Curran.  Before she began making her carved pieces, she was well known for her delicately painted buff-on-red pottery.  This piece is unusual as it is fired black.  It is fully polished and the jar has a square neck.  The neck has a cloud and rain design and the shoulder has a water serpent (avanyu) encircling the piece.  Much like her buff-on-red pieces, they design has to be painted over several times.  Note the precision of the lines!  The jar is signed on the bottom.  It is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

$ 125.00
Garcia, Jason – Four Corn Maidens Box

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

$ 900.00
Gutierrez, Margaret Lou – Mini Bowl with Cloud and Rain Designs (1990’s)

Margaret Lou Gutierrez was the only daughter of noted potters Tonita & Juan Roybal.  She began making pottery in the 1970’s and this is one of her pieces from the 1990’s.  It is a mini bowl which is fully polished and painted with a cloud and rain design.  The bowl is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  It is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Margaret Lou Gutierrez”. 

$ 75.00
Gutierrez, Margaret Lou – Small Jar with Feather Pattern (1990’s)

Margaret Lou Gutierrez was the only daughter of noted potters Tonita & Juan Roybal.  She began making pottery in the 1970’s and this is one of her pieces from the 1990’s. The jar has a long neck and a high shoulder.  It is painted with her sharp, elongated feathers and it is very highly polished.  The jar is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  It is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Margaret Lou Gutierrez”. 

$ 200.00
Gutierrez, Lois  – Jar with Koshari Clown and Fish (1992)

This is a charming jar by Lois Gutierrez.  She is one of the few potters who continues to create polychrome pottery at Santa Clara.  Polychrome, or more than three different colors of clay slips, are all painted onto the surface of the vessel before it is fired. This jar has a kive step design on one side, giving it a taller appearance.  On the top there are also step designs representing the four directions.  On the jar itself, it is fully designed with a Koshari Clown who is fishing.  He is sitting by the water with a fishing pole and melons and a soda.  The fishing pole has the line into the water and as the jar is turned you can see the fish below the water surface and follow the line.  It is wrapped around his foot!  All the colors are derived from natural clay slips.   This jar has over five different natural clay colors utilized.  It is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Lois”.  It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks restoration or repair.   This is certainly a classic piece of Lois’s pottery which combines a cultural legacy in design with one in clay.

 

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

 

$ 500.00
Naranjo, Jody –  Seed Jar with Eight Flute Players (1990)

This is an early jar by Jody Naranjo is from 1990.  It is highly polished to the shoulder and matte below.  The top part is etched with eight flute players as the design.  The background matte area is also designed with linear patterns.  The jar is outdoor fired to create the coloration in the clay.   The jar is signed, “Jody Naranjo” and it is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

$ 450.00
Duwyenie, Debra & Preston – Seedpot with Eight Turtles

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

$ 450.00
Curran, Dolores – Round Box with Avanyu Lid

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

$ 250.00
Youngblood, Nancy – Miniature Kiva Bowl (1975)

While Nancy Youngblood is known for her swirl melon bowls and carved pottery, she started out her career making miniatures.  This miniature is from 1975 which makes it a very early piece of her pottery!  It is a miniature kiva bowl and it is fully polished on the inside and the outside.  The edges of the kiva steps are matte in contrast to the highly polished surface.  Note as well the little holes in the sides of the kiva steps.  On larger pieces the holes would be placed in the kiva bowls so that eagle feathers could be attached.  It is amazing that she was able to replicate this concept in miniature!  The bowl is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  It is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Nancy Yellow Aspen ’75”.

$ 900.00
Curran, Dolores – Mini Seedpot with Feather and Avanyu Designs

This is an intricately painted miniature seedpot by 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 which encircles the piece.  Below are cloud and rain designs.  Around the top is a water serpent.  Note the precision of the lines!  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.

$ 150.00
Naranjo, Veronica – Carved Plate with Avanyu Design

Veronica Naranjo is a daughter of Barbarita Naranjo and a granddaughter of Pasqualita Tafoya. This is one of her few plates but carved in her very deep style.  The design is an avanyu which encircles the plate.  It is stone polished and traditionally fired.  The carving is deep for the size of the piece.  It is signed on the back in the clay, “Veronica”

$ 120.00
Haungooah, Art Cody- Seedpot with Mosquite Man (1977)

This seedpot by Art Cody Haungooah is from 1977.  It is fully polished and has a single etched medallion. The design is the “Mosquito Man”.  It is a design which is found on the kiva murals at Pottery Mound, NM.  The last photo is the Mosquito Man from the actual murals.  On this piece, Art depicted the figure with a striking similarity to the actual mural figure.  The remainder of the piece is highly polished.  It is signed, “Haungooah” and a flute player.  It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

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

$ 200.00
Tafoya, SaraFina – Plate with Avanyu and Wild Boar (1930’s)

SaraFina Tafoya was the matriarch of a family of renowned potters,  including her children Margaret Tafoya, Camilio Tafoya, and Christina Naranjo. While she is known for her large vessels, in the 1930’s she created a series of smaller painted and plainware vessels which were signed.  They are unusual and scarce pieces, yet a fascinating part of the history of Santa Clara pottery.  This is an exceptional polychrome plate.  The design in the center is a boar and it is surrounded by an avanu (water serpent).  They are both painted with a red clay slip and accented with white and gray.  The design of the boar is unusual in Santa Clara designs from this period.  The plate is signed on the back in the clay, “Serafina Santa Clara Pueblo”.  It is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

Signed, “Serafina”: The Signed Pottery of SaraFina Tafoya

To learn more about the SaraFina’s signatures, check out the new article by Charles S. King, “Signed SaraFina”.

$ 4,000.00
Tafoya, SaraFina – Bowl with Lightning Designs (1933)

SaraFina Tafoya was the matriarch of a family of renowned potters,  including her children Margaret Tafoya, Camilio Tafoya, and Christina Naranjo. While she is known for her large vessels, in the 1930’s she created a series of smaller painted and plainware vessels which were signed.  They are unusual and scarce pieces, yet a fascinating part of the history of Santa Clara pottery.  This bowl is a classic piece of painted pottery and has a fascinating provenance.  The bowl was originally acquired in 1933 by the Denver Art Museum.  It was included in the book “Margaret Tafoya” by Mary Ellen and Lawrence Blair on p. 53 (fig. 2-19).  The bowl was later deaccessioned by the DAM and ended up in a private collection.  The bowl is fully polished and painted red-on-red with a lightning design.  The designs are highlighted with a white clay slip.  It is a complex and varied design which relies as much on the matte painted areas as the negative polished space.  The bowl is signed in the clay on the bottom, “Sarafina Tafoya”.  It is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  Interestingly, it still has the original catalog number for the museum as well as the museum card.  Definitely a great piece of history!

 

Signed, “Serafina”: The Signed Pottery of SaraFina Tafoya

To learn more about the SaraFina’s signatures, check out the new article by Charles S. King, “Signed SaraFina”.

$ 1,800.00
Swentzell, Roxanne – “Indian On the Edge” Original Clay Figure

This is an exceptional original clay piece by Roxanne Swentzell.  It is entitled “Indian On the Edge”.  The figure is one of the few males she has made during her career.  There is a look of uncertainty in the eyes of the eyes of the figure as he is looking over the edge. The piece sits almost flat but when placed on the edge it balances out.  Roxanne had said of this piece, that, its quizzical look and inability to sit evenly on a flat surface is about the feeling of being stranded between two cultures and unable to be comfortable in either one.  It is definitely a powerful piece of her work and a great statement on the lives of many native artists. The hair is sculpted with clay hair ties which extend to the back and the side.  The parrot feathers are tied in bundles and added to the piece. The sculptural quality of the hands and feet is striking on this figure.  This piece is in perfect condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  It is from early 2000 and signed in the clay, “ROX”.

$ 11,000.00
Tafoya, Ray  – Jar with Buffalo, Buffalo Dancers and Buffalo Lid (1982)

This is an exceptional lidded jar by Ray Tafoya.  The jar has a realistic buffalo etched around the neck.  Below is a stylized Buffalo Dancer.  On either side of the medallion are a male and female Buffalo Dancer.  Around the neck are etched feathers and separating the two dancers are prayer feather desigsn.  The lid of the piece has a buffalo on the top.  There are coral and turquoise additions on the buffalo lid.  Ray used an additional red clay color to accentuate the designs. The jar is signed on the bottom in the clay along with his hallmark, “White Mountain”.  It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  Note how many of the geometric designs are similar to ones used today by his daughter, Jennifer Tafoya.  

$ 700.00
Swentzell, Roxanne – “The Seduction” Original Clay Figure

This is a classic original clay piece by Roxanne Swentzell.  It is entitled “The Seduction”.  The figure is made from clay and she is in a reclining position.  Her one hand is holding up her head while the other is extending outward with the finger extended.   She is beckoning the viewer forward.  There is a gentleness to the figure and the face.  The continuous coloration of the figure accentuates the form.  Note the detail in the hands and the feet as well.  This piece is in perfect condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  It is from early 2000s and signed in the clay, “ROX”.

$ 11,000.00
Ebelacker, Jason – Wide Shoulder Water Jar

This water jar by Jason Ebelacker is a striking vessel, which finds its reference in a very historical form. The jar has a very wide shoulder which then curves downward before extending up to the neck.  There is just a slight turn out of the rim. The jar is highly polished and fired a deep black.  The various curves on the jar create beautiful angles for the reflection of light.. Jason is a son of noted potter Richard Ebelacker and grandson of Virginia Ebelacker.

$ 3,000.00
Borts-Medlock, Autumn  – Lidded Canteen with Circle Designs (2001)

This is an intricately carved canteen by Autumn Borts-Medlock.  She is known for her often fanciful carved pottery and use of unique shapes.  The canteen is built with two handles.  It is fully carved with a series of circles which flow around the piece.  They are either polished or slipped with mica.  There is also a micaceous lid which fits onto the top of the piece as well.  The piece is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  It is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Autumn Borts”.

$ 1,400.00
Naranjo, Jody – Jar with Bighorn Sheep (2005)

This jar by Jody Naranjo is from 2005.  It is highly polished and fully designed.  The neck and base of the jar are fully polished and etched with her signature “kiva step” design.  The center band is matte and the design is a series of bighorn sheep.  They are each etched into the clay and they have large round horns, which add to the overall visual strength of the piece.  The variations in color are from the firing.  Note as well the etched linear designs in the background of the piece.  The jar is signed, “Jody Naranjo” and it is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  Jody said of her designing:

“As for the design on the top and the bottom, it was the kiva step in the beginning. My family used them but just parts of them, the top half of the design. I started making them just around the top of the pot in one row. Then it became two rows and three rows, and then I started filling in between them.  Now it looks more like a textile, and it’s a signature pattern that I do on everything.” Jody Naranjo, Spoken Through Clay

$ 1,400.00
Youngblood, Nancy – Bowl with 20 Carved Feathers (1977)

This is an early carved bowl by Nancy Youngblood.  The bowl is from 1977 when Nancy was just 22 years old!  The shape is a classic bowl and the feathers are carved into the clay.  Note the depth of the carving!  Each feather is symmetric and precise.  The entire piece is very highly polished and fired a deep black.  It is easy to see looking at this bowl the level of talent evident in her early work and how that same precision in carving and polishing is still part of her work today.  In the area below the shoulder, there is also a carved bear paw.  It is a charming addition to the overall design.  The bowl is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Nancy Yellow Aspen Youngblood, Dec. 1977”.  It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  It comes to us from the collection of Georgia Loloma, the wife of noted jeweler Charles Loloma.

$ 2,300.00
Naranjo, Jody – Square Neck Jar with Crazy Horse Rider

This jar by Jody Naranjo is from 2005.  It is highly polished and of her few pieces which is fired a deep black!  The jar is designed after the firing.  The top and base of the jar are fully etched with her signature “kiva step” design.  The center band is also fully polished.  Here she has her iconic “Crazy Horse” girl on a horse.  There is additional etching for the handprint on the rear of the horse and the girl’s hair.  The jar itself has square sides which, being flat, add a striking appearance to both the jar and the burnished surfaces.  The jar is signed, “Jody Naranjo” and it is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  Jody said of her designing:

“As for the design on the top and the bottom, it was the kiva step in the beginning. My family used them but just parts of them, the top half of the design. I started making them just around the top of the pot in one row. Then it became two rows and three rows, and then I started filling in between them.  Now it looks more like a textile, and it’s a signature pattern that I do on everything.” Jody Naranjo, Spoken Through Clay

$ 1,200.00
Tafoya, Severa – Jar with Polychrome Birds (1930’s)

Severa Tafoya was a sister of Van Gutierrez and her children included Angela Baca, Tonita Tafoya and, Lydia Tafoya.  Other direct descendants include Paul Speckled Rock, Ray Tafoya, Tina Garcia, Greg Garcia, Robert Cleto Nichols, Jennifer Tafoya, and Jason Garcia. She was known for her polychrome and carved pottery along with her more traditional shapes and designs.  This is one of the few polychrome pieces we have seen of work.  However, as her brother was Van Gutierrez, it’s not unexpected to see such beautifully painted pottery. This jar is polished at the top and the base.  The center band is painted with two birds. Each bird is highlighted with additional clay slips to create the coloration.  The design is charming with the use of classic Santa Clara imagery to create the head and feathers.  It is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Severa”. It is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

$ 225.00
Tafoya, Severa – Plate with Carved Avanyu (1960’s)

Severa Tafoya was a sister of Van Gutierrez and her children included Angela Baca, Tonita Tafoya and, Lydia Tafoya.  Other direct descendants include Paul Speckled Rock, Ray Tafoya, Tina Garcia, Greg Garcia, Robert Cleto Nichols, Jennifer Moquino and Jason Garcia. She was known for her polychrome and carved pottery along with her more traditional shapes and designs.  This plate is one of her iconic designs, with a carved avanyu encircling the piece.  Her style of avanyu is immediately recognizable with the elongated head and horn.  The piece is fully polished on the front and back. On the back note the area where it has almost a metallic appearance from the firing.  The plate is signed on the back in the clay, “Severa”.  It is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  There are some light surface scratches.

$ 675.00
Garcia, Gloria “Golden Rod” – Seedpot with Butterfly

This seedpot by Gloria Garcia is fully polished and fired black. The top is fully designed with a butterfly and a flower.  The wings of the butterfly are etched to create the design.  The remainder of the piece is fully polished.  Gloria’s combination of polishing and etched designs is always striking.  This piece is signed on the bottom with her Tewa name “GoldenRod”.

$ 275.00
Naranjo, Geri  – Jar with Avanyu and Cloud Designs

This miniature jar by Geri Naranjo is a striking shape.  It has a round shoulder and a short neck.  Geri is known for her miniature pottery and intricately etched designs.  Here the entire piece is fully polished and around the shoulder is an avanyu and below are cloud, rain and lightning designs.  The designs are all etched into the clay with precision.  The remainder of the jar is very highly polished.  It is signed on the bottom in the clay.  It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

$ 375.00
Cain, Linda – Mini Kiva Bowl

This is a classic kiva bowl miniature jar by Linda Cain.  Linda is a daughter of Mary Cain and the mother of Tammy Garcia and Autumn Borts.  This miniature bowl is carved with the kiva steps on the rim of the piece.  It is a form often seen at Santa Clara Pueblo. The outside of the bowl is polished while the inside is matte.  It is fired a deep black and signed on the bottom in the clay, “Linda Cain”.

$ 175.00
Haungooah, Art Cody- Large “Buffalo Hunt” Bowl (1973)

This large bowl by Art Cody Haungooah is from 1973.  It is fully polished and has an etched design on one side. The imagery is a buffalo hunt where the design has been etched into the clay and then “two-toned” to make it black-and sienna.  Note the depth and yet the symmetry of the area surrounding the figure. Interestingly, Art left the buffalo black so that it would be in contrast with the sienna of the horse and rider.  Art was Kiowa and married to Martha Suazo from Santa Clara and that is where he began to make pottery. The bowl is signed, “Art Cody Haungooah” and it is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

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

$ 1,200.00
Lewis, Charles – Red Bowl with Feather Pattern (1997)

Charles Lewis (b. 1972) is a grandson of Toni Roller and a son of Susan Roller.  He is a great-grandson of Margaret Tafoya.  While he no longer makes pottery, his pieces from the late 1990’s were beautifully made, carved and polished. This bowl is carved with a feather pattern around the sides.  Note the shape of the bottom of the feathers, which are slightly rounded.  That form is very reminiscent of Toni’s style of carving.  This piece is fired a deep red and it was outdoor traditionally fired.  The piece is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Charles Lewis” and it is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

$ 400.00
Garcia, Virginia – Black Water Jar (1990)

This water jar by Virginia Garcia is a classic shape for Santa Clara pottery.  The jar has a sharp shoulder which dips down slightly and then extends up towards the neck.  The piece is highly polished and fired a black coloration.  Virginia is a sister of noted potters Tina Garcia and Greg Garcia.   While Virginia is no longer making pottery, this is certainly an outstanding example of her skill.  It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  It is signed on the bottom in the clay, ‘Virginia Garcia”.

$ 300.00
Curran, Dolores – Painted Jar with Bear Lid

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 highly polished red and painted with a buff clay for the design.  Amazingly, she would paint each piece up to five times to get the color of the matte painted areas deep and consistent enough!  This jar has a feather pattern around the top of the shoulder.  There are two smaller sections with cloud patterns. Below the shoulder, the jar is fully painted with tablita, cloud and water serpent designs.  At the very base of the bowl are two prayer feathers.  The lid is a bear with a painted heartline.  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 jar is signed on the bottom.  It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

$ 1,400.00
Youngblood, Nancy – 16 Rib “S” Swirl Tall Jar with Lid (2018)

This is an extraordinary larger jar by Nancy Youngblood. The shape is one which has become iconic for her pottery and especially the melon ribs.  The straight sides show off all the curves for the “s” swirl.  Amazingly, there are SIX times the ribs go back and forth on this jar!  These are the wide ribs but are carved at an angle with a sharp edge which creates a strong surface for the reflection of light.  Nancy said of this style of her work:

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

Each of the 16 ribs perfectly reflects the light.  Added to the complexity of the jar is the lid.  The ribs not only extend down the side, but over the top and down onto the base of the lid!  There is a kinetic motion to them on this piece which may simply be the play of the light adding to the highly polished surface.  Thee matte area on the top of the lid is perfectly sanded smooth.  This is important so there are no shadows cast from an uneven surface.  In addition to the depth of carving on this jar, consider that each rib has two “sides”to be polished and the surface area of the piece is about double its size!  The lid and jar are signed on the bottom in the clay.    Nancy has won numerous awards, from “Best of Pottery” to “Best of Show” at Santa Fe Indian Market for her melon bowls.  This is undoubtedly a classic of her clay art!

$ 12,000.00
Medicine Flower, Grace – Carved Bowl with Hummingbirds (1990)

Grace Medicine Flower began her career making miniature pottery with incised designs.  This bowl is from 1990 and it is a significant piece as it is part of the period when she began to make larger vessels with smaller incised areas.  She went back to the early work of her father, Camilio Tafoya, and began to carve her pottery. The entire surface is fully polished.  She also began to carve the rim of her vessels, which is technically very difficult, as it can break in the drying or polishing stage.  This bowl has some very deeply carved sections which extend down from the rim.  There are large central medallions on both sides, each with a hummingbird.  One one side there are four additional smaller medallions with hummingbirds and butterflies.  Grace said about her use of hummingbirds:

“We have a lot of hummingbirds by our house. Who knows about a hummingbird on a piece of pottery? They are so tiny and so little. Looking at the hummingbirds and flowers or the squirrels like we have next door. Maybe even that you can put on a piece of pottery. Anything that comes to your mind that you might think would look good on the pottery is fine.”  Grace Medicine Flower, Spoken Through Clay

The bowl is very highly polished and fired a deep red. The inside is slipped with a mica clay slip.  Interestingly, Grace did all of her etching in the clay before the pieces were fired, which added to their overall difficulty.  The bowl is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  It is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Grace Medicine Flower”.   It is large, elegant and stunning!

$ 7,000.00
Medicine Flower, Grace – Polychrome Jar with Butterflies (2004)

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Grace Medicine Flower began her career making miniature pottery with incised designs.   This jar is from 2004 and is one of her amazing polychrome pieces. The distinctive aspect of her polychrome pottery is that she utilized all possible Pueblo techniques:  carving, incising, sgraffito.  They also incorporate mica, polished and matte clay surfaces.  In terms of the carving, there are multiple levels to the carving. Note how the butterflies on one side are carved to appear to be above the green plant designs behind them! As the jar is turned there are cloud, lightning and prayer feather designs. They are slipped in various colors or stone polished.  Note the depth of the carving on the jar!  Grace also slipped the inside with red clay and created an additional design near the base of the bowl.  The rim of the jar is also carved to create additional angles to give the jar a more modern appearance.  Grace said she was always trying to change the rim shape on her pottery and sometimes they would work and sometimes they would break when she carved when the clay was too dry.   Grace said of this style of her work:

“I don’t know how I even started this. This was a new idea to start carving the rim and into the bowl. I was thinking, what would be so different to change her in a way that would be unique. I started cutting areas out, and the more I started the more ideas that came. Have patience, enjoy what you are doing, and really, really talk to the Clay Lady. Like my dad said, prayers and patience.  ”  Grace Medicine Flower, Spoken Through Clay

All the various colors are from natural clay slips.  The technical difficulty in carving this piece makes it a bit surprising that it didn’t crack in drying or firing. The jar is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  It is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Grace Medicine Flower”.  While Grace is no longer making pottery, this is certainly a reflection of the creativity and originality of her work!

$ 7,500.00
Medicine Flower, Grace – Basket Weave Jar with Butterflies (2004)

Grace Medicine Flower remains renown for her innovative and creative pottery.  This is one of her dynamic “basket weave” pieces.  She only made the basket-weave pieces for a few years before moving on to the polychrome pottery.   The concept behind these pieces was for them to appear as if the clay had fallen away and there was a woven basket underneath. The basket areas are carved vertically, incised horizontally and then painted with a clay slip.  This piece has two large polished medallions.  Each is incised with butterflies.  Below one there is another matte medallion with a butterfly and a flute player carved in relief.  Below the smaller medallion are two mica slipped medallions with butterflies.  Take a closer look at the jar and note the overall variations of the depth of carving.  There are at least four distinctive levels! Interestingly, Grace does all the carving, polishing, etching and painted slip on the basket designs before the piece is fired.  It is extraordinary how much time is involved in each piece of her pottery.  The jar is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Grace Medicine Flower”.  It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

$ 5,500.00
Garcia, Tina – Red Bowl with Bear Paws (2000)

Tina Garcia was well known for her focus on traditional shape and plain ware Santa Clara pottery.  This bowl is from around 2000 and it is a classic piece of her pottery.  The bowl is very round in shape and there are two large bear paws impressed in the sides. The entire piece is fully polished and fired a deep red.  The bear paws are part of a story where a bear led the Pueblo people to water during a drought.  It is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Tina Garcia”.  It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

$ 600.00
Naranjo, Teresita  – Mini Carved Bowl (1970’s)

Teresita Naranjo was a daughter of Christina Naranjo and know for her deeply carved pottery.  This bowl is one of her few miniatures.  The bowl is very deeply carved with cloud and lightning designs. The designs spiral around the surface of the bowl.  It is traditionally fired black. The bowl is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Teresita Naranjo” and it is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

$ 175.00
Tafoya, Jennifer (Moquino) – “Butterflies & Pueblo Girl” Tile

Jennifer Moquino is known for her clay vessels and exceptional realistic animals.  This is one of her smaller tiles.  It is fully polished and etched.  The piece has a Pueblo girl and butterflies.  The girl is designed in an “anime” style.  As figurative work on pottery is often discouraged at some of the Pueblos, this style of figure is less realistic and more imaginary.  The young girl here is surrounded by butterflies. Each one is a different style of butterfly.  The border on the side has a cloud and rain motif.  It is a contemporary and creative piece!  The tile is framed so that it can be mounted on a wall.  It is signed on the side.  Jennifer continues to be one of the leading innovative potters working today!

$ 825.00
Garcia, Tammy – “Seeded Woman II” Bronze.  3/35

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

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

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

$ 1,200.00
Garcia, Tina – Black Melon Bowl (1985)

Tina Garcia was well known for her focus on traditional shape and plainware Santa Clara pottery. This is one of the few melon bowls which we have seen of her work.  The bowl is deeply carved with “melon” ridges extending from the neck to the base.  The entire piece is fully polished and fired a deep black.   Tina was always focused on form and polish and this created some exceptional vessels.  It is signed on the bottom in the clay.  It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  It is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Tina Garcia”.

$ 850.00
Shupla, Helen – Melon Jar with 16 Ribs (1980’s)

Helen Shupla is certainly most famous for her exceptional melon jars.  Her melon jars are the very traditional form with the ribs pushed out in the clay.  This melon jar is one of her classic shapes with an elongated body showing the full length of each rib.  Each of the 16 ribs is pushed out into the clay.  She would do this by placing her fingers inside the bowl and pushing against the clay from both the inside and outside!  Can you see the slight angle to each section?  This is how she would turn her hand as she was pushing against the clay to create the separate ribs!  The entire piece is fully polished and fired black.  It is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Helen Shupla”.  It is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

$ 2,600.00
Garcia, Tina – Black Water Jar with Rainbow Ridge (1991)

Tina Garcia was well known for her focus on traditional shape and plainware Santa Clara pottery. This water jar is one of her classic pieces.  It is an elegant shape with a double shoulder or “rainbow ridge”.  The entire piece is fully polished to a high shine and fired a deep black.   Tina was always focused on form and polish and this created some exceptional vessels.  It is signed on the bottom in the clay.  It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

$ 1,000.00
Garcia, Effie – Bowl with Deep Carved Avanyu

Effie Garcia is known for her deeply carved pottery.  Each piece is coil built, carved, stone polished and traditionally fired. This bowl has a deeply carved avanyu (water serpent) as the design.  It is a varied design with water swirls as the design when the bowl is turned.  Note the depth of the carving and how she has outlined the design with the clay for emphasis.  It is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Effie Garcia”.

$ 375.00
Naranjo, Geri  – Tall Black Plainware Jar

This is a taller miniature jar by Geri Naranjo.  She is known for her miniature pottery and intricately etched designs.  Here the entire piece is fully polished with no design.  It is in the shape of a high shoulder jar. The piece is very thinly constructed and highly polished.  It is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Geri Naranjo”.  It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

$ 150.00
Medicine Flower, Grace – Polychrome Jar with Fish

Grace Medicine Flower began her career making miniature pottery with incised designs.   This jar is from 2002-5 and  is one of her amazing polychrome pieces. The jar is carved through to create the various visual areas for design. Around the shoulder are carved through sections with carved fish as part of the design.  Below are sections which are carved into the clay and then slipped with micaceous clay or polished.  They are then etched with additional designs.  Grace has incorporated all the various techniques to make this jar, including carving, incising and etching.  She has also used polished, painted and micaceous surfaces for the designs.  All the various colors are from natural clay slips.  The technical difficulty in carving through the clay for the open areas is surprisingly difficult and amazing that it didn’t crack in drying or firing. Note as well that it is painted on the inside with additional fish! The jar is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  While Grace is no longer making pottery, this is certainly a reflection of the creativity and originality of her work!

 

$ 8,000.00
Haungooah, Art Cody – Bowl with Avanyu (1978)

This is a larger bowl by Art Cody Haungooah who was known for his miniatures.  The entire bowl is fully polished and fired red.  It is etched with a very stylized water serpent (avanyu) encircling the piece.  Around the rim are clouds while the body of the avanyu is etched with scales.  The tongue is like a bolt of lightning and crosses the tail. It is an interestingly designed piece.  Event he background matte area is textured!  The bowl is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Haungooah”.  It is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair with some wear near the base.

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

$ 650.00
Haungooah, Art Cody – “The Ancient Ones” (1977)

This is a complex smaller bowl by Art Cody Haungooah. The bowl is fully polished and fired black.  It is entitled, “The Ancient Ones”.  There is a single medallion which is etched humanized grasshopper along with a stylized grassopper figure.  This is one of those pieces where I wish I knew the story of “The Ancient Ones” as Art was masterful as a story teller.  The bowl has some deeper carving (the circular lines) along with Art’s classic straffito.  The piece is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Haungooah  “The Ancient Ones”.  It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

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

$ 500.00
Haungooah, Art Cody – Black Jar with Feather Design (1978)

This is a small intricately designed bowl by Art Cody Haungooah. The bowl is fully polished and fired black.  The shoulder of the piece is etched with a feather pattern.  Typically, Martha would make and polish the pottery while Art would etch the designs into the clay.  It is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Haungooah”.  It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

$ 350.00
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.

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

$ 500.00
Youngblood, Nancy – 32 Swirl Rib Mellon (1984)

This is a classic swirl ribbed melon bowl by Nancy Youngblood.  The bowl is coil built and each rib is deeply carved into the clay.  The depth of the carving and the symmetry of each rib is exceptional. This is certainly one of the enduring aspects of her incredible artistry.  Each rib is then polished with a stone to achieve the shine.  The bowl is from 1984 and note the sharp edge to each rib.  This is much more time consuming and difficult than if they are rounded.  The sharp edges easily chip during the carving and polishing stages.  Nancy said of this style of her carving:

“It’s more challenging to make a more pointed shaped shoulder than a simple rounded bowl. You have to flip them over when you are polishing and holding them at an angle. It’s not just one surface to polish but each side of every rib. They are all hard to do. If it was easy, everybody would be doing it.”  Nancy Youngblood, Spoken Through Clay

As you consider that each rib has two sides and how much surface area there is for this piece!  The ribs are also very deeply carved into the clay and almost come to a point at the edge! Check out the image looking down on the bowl to see the depth and symmetry of this piece.  Nancy says she can only polish three ribs in one sitting as they are so time-consuming.  It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  It is signed, “Nancy Youngblood Cutler” and it is from 1984.  Simply an iconic piece of her pottery!

$ 6,000.00
Garcia, Tina – Red Water Jar with Fluted Rim (1991)

Tina Garcia was well known for her focus on traditional shape and plainware Santa Clara pottery. This water jar is classic in both form and color.  The jar has a sharp shoulder which dips down before extending up to the neck.  It is this indention at the shoulder, which is difficult at times to see in photos but easy to feel, which was a distinctive technique of Tina’s pottery.  The result is often the “surprise” of feeling it when it is not really seen.  The rim is fluted which means that it is undulating.  This is always a more difficult technique as there are more opportunities for it to crack in drying or polishing.  The jar is fully polished and traditionally fired red.  It is signed on the bottom in the clay.  It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

$ 625.00
Roller, Jeff – Tear Drop Shaped Lidded Jar with Mountain Designs (2018)

This is an exceptional lidded jar by Jeff Roller.  Jeff is a son of Toni Roller and a grandson of Margaret Tafoya.  He continues a family legacy of extraordinary traditional pottery.  This jar is coil built, stone polished and traditionally fired black.  However, the shape is what Jeff calls a “teardrop form” with narrow sides and a rounder base. The shape is also very much reminiscent of the mountain form. Jeff has carved a mountain design on each side with clouds and wind patterns above. Note the depth of the carving and its consistency throughout the piece.  Below the lid is a half-circle sun and the lid is carved with a traditional step cloud design.  Note how the carving on the sides continues up to the lid as if it is one piece!  The lid is perfectly fit to the jar which adds to the overall difficulty.  The piece is beautifully polished and fired.  It is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Jeff Roller” and dated 2018.

$ 4,500.00
Roller, Toni – Jar with 48 Feathers (2018)

This is a striking 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 larger jar is a wide shape with just a slight neck.  Around the shoulder are 48 carved feathers.  Toni’s feathers are distinctive in style with the straight sides and slight curve at the base.  Over the course of her long career, it has become one of her signature carved designs due to the visual strength of the symmetry of the feathers.  Creating a piece this size with this number of feathers (at 83 years old) is remarkable.   The jar is very highly polished and fired a deep black.  It is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Toni Roller”.  Toni has said of her traditional style of pottery:

“It’s important to start from scratch and do it the old way. People should understand how difficult the process is and why it takes so long to make pottery. If you are going to be a potter, you are not going to mind all the hard work involved in gathering the clay and the materials. It’s time-consuming, but in the end you are so happy to have this clay that just started as chunks in rock form. Then, coming out with the beautiful final pieces of pottery. How did it come about? With your hands and patience. That is such a good feeling.” Toni Roller, Spoken Through Clay

$ 3,800.00
Ebelacker, Jason – Jar with Bear Paws and Rainbow Ridge

This is a striking double shoulder water jar by Jason Ebelacker.  The shape is distinctive with the wide shoulder, sloping neck and slightly turned out rim.  The movement of the shape creates numerous angles for the reflection of the light.  The wide shoulder of the jar has a second, raised shoulder or “rainbow band”.  This is technically difficult to achieve and you can even feel on the inside how the coils are pushed out to achieve the shape! The jar is very highly polished and there are two impressed bear paws as the design on either side. The paws represent the story of the bear who saved the village from a flood and they are represented on vessels which hold water.  The jar is stone polished to a high shine and then traditionally fired. The firing is always an unknown how a piece will turn out but this jar has the classic deep black coloration.  Jason is a son of noted potter Richard Ebelacker, a grandson of Virginia Ebelacker and great-grandson of Margaret Tafoya.  He has won numerous awards for his pottery and continues to be one of the younger potters to watch.  It’s great to see the continuing evolution of his work in clay.

$ 2,700.00
Garcia, Tina & Greg – Double Shoulder Water Jar (1980’s)

This is an unusual dual signature jar by Tina Garcia and Greg Garcia.  Tina and Greg were brother and sister and both made traditional style pottery.  The jar is a classic water jar shape with a double shoulder.  It is most likely that Greg made the jar and then Tina polished the surface. The jar is well polished and has a high shine.  The jar was fired a deep black coloration.  It is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair. It is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Tina & Greg”.

$ 350.00
Trammel, Jennie – Jar with Feather Pattern (1970’s)

This is classic smaller jar 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.  Each piece was coil built and it was the carving, with the rounded edges, which was a visual key to her work.  This jar is a water jar shape and it has carved feathers as the design.  It is both classic in shape and style.  The feathers are deeply carved and the entire jar is highly polished.  It is fired a deep black.  It is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  It is signed, “Jennie Trammel” in the clay on the bottom.

$ 800.00
Tafoya-Sanchez, Linda – Jar with Cloud and Mesa Designs

Linda Tafoya-Sanchez is a granddaughter of noted potter Margaret Tafoya and a daughter of Lee & Betty Tafoya.  She is known for her intricately carved pottery.  The jar has a wide body and a fluted rim. The fluted neck undulates back and forth around the jar and it is slipped with a micaceous clay.  The body of the jar is carved with cloud, lightning, and mesa or mountain designs.  They are deeply carved into the clay.  The jar is highly polished and traditionally fired.  Interestingly, Linda was among the first Santa Clara potters to begin using the mica as a design element after she was given some by her San Juan Pueblo in-laws.  The jar is signed on the bottom, “Linda Tafoya-Sanchez”.

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

$ 900.00
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.

$ 4,400.00
Tafoya, Sally – Bowl with Carved Avanyu

Sally Tafoya (b 1958) began making pottery in the 1980s.  She is a granddaughter of Rosita Velarde and Flora Naranjo, a daughter of Victoria Gutierrez and a sister of Eugene Gutierrez, Effie Garcia, Julie Gutierrez, and Ethel Yazza.  This bowl is coil built, carved and stone polished.  The Bowl has a water serpent or avanyu encircling the top of the piece.  It is very deeply carved and note the outline of the design in the black-on-black around the edges.  The bowl is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Sally Tafoya.”

$ 125.00
Youngblood, Nancy – 32 Rib Mellon (1987)

This is a classic straight ribbed melon bowl by Nancy Youngblood.  The bowl is coil built and each rib is deeply carved into the clay.  The depth of the carving and the symmetry of each rib is exceptional. This is certainly one of the enduring aspects of her incredible artistry.  Each rib is then polished with a stone to achieve the shine.  Although it is a small piece, consider that each rib has two sides and how much surface area there is for this piece!  The ribs are also very deeply carved into the clay and almost come to a point at the edge! Check out the image looking down on the bowl to see the depth and symmetry of this piece.  Nancy says she can only polish three ribs in one sitting as they are so time-consuming.  It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  It is signed, “Nancy Youngblood Cutler” and it is from 1987.  Simply an iconic piece of her pottery!

$ 3,800.00
Folwell, Polly Rose – Asymmetric Rim Jar with Feather Pattern

Polly Rose Folwell is known for use of classic designs on her traditional inspired Santa Clara pottery.  She learned to make pottery from her mother, Jody Folwell.   This jar is fully polished and has an asymmetric rim. It has been fired a dark reddish brown with a nearly black rim.   The design around the shoulder are etched feathers which encircle the piece.  Above and below are cloud and rain designs.  The jar is signed on the bottom in the clay.

$ 400.00
Speckled Rock, Paul – Red Bear with Feathers (1991)

Paul Speckled Rock is a grandson of Severa Tafoya but learned to make pottery from Joseph Lonewolf (his then father-in-law).  Paul’s son Adam Speckled Rock has made pottery, as well as his niece, Jennifer Tafoya.  This is one of his iconic clay bears.  He began making them in the early 1980’s and they remained one of his most famous forms.  The bear is more modernized and this one is polished and fired red.  There is a geometric heartline on the piece which he has highlighted with a blue clay slip.  There is a stone arrowhead on the back and three parrot feathers.  This is the bear’s “medicine bundle”.  The piece is signed on the inside of the back leg, “Paul Speckled Rock, 1991”.  It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

$ 650.00
Speckled Rock, Paul – Plainware Seedpot (1983)

Paul Speckled Rock is a grandson of Severa Tafoya but learned to make pottery from Joseph Lonewolf.  This seedpot is from 1983.  It is a very early piece of his pottery.  When he first started to make pottery, he began making unusual shapes, which were very much like “rocks”.  They were immediately distinctive in form and design.  This piece is highly polished but with not design. It is the shape and angels of the piece and the highly polished surface which make it so striking. The piece is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Paul Speckled Rock, 1983”.  It is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

$ 275.00
Naranjo, Madeline – Jar with Avanyu and Clouds

Madeline Naranjo creates beautifully carved and polished pottery.  Each piece is coil built, stone polished and traditionally fired.  The jar here is a classic shape with a wide shoulder and short neck. Around the neck are carved clouds which are matte.  Below the shoulder is a carved avanyu (water serpent), which encircles the piece.  The shoulder and the area below the avanyu are both polished.  Note how her matte sections are sanded and perfectly smooth so that there are no indentations or areas where the matte might make a shadow.  Her designs are always innovative and beautifully executed.  The jar is signed on the bottom.

$ 225.00
Naranjo, Madeline – Seed Jar with Parrots

Madeline Naranjo creates beautifully carved and polished pottery.  Each piece is coil built, stone polished and traditionally fired.  This is a taller seed jar. There are four parrots deeply carved into the clay.  The bodies of each bird are matte, while the tail feathers and beak are polished.  In the center of each is a carved birdwing.  The area separating the birds is also polished.  Note how her matte areas are sanded and perfectly smooth so that there are no indentations or areas where the matte might make a shadow.  Her designs are always innovative and beautifully executed.  The jar is signed on the bottom.

$ 375.00
Gutierrez, Denny – Bowl with 36 Swirl Faceted Melon Ribs (1992)

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 bowl is from 1992. It is larger in size and there are 36 faceted ribs swirling around the jar from the rim to the base. The bowl is very highly polished and fired a dark black.  It is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Denny Gutierrez”.

$ 550.00
Roller, Toni – Melon Bowl with 16 Ribs (1985)

Toni Roller is known for her classic shapes and exquisite stone polished pottery.  She is a daughter of Margaret Tafoya and has developed her own distinctive style yet adhering to the traditional methods and techniques of her mother.  This bowl is from 1985 and it is a carved melon bowl with 16 ribs. Each rib is evenly spaced and carved into the clay.  The entire surface is fully polished to a high shine. It was traditionally fired and it is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Toni Roller”.

$ 750.00
Gutierrez, Denny – Jar with 16 Faceted Melon Ribs (1991)

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 is from 1991.  It has 16 straight melon ribs, each flattened out to create the “facet”. They encircle the jar from top to bottom.  The jar is very highly polished and it is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  It is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Denny Gutierrez”.

$ 175.00
Garcia, Tina – Red Jar with Bear Paws (1991)

Tina Garcia was well known for her focus on traditional shape and plain ware Santa Clara pottery.  This jar was from 1991 and it is a classic piece of her pottery.  The jar has a sharp shoulder and it slopes up to the mouth.  There are three bear paws impressed into the clay.  The entire piece is fully polished and fired a deep red.  The bear paws are part of a story where a bear led the Pueblo people to water during a drought.  It is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Tina Garica”.  It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

$ 900.00
Gutierrez, Margaret & Luther – Nativity Set – 22 pieces (1977)

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

$ 1,200.00
Naranjo, Teresita  – Bowl with Carved Avanyu (1970’s)

Teresita Naranjo was a daughter of Christina Naranjo and know for her deeply carved pottery.  This bowl is one of her classic pieces in terms of the carving.  It is very deeply carved with a water serpent (avanyu) encircling the piece. Note how the negative space around the rim becomes part of the design of the clouds and lightning above the avanyu.  The entire piece is fully carved and polished. The avanyu encircles the bowl and the body has cloud and rain designs.  It is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Teresita Naranjo” and it is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

$ 850.00
Youngblood, Nathan -Black Tear Drop Shaped Plate

Nathan Youngblood is one of the few Pueblo potters who creates large and intricately carved plates.  In addition to the round and oval ones, he has also created his own distinctive form of the “tear drop” shape.  This piece is coil built, carved, stone polished and traditionally fired. He designed this plate so that it has a “shield-like” appearance with a central medallion and the designs emanating out from the center.  The imagery is all cloud and rain patterns.  The band extending out from the center are slipped with a micaceous clay, creating another visual contrast from the matte and polished surfaces.  The polished areas here are perfectly polished to a “glass-like” appearance.  The piece is signed on the back with his name and Tewa name hallmark meaning “Deer Path”.   The plate comes in a metal museum mount made specifically for this piece.

$ 12,800.00
Folwell, Susan – Lidded Jar with Carved Birds

Susan Folwell combines classic imagery with her own contemporary style of shape and design. This tall jar has carved birds in the center of the design.  They are polished tan and the bodies of the birds are carved at various levels, giving them a very distinctive appearance.  The color variation on the wings is from the traditional firing.  The jar itself is slipped with a pinkish colored clay and there are additional birds painted onto the surface.  The lid sits on the top of the jar and its shape is meant to evoke the classic Hopi style bird.  The various colors and use of the matte and polished surfaces works perfectly on this piece.  Susan’s pottery is meant to not only connect with us visually, but also with touch and meant to make us think.

$ 3,300.00
Youngblood, Nathan – Tri-Color Jar with Handles

Nathan Youngblood is well known for his deeply carved pottery and use of both traditional Santa Clara and other designs.  This jar is made in the shape of the classic “bean pot.”  The neck and base are both polished tan, while the center carved areas are polished red and the handles are matte. The red carved sections are a cloud design, and note a similar cloud pattern around the handles!  There is a band of lightning designs in tan below the red areas.  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 which creates some contrast in the tan areas.

$ 6,500.00
Tafoya, Judy & Lincoln – Tall Brown Water Jar with Bear Paws (2005)

Judy and Lincoln Tafoya (1954-2005) worked together for twenty years making pottery.  Lincoln learned to make pottery from his sister-in-law Sharon Naranjo Garcia.  He was a son o Dan Tafoya and Billie Rose Lee.  Judy is a daughter of Cecilia Naranjo and learned to make pottery from her grandmother Christina Naranjo.  Judy began making pottery in 1982 and married Lincoln in 1984. This water jar has a fluted rim and four bear paws. The jar is stone polished and fired a brown coloration.  It is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Judy and Lincoln Tafoya”.  It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

$ 400.00
Youngblood, Nathan – Jar with Impressed Night Hawk, Owl & Star

This is a creative jar by Nathan Youngblood which is part of his series, “The Space Between”.  These pieces are inspired by the early carved work of Sarafina Tafoya (1863-1949) and Margaret Tafoya (1904-2001).  This jar is a shape with high sides.  Nathan has carved around the shoulder of the piece with a rain and walking bear paw design.  Note the depth of the carving!  The section is very highly polished.  The remainder of the jar is slipped with mica.  This designs on the jar are inspired by the impressed designs on Sarafina Tafoya’s early work.   There is an impressed owl, moon, star, and Nighthawk.  Each of these images can be found on several of Sarafina’s original twelve carved vessels. The last photos show a group of these pieces.  The surrounding area has a mica clay slip over the impressed designs.  It is a very creative and inspired jar!  It is signed on the bottom in the clay with his name and deer tracks, which represent his name in Tewa, which means “Deer Path”.

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

$ 4,500.00
Youngblood, Nathan – Jar with Bear Paw and Impressed Avanyu

This is a striking jar by Nathan Youngblood which is part of his series, “The Space Between”.  These pieces are inspired by the early carved work of Sarafina Tafoya (1863-1949) and Margaret Tafoya (1904-2001).  This jar is a shape which is reminiscent of the work of Margaret Tafoya with the low shoulder and sloping side.  It is a great shape for Nathan’s deeply carved designs.  The jar has a central medallion which is impressed with a bear paw in the style of Sarafina Tafoya.  Note the elongated fingers of the paw.  As I wrote in “Born of Fire”:

“The symbol most directly associated with Sara Fina is the bear paw, which has been used on Santa Clara pottery since at least 1200 ad (Peterson 1997, 55). Its use comes from an old legend: during a time of drought at the pueblo, a bear led the people to a freshwater spring and saved them.  As Margaret explained it, “The bear always knows where the water is, and this is a design we put on the water jar, the storage jar”.

Below the medallion is an impressed avanyu.  This is one of the designs used by Sarafina in 1922 on some of her first “carved” vessels.  Nathan said that he wanted to explore this idea and try an impressed design.  He said there was an unexpected difficulty in polishing so many angles in the impressed pattern.  The result is quite stunning.  Take a look at the photo of the bottom of the jar and you can get a great view of the avanyu from a different angle!  The remainder of the jar is carved with a mountain and cloud pattern which encircles the piece.  It is a complex design yet ties together the imagery of the bear paw and the avanyu.

The red clay slip is deep and rich in coloration and the jar was traditionally fired.  The polishing is spectacular on this jar with an amazing shine from the stone polished surface!  While the shape, carving, and designing might seem like enough, Nathan also takes his pottery one step further. After it is fired, he uses small screwdrivers and scrapes the sides of the carved designs and the recessed areas, to create a visually striking contrast.  It is signed on the bottom in the clay with his name and deer tracks, which represent his name in Tewa, which means “Deer Path”.

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

$ 6,800.00
Tafoya, Margaret – Wide Jar with Mesa & Rain Designs (1970’s)

This is a striking wide shoulder jar by Margaret Tafoya. It is from the 1970’s.  It is an unusual shape for Margaret’s pottery with a wide shoulder and a short neck.  The jar is carved around the shoulder with a mesa and rain pattern. The design is repeated four times around the jar.  The piece is very highly polished and deeply carved.  It was fired a deep black.  Interestingly, Margaet was at the peak of her career in the 1970’s.  It was 1978-9 when she won consecutive “Best of Show” awards at Santa Fe Indian Market for two storage jar.  There is certainly a wonderful precision in the carving, shape, and polish of this jar.  It is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Margaret Tafoya”.  It is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

$ 6,800.00
Garcia, Tammy – Jar with Butterflies & Melon Rib Cloud Swirls (2000)

Tammy Garcia is known for her contemporary designs and use of traditional clay. This jar was made in 2000.  It is a striking shape with with a round body and small neck.  The design is a series of six butterflies encircling the jar.  They are slipped with a brown polished clay and the heads are matte red.  Near the base of the jar are flowers and Tammy has creatively used the angular melon ribs to represent the air, clouds and paths of the butterflies!  The piece has an elegance of form and flow of design in every direction it is turned.  The jar is signed on the bottom in the clay.  It is in excellent condition, with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair. Tammy has won numerous awards for her pottery for nearly the past 30 years.  Her creative work in clay, glass and bronze is found in museums worldwide.  It is exciting to see how her contemporary work continues to move Pueblo pottery forward with it innovations.

$ 25,000.00
Haungooah, Art Cody – Bowl with Insects, Turquoise and Lid

This is a very unusual lidded bowl by Art Cody Haungooah.  There are polished medallions on each side and the clay around them is carved away leaving the medallions raised. The medallion on one side has a moth and the other an ant.  They are each inset with two pieces of turquoise.  The surrounding matte area has been sanded down and works as a perfect contrast to the polished areas.  The lid is also fully polished.  It is a strong complement to the polished medallions.  The bowl is signed on the bottom in the clay.  It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

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

$ 900.00
Gutierrez, Denny – 24 Swirls Faceted Melon Jar (1999)

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 a low shoulder and sloping sides.  It is from 1999.  The jar has 24 faceted ribs swirling down from the rim to the base.  The top of the rim is also fully polished.   The narrowness of each rib adds to the amazing reflectiveness of this piece.  The jar is very highly polished and it is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  It is signed on the bottom in the clay.

$ 450.00
Nichols, Robert Cleto – Bowl with Two Fish

Robert Cleto Nichols is known for his deep carved pottery.  Each piece is coil built, carved and stone polished.  This bowl has a large fish chasing a smaller fish.  As the bowl is turned, the body of the larger fish is made up of kiva step and melon rib designs.  Note the depth fo the carving!  The bowl is traditionally fired black and signed on the bottom in the clay.

$ 500.00
Garcia, Tammy – Canteen with Mimbres Fish (1997)

This is a stylized canteen by Tammy Garcia from 1997.  The canteen is carved, polished and traditionally fired black.  The design is inspired by the fish on Mimbres pottery from the 1100’s. The fish is on one side and as the canteen is turned there are linear geometric patterns. These patterns were also inspired by the linear designs on Mimbres bowls.  The canteen is in the shape of a Pueblo woman’s canteen with the flat base and the handles on top.  The piece is highly polished and precision carved.  It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair. It is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Tammy Garcia, 97”.

 

$ 7,000.00
Lonewolf, Rosemary –  Seedpot with Wolf and Stars (1990’s)

This is seedpot by Rosemary Lonewolf is from the late 1990’s.  It is fully polished and there is an etched wolf on the top along with stars and a full moon.  On the sides are basket designs.  The contrast of the matte and polished areas accentuates her imagery.  The piece is signed on the bottom “Apple Blossom”, which is her name in Tewa.  It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

$ 300.00
Tafoya, Camilio – Seedpot with Chipmunks (1995)

This seedpot by Camilio Tafoya is from 1995. It is the last series of pieces he made.  It was fully polished and etched with five chipmunks.  They are gathering nuts.  It is whimsical in style and there is a playfulness to the designs.  The various colors are derived from natural clay slips.  It is signed on the bottom “Camilio Sunflower Tafoya”. It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

$ 500.00
Swentzell, Roxanne – “Admiration” Original Clay Figure

This is a striking original clay piece by Roxanne Swentzell.  It is entitled “Admiration”.  It is one of the classic style pieces by Roxanne.  Here the potter is holding two of her pieces of pottery.  There is something so endearing about the look on her face as she is looking at her pottery.  The two bowls are part of the figure so this is all one piece.  It is equally remarkable that both bowls are Mimbres in styles.  This harkens back to the early Mimbres pre-historic pottery, considered some of the best and most refined ancient art in the world.  The connection of the past with this innovative artist of the present and her impact on the future certainly reads throughout this wold piece.  Note as well feet, the movement of the hands, the face, are all perfectly scuplted.  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.  There is a monumental bronze similar in style to this piece in clay which is located at Roxanne’s studio in Pojoaque (see last photo).  This piece is from early 2000 and signed in the clay, “ROX”.

$ 12,000.00
Haungooah, Art Cody – Seedpot with Teepees

Art Cody Haungooah began making pottery in  1972.  He brought his Kiowa heritage and culture to the pottery of Santa Clara Pueblo.  This piece is from around 1980.  It is a seedpot and fully polished. It is an unusual design in that it is based more of Kiowa history than that of the Southwest.  There are two teepees as the design.  They are surrounded by cloud and feather patterns.  It is signed on the back, “AH, Haungooah”.  It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

 

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

 

$ 775.00
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