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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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Medicine Flower, Grace – Carved Bowl with Hummingbirds (1989)

Grace Medicine Flower began her career making miniature pottery with incised designs.  This bowl is from 1989, at the height of when she was carving into the rim of her pottery.  It was also a very brief period when she used clay slips of various colors for her pottery.  This one has white and blue additional colors added to the birds.  Grace said that Joseph Lonewolf (her brother) gave her the clay colors and then when she ran out she didn’t get any more.  This bowl has three medallions with hummingbirds and medicine flowers.  The rim is carved as are various other sections of the bowl  It is very highly polished and fired a deep red.  It is certainly one of her classics and in a smaller size!  It is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Grace Medicine Flower”.  It is in perfect condition and just stunning in person!

$ 3,200.00
Tafoya, Camilio – Kiva Bowl with Figures (1974)

This is a larger and unusual shaped bowl by Camilio Tafoya.  The shape has two kiva step terraces on each side.  They each have a medallion in the center etched with a human figure.  The sides are etched with a sash design with feathers on the end. The bowl is polished on the outside.  It is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Camilio Sunflower Tafoya”.  It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  Camilio was a brother to Margaret Tafoya and the father of Joseph Lonewolf and Grace Medicine Flower.

$ 800.00
Gutierrez, Lois  – Water Jar with Tumbling Eagles

Lois Gutierrez is one of the few potters who continue to create traditional polychrome (more than 3 colors of clay) pottery at Santa Clara Pueblo.  This is a traditional style water jar with the low shoulder and elongated neck and slightly turned out rim.  The jar is painted with natural clay slips and there are over five different colors used. Around the neck there are two eagles in a tumbling or swirling position.  The base has a cloud and rain design in red.  The jar has been traditionally fired outdoor and overall is a striking coloration.  It is signed on the indented bottom of the jar.  It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

$ 1,200.00
Naranjo, Johnathan – Jar with Birds

This jar by Johnathan Naranjo captures his unique style of sgraffito and etching on his pottery.  The jar is fully polished and the various colors are simply created by the depth of the etching into the clay!   Jonathan continues to amaze with this designs and technique.  There are two panels of birds.  They are very intricately designed.  Separating them are two sections of a ribbon pattern. The designs on the ribbon are classic Santa Clara designs.  The rim is also designed with bird wing and geometric cloud motifs.  The jar is signed on the bottom in the clay.  Johnathan has won numerous awards for his pottery and  Johnathan is definitely one of the young potters to watch!

$ 800.00
Trammel, Jennie –  Red & Tan Canteen with Bear Paw & Avanyu (1980’s)

This is a very unusual canteen by Jennie Trammel.  Over the years we have had several of her canteens which were made in this same style with the flat base and designs on both sides.  This canteen has a carved bear paw on one side.  The unusual part of this canteen is the opposite side, which has carved avanyu with a center medallion in tan.  The carving around the avanyu is very deep, as are the bands around the bear paw.  I looked back and in over 20 years, I’ve never had a piece by her with tan polished designs.  The red is a clay slip while the tan is achieved by using water to create the coloration of the clay.   The carving is very deep and the piece is a very deep red.  The background area is matte and the traditional creame colored clay slip. The canteen is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  It is signed, “Jennie Trammel” in the clay on bottom.   Definitely one of her classics!

$ 3,400.00
Tafoya, Shirley – Bowl with Carved Avanyu (1980)

Shirley Tafoya was the youngest daughter of Margaret Tafoya and known for her miniature pottery.  This bowl is from 1980.  It is very deeply carved with a water serpent encircling the piece.  The entire surface is fully polished.  Shirley etched the eye and the mouth of the avanyu.  The water serpent is a classic Santa Clara design telling the story of how the avanyu saved the village from a flood.  The bowl is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  It is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Shirley Cactus Blossom Tafoya”. A classic of Tafoya Family pottery!

$ 1,000.00
Trammel, Jennie –  Tall Jar with Sun and Cloud Design (1980’s)

Stunning!  This is an exceptional 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 tall jar has a low shoulder, which gives it lots of space for design.  The central areas is fully carved with three rising sun designs.  They are separated by three cloud motifs descending downward.  Jennie continues to fascinate with her designs, as they are images that few other Santa Clara potters use in their work.  As well, as on this piece, her choice to use three designs instead of four, is more difficult and unusual.  The carving is very deep and the piece is a very deep red.  The background area is matte and the traditional creame colored clay slip. The jar is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  There are a couple of areas of slip loss on the edge of some of the carving, which might have happened at the time of firing and are not unusual in her larger pottery.  The jar is signed, “Jennie Trammel” in the clay on bottom.   Definitely one of her classics!

$ 4,000.00
Tafoya, Margaret & Shirley Tafoya – Bowl with Kiva Step Design (BOF . 113)

Shirley Tafoya was the youngest daughter of Margaret Tafoya. They each created distinctive styles of carved pottery.  This is one of the only pieces Margaret made with her daughter, Shirley.  Shirley told me when I was writing “Born of Fire” that Margaret had made the bowl and she asked Shirley to carve a kiva step design into the clay.  Shirley then polished the bowl.  The bowl is highly polished and traditionally fired.  The kiva steps were a significant choice:

“The kiva step pattern is a classic design see on much of Margaret Tafoya’s pottery. That particular design has three steps, representing the kiva where religious ceremonies take place on the Pueblo. From the kitchen window of Margaret’s house, their clan kiva could also be seen while they worked.  Again, the tradition of form and design, of passing on knowledge to the next generation, were all a daily presence in Margaret’s pottery and life”.  Born of Fire, p. 100

This bowl is from the 1980’s and it is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  It is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Shirley Cactus Blossom Tafoya, Margaret Tafoya”.  It is an amazing piece of history, culture and Pueblo tradition!  The last photos are one from the book, Born of Fire along with a photo of Margaret and Shirley Tafoya.

$ 3,400.00
Tafoya, Margaret – Wide Jar with Cloud and Step Designs (1970’s) (BOF p. 107)

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

“She [Margaret Tafoya] made water jars sitting outside the adobe house, and they would never crack on her.  There’s a rainbow band on the shoulder. She would sit on the floor with her legs straight out and make the pots that way. Today we stand up and make our pots.”  LuAnn Tafoya and Toni Roller, Spoken Through Clay

$ 8,800.00
Naranjo, Christna – 13″ Tall Jar with Carved Avanyu (1970’s)

Christina Naranjo was a daughter of SaraFina Tafoya and a sister of Margaret Tafoya and Camilio Tafoya.  She was known for her classic style carved Santa Clara pottery.  This is definitely the largest piece of her pottery we have had in the gallery.  It is a tall water jar with a long neck.  Around the body of the piece, it is fully carved with a water serpent (avanyu), as the design.  The avanyu encircles the jar in a band of design but note the exceptional complexity of the imagery.  The area clouds and rain and lightning in the pattern and they utilize the normal band but also the negative space.  The long neck is also fully polished.  The style of her carving is certainly significantly different than that of her sister, Margaret Tafoya.  The jar is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Christina Naranjo”.  It is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  Christina has a wonderful legacy in the work of her daughters Mary Cain and Teresita Naranjo, as well as her great-granddaughters Tammy Garcia and Autumn Borts.

$ 2,800.00
Curran, Dolores – Large Box with Turtles, Butterflies and Avanyu

This is an extraordinary box by Dolores Curran.  She continues to create intricately incised and painted pottery.  This piece combines both the incised polychrome pottery inspired by her late husband, Alvin Curran, and her delicately painted buff-on-red style. The painted areas of the box are amazing in detail and time-consuming.  Everything has to be repainted at least four times for the color to appear solid!  The outside of the box is fully polished and has feathers, prayer feathers, clouds and turtles as the design.  There is also a water serpent along the rim.  The top of the side of the box is mica slipped and has painted cloud designs which extend over the rim.  The lid is incised with a feather pattern, along with two sections of prayer feathers. There are various clay colors to create white and red.  The center of the lid has a painted avanyu and the rim of the lid has another avanyu!  Turn the lid over and there is an incised butterfly!  I’ll say it again, the work and detail on a piece of her work this size is extraordinary!  The box is signed on the bottom in the clay.

$ 3,800.00
Naranjo, Christina & Teresita Naranjo – Jar with Carved Avanyu (1960’s))

This is a striking but unusual collaborative piece by Christina Naranjo and her daughter, Teresita Naranjo.  The jar was made by Christina and is one of her classic round shapes with the slight neck.  It was carved by Teresita with a very deep style of carving.  The jar has a water serpent (avanyu) encircling the piece. Note that there is Teresita’s signature style of negative space carving with the clouds descending from the rim.  The carving on the horn of the avanyu is especially deep, crips and very thin!  The jar is in good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair. There are some minor scratches on the surface.  It is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Teresita + Christina”.  It is interesting that in over 20 years, I have had several pieces which were signed by both Christina and Mary Cain (another daughter) but this is the first one I have had by Christina and Teresita.  It’s nice to see in a collaborative piece that their individuality in shape (Christina) and carving (Terestia) are so distinctive.  Christina Naranjo was a sister of Margaret Tafoya and Camilio Tafoya, as well as the matriarch of the family of potters including Teresita Naranjo and Tammy Garcia.

$ 1,400.00
Garcia, Effie – Bowl with Mountain and Wind Designs

This  bowl by Effie Garcia is deeply carved and highly polished.  It has a Mountain pattern with the wind flowing off the surface fo which is carved into the clay. The design is then outlined with a clay slip and the remainder of the bowl is highly polished.  It is fired a deep black.  The high polish and angle from the shoulder make her work distinctive. It is signed on the bottom in the clay.

 

 

$ 550.00
Cain, Mary – Red Long Neck Jar with Avanyu (1980’s)

Mary Cain was known for her classic style Santa Clara pottery.  A daughter of Christina Naranjo, she was a matriarch of a family of classic style pottery.  This jar has along neck and it is deeply carved with an avanyu which encircles the piece.  As the jar is turned there are cloud and water motifs.  It is highly polished and the background has the traditional cream colored clay slip. It is signed on the bottom, “Mary Cain”.    It is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

$ 800.00
Garcia, Gloria “Golden Rod” – Bowl with Deer & Coral

This is a fully designed bowl by Gloria Garcia.  It is fully polished and fired black. The bowl has a series of Pueblo style deer encircling the piece. Each is etched into the clay and note how the body of each deer has additional etched designs. There is a cloud design around the neck and a single inset piece of coral.  It is very highly polished and a very classic design.  It is signed on the bottom, “Golden Rod”.

$ 600.00
Naranjo, Madeline – Jar with Four Bears

Madeline Naranjo creates beautifully carved and polished pottery.  Each piece is coil built, stone polished and traditionally fired.  This jar has a round body and an elongated neck.  There are four bears carved into the clay.  They alternate between matte and polished.  Above them is a carved cloud design.  The contrast of the matte and polished surfaces works perfectly, especially with the polished neck.  Note as well 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.

$ 275.00
Naranjo, Madeline – Bowl with Four Turtles

Madeline Naranjo creates beautifully carved and polished pottery.  Each piece is coil built, stone polished and traditionally fired.  This larger bowl has four turtles carved into the clay.  They are each deeply carved and matte, while surrounded by a stone polished surface.  The contrast of the matte and polished surfaces works perfectly, especially with the polished neck.  Note as well 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.

$ 450.00
Naranjo, Geri  – Seedpot with Four Bands of Design

Geri Naranjo is known for her intricately etched miniature pottery. This jar is round with just a slight neck. The piece is fully polished and nearly fully incised with four bands of design.  Around the top band is an avanyu and below a band of feathers.  Below the feathers are two bands of cloud, rain and feather patterns. The jar is signed on the bottom, “Geri Naranjo” It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.   It is a striking piece and amazing in the complexity of the design work!

$ 375.00
Lonewolf, Greg – Set of 5 Seedpots (Dragonfly, Fish, Frog, Duck & Turtle)

Greg Lonewolf is the son of Joseph Lonewolf and is known for his intricately incised miniatures.  This is a set of five miniatures, each very intricately etched and designed.  There is a dragonfly, which is the largest.  The Turtle seedpot has a turtle on top and feathers on the side.  The Fish seedpot has three Mimbres style fish encircling the piece.  The duck seedpot has a Mimbres duck on the front and a realistic duck on the back.  The smallest is the Mimbres Frog seedpot with a realistic frog on the back. Each piece is fully polished and highlighted with additional clay slips.  The contrasts of size and intricate realism is exceptional.  Each piece is signed and the dragonfly seedpot says “set of 5” and each has a number in the set (1-5).  They are each in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  While Greg no longer makes pottery, his work remains exceptional.  If there is interest in breaking up the set, I will consider it but thought it was a unique opportunity for the whole group to remain intact.

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

This bowl  by Gloria Garcia is fully polished  and etched with one of her more realistic scenes.  There are six buffalo on this piece.  Each of the buffalo is detailed with design and there are additional cloud and lightning designs surrounding them. There is an additional white clay slip used as part of the lightning design in the sky.  There are even a few gophers in the scene as well!  This bowl is very highly polished and fired a deep red. It is signed on the bottom with her Tewa name “GoldenRod”.

$ 550.00
Naranjo, Jody – Square Neck Jar with Birds

This jar by Jody Naranjo is from 2004.  It is highly polished around the neck and the base.  These area are fully etched with her signature “kiva step” design, as is the inside of the rim.  The center band is matte. The design is a series of birds encircling the jar.  The jar has flat sides, which creates as striking appearance to both the jar and the burnished surfaces.  The brown coloration is derived from the outdoor firing process.  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

 

$ 2,400.00
Borts-Medlock, Autumn  – Large Open Bowl with Moon & River Scene

This is an extraordinary carved open bowl by Autumn Borts-Medlock.  She is known for her often fanciful carved pottery and use of unique shapes.  The bowl is carved on the rim and the inside of the rim has etched stars.  On the inside of the bowl, it is fully carved with a moon, star, mountain and river design. The stars, mountains, and clouds are all full polished. The river is carved using “melon ribs” to create the angles.  It is amazing that she could carve into the center of the bowl with such precision!  The back of the bowl is also fully carved with melon ribs, which replicate the design of the river!  Not only visually creative but technically very difficult to create this style of the piece.  It is traditionally fired black and signed on the back.  The bowl has a metal museum mount in which it sits to show off the creative design!

$ 8,800.00
Tafoya-Sanchez, Linda – Tall Jar with Hummingbirds and Corn Plants

Linda Tafoya-Sanchez is a granddaughter of noted potter Margaret Tafoya and a daughter of Lee & Betty Tafoya.  She is know for her intricately carved pottery.  The jar is a variations of designs.  Two sections are fully polished with carved corn plants.  The opposite two medallions have hummingbirds as the design.  Linda’s hummingbirds are exceptional with the rounded bodies.  There are also areas where she has added a micaceous clay slip.  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

$ 2,000.00
Archuleta,  Mary Ester – Red and Tan Bowl with Avanyu & Feathers (1970’s)

This is a classically shaped jar by Mary Ester Archuleta.  The piece has straight sides and a slightly rounded neck.  The top and bottom are fully polished red.  The center band is deeply carved. There is an avanyu on one side which is polished red.  The opposite side has seven feathers which are polished tan.  The tan is the natural color of the clay and always difficult to achieve this coloration.  There is also the traditional cream-colored slip painted into the carved areas.  It is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Mary E. Archuleta.  It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  Mary is the second youngest daughter of Margaret Tafoya.  She married into San Juan Pueblo in the late 1960’s and created most of her pieces in the San Juan inspired style.  It was her marriage at San Juan and reviving pottery there, which reminded Margaret about how she learned to polish the tan slip when her brother had married and moved there years earlier.  

$ 1,600.00
Ebelacker, James – Long Neck Jar with Mesa Design

James Ebelacker is a son of noted potter Virginia Ebelacker.  He is known for his large vessels and beautifully polished pottery. This long neck jar is a graceful shape with a low shoulder and slightly turned out rim.  The design is a mesa and wind pattern which is carved into the clay.  Note the high shine of the stone polishing and depth of the carving.  James also polished the inside of the neck, which is always technically more difficult.  The jar is signed on the bottom in the clay.

$ 2,800.00
Tafoya, Margaret – Large Rainbow Ridge Water Jar with Bear Paws (1960’s), BOF p. 78

This is a striking large water jar by Margaret Tafoya.   This red water jar is featured on p. 78 of the book, “Born of Fire”. The water jar is from the 1960’s and certainly from a period when Margaret was at the peak of her career.  In 1978 and 1979 she won “Best of Show” at Santa Fe Indian Market.  She is one of the only artists to ever win twice and then to win in two consecutive years.  This water jar is distinctive and important because of the color (she made fewer red pieces than black), the very classic shape and the bottom.   The shape is a double shoulder water jar with a rainbow ridge.  This is the ridge above the shoulder which is actually pushed out in the clay.  The rim of the jar is slightly turned out and there are four bear paws impressed into the clay before it was polished.  As for the bottom, this comes from a time period when she used one of her mother’s (SaraFina Tafoya) pukis to create the indented base.  Nearly of the pieces with this style of base are classic style water jars, almost as if they are made as an homage to her mother and her legacy.  The jar is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Margaret Tafoya”. It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  This is definitely a historically important and exceptional jar by this important Santa Clara potter and great to have it published in one of the definitive books on her career.  Toni Roller said of the bear paw design.

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

$ 24,000.00
Tafoya, Margaret – Plate with Four Bear Paws (1950’s)

This is a deep black, fully polished plate by Margaret Tafoya.  The plate is impressed with four bear paws in the clay before it is polished.  It was then fully polished on the front and back and fired a dark black.  The plate is not flat but has just a bit of curvature which helps reflect the light.  I included several photos to show both the condition and the depth of the color.  The bear paw design tells the story of how a bear led the Pueblo people to water during a drought.  The plate is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair and the highly polished surface just seems to glow with the light.  It is signed on the back in the clay, “Margaret Tafoya”.

 

$ 5,800.00
Youngblood, Nancy – Tall Jar with Shells & Shell Lid

Nancy Youngblood creates stunning vessels which combine both matte and polished surfaces. This is an elegant vase with deeply carved sections where she has two different types of shells as the design.   The use of shells in her pottery is reminiscent of the shells worn by the Pueblo Dancers during various ceremonies.  Historically, there are lots of shells found in the Southwest, as they were highly valued and used for trade.  Note how the shells are rounded out like the ribs in her melon bowls!  The surrounding area is matte, which contrast perfectly with the high shine of her stone polished surfaces.  Note how even the matte areas are, as if they are not flat and even they create shadows.  The symmetry of the jar is perfection, with a narrow base and a wide shoulder.  The lid has carved and polished shells on each side and they are fully polished and each section is rounded out.  The lid also fits perfectly into the jar with a line to show exactly where to position it on the vessel.  The jar is from 2006 and it is in perfect condition.

 

$ 17,000.00
Tafoya, Margaret – Large Red Carved Open Bowl (1960’s)

Margaret Tafoya made fewer red pieces of pottery than black.  The reason may simply be that the redware is always more difficult to polish and fire than the black pieces.  While in the 1950’s we see very little redware, in the 1960’s she began to make red pieces again.  This is a classic open bowl with designs carved into the shoulder.  The imagery varies from cloud to rain patterns which encircles the piece.  They are deeply carved into the clay and then, as is typical of her red pottery, the recessed areas are slipped with a cream colored clay.  The bowl is from the 1960’s and signed on the bottom in the clay, “Margaret”.  It is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  Definitely a classic of her pottery!

$ 5,500.00
Youngblood, Nancy – 32 Rib Swirl Water Jar (2004)

Stunning!  This is an exceptional large water jar by Nancy Youngblood. The shape is a classic water jar with a rainbow ridge shoulder.  The shape is inspired by the work of her grandmother, Margaret Tafoya, and her great-grandmother, SaraFina Tafoya. The jar has 32 ribs swirling around the neck and 32 ribs swirling towards the base!  The rim is perfectly carved and polished with the inside of the rim also rounded out!  It is always technically difficult to create a rim of such complexity and not have it break during the polishing!  As well, note the depth of the carving on this piece.  The entire bowl is fully polished which takes an extraordinary amount of time.  Consider that each rib has two “sides”to be polished and the surface area of the piece is about double its size!  Nancy has won numerous awards for her melon bowls and this is undoubtedly a classic of her style!  This jar is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Nancy Youngblood”.  It was made in 2004, which was the year she won the prestigious New Mexico Governor’s Award for the Arts and was shown at in the Governor’s office.  The jar is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair. Nancy said of this style of her pottery:

“I got the idea from seeing a picture of Sara Fina’s work. Her jar had a fluted top, and the swirl went from the left to the right and ended at the raised rainbow band on the shoulder. The bottom was plain. I wanted to take the shape and make it uniquely mine so I carried the swirl below the shoulder to the base. I deliberately curved in my fluted rim to make it more distinctive. Technically, this is one of the most difficult pieces to polish because you are continually flipping it around. You polish one side of a rib, and then you have to flip it real fast and polish the other side.” Nancy Youngblood, Spoken Through Clay

$ 25,000.00
Tafoya, Margaret – Large Wedding Vase with Avanyu (1950’s)

This is a large wedding vase by Margaret Tafoya.  It is from the 1950’s.  The design is a water serpent and it is very deeply carved into the clay.  There is an unusual cloud pattern above the head of the water serpent, and another cloud pattern on the reverse of the bowl.  It is this style of carving which is more usually seen on the work of the late 1950’s.  The shape of the vase is rounder with the extended spouts.  The entire surface of the wedding vase is fully polished.  The style and complexity of the carving, also suggest that it was probably designed by Margaret’s husband, Alcario Tafoya.  Toni Roller said of her father’s designs:

“Alcario did help with some of the designs. His are bold designs. My dad’s designs are very outstanding. You can tell the difference between my mother’s and my dad’s designs. He did a lot of designs on my mother’s pots. Sorry to say he was never given very much credit for it.” —Toni Roller, Spoken Through Clay

The wedding vase is signed, “Margaret Tafoya”.  It is in very good condition with chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  There are surface scratches which are expected on pieces from this period, but no structural issues.

$ 14,500.00
Tapia-Browning, Michelle – Bowl with Rain Designs

Michelle Tapia-Browning is a daughter of noted potter LuAnn Tafoya and a sister of Daryl Whitegeese. While she is better known for her photography and woodworking, she is also a gifted potter.  This bowl is coil built, carved, stone polished and traditionally fired.  The bowl is carved with a rain and mountain pattern.  While Michelle makes very few pieces of pottery, her work is classic and beautifully polished.  It is signed on the bottom in the clay.

$ 600.00
Tafoya, Margaret -Red Jar with Bear Paws (1980’s), BOF p. 111

It is always great to see an important vessel by Margaret Tafoya, with great provenance, come become available.  This  tall red red jar is featured on p. 111 of the book, “Born of Fire”. The jar is from the 1980’s, after he had won “Best of Show” at Santa Fe Indian Market in 1978 and 1979.  In her later work, Margaret made smaller pieces than earlier in her career and also more redware.  The classic jar has a tall shape with four impressed bear paws as the design.  They are carved into the clay and then the entire piece is fully polished and it is fired a deep red.  The jar is signed on the bottom in the clay “Margaret Tafoya”. It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  This is definitely a historically important and exceptional jar by this important Santa Clara potter and great to have it published in one of the definitive books on her career.

$ 7,500.00
Whitegeese, Daryl  – Large Jar with Cloud and Mountain Designs

This is large jar by Daryl Whitegeese with a wide, round shoulder.  This jar is carved around the center with a fascinating design.  As the jar is turned, it tells the story of the wind blowing across the water and then creating the clouds. The clouds buildup and billow out as a storm approaches.  The rain (lines descending downward) and the lightning are carved next and finally there is the end of storm with a gentle breeze now blowing over the mesas.  The jar is deeply carved with Daryl’s sharp edges.  The surface is very highly polished and the jar was traditionally fired.  The firing is exceptional on this piece as it has a very “water-like” appearance to the shine and it captures the shape, design and reflection of the light. 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!  Check out the recent section on him in the new “Cowboy’s and Indians” Magazine (August 2018)

 

 

$ 4,800.00
Tafoya, LuAnn – Red Jar with Bird Design

LuAnn Tafoya is known for her deeply carved and highly polished traditional Santa Clara pottery. This is a medium sized piece of her work. The design is one which is unique to her as it was designed for her by her father, Alcario Tafoya. The design is a bird, which is carved in four panels. The area behind the design is slipped with a cream-colored clay. The top area of the jar is sloping and fully polished. LuAnn is masterful at polishing large surfaces such as this, and this is a perfect example of her skill! The light reflects perfectly on the burnished surface, as well as emphasizing the deep red coloration. The jar is signed on the bottom in the clay, “LuAnn Tafoya”. The coloration is beautiful, and the shape of this piece is an excellent example of creativity, and commitment to traditional Santa Clara pottery. The last photo is an example of the raw form of the white clay used in the area behind the carving.

$ 3,000.00
Youngblood, Nancy – Lidded Jar with Avanyu & Lightning Design (2006)

This is a very intricately carved lidded jar by Nancy Youngblood.  The jar is deeply carved with a water serpent encircling the top of the piece.  The body of the avanyu has Nancy’s signature lightning and water swirls.  Below the avanyu are 16 carving lightning designs.  The carving is very deep on this piece, and the rim and base are both matte.  The matte is one of the highlights of Nancy’s pottery, as she sands it with such precision that there are virtually no irregularities.  The smooth matte surfaces beautifully complement the polished areas of the jar.  The lid is fully polished and fits perfectly into the bowl.  The entire piece is traditionally fired to a dark black, and it is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Nancy Youngblood, 2006).  It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  Definitely a classic of her carved pottery.

$ 8,500.00
Ebelacker, Virginia – Plate with Carved Bear Paw & Silver Inset (BOF p. 125)

This is one of the most difficult pieces I had to find by Virginia Ebelacker for the book, “Born of Fire”.  Virginia’s more classic carved and polished pieces were easy to acquire, but she did not make a lot of the plates with the silver insets. I thought it was fascinating how she had taught herself to be a silversmith and then applied it to her pottery.

“She [Virginia Ebelacker] was among the first Pueblo potters int he early 1970’s to inset turquoise set in silver bezels into carved sections of her pottery to complement the design.”  Born of Fire, p. 126

This plate is an interesting design with a bear paw in the center, which then has a carved area which is inset with turquoise set in a silver bezel. The bear paw is surrounded by a star pattern.  The back is matte and signed, “Virginia Ebelacker”.  It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  It is published in Born of Fire on page 125.  Virginia’s sons Richard and James were both known for their distinctive large pottery and today her grandson, Jason, is also creating exceptional pottery.

$ 1,800.00
Tafoya, Margaret – Storage Jar with Bear Paws (1970’s), BOF p. 103

This is a stunning version of Margaret Tafoya’s famous storage jars.  The jar is from the 1970’s and her distinctive storage jar form has a high, round shoulder and this one has a bit of an extended neck. The extended neck is certainly reminiscent of the storage jar shapes of her mother, Sarafina Tafoya.  Margaret always said that making them very round in shape was more difficult than making them narrower.  The entire piece is the fully polished after the bear paws are impressed. The bear paw design tells the story of how a bear led the Pueblo people to water during a drought.  Both the storage jar and the bear paw have become iconic to the work of Margaret Tafoya.  This jar is highly polished and fired a deep black.  It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  It is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Margaret Tafoya”.  The jar is featured in the book, Born of Fire, on p. 103.  Definitely a piece of history!

 

$ 24,000.00
Youngblood, Nancy – Large Box with Shell Designs with Shell & Avanyu Lid

This is an exceptional large box by Nancy Youngblood.  It is not often that she makes boxes and this particular piece combines many different techniques used in her pottery.  The box is an elegant shape with a length, width and height proportionality that works for the size. The sides of the box have shells on them, and not how each ridge of the shell is rounded out like her straight melon ribs! The ends of the box have circular shells. The use of shells reflects the shells used on traditional dancers at the Pueblo and that they have been used culturally for centuries.  The top of the box has a carved and polished avanyu encircling the handle, which is a double sided shell.  One visually dynamic aspect of the box is the how she has sanded the matte areas so that they are so smooth. It is a critical part of pieces as any uneven surface is revealed in the light as a small shadow!  The polished surfaces just glow with the reflection of the light.   Consider that each shell edge or swirling shell has two “sides”to be polished and the surface area of the piece is about double its size!  This box is from 2008 and came originally from Nancy to the gallery and now it has come back to us.  It is in perfect condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.   Nancy has won numerous awards for her melon bowls and this is undoubtedly a classic and important piece of her pottery.

$ 28,000.00
Youngblood, Mela  – Tall Water Jar with Carved Avanyu (1972) with Ribbon

This is one of the largest pieces we have seen by Mela Youngblood.  She began making pottery in the late 1960’s and quickly achieved a distinctive style for her work.  Each piece of her work very highly polished and when carved the edges are distinctly rounded.  This jar has a carved avanyu encircling the piece. Mela’s carving is distinctive with rounded edges to her carving.  The avanyu here is deeply carved and the entire jar is fully polished.  It is a stunning piece not just for the size, but also for the polishing and carving.  The jar won a blue ribbon at the 1972 Gallup Intertribal Ceremonials.  Mela’s name is on the ribbon and it is on the last two photos.  It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  It is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Mela Youngblood”.  It is certainly a rarity with great provenance and an important piece of Tafoya family history!

$ 5,500.00
Tafoya, LuAnn – Red Water Jar with Bear Paw

LuAnn Tafoya is known for her highly polished traditional Santa Clara pottery.  This is a stunning red water jar.  It is a graceful shape with a high shoulder which just slightly indents before the neck rises upwards.  There is a single bear paw as the design on the neck.  She shape of the jar has a more historic appearance with the slight indented water band on the shoulder.  LuAnn said of her water jars:

“I remember shapes from when I was growing up. I didn’t see how my grandmother did them, but I saw my mom [Margaret Tafoya]. By watching how she did the water jar, that’s how I did mine. The bear paw, my mom told me, was the bear was looking for water. That’s also why the water bands are there on the shoulder and why we use the bear paw on the water jar.”  LuAnn Tafoya, Spoken Through Clay

The jar is highly polished and fired a striking red coloration. It is a new piece from LuAnn and exciting to she that she continues to make pieces of such exceptional quality.  The fully polished pieces are always more difficult to make than the carved vessels, as the entire piece has to be stone polished at the same time.  The water 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.

$ 4,800.00
Archuleta,  Mary Ester – Red Jar with Tan Melon Ribs (1976) with Ribbon

This is a long neck water jar by Mary Ester Archuleta.  The jar is fully polished red at the neck and the base.  Around the shoulder, it is carved with 24 melon ribs, which are polished tan.  Typical of her pottery, the jar is very highly polished!  It won “Best of Pottery” at the 1976 Eight Northern Pueblos Indian Market.  It is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Mary E. Archuleta.  It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  Mary is the second youngest daughter of Margaret Tafoya.  She married into San Juan Pueblo in the late 1960’s and created most of her pieces in the San Juan inspired style.  It was her marriage at San Juan and reviving pottery there, which reminded Margaret about how she learned to polish the tan slip when her brother had married and moved there years earlier.  

$ 2,500.00
Tafoya, Margaret & Mela Youngblood – Weddding Vase (1976)

Margaret Tafoya and her daughter, Mela Youngblood, made some pottery together in the 1970’s.  Typically, Margaret would make the piece and then it would be carved by either Mela or Alcario Tafoya (Margaret’s husband).  Some of the collaborative pieces I have seen were signed by all three.  This wedding vase is just signed by Mela and Margaret. The wedding vase is definitely Margaret’s shape. The carving has a mesa and lightning on one side and a mountain pattern on the other.  The carving design was done by Mela on this piece, as was the polishing.  It’s a striking piece and an interesting piece of history!  It is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  It is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Margaret Tafoya, Mela Youngblood”

$ 2,400.00
Roller, Toni -15″ Tall Jar with Avanyu and Cloud Designs

Toni Roller is known for her classic shapes and exquisite stone polished pottery.  A daughter of Margaret Tafoya, Toni has developed her own distinctive style yet adhering to the traditional methods and techniques of her mother.  This may be one of the tallest pieces of her potter we have seen! The jar is 15″ tall and carved with two bands of design.  There is a central band with a carved avanyu.  Above the avanyu is a carved band with cloud, bird and lightning designs.  It is a very intricately designed piece. As well, the entire surface is fully polished!  It is traditionally fired a deep black.  The jar is from 2006 and signed on the bottom, “Toni Roller”.  It is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair. Definitely a significant piece by one of Margaret Tafoya’s daughters.

$ 5,000.00
Tafoya, Margaret – Tall Double Shoulder Water Jar (1960’s)

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

“She [Margaret Tafoya] made water jars sitting outside the adobe house, and they would never crack on her.  There’s a rainbow band on the shoulder. She would sit on the floor with her legs straight out and make the pots that way. Today we stand up and make our pots.”  LuAnn Tafoya and Toni Roller, Spoken Through Clay

$ 14,500.00
Tafoya, Shirley – Wide Bowl with Carved Avanyu

Shirley Tafoya was the youngest daughter of Margaret Tafoya and known for her miniature pottery.  This is a larger bowl but amazing at how deeply it is carved!  The top and bottom band are a matte, while the carved area is an avanyu which is polished.  Note how deep the carving is on this bowl!  Shirley etched the eye and the mouth of the avanyu.  The water serpent is a classic Santa Clara design telling the story of how the avanyu saved the village from a flood.  The bowl is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  It is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Shirley Cactus Blossom Tafoya.” A classic of Tafoya Family pottery!

$ 1,200.00
Youngblood, Mela  – Kiva Bowl (1970’s)

Mela Youngblood began making pottery in the late 1960’s and quickly achieved a distinctive style for her work.  Each piece of her work very highly polished and when carved the edges are distinctly rounded.  This bowl is a very classic style of Kiva Bowl.  This bowl is fully polished on the inside and outside. The bowl has the “kiva” three-step form on the sides.  The holes in the kiva step areas were traditionally included so that eagle feathers could be placed in them. Mela made few of these during her career. The bowl is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  The highly stone polished surface is striking!  It is signed on the bottom in the clay.

$ 1,500.00
Youngblood, Christopher – Lidded Jar with Eagle & Pueblo Bird

Christopher Youngblood creates intricately carved vessels which reflect a perfect balance of matte and polished surfaces with intricately carved designs.   This lidded jar is a striking shape with tall sides. The jar is nearly fully carved with a realistic style eagle on one side. The eagle has carved feathers and rounded areas for the wings.  As the jar is turned, there are Chris’s signature swirls, which are deeply carved into the clay. On the opposite side is a Pubelo bird under a three band rainbow.  The last turn of the jar reveals more swirls!  It is perfectly carved and highly polished. The lid is flat and plain and fits perfectly into the vessel.   The jar is from 2010, and it was originally sold by us, and it has come back to the gallery again.  It is great to see how his creativity and technical strength has been evident for such a long period!  The jar is signed on the bottom in the clay.  It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  Chris is a perfectionist with the matte areas of his pottery, as they perfectly balance the highly polished designs.  Chris says that he focuses on each piece, taking the time to work on the shaped and stone polish the surface to a high shine, often polishing a piece several times to get it right. He has won numerous awards for his pottery, including the 2104 “Best of Pottery” at Santa Fe Indian Market.

$ 4,500.00
Roller, Toni – Melon Bowl with 8 Ribs (2018)

Toni Roller is known for her classic shapes and exquisite stone polished pottery.  A daughter of Margaret Tafoya, Toni has developed her distinctive style yet adhering to the traditional methods and techniques of her mother.  This new bowl reflect the precision of her carving and polishing!  The bowl is deeply carved with eight ribs. Note the angle at the side of each rib which gives the piece added depth. The entire bowl is fully polished to a very high shine. It was traditionally fired, and it is signed on the bottom in the clay.

$ 850.00
Trammel, Jennie – Tall Jar with Cloud Motifs (1970’s)

This is an elegant tall 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 is a taller jar which is fully polished, even the inside of the neck.  The design is a cloud motif which varies as the jar is turned.  The turned out rim is a nice variation which adds to the overall impact of the highly polished surface.  It is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  It is signed, “Jennie Trammel” in the clay on the bottom.

$ 1,800.00
Trammel, Jennie – Wide Red Jar with Cloud Designs (1980’s)

Jennie Trammel 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 stunning 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 is one of her very deeply carved pieces.  The jar is an unusual shape with a wide shoulder and a slight neck.  The rounded shoulder, however, is a great space for the deeply carved cloud and lighting design. The position of the carving is interesting and utilizes the form and the extension down from below the neck.  The background area is slipped with the traditional cream-colored clay.  The red clay slip is a deep, rich coloration.  It is signed, “Jennie Trammel” in the clay on the bottom.   This jar is in very good with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

$ 3,500.00
Roller, Jazmin – Jar with Rain and Mesa Designs (18 years old)

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

$ 575.00
Roller, Toni -Lidded Bowl with Tewa Sun Design (1981)

Toni Roller is known for her classic shapes and exquisite stone polished pottery.  A daughter of Margaret Tafoya, Toni has developed her distinctive style yet adhering to the traditional methods and techniques of her mother.  This is a very unusual piece of her pottery.  It is from 1981, and the bowl is carved in four sections with a Tewa Sunface design.  Each of the sun designs has a feather pattern (sun rays) rising over the mesas (eyes) with a lake in front (mouth).  The inside of the bowl is also fully polished!  The bowl also has a lid with a handle. The top of the lid is also carved with a sun design!  It is a fascinating combination of form, design, and technique.  Both the lid and the bowl are signed on the bottom in the clay.  It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

$ 1,500.00
Archuleta,  Mary Ester – Open Bowl with Mountain Designs

Mary Ester Archuleta is the second youngest daughter of Margaret Tafoya.  While she no longer makes pottery, she was active in the 1970’s and 1980’s.  While much of her pottery was inspired by the incised San Juan style of pottery as she married into San Juan and lived there, she also made classic Santa Clara blackware.  This open bowl is fully polished on the inside and outside.  It is always more difficult to polish both the inside and outside of a bowl, as there is a greater risk for cracking with the added wet slip.  The outside has a carved band with mountain designs.  The bowl is very highly polished and fired a deep black.  It is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Mary E. Archuleta.  It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

$ 850.00
Naranjo, Madeline – Jar with Double Avanyu

Madeline Naranjo creates beautifully carved and polished pottery.  Each piece is coil built, stone polished and traditionally fired.  This jar is a small version of the storage jar with a high shoulder and slight neck.  Around the body of the piece are two avany, which are interwoven. One is matte and the other is polished.  The contrast of the matte and polished surfaces works perfectly, especially with the polished neck.  Note as well 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.

$ 325.00
Tafoya, LuAnn – Mini Jar with Rain and Lightning Designs

This is a striking miniature by LuAnn Tafoya.  She 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 elongated neck.  The jar is deeply carved with a rain, lightning and mesa design.  The carving is deep and the entire surface is fully polished. There are little bear paw tracks etched into the rim of the jar.  Interestingly, LuAnn used a mica slip behind the carved designs, which stand out and give the background some “sparkle”.  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.

$ 675.00
Tafoya, LuAnn – Mini Red Jar with Avanyu

This is one of the few miniatures we have ever had from LuAnn Tafoya.  She 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.  It 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.

$ 625.00
Ebelacker, Richard – Double Shoulder Water Jar with Bear Paws (1970’s)

Richard Ebelacker was a grandson of Margaret Tafoya and a son of Virginia Ebelacker.  He was known for his large vessels and traditional shapes.  This is a very classic double shoulder water jar.  It is fully polished and has four bear paws as the design. The bear paws are part of a Tewa story where a bear led the Pueblo people to water during a drought.  The jar is very highly polished, even on the inside of the neck!  It is fired a deep lack.  The jar is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Richard Ebelacker”.  It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

$ 900.00
Ebelacker, Virginia – Jar with Carved Mountain Designs (1970’s)

Virginia Ebelacker was the first daughter of noted potter Margaret Tafoya.  She was known for large sized pottery as well as her deeply carved designs.  This jar is a very classic shape with a carved band around the center. The designs are mountain and lightning patterns. The jar is deeply carved and highly polished. The jar is signed on the bottom in the clay.  It is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  Her sons Richard and James were both known for their distinctive large pottery and today her grandson, Jason, is also creating exceptional pottery.

$ 1,500.00
Trammel, Jennie – Small Fully Polished Plate (1970’s)

This is small plainware plate by Jennie Trammel.  The plate has a curved surface and divided into seven sections.  It is fully polished on the front and back.  It was fired a deep black. 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. The plate is signed on the back in the clay, “Jennie Trammel”.  It is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

$ 150.00
Naranjo, Geri  – Mini Seedpot with Avanyu

This is a miniature seedpot by Geri Naranjo.  She is known for her miniature pottery and intricate designs.  This piece is fully polished and etched with an avanyu around the shoulder. There is a feather pattern in two rows above the avanyu.  Note that the feathers are horizontal and not the usual vertical.  The seedpot is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Geri Naranjo”.  It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

$ 125.00
Naranjo, Geri  – Black-and-Sienna Jar with Avanyu & Feathers

This is a wide storage jar shaped miniature jar by Geri Naranjo.  She is known for her miniature pottery and intricate designs.  This jar is fully polished and the rim is two-toned sienna. There are three bands of design etched into the clay.  On the top of the shoulder there is an etched avanyu, then feather pattern.  Below the feather pattern is a cloud and rain motif.  The jar is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Geri Naranjo”.  It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

$ 400.00
Year Flower, Lucy – Bowl with Impressed Cloud Designs (1973)

Lucy Year Flower was a daughter-in-law of Camilio Tafoya and a sister-in-law of Joseph Lonewolf and Grace Medicine Flower. She began making pottery in the early 1970’s and was known for her flowing carved designs.  This is an early piece of her pottery from 1973.  It is unusual in design with a wind pattern which is lightly impressed into the clay. The entire surface is fully polished, so the wind design has a very subtle appearance on the surface.  It is an interesting variation on classic Santa Clara carved pottery.  The bowl is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  It is signed, “Lucy Year Flower” on the bottom.

$ 250.00
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
Moquino, Jennifer – Jar with Tanager and Butterfly

Jennifer Moquino is known for her clay vessels and realistic sgraffito designs.  This jar has a Western Tanager on one side and a Great Spangled Fritillary butterfly on the other.  There is wonderful detail on both sides!  Separating them are two sections of flowers.  The jar itself is highly polished and fired black.  All the various colors are derived from natural clay slips.  Jennifer continues to be one of the leading innovative potters working today!

$ 800.00
Garcia, Effie – Bowl with Bear and Bear Paws

This  bowl by Effie Garcia is combines her deep carving with etched designs by her husband.  The bowl has a deeply carved heartline bear as the main design.  Around the remainder of the piece there are etched bear paws as the design.  The bear is a symbol for strength and good luck as are the bear paws.  The high polish and angle from the shoulder make this a distinctive bowl. It is signed on the bottom in the clay.

$ 650.00
Garcia, Effie – Bowl with Rain, Lightning and Mesa Designs

This  bowl by Effie Garcia is deeply carved and highly polished.  It has a rain, lighting and mesa design which is carved into the clay. The design is then outlined with a clay slip and the remainder of the bowl is highly polished.  It is fired a deep black.  The high polish and angle from the shoulder make her work distinctive. It is signed on the bottom in the clay.

 

$ 400.00
Tafoya, Camilio – Tall Seedpot with Coyote, Deer & Rabbits (1980)

This seedpot by Camilio Tafoya is very intricately designed. The entire piece is coil built and then stone polished.  The designs are etched into the clay and then the additional clay colors are added.  There are two coyote on one side.  Note the detail, which is a bit unusual for Camilio’s pottery!  Then as the piece is turned there are rabbits and a fawn.  It is a charming piece!  The top has a butterfly etched into the clay.  It is a complex piece and lots of additional colors are added.  It is signed on the bottom in the clay.   It is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

$ 900.00
Gutierrez, Lela & Luther – Polychrome Thunderbird Open Bowl (1956-66)

Lela Gutierrez began making pottery in the 1930’s with her husband, Van Gutierrez.  After Van passed away in 1956 she continued to make pottery with her son, Luther Gutierrez.  She would make the pieces and Luther would paint the designs.  They worked together for only 10 years from 1956 to 1966.  This open bowl is fully painted on the inside.  There is a thunderbird in the center and a star pattern.  On the inside rim of the bowl are alternating sun and lizard designs.  All the various colors are derived from natural clay slips and painted onto the piece before it was fired.  It is signed on the bottom, “Lela/Luther”.  It is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

$ 600.00
Borts-Medlock, Autumn  –  “Dragonflie’s Raindrop” Bronze, 4/26

Autumn Borts-Medlock is known for her creative carved pottery.  As well, she has created some dynamic pieces in bronze over the past few years.  This bronze is entitled, “Dragonflies Raindrop”.  It is inspired by one of her clay vessels and it is carved with various styles of dragonflies around the surface. The circles surrounding the dragonflies are the raindrops.  The rim of the vessel is carved to have a mountain step pattern.  The base has kiva step designs. The coloration on the jar is from the patina.  The piece is 4 of 26.  It is signed and numbered on the bottom.

$ 4,150.00
Garcia, Tammy – “Thunderbird” Bronze, Artist Copy

Tammy Garcia is known for her amazing pottery, as well as the creativity of her bronzes. This bronze is created in the style she carves in her pottery, with various depths and layers.  The design is a thunderbird in the center.  On the sides are arrow.  The colorations are from various patinas to create the turquoise and silver color. Tammy says that her love of older jewelry and the motifs, such as the thunderbird, were her inspiration for this bronze.  The piece is made to be hung on a wall (the bottom arrow doesn’t let it sit evenly to stand).   The piece is signed on the side.  It is the “AC” or Artist Copy of the bronze.

$ 2,200.00
Moquino, Jennifer Tafoya – Green Turtle with Avanyu & Feathers

Jennifer Moquino is known for her clay vessels and also her amazing animal figures. This small turtle is slipped with a green clay.  The back is stone polished and etched with a bear paw in the center.  It is surrounded by an avanyu, water designs, a storm cloud and eagle feathers.  All the various colors are from natural clay slips.  There is remarkable detail for the size of the piece!  Jennifer continues to be one of the leading innovative potters working today!

$ 280.00
Moquino, Ty – “Commander” Mask With Polished Top Fin (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.  For this group, Ty has focused on carving, polishing and etching.  The results are creative.  This mask has open areas in the surface along with polished and micaceous areas. The top “fin” is raised and polished.  The mask 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.

$ 500.00
Moquino, Ty – “Sunrise” Mask With Gold Leaf Visor (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.  Ty has focused on carving, polishing and etching.  The results are striking!  This mask has open areas on the front and areas which are matte and micaceous.  He used a piece of gold leaf for the visor, which gives it a very modern and “sci-fi” appearance to show the reflection of the sun!   The mask 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.

$ 500.00
Moquino, Jennifer Tafoya – Bobcat Clay Figure

Jennifer Moquino is known for her clay vessels and also her amazing animal figures. This bobcat is made from clay and fully polished. The designs for the face and back are etched into the clay. The face is wonderfully realistic and even not the coloration on the back of the ears!  The body of the bobcat has a bobcat track in the central medallion.  On one side are a rain cloud and river.  The opposite side has a feather pattern and sparrows.  All the various colors are from natural clay slips.  There is remarkable detail for the size of the piece!  Jennifer continues to be one of the leading innovative potters working today!

$ 350.00
Moquino, Ty – “Nebula Stars” Mask (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.  For this group, Ty has focused on carving, polishing and etching.  The results are creative and distinctive.  The surface of the mask has matte and mica slipped areas. On the top section is a polished area with the reflection of the nebula of stars.  The creativity to create his various style of mask, with each one being different and yet Ty is also creating his own Pueblo story of the future.  The mask 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.

$ 500.00
Garcia, Tammy – “Seeded Woman II” Bronze.  6/35

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 6/35 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
Naranjo, Forest – Mini Bowl with Dragonflies & Insects

Forrest Naranjo’s pottery is coil built, stone polished and traditionally fired brown and then etched with designs.  This miniature bowl is fully polished and etched on the top with dragonflies, fish, birds and insects.  The style of his etching is modern yet pulls from traditional Pueblo designs. It is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

$ 100.00
Tafoya, Camilio – “Turkey Girl” Bronze, 4/16 (1979)

This is one of several different bronzes created by Camilio Tafoya.  The piece is entitled, “Turkey Girl” and it has amazing detail in each of the figures.  There is a Pueblo woman grinding corn and in front of her is another Pueblo woman and a male and female turkey. Take a close look at any of the figures and the detail is exceptional! There is a similar stylistic feel as with his pottery.  For the story of the Turkey Girl I have use the story written by Juan de la Cruz for one of his pieces of pottery.

“Turkey Girl’s tattered and worn raiment was taken and transformed into beautiful garments: a dazzling necklace and intricately woven mantle were draped upon her arms.  The turkeys that she tended to presented these gifts: for they knew her heart’s desire was to participate in the festivities being held in the neighboring village. In exchange for this and the kindness she always bore towards them, they were given freedom and traversed into the narrow mountain pass where they reside to this day”.  Juan de la Cruz

This bronze is an edition of 16 and this is number 4.  It was made in 1979 and signed on the top side.  It is in excellent condition.  One of the last photos is the piece with other pottery by Camilio Tafoya as well as a photo of him!

$ 1,200.00
Baca, Annie – Tri-Color Bowl with Avanyu

Annie Baca is a daughter of Cesencia Tafoya and known for her miniature pottery.  This bowl is very highly polished and painted with a red clay slip to create the avanyu (water serpent) design. Above the avanyu are clouds which are painted with a clay to make them appear gray!  The contrast of the highly polished surface and the matte painted areas creates a striking appearance.  The bowl is signed, “Annie” on the bottom in the clay.  Her work remains some of the classic Santa Clara style.

$ 100.00
Tafoya, Camilio – “Wild Turkeys” Seedpot (1989)

This seedpot by Camilio Tafoya reflects the interesting connection of the wild turkey and Pueblo culture. There are turkey clans and most importantly, the turkey feathers are used in numerous Pueblo dances.  They are a critical part of the cultural and spiritual activities in most pueblos.  Interestingly, they have been important for quite a while in Pueblo life.

“The ancient Pueblo people shifted from making blankets of rabbit fur to using turkey feathers. One blanket could require 12,000 feathers, which could be taken as the birds molted.  The blankets helped ward off the high-altitude chill of Mesa Verde, but the turkeys also “must have had some symbolic importance,” said Lipe. “That continues all the way through to the present. Turkey feathers are still ritually quite important among Pueblo people.”   Eric Sorensen

You might also check out the “Turkey Girl” story as presented by Juan de la Cruz on the Camilio Tafoya bronze listing.  This seedpot has a male and female turkey on either side of the seedpot. They are etched into the clay and highlighted with colored clays.  The top of the seedpot has a cloud pattern and a rain pattern. The piece is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Camilio”.  It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

$ 500.00
Garcia, Tina – Black Water Jar with Stones & Ribbon (1975)

Tina Garcia was well known for her focus on traditional shape and plainware Santa Clara pottery.  This may well be one of the earliest pieces of her work I have come across.  She would have been 18! The jar is an exceptional shape with a round shoulder and a turned out rim.  It feels just a big thicker (heavier) than her later work, but certainly not unexpected.  The surface is highly polished.  There are insets on the shoulder of turquoise and coral.  Again, something I had never seen on later work.  The jar is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Tina Garcia”.  It received a second place ribbon from the 1975 New Mexico State Fair.  It also has the original entry tag with her name on it. The jar is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  Definitely a great piece of history!

$ 600.00
Cain, Mary – Large Double Shoulder Water Jar with Bear Paws

Mary Cain was a daughter of Christina Naranjo and a granddaughter of SaraFina Tafoya.  She was known for her classic style Santa Clara pottery.  I’m not sure if we have ever had one of her pieces this size come back into the gallery.  It is a very large double shoulder water jar.  The entire piece is fully polished. The double shoulders are always more difficult to create with coil built pottery.  However, they create more angles for the light to hit on the surface, adding to the overall dynamic appearance of the piece.  The bear paws are symbolic of a story where the bears led the Pueblo people to water during a drought.  On this piece the paws are carved into the clay and then polished, along with the rest of the jar. The entire piece is fired a deep black.  It is signed on the bottom, “Mary Cain”.    It is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.   The last photo is one of the jar next to a contemporary piece by her daughter, Linda Cain.  It was interesting to contrast two pieces with bear paws and the difference in size and style.

$ 1,600.00
Garcia, Tina – Black Water Jar with Fluted Rim

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 the sharp shoulder, the indented rise to the neck and the fluted or “pie crust” rim. The entire jar 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 and  it is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

$ 850.00
Naranjo, Dusty – Jar with Hand Designs

Dusty Naranjo is known for her delicately etched pottery which is fired brown.  This jar has an asymmetric form and it is fully polished. The top has classic Santa Clara designs and the sides are are fully etched with lines and hands.  Note the precision of the lines, which is always amazing to see when they are etched into a polished and rounded surface!  The shape, color and design give the jar a very modern appearance.  It is signed on the bottom, “Dusty”.

$ 225.00
Tafoya, Ray  – Mimbres Rabbits Seedpot (1980)

This is a very  intricate miniature seedpot by Ray Tafoya.  The design has three Mimbres rabbits etched into the clay.  They are surrounded by Ray’s signature geometric designs. There are cloud, grass and water designs.  All the various colors are derived from natural clay slips.  The seedpot is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  It is signed on the bottom in the clay with his hallmark.

$ 400.00
Lonewolf, Rosemary “Apple Blossom” – Seedpot with Koi & Mimbres Fish

This is a larger seedpot by Rosemary Lonewolf.  She learned to make pottery from her father, Joseph Lonewolf.  This piece is interesting in that Rosemary spent time in China during the early 1990’s and created a variety of pieces in a similar theme to this seedpot.  She would juxtapose various realistic animals and images against Mimbres designs.  Here, the top has two very detailed Koi.  The side has a variety of Mimbres inspired fish.  It is a creative idea and one which works well and is even more interesting relative to the time period!  All the various colors are different clay slips. which are added after the firing.  The seedpot is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  It is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Appleblossom”.  While Rosemary no longer makes many traditional style pieces of pottery, her miniatures remain a classic!

$ 700.00
Lonewolf, Rosemary “Apple Blossom” – Seedpot with Hummingbird

This is a larger seedpot by Rosemary Lonewolf.  She learned to make pottery from her father, Joseph Lonewolf.  This piece has a large hummingbird and flowers on the top.  On the side are a series of inter-twined vines and flowers.  All the various colors are different clay slips. which are added after the firing.  The seedpot is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  It is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Appleblossom”.  While Rosemary no longer makes many traditional style pieces of pottery, her miniatures remain a classic!

$ 800.00
Roller, Jordan – Brown Water Jar with Etched Mountain Design

Jordan Roller is innovative in his use of thin carved designs on his pottery.  This jar is a classic water jar shape with a round body and turned out neck. The jar is highly polished and traditionally fired brown. The firing creates the distinctive color variations on the surface. The neck of the jar is etched with a mountain pattern which appears as red in color.  The jar is signed on the bottom in the clay.   Jordan is certainly a  young potter to watch!

$ 975.00
Tapia, Mae – Black and Sienna Mini Seedpot with Lizard & Antelope

Mae Tapia was known for her intricately etched miniature pottery.  This is one of her amazing miniatures.  It is fully polished and there are two sienna medallions on the top. One has a lizard, the other an antelope.  Surrounding them are additional feather, cloud and rain designs.  The bowl is signed on the bottom in the clay.  It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

$ 100.00
Tafoya, Myra Little Snow – Mini Carved Avanyu Bowl

Myra Little Snow Tafoya was known for her creative deep carved pottery.  Each piece is coil built, carved and stone polished.  This miniature bowl has a carved avanyu for the design.  Note how the design changes as the bowl is turned.  It is signed on the bottom in the clay “Myra Little Snow”.  It is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

$ 100.00
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
Archuleta,  Mary Ester – Red Water Jar with Cloud Designs (1970’s)

This is an elegant shaped water jar by Mary Ester Archuleta.  The jar has a very low shoulder and an elongated neck which has just a slight flare at the rim.  Around the body of the jar are carved step style cloud designs.  They are deeply carved into the clay.  The jar is very highly polished a deep red which is striking on a piece of this shape.  The jar is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Mary E. Archuleta.  It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  Mary is the second youngest daughter of Margaret Tafoya.  She married into San Juan Pueblo in the late 1960’s and created most of her pieces in the San Juan inspired style.  Today they remain a distinctive part of the histories of Santa Clara, San Juan and the Tafoya family.

$ 1,800.00
Tafoya, Shirley – Large Plainware Water Jar (1970’s)

Shirley Tafoya was the youngest daughter of Margaret Tafoya and known for her miniature pottery.  I couldn’t help but say that this was a “large” water jar, but for Shirley, it definitely was a large piece as much of her work was under 2″ tall!  This water jar is an elegant shape with a round body and a slight neck.  The entire piece is fully polished and fired a deep black.  It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  It is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Shirley Cactus Blossom Tafoya”.  Simple but a classic of Tafoya Family pottery!

$ 1,500.00
Archuleta,  Mary Ester – Red & Tan Open Bowl (1970’s)

This is a classic small bowl by Mary Ester Archuleta.  Mary is the second youngest daughter of Margaret Tafoya.  She married into San Juan Pueblo in the late 1960’s and created most of her pieces in the San Juan inspired style.  This small bowl reminds us of a contemporized version of the classic San Juan red and tan bowls of the early 1900’s. This bowl is fully polished red on the outside and then polished tan on the inside! The tan is the natural color of the clay and always difficult to achieve this coloration.  While Mary no longer makes much pottery, her work from the 1970’s was beautifully carved, polished and fired.  She was important in the re-revial of San Juan (Ohkay Owingeh) pottery in the 1970’s.  The bowl is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Mary E. Archuleta.  It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  

$ 400.00
Roller, Toni – Tall Water Jar with Bear Paws (1977)

Toni Roller is known for her classic shapes and exquisite stone polished pottery.  A daughter of Margaret Tafoya, Toni has developed her own distinctive style yet adhering to the traditional methods and techniques of her mother.  This tall water jar is from 1977 and it is fully polished and has a bear paw on each side.  The bear paw design is first carved into the clay and then polished (along with the rest of the jar) with a stone. Toni says of the story of the bear paw:

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

The jar was made in 1977 yet remains a classic in shape, size and design!  It is signed on the bottom in the clay and it is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

$ 1,800.00
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, Joseph – “Safe Territory” Seedpot (1988)

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 1988.  Joseph wrote of this piece:

“Representing the Mimbres Period of the 10th to the 14th centuries, is a male quail about to fall prey to a nearby fox.  Alerted to the danger the quail moves quickly to the brush growing in its natural habitat.

Encircling the base of the seedpot is Mother Earth [the red clay slip] with several quail tracks…To the left of the tracks is a bear print.  Perhaps the frightened quail, aware of the bear’s presence, sought refuge in the bear’s range of territory.  To the left is the 1988 yearly symbol of a “bear paw” representing strength and good medicine.  The tiny butterfly, also atop Mother Earth represents beauty in life”.

The style of this seepdot is similar to a series he made throughout 1988.  The have a combination of cartoon and Mimbres style, with the fox having more of a “cartoon” appearance.  What makes that interesting is that Joseph was a big fan of cartoons and loved to watch them. It’s great to see that he found a way to design some pieces that are almost a reflection of his love for the style.  All the additional colors are natural clay slips.  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.

$ 2,200.00
Lonewolf, Joseph – “Bald Eagle” Seedpot (2001)

This is a very detailed realistic seedpot by Joseph Lonewolf is from 2001.  The piece is one from the period when he began to create  exceptionally detailed and realistic animals on his pottery surfaces.  The seedpot is flat with the bald eagle head carved into the clay.  It is hard to see in the photos but the area round the eye and beak are recessed.  The feathers are then etched into the clay and highlighted with additional clay slips.  The use of the carved areas creates a more dramatic appearance to the surface of the piece and gives it a more realistic style.  On the side there is a single white feather and two macaw parrot feathers.  It would be interesting to know the significance of both feathers, but certainly there is the importance of both parrot and eagle feathers in Pueblo culture and ceremonies.  The side has an incised and polished feather design.  Lower on the seedpot are are the two “yearly” medallions on this piece, which signify 2001 and are symbolic for his mother (Agapita, a daisy) and father (Camilio, a sunflower).  The two symbols are reflective of their names in Tewa. There is also a small butterfly which Joseph would almost always include as a symbol for beauty.  The seedpot is signed on the bottom in the clay and it is in perfect condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  It is certainly a classic in this realistic period of Joseph’s pottery.

$ 4,200.00
Lonewolf, Joseph – “Standing Fawn & Butterflies” Seedpot (1989)

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.

$ 4,200.00
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