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

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

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

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

This jar by Jason Ebelacker is very difficult form to create.  The shape of the jar has a very low and flat shoulder.  It is a form which finds its reference in a very historical form. There are classic Santa Clara jars made by Jason’s great-great grandmother SaraFina Tafoya, which had a low shoulder.  Jason has created this form with a very flat and wide base.  The neck rises up vertically and it is just slightly flared out and it is even polished on the inside!  Note as well the exceptionally stone polished surface. The time to polish the various levels of the jar and achieve such a dynamic polish is something few potters are able to achieve today.  Jason is a son of noted potter Richard Ebelacker and grandson of Virginia Ebelacker.  Jason has won numerous awards for his pottery and continues to be one of the important younger potters to watch.  Pottery at this level of creativity and quality are certainly a reflection of both his talent and the future!

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

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

$ 2,900.00
Tafoya, Margaret – Bowl with Mountain and Wind Design (1960’s)

This bowl by Margaret Tafoya is from the 1960’s.  The shape is her classic bowl from that time period with the round shoulder.  The carving is deep and the edges are rounded from the polishing.  The design is a mountain pattern with the wind and lightning flowing across.  The interesting part of this bowl is that it is a smaller version of some larger pieces she made with this exact same shape!  The bowl is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Margaret”.  It is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  It is fired to a dark black coloration which is definitely expected with her pieces from this time period.

$ 1,200.00
Sisneros, Ramona – Bowl with Carved Avanyu (1970’s)

Ramona Sisneros has been making pottery since the 1960’s.  She is known for her traditional style pieces which are coil built, stone polished and traditionally fired. This bowl is one of her stylized avanyu (water serpent) designs.  Interestingly, note how she uses the negative space of the design coming up from the base.  The bowl is fully polished and signed on the bottom in the clay, “Ramona Sisneros”.  It is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  She was also featured in the book, “Santa Clara Pottery Today”.

$ 150.00
Tafoya, Gwen – Seedpot with Four Butterflies

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

$ 125.00
Tafoya, Gwen – Seedpot with Butterflies

Gwen Tafoya (b. 1965) is a granddaughter of noted potter Severa Tafoya.  Each piece is coil built and stone polished.  This seedpot is fully polished red and etched with butterflies and flowers.  It is signed on the bottom in the clay.

$ 100.00
Suazo, Candelaria – Black & Sienna Bowl with Butterfly

Candelaria Suazo is a daughter of potters Joe and Santanita Suazo.  Her sisters include Martha Suazo (the wife of Art Cody Haungooah), Margie Naranjo, Mae Tapia and Shirley Duran.  She learned to make pottery from her mother and has been making pottery for over 20 years.  This miniature bowl is coil built and stone polished.  It is etched with a butterfly and then two-toned to make it black and sienna in coloration.  Note the high polish and delicate etching on this piece.  It is signed on the bottom.

$ 100.00
Curran, Dolores – Incised Plate with Dragonflies and Avanyu

Dolores Curran creates intricately incised and painted pottery.  She was inspired to create these red polychrome incised and painted by her husband, Alvin Curran.  He was known for his incised San Juan style pottery in the 1990’s.  This plate is exceptionally intricate in design.  The front has a water serpent etched around the rim.  The center is a complex square pattern which has four plants on each side.  Note both the precision of the incised designs but also how she used clay slips in the incised area to help accentuate the imagery!  The rim is fully polished red and the back is equally as complex with dragonflies, stylized birds, and flowers.  Again it is deeply incised, which is surprising for all the work that is also on the front!  There are both matte and micaceous clays used throughout. The mica adds a bit of “sparkle” to the designs.  The plate may be small but it is amazingly complex in design and color for its size!

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

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

$ 1,400.00
Baca, Angela – Black Melon Bowl with 24 Ribs

This is a classic melon bowl by Angela Baca.  It is very deeply carved and each rib is stone polished.  The bowl has 24 melon ribs.  The bowl has a high shine and even the mouth of the bowl is fully polished. It is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Angela Baca” and it is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

$ 400.00
Naranjo, Forest – Bowl with Butterflies & Flute Players

Forrest Naranjo’s pottery is coil built, stone polished and traditionally fired brown and then etched with designs.  The bowl is very tightly etched with butterflies and flute players encircling the top of the piece.  Some of the designs extend down near the base of the piece.  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.

$ 300.00
Chavarria, Harvey & Debra Trujillo – Flat Seedpot with Flute Player (1980’s)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Monica Romero is a daughter of noted potter Geri Naranjo, a sister of Kevin Naranjo and a niece of Dolores Curran.  She is known for her very detailed miniature pottery.  This bowl is highly polished and etched on one side with a fish. That area has been two-toned sienna.  The remainder of the bowl is designed with feather and lightning patterns. It is very highly polished and note the precision of the lines!  It is signed on the bottom.

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

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

$ 3,800.00
Moquino, Jennifer – Dragonfly Figure

Jennifer Moquino is known for her clay vessels and also her amazing animal figures! This dragonfly is fired black and the wings and head are fully polished.  The wings are etched with a complex feather and mountain design.  The tail of the dragonfly is carved to appear segmented.  All the various colors are derived from natural clay slips.  Jennifer continues to be one of the leading innovative potters working today!

$ 300.00
Moquino, Jennifer – Water Jar with Fish and Bear Lid

Jennifer Moquino is known for her clay vessels and also her amazing animal figures!  This jar is fully polished and has a water jar shape. The shoulder of the jar is etched with a series of trout.  Check out how detailed they are for the size! The band of fish is a perfect complement to the highly polished surface. The lid has a bear fetish with a heartline etched into the clay.  All the various colors are derived from natural clay slips.  Jennifer continues to be one of the leading innovative potters working today!

$ 550.00
Moquino, Jennifer – Red Fox Clay Figure

Jennifer Moquino is known for her clay vessels and also her amazing animal figures! This is one is a red fox.  The back, tail, and head are fully polished.  The back has a wolf track in the center surrounded by cloud, lightning and a river design.  Check out the wonderful face on this piece!  The feet are matte and all the various colors are derived from natural clay slips.  Jennifer continues to be one of the leading innovative potters working today!

$ 450.00
Moquino, Jennifer Tafoya – Jar with Horned Lizards

Jennifer Moquino is known for her clay vessels and exceptional realistic animals. This jar is coil built and fully polished.  It is a wonderful shape which is square on the sides and VERY flat on the top. Technically that is always difficult to achieve with native clay. The jar is highly polished to a striking shine.  The flat area has six horned lizards etched into the clay.  Each is detailed and it almost feels like you can pick them up with the realism of their scales.  The bottom is also fully polished.  All the colors are all from natural clay slips.  Jennifer continues to be one of the leading innovative potters working today!

$ 1,500.00
Tafoya, Ray  – Green Seedpot with Butterflies & Flowers

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

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

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

$ 3,200.00
Tafoya, Kelli Little Katchina – Carved Bowl with Avanyu (1989)

This is a very intricately carved bowl by Kelli Little Katchina Tafoya.  She was a daughter of Lucy Year Flower, a granddaughter of Camilio Tafoya and a niece of Joseph Lonewolf and Grace Medicine Flower.  She began making pottery in the 1970’s and focused mostly on miniatures.  This bowl is very deeply carved with a water serpent (avanyu) as the design.  Note in the background areas where it is matte, she has also carved it into a circular texture.  As the bowl is turned there are rain clouds, mountain designs and at the base rain designs.  The striking feature of the bowl is the firing, which is very metallic in appearance.  This is achieved from a very high firing.  It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  It is signed on the bottom in the clay.

$ 150.00
Moquino, Ty – Mask With Carved & Polished Air Filter (Age 15)

Ty Moquino is a son of noted potter Jennifer Moquino.  At only 15 years old he is making some creative pottery!  This is one of his masks.  They are inspired by the science fiction he has read, along with being a commentary on the environment, sustainability and even imagery from Standing Rock.  His first group of masks we had in the gallery were polished and etched.  For this group, he has focused on carving and polishing. The results are impressive!  This mask has open space for the eyes and the air filter is carved in relief on the surface.  This piece is exceptional with the carved and relief areas and the polishing.  The polished areas are accentuated by the matte and mica clay around the eyes.  The piece has a museum mount for it, so that it is stable.  Ty won the “Best of Youth” award at the Heard Museum Indian Market in 2017 for one of his masks!  It is signed on the back.

$ 350.00
Moquino, Ty – Mask With Carved Visor and Filter (Age 15)

Ty Moquino is a son of noted potter Jennifer Moquino.  At only 15 years old he is making some creative pottery!  This is one of his masks.  They are inspired by the science fiction he has read, along with being a commentary on the environment, sustainability and even imagery from Standing Rock.  His first group of masks we had in the gallery were polished and etched.  For this group, he has focused on carving and polishing. The results are striking!  This mask has carved areas to create the air filters and he has polished sections and left others matte and even used some micaceous clay slip!  The piece has a museum mount for it, so that it is stable.  Ty won the “Best of Youth” award at the Heard Museum Indian Market in 2017 for one of his masks!  It is signed on the back.

$ 450.00
Moquino, Ty – Mask With Carved Headdress (Age 15)

Ty Moquino is a son of noted potter Jennifer Moquino.  At only 15 years old he is making some creative pottery!  This is one of his masks.  They are inspired by the science fiction he has read, along with being a commentary on the environment, sustainability and even imagery from Standing Rock.  His first group of masks we had in the gallery were polished and etched.  For this group, he has focused on carving and polishing. The results are impressive!  This mask has a carved headdress surrounding the gas mask.  The influence of imagery from Standing Rock is certainly evident here.  The carving is tight and the piece is well polished.  He has contrasted the polished areas with matte and micaceous slip sections.  The piece has a museum mount for it, so that it is stable.  Ty won the “Best of Youth” award at the Heard Museum Indian Market in 2017 for one of his masks!  It is signed on the back.

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

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

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

This is an intricately painted miniature bowl Dolores Curran.  Before she began making her carved pieces, she was well known for her delicately painted buff-on-red pottery.  The bowl is highly polished red and painted with a buff clay for the design.  Amazingly, she would paint each piece up to five times to get the color of the matte painted areas deep and consistent enough!  This piece has a feather pattern on two sections and a cloud and mountain design on the other two sections. For the size of the piece, it is amazing that it could even be painted!  Look at how perfect the lines are!  So why doesn’t Dolores make this style anymore? She ran out of the cream colored clay slip for the painting, and so only uses it as an accent on her new work!  As well, this is a larger sized piece of her painted pottery, as she mostly made miniatures due to the time consuming nature of the painting. The bowl is signed on the bottom.  It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

$ 250.00
Duwyenie, Debra – Plate with Hummingbirds & Butterflies

This plate was made by Preston Duwyenie and polished and incised by Debra Duwyenie.  The design on the front is fully polished and full of imagery. The design is a flowering plant which extends up from the vase.  Each of the flowers are etched into the clay and the center of each is matte, which is just where the polished slip has been etched away.  For nearly each flower is a hummingbird, each of which are also etched into the clay and with matte bellies.  There are 22 hummingbirds on the plate! There are also additional butterflies and note near the top is a sunface with the extending sun rays.  The back of the plate is fully polished and signed with Debra’s name and Preston’s hallmark.

 

$ 650.00
Duwyenie, Debra & Preston – Seedpot with Turtles, Quail, Butterflies & Quail Lid

Debra Duwyenie is well known for her wonderful miniatures and incised designs. Each piece is stone polished and then it is etched before it is fired! This seedpot has quail, flowers, rabbits, butterflies, and hummingbirds on the top half of the piece. Each is etched into the clay and note how the center of each flower and the wing of each quail is matte! This is achieved by etching away just the surface of the polished slip, but not deep enough to reach the tan colored clay.  The lower half of the seedpot has numerous fish and seven turtles.   Each of the turtles has a different design on the back of its shell. Note the one with the wavy lines, that one is meant to represent Preston Duwyenie, her husband, who is known for his “shifting sand” pottery. There is a lot going on for such a small piece!  Debra also pays close attention to the little details like the tan background area and how evenly she etches the vertical lines.  The lid is made by her husband Preston.  It is case from cuttlefish bone and cast in silver.  It has the same “shifting sand” style pattern as the back of the one turtle and it is cut into the shape of a quail. The bottom of the lid is stamped with Preston’s hallmark and the seedpot with signed with both their names.

$ 800.00
Gutierrez, Margaret & Luther – Polychrome Octopus (1980’s)

This polychrome standing octopus is by Margaret & Luther Gutierrez.  Margaret would make the pottery and Luther (her brother) would paint them.  Each leg of the octopus has a different insect or animal.  The back of the head has water designs and the face is whimsical like much of their work at this time.  The colors are all derived from natural clay slips.  It is signed on the bottom “Margaret/Luther”. The bowl is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

$ 175.00
Whitegeese, Daryl  – Large Jar with Mesa and Rain Designs

This is an exceptional large jar by Daryl Whitegeese. Sometimes a photo just doesn’t do a piece justice and this is one of those times.  To capture the design, you miss the deep black of the firing. What shows up is the amazing polish, which is like a glossy black surface.  The jar has a wide shoulder and a slight neck.  It is the carving around the jar which is so engaging.  There is a mesa pattern, with the rain coming down over the mesa and mountains. As the jar is turned there are both sharp-edged lightning patterns and round cloud swirls. The contrasting of the round and the angular designs is both technically difficult and visually engaging.   The top and bottom sections are fully stone polished and the center is polished around the sharp carved edges. Note as well the edge of the rim of the jar and how he has polished into the rim!  The size, shape, and design all work perfectly on this piece. It is signed on the bottom in the clay.  Daryl has won numerous awards at Santa Fe Indian Market and other events.  He remains one of the exciting traditional potters working today!

 

 

$ 5,000.00
Tafoya, Margaret – Bowl with Walking Bear in the Rain Design (1980’s)

This bowl by Margaret Tafoya is from the 1980’s.  Amazingly, she was in her 80’s when she made this.  Her later pieces are often smaller in size, but the carving is more exacting and the polish is excellent. This bowl has a “walking bear in the rain” design. The “walking bear paw” was a symbol often used by Margaret in her potter.  It is the “L” shaped design, which is the bear walking.  The bowl is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Margaret Tafoya”.  Margaret would usually sign her pottery with a stone in the clay before it was fired.  This bowl is in good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  There are some very tiny surface imperfections which can be seen in the photos, which are more likely from the actual firing than from poor care.  It is definitely a classic piece from this era of her work.

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

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

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

Beginning in the early 1970’s, Joseph Lonewolf revolutionized the world of Santa Clara pottery by incorporating his sgraffito (lightly etching the surface of the clay) and incised (more deeply cut into the clay) designs.  This seedpot is from 1976 and it is fully designed. On the top is a Mimbres inspired rabbit.  The surrounding designs are water, grass and plant imagery.  The piece is highly polished and fired red.  It is signed on the bottom in the clay with the date.   It is in condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

$ 2,500.00
Moquino, Jennifer – Miniature Bowl with Fish and Avanyu

Jennifer Moquino creates extraordinary miniature pottery!  This miniature bowl is fired black and then the designs are etched into the clay.  There is a water serpent around the top of the bowl.  Below are wave designs and below that are fish. All the various colors are derived from natural clay slips.  It is amazing how detailed her work can be for the size!  Jennifer continues to be one of the leading innovative potters working today.

$ 225.00
Lonewolf, Joseph – Red & Black Bowl with Wolf Track (1971)

Joseph Lonewolf began making pottery in 1970-1.  This is a very early piece of his pottery.  It is not just the unique firing which makes it special, but the design.  The firing is one where he created a “red and black” coloration at the end of the firing process before the manure was added to turn the piece black.  The design is also special, as it is a wolf track.  It seems to be the “introduction” of the “Lone Wolf” to the art world!   The precision of the designs and the shine of the polished surface create a perfect balance.  This piece is in perfect condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  It is signed on the bottom in the clay.

$ 1,600.00
Lonewolf, Joseph – Bowl with Antelope Medallions (1973)

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

$ 2,400.00
Lonewolf, Joseph – Jar with Avanyu (1971)

Joseph Lonewolf began making pottery in 1970-1.  This is a very early piece of his pottery.  It is a more classic shape with a wide shoulder which slopes upward.  The bottom half of the piece is fully polished. The top is etched with a water serpent (avanyu) with a feather pattern, which is the style used by him and his family.  The matte background area is deeply etched swirls up from the shoulder and over the rim.  It must have been exciting in 1971 to see work that was so new and unique at the time!  This piece is in perfect condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  It is signed on the bottom in the clay.

$ 1,600.00
Lonewolf, Joseph – Mini Bowl with Avanyu (1973)

Beginning in the early 1970’s, Joseph Lonewolf revolutionized the world of Santa Clara pottery by incorporating his sgraffito (lightly etching the surface of the clay) and incised (more deeply cut into the clay) designs.  This seedpot is  one of the smallest early pieces we have seen!  It is fully designed with a feathered water serpent (avanyu) encircling the piece.  This style of avanyu is one used by Joseph and his entire family. The precision of the designs and the shine of the polished surface create a perfect balance.  This piece is in perfect condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  It is signed on the bottom in the clay.

$ 600.00
Lonewolf, Joseph – Seedpot with Chipmunk (1973)

Beginning in the early 1970’s, Joseph Lonewolf revolutionized the world of Santa Clara pottery by incorporating his sgraffito (lightly etching the surface of the clay) and incised (more deeply cut into the clay) designs.  This seedpot is polished red and etched with a central medallion.  The design is a chipmunk with lines deeply etched towards the edge of the circle.  The edge of the medallion has a green slipped mountain design.  Joseph was one of the first potters to begin using clays that were not red and this is a very early example of his green clay slip.  The remainder of the bowl is fully polished red.  The precision of the designs and the shine of the polished surface create a perfect balance.  This piece is in perfect condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  It is signed on the bottom in the clay.

$ 1,500.00
Lonewolf, Joseph – Seedpot with Fish and Sunface (1975)

Beginning in the early 1970’s, Joseph Lonewolf revolutionized the world of Santa Clara pottery by incorporating his sgraffito (lightly etching the surface of the clay) and incised (more deeply cut into the clay) designs.  This is larger black fired seedpot has complex designs across the entire surface. On one side there is Sun Face design.  The opposite side has Mimbres style fish and tadpoles. The areas separating these two sections have feather pattern.  The piece is signed on the bottom in the clay.  It is from 1975.  It is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

$ 1,800.00
Lonewolf, Joseph – “Flight”, published in “Pottery Jewels” Book (1975)

Joseph Lonewolf is certainly one of the most impactful potters from the 1970’s onward.  His creativity in designs and the realism of his sgraffito work has influenced numerous potters over the years.  Over the past 20 years, we have only had a couple of pieces come back to the gallery which were published in, “The Pottery Jewels of Joseph Lonewolf” book in 1976.  This is one of the seminal books on his pottery.  This piece is entitled, “Flight” and the photo of is a fascinating one in the book, where there was an attempt to photograph it “life size”.  Joseph wrote of this piece,

“The mule deer buck and doe are shown in the blow-up of this pot, in flight from an unfamiliar sound or scent that has reached them deep in the forest.  The traditional kilt design is shown on the back of the pot, actual size, on the top of the basket.  The deer provides many things worn in the winter dances along with the kilt.”

Technically, note the etching in the background area surrounding the two deer and how it accentuates the forms and polish.  this piece is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  It signed on the bottom in the clay.  The amazing provenance on this piece is that this is the first time it has been on the market, as it was acquired from Joseph at the time of the release of the book and has been in one collection since then.   It is very unique opportunity to own a imporant piece of history by this exceptional and influential Pueblo artist!

$ 5,800.00
Tafoya, Margaret – Red Wedding Vase (1960’s)

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

$ 8,800.00
Gutierrez, Denny – Swirl Faceted Melon Bowl

Denny Gutierrez was known for his faceted melon bowls. As opposed to carving them, he would flatten them out to create a “faceted” appearance.  The result was a reflective surface and a very striking piece of pottery.  This bowl has 25 ribs and each swirls from the neck to the base.  The bowl is very highly polished and it is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  It is signed on the bottom in the clay.

$ 500.00
Naranjo, Johnathan – Water Jar with Hummingbirds & Flowers

This water jar by Johnathan Naranjo is an elegant shape. The shoulder and the turned out neck give it a graceful appearance.  The jar is fully polished and etched. The design consists of three sections with flowers and hummingbirds.  Each of the flowers is highly detailed.  In addition to the hummingbids there is a little bee and a flying lady bug!  The outside rim of the neck has an additional rain and lightning pattern.  The use of the highly polished surface and the detailed designs works beautifully on this jar. Note on the flowers how they are etched to be both red and tan, in a slight gradation of color, which gives them both depth and realism.  The jar is traditionally fired, which gives it the distinctive coloration.  It is signed on the bottom in the clay.  Johnathan has won numerous awards for his pottery and  Johnathan is definitely one of the young potters to watch!

$ 2,200.00
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Naranjo, Paul  – Long Neck Jar with Dancers & Eagle (1987)

This is an exceptional jar by Paul Naranjo.  It is fully polished to a glassy surface.  Honestly, one of the toughest pieces to photograph!  However, the polish is amazing and the entire surface of the jar is fully polished!  There are two maidens in traditional dress and they are separated by an eagle head.  There is a water serpent in the background, which is a designs often used by Paul on the background of his pieces.  Along the neck and the base are kiva step designs, and there are plant patterns around the base as well.  Paul fired his pottery a dark, chocolate color, for which he was well known. His pieces can be seen in the “Beyond Traditions” book by Jerry Jacka.  The jar has unique color variations in the brown which further enhance the designs.  The jar is signed on the bottom in the clay.   It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  The jar also won a ribbon at the 1987 Gallup Ceremonials, which adds to its important provenance.

$ 1,100.00 $ 650.00
Tafoya, Margaret – Fully Polished Open Bowl (1950’s)

This is open bowl by Margaret Tafoya is from the 1950’s.  The bowl has high walls and it is fully polished on the inside and carved on the outside.  Traditionally potters would polish the inside of the bowls before firing. However, over time, this practice decreased as there was a great chance that it would crack in drying or polishing.  The added risk comes from putting all the wet slip on the inside of the bowl and hoping that it doesn’t cause cracks in the exterior.  However, the risk is often worth it as the polished interior of the bowl creates a striking appearance with the carved designs.  This bowl has a rain and cloud pattern around the outside.  It is deeply carved into the clay.  The bowl is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Margaret Tafoya”.  It is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

$ 2,500.00
Ebelacker, Richard – Water Jar with Carved Avanyu (1972)

Richard Ebelacker was the first grandson of Margaret Tafoya and a son of Virginia Ebelacker.  He was known for making large sized vessels, much like his mother and grandmother before him.  This is a striking jar which has a high round shoulder and a turned out neck. The jar is fully polished and carved with a water serpent (avanyu), encircling the shoulder of the jar.  The area behind the carved avanyu is tan while the mouth of the avanyu has been slipped with a red clay.  This large jar certainly reflects the varied flow of the carving in Richard’s designs.  The jar received a blue ribbon at the 1982 New Mexico State Fair.  It is signed on the bottom in the clay.  It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

$ 4,400.00
Lonewolf, Joseph – Black & Red Bowl with 3 Medallions (1972)

This large bowl by Joseph Lonewolf is from 1972.  It is very highly polished and has three etched medallions. There is a rabbit, fish and double birds.  The bowl is has been fired “black-and-red”, which is the signature coloration of Joseph’s early pottery.  This unique firing technique was created between the end of the firing and the reduction process of turning the bowl black.  However, all the sgraffito etching work was done before the piece was fired.  The lines and detail of each medallion are exceptional, as is the overall polishing. Near the base is a small etched Mimbres style bird and fish.  Joseph was very interested in Mimbres pottery and it was an important part of his early pottery.  The bowl is dated 1972 and the other number, “10” and “5”, indicate that this is the 5th bowl of 1972 and his 10th piece overall!  Certainly making it an important piece of Joseph’s pottery history!  It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

$ 6,500.00
Garcia, Greg – Wide Bowl with Bear Paws

Greg Garcia was known for his use of classic Santa Clara forms for his pottery.  This is a wide shaped bowl with a sharp edge which slopes to the rim. The bowl has three bear paws as the design. The entire surface is stone polished and fired black. The bear paw is a traditional symbol for Santa Clara pottery, telling the story of a bear who led the Pueblo people to water during a drought.  The bowl is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair. It is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Greg Garcia”.

$ 600.00
Tafoya, Betty – Bowl with Carved Avanyu (1980’s)

This is a large deep carved bowl by Betty Tafoya.  She was taught to make pottery by her husband, Lee Tafoya, who was a son of Margaret Tafoya.  While they often collaborated on pottery throughout his career, she also made pieces on her own.  This bowl is deeply carved with a water serpent as the design.  The shape is a classic bowl form and it is beautifully polished.  Betty was well known for the polishing on her pottery and taught that art to her daughter, Linda Tafoya.  The bowl is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

$ 800.00
Diaz, Tina – Black Jar with Avanyu

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

$ 400.00
Tafoya, Margaret -Jar with Sun & Cloud Designs (1960’s)

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

$ 1,100.00
Begay, Jr., Harrison – Jar with Heartline Bears

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

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

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

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

$ 875.00
Gutierrez, Margaret Lou -Bowl with Wind Designs

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

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

This bowl by Gloria Garcia is fully polished and fired black. The design is a series of fish and turtles. They are intermixed as they swim around the surface of the piece.  There are additional areas with a red clay slip in contrast to the polished black.  Gloria’s combination of polishing and etched designs is always striking.  This piece is signed on the bottom with her Tewa name “GoldenRod”.

$ 450.00
Lonewolf, Joseph – Mimbres Insects Seedpot (1986)

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 intricately designed seedpot has a Mimbres inspired inch worm along the base.  There are three butterflies flying overhead along with flowers in the background.  On the back side of the piece is an incised petal design and incised flowers along with a heart medallion.  This seedpot is from 1986 and it is perfectly polished and he has used a variety of green and white clay slips to create the various colors.  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.

$ 1,100.00
Naranjo, Johnathan – Buffalo & Buffalo Dancers

This bowl with buffalo and Pueblo Buffalo Dancers by Johnathan Naranjo is certainly a timely piece for winter.  Nearly every pueblo at the end of the year perform the Buffalo Dance.  There are male Buffalo Dancers and the female Buffalo Maiden.  This bowl is highly polished and the two figures are etched into the clay with realistic precision.  Separating them are stampeding buffalo. Noe as well the detail to the animals and even the sense of movement in the dust being stirred up by their feet!  The coloration of the bowl is derived from the firing technique.  The various shades of red and tan are achieved by lightly scraping away layers of polished surface!  This is a very difficult technique but visually is striking.  Johnathan has won numerous awards for his pottery and  Johnathan is definitely one of the young potters to watch!

$ 1,200.00
Youngblood, Nancy – Red Flame Design Bowl

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

 

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

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

$ 500.00
Youngblood, Nancy – Bowl with Avanyu & Shells

This is an exceptional carved jar by Nancy Youngblood.  It is one of fewer red pieces.  The bowl is carved with eight shells around the neck of the bowl.  Why shells? Nancy began carving them on her pottery after a trip to the Caribbean in the 1980’s.  While it may seem an “exotic” addition to the pottery, shells were frequently traded in pre-contact times and even today are worn by the dancers during traditional Pueblo ceremonies.  When Nancy carves the shells the “ridges” are each rounded, just like on her melon bowl!  They are very time involved and stunning!  Below the shells is a very deeply carved avanyu (water serpent). Note how Nancy carves the avanyu, with swirls of water and angles for lightning!  The lid is delicate and carved in the shape of a shell on both sides.  It is designed to fit perfectly into the bowl.  The piece is from 2010 and it is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  Note the color, as the bowl has been traditionally fired and the red has a rich coloration.  Nancy has won numerous awards for her melon bowls, and this is undoubtedly a creative use of her melon rib style!

$ 4,500.00
Diaz, Tina – Red & Tan Jar with Rain Design

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

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

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

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

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

$ 175.00
Folwell, Susan – Winter Canteen with Sikyatki and Pueblo Designs

Susan Folwell is one of the exciting innovators in Pueblo pottery.  This canteen is a larger piece of her pottery. The canteen is designed in the “old style” with the raised central area, representing the “navel” of the vessel. The front is painted with a cloud and snow pattern inspired by Sikyatki designs.  The back has additional cloud and snow designs along with the Folwell family “x” pattern. The base of the canteen is white and the designs are all painted in brown and gold.  The snow patterns and coloration create this unique “winter canteen”.  The form is designed with clay “loops” which allow for a leather strap to be run through them.  Susan also carved the wood stopper for the canteen!  The jar is signed on the back and can either be laid flat or vertically in a stand.

$ 3,600.00
Moquino, Jennifer & Jason Ebelacker – Water Jar with Kirin Dragons

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

$ 6,400.00
Begay, Jr., Harrison – Three Handle Jar with Turtle & Dragonfly

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

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

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

$ 450.00
Naranjo, Madeline – Jar with Dragonflies

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

$ 250.00
Naranjo, Madeline – Box with Bears

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

$ 975.00
Naranjo, Luciano – Wide Bowl with Wildlife Scene

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

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

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

 

$ 250.00
Naranjo, Dusty – Jar with Butterflies

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

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

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

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

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

$ 175.00
Moquino, Jennifer – Carved Jar with Magpies

This is Jennifer Moquino’s second jar which she has carved. The jar was carved before it was fired and she has created the design of the magpies.  The background flower and cloud designs have both micaceous and matte areas. The polish on the jar is glassy, as can be seen especially on the neck of the piece.  There are four magpies carved into the clay, polished and then etched on the surface with the realistic designs.  Check out the detail in the heads, wings the tails.  Jennifer said that she had several magpies in her yard and studied them to get the coloring correct.  There is a beautiful flow to the birds as they circle around the piece.  Around the neck are carved cloud designs.  All the colors are from natural clay slips.  It is an exciting change to see Jennifer begin carving into her pottery and the results are certainly exceptional!

$ 3,400.00
Tafoya-Sanchez, Linda –  Red Long Neck Jar with Avanyu and Feather Design

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

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

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

$ 375.00
Romero, Susan “Snowflake” – “Eagle” Seedpot

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

$ 1,200.00
Youngblood, Christopher – Lidded Jar with Birds, Sun & Moon

Few potters choose to take their art form in a new direction.  Christopher Youngblood is creating intricately carved vessels which reflect a perfect balance of matte and polished surfaces with intricately carved designs.   This lidded bowl has a hummingbird and bird on two of the sides.  The other two sides have a sun and moon.  Note on the sun  the use of the micaceous clay on two of the sunbeams and the whimsical nature of the moon.  The deeply carved and highly polishes surfaces are as striking visual contrast to the surrounding matte areas.  The lid has three circles on each side, meant to represent the rising of the sun and the moon.  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.

$ 3,500.00
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