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Santa Clara PuebloSanta Clara Pueblo

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

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

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

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

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

$ 300.00
Medicine Flower, Grace – Mini Jar Hummingbirds and Irises (1990’s)

This charming miniature red jar by Grace Medicine Flower is fully polished and incised.  The design is a central medallion with a hummingbird and iris.  As the jar is turned there is another hummingbird on the back with two more iris flowers.  There are additional cloud and rain designs along with an eternity band. The jar is a wonderful shape with just a slight turn out of the neck!  It is from the 1990’s and it is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  It is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Grace Medicine Flower”.

$ 1,150.00
Garcia, Tammy – Dragonflies and Quail Jar

Tammy Garcia is known for her contemporary designs and use of traditional clay. This jar incorporates her evolving style of carving her pieces in various layers.  This jar is has a single large quail head carved on one side.  The red and tan clay slips create the various colors. The remainder of the jar has plant and dragonfly designs.  Note the small plant design on the rim of the jar and how the wings of the dragonflies curve over the shoulder!  Exceptional!  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.

$ 5,300.00
Curran, Dolores – Polychrome Jar with Butterflies and Carved Lid

This is a stunning and complex polychrome jar from Dolores Curran.  She continues to create intricately incised and painted pottery.  She was inspired to create these red polychrome incised and painted by her husband, Alvin Curran.  He was known for his incised San Juan style pottery in the 1990’s.  This jar has incised butterfly and flower designs around the neck.   As the design gets closer to the shoulder, there are incised clouds and rain designs.  What is incised mean? Incised is just a bit deeper carving than the sgraffito or etched designs, but not as deep as carved designs.  There is a tightness and precision required of incised designs and it a skill with which Dolores excels.  Around the shoulder is a carved avanyu and below that are stylized bowls with prayer feathers.  Near the base are cloud and rain designs painted on the polished red surface.  Note even the little red-on-red dragonflies!  The design on the lid is a plant pattern and there are painted dragonfly and cloud designs on the lid.  When the lid is turned over there is an incised turtle underneath!  The entire jar combines polished, matte and micaceous surfaces.  All the colorations are from natural clay slips.  It is an extraordinary amount of time to create pieces this intricate both in design and in the various clay additions.   The jar is signed on the bottom in the clay.  Simply perfect!

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

$ 1,400.00
Medicine Flower, Grace – Seedpot with Eagles (1975)

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

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

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

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

This piece is perfectly polished. This period of Joseph’s work, he would etch away the clay to create realistic animals.  On the two eagles, note the eyes and the feathers, which are very intricate for the size.  All the various colors are derived from natural clay slips.  There is a painterly style to his sgraffito designs.  The intricacy of the two birds is perfectly in contrast to the simplicity of the highly polished red clay slip.  Beginning in the early 1970’s, Joseph Lonewolf revolutionized the world of Santa Clara pottery by incorporating his sgraffito (lightly etching the surface of the clay) and incised (more deeply cut into the clay) designs.  The piece is signed on the bottom and includes the signed artist card.  It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

$ 7,000.00
Gutierrez, Margaret  – Deer & Bear Figures (1989 & 90)

These are two whimsical animal figures made by Margaret Gutierrez.  The figures are a deer and a bear.  They are painted with natural clay slips.  Both are in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  They are each signed on the bottom, “Margaret”. They are from the collection of Richard Spivey and Christmas gifts to him from Margaret in 1989 and 1990.

$ 75.00
Folwell, Jody – Miniature Seedpot with Raised Lizards (1976)

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

$ 350.00
Year Flower, Lucy – Carved Seedpot with Avanyu & Sun

Lucy Year Flower was known for her distinctive carved pottery.  This seedpot is very deeply carved and highly polished.  The design is a water serpent (avanyu) which is carved encircling the piece. It starts at the top and spirals around the sides.  There is wonderful intricacy in the carving and note the sun face figure as well.  Typical of her work, the background areas are also fully incised with deep lines.  On the top there are also two small inset pieces of turquoise.  It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  It is signed, “Lucy Year Flower” on the bottom.

$ 225.00
Moquino, Jennifer – Clay Bird Figure

Jennifer Moquino is known for her clay vessels and also her amazing animal figures! This bird figure is very highly polished and fired black. The wings and back are etched with traditional style feather patterns.   All the various colors are derived from natural clay slips.  Jennifer continues to be one of the leading innovative potters working today!

$ 450.00
Tafoya, Camilio – Seedpot with Hummingbirds (1982)

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

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

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

$ 550.00
Garcia, Jason –  Pueblo Warriors Jar

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

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

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

$ 900.00
Shupla, Helen – Melon Jar with 17 Ribs (1980’s)

Helen Shupla is certainly most famous for her exceptional melon jars.  Her melon jars are the very traditional form with the ribs pushed out in the clay.  This melon jar is one of her classic shapes with the round body and the slight neck.  The neck was a later development in her pottery forms.  Each of the 17 ribs are pushed out into the clay.  She would do this by placing her fingers inside the bowl and pushing against the clay from both the inside and outside!  Can you see the slight angle to each section?  This is how she would turn her hand as she was pushing against the clay to create the separate ribs!  The entire piece is fully polished and fired black.  It is signed on the bottom in the clay.  It is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

$ 2,800.00
Suazo, Anita – Carved Bowl with Avanyu (1979)

Anita Suazo is a daughter of noted potter Belen Tapia.  This is one of her traditional vessels with deeply carved designs.  There is an avanyu deeply carved into the clay and the bowl is stone polished. The background is a cream colored clay.  The bowl is in very good condition and signed on the bottom.  It is from the collection of Richard Spivey, who wrote the books on Maria Martinez. This bowl was given to him and Lynne for their wedding in 1979.

$ 55.00
Medicine Flower, Grace –  Bowl with Three Medallions (1974)

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

$ 900.00
Moquino, Jennifer – Spotted Trout Clay Figure

This is a figurative piece by Jennifer Moquino.  It is a spotted trout which is fully polished and etched.  Note the details on the sides and the overall detail in the design!  The piece is signed on the bottom.  The colors are all derived from natural clay slips.

$ 130.00
Youngblood, Nancy – Miniature Black-on-Black Double Shoulder Water Jar (1978)

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

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

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

$ 1,600.00
Moquino, Jennifer – Rainbow Trout Clay Figure

This is a figurative piece by Jennifer Moquino.  It is a rainbow trout which is fully polished and etched.  Note the details on the sides, ths shading and the overall detail in the design!  The piece is signed on the bottom.  The colors are all derived from natural clay slips.

$ 150.00
Youngblood, Nancy – Mini Lidded Bowl with 2 Feathers & Avanyu (1982)

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

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

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

$ 4,800.00
Begay, Jr., Harrison – Large Jar with Yei and Corn Figures

Harrison Begay, Jr. has won numerous awards over the years for his deep carved pottery.  This larger jar is fully carved and has a wide shoulder and fully polished rim.  The jar has a more realistic style Yei figure on one side with a feather headdress and wearing a blanket.  As the jar is turned there is a section with corn, stars and dragonflies. Separating these sections are various cloud, rain and geometric symbols.  The designs are either polished or matte, which Harrison alternates to accentuate his imagery. Note as well the style of carving, which has a beveled appearance to the angle of the cuts into the clay. This is a very distinctive style of carving for his pottery.  The jar is very highly polished, so that there is a strong visual distinction between the matte and polished surface.  The jar is signed on the bottom in the clay.

$ 2,200.00
Begay, Jr., Harrison – Brown Jar with Hummingbirds & Flowers

While living at Santa Clara Pueblo, Harrison Begay, Jr. learned to make Santa Clara style carved and polished pottery.  This jar is carved with hummingbirds and flowers as the design.  Each hummingbird is distinctive and has a different flower beside them. There are additional cloud and wind designs separating the birds.  The designs are either polished or matte, which Harrison alternates to accentuate his imagery. Note as well the style of carving, which has a beveled appearance to the angle of the cuts into the clay. This is a very distinctive style of carving for his pottery.  This jar has been fired brown, so there are some striking color variations as the piece is turned. This firing has created a darker brown coloration, which gives added contrast to the carving!  Harrison has won numerous awards for his work and continues to be one of the leading innovators in Native American Indian pottery.  The jar is signed on the bottom in the clay.

$ 2,000.00
Gutierrez, Margaret & Luther – Mudhead Storyteller (1977)

This is a mudhead clown storyteller Margaret and Luther Gutierrez.  The figure was made by Margaret and painted by her brother, Luther. Their storytellers were typically either mudheads, koshari clowns or human figures.  Here, it is a red muhead holding two baby mudheads.  The “mudhead” katsina is so called from the mask it wears, which is often covered with mud.  The one baby figure on the right is polychrome, while the one on the left is removable and it is painted green.  All the various colors are derived from natural clay slips.  It is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  It is signed on the bottom, “Margaret/Luther”.  It is from the collection of Richard Spivey.

$ 175.00
Gutierrez, Margaret & Luther – Sitting Turtle Figure (1971)

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

$ 150.00
Red Starr, Elmer – Bowl with Coyote, Arrowhead and Feathers

Red Starr (Sioux) was married to Santa Clara potter Harriet Tafoya and learned to make Santa Clara pottery.  This miniature seedpot is highly polished and fired black.  It has a complex design with howling coyotes on one side, an arrowhead with a coral insert and a series of prayer feathers with a turquoise insert.   The bowl is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  It is signed on the bottom in the clay.

$ 150.00
Naranjo, Dolly – Seedpot with Fish

Dolly Naranjo is a daughter of Rose Naranjo and the mother of Jody and Elijah Naranjo.  This seedpot is fully polished and etched with fish as the design.  There are three fish on one side, four on the other and they are separated by a geometric water design. The seedpot is signed, “Dolly” on the bottom in the clay.

$ 110.00
Begay, Daniel – Large Jar with Yei Figures & Stars

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

$ 1,600.00
Begay, Daniel – Jar with Turtles

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

$ 950.00
Garcia, Tammy – Red Jar with Eternity Design

This is an early jar by Tammy Garcia.  It is fully carved with an “eternity” design.  Early on in her career, Tammy began using distinctive designs in her pottery, branching out from the classic imagery.  This use of thin like carving and a repetitive design was unique in her early work.  The jar is fully polished red and in the background there is the traditional cream colored clay slip.  Tammy says that she stopped using this background clay as it was so time consuming to apply with the intricacy of her carving.  The jar is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair. It is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Tammy Borts”.

 

$ 975.00
Lonewolf, Rosemary –  Seedpot with Sparrow (1976)

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

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

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

$ 75.00
Gutierrez, Margaret & Luther – Raccoon, Bear, Duck, Pig Figures (1970’s)

This group of four animals are by Margaret & Luther Gutierrez.  Margaret would make the pottery and Luther, her brother, would paint them.  There is a raccoon, bear, duck and pig.  Each is painted with various designs.  All the various colors are derived from natural clay slips.  They are each in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  They are signed on the bottom, “Margaret/Luther”.   All three are from the collection of Richard Spivey, known for his books on Maria Martinez.  The tag on the bottom is his inventory numbering system.

$ 200.00
Gutierrez, Margaret & Luther – Group of 3 Turtles

This group of three turtles are by Margaret & Luther Gutierrez.  Margaret would make the pottery and Luther, her brother, would paint them.  The largest and smallest of the turtles are by Margaret & Luther. The medium sized turtle  is just by Margaret.  They are each painted with a design on their back.  All the various colors are derived from natural clay slips.  They are each in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  They are signed on the bottom, “Margaret/Luther” or “Margaret”.   All three are from the collection of Richard Spivey, known for his books on Maria Martinez.  The tag on the bottom is his inventory numbering system.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

This is an intricately designed lidded box by Jennifer Moquino.  The entire box and the lid are fully polished.  Each of the side panels has a different bird etched into the clay. There are Pyrrhuloxia, Scaled Quail, Blue Jay, Northern Cardinal, Gambel’s Quail, Greater Roadrunner.  Each is intricately etched into the clay and then there additional clay slips added to create the various colors.  The lid of the box is exceptional with a Stellar’s Jay on the top.  It is highly detailed and stunning in its design sitting on the tree branches.  It’s not often that we see a box this size from Jennifer, or one so intricate!  Jennifer is extraordinary in her use of realism on her pottery and capturing a moment in time.

$ 4,000.00
Tafoya, Camilio –  Black & Red Bowl with Buffalo Dancer (1974)

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

$ 375.00
Gutierrez, Margaret & Luther – Reclining Turtle Figure (1970’s)

This is a “reclining” turtle Margaret and Luther Gutierrez.  The figure was made by Margaret and painted by her brother, Luther. Typical of their turtles, the face is whimsical. The legs are each painted with intricate designs including a crab and a fish, insects, hunters and birds.  This style of painting one the legs is indicative of their work in the late 1960’s and early 1970’s.  All the various colors are derived from natural clay slips.  It is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  It is signed on the bottom, “Margaret/Luther”.

$ 850.00
Curran, Dolores – Large Polychrome Plate with Avanyu & Feather Pattern

This is a large thin walled plate from Dolores Curran.  She continues to create intricately incised and painted pottery.  She was inspired to create these red polychrome incised and painted by her husband, Alvin Curran.  He was known for his incised San Juan style pottery in the 1990's.  This plate is fully incised on the front and the rim is polished. The design is an eagle tail pattern in the center, surrounded by clouds.  Around the center of the plate are rounded feathers which are slipped with mica.  The inner rim of the plate depicts the avanyu in the river.  Note there are three avanyu and the design ends in a flower. The outer band of design are wing over the waves.  The rim of the plate is polished a deep red and the back is incised with two stylized corn plant patterns.   All the various colors are derived from natural clay slips. All the designs are incised (cut very shallow) into the clay!  They are then highlighted with the clay slips.  Amazing detail and imagery!  The plate is signed on the bottom in the clay.

$ 4,000.00
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!

$ 1,400.00
Medicine Flower, Grace – Seedpot with Squirrels (1978)

This is an exceptionally well etched seedpot by Grace Medicine Flower is from 1978.  It is fully polished and etched on the entire surface.  The sides have charming squirrels etched into the clay along with cloud and wind designs.  On the top is a single squirrel with an nut.  It is well etched and cute how the squirrel is on its back legs!  The piece is signed on the bottom in the clay. It is in excellent condition with no chips,cracks restoration or repair.

$ 1,200.00
Garcia, Gloria “Golden Rod” -Seedpot with Sunface & Avanyu

This seedpot Gloria Garcia is fully polished and fired red. The design is a water serpent, which encircles the piece.  On the top is a sun design.  The piece is very highly polished red.  Gloria’s combination of polishing and etched designs is always striking.  This piece is signed on the bottom with her Tewa name “GoldenRod”.

$ 350.00
Ebelacker, Nickolas – Storage Jar Shape with Bear Paws

Nickolas Ebelacker is only 19 years old and a son of Jerome Ebelacker and a grandson of Richard Ebelacker.  Nickolas make a few pots each year and this is a classic shape of the storage jar.  It has the high shoulders of the jars made by his great-grandmother Virginia Ebelacker.  The jar is coil built, stone polished and native fired black.  It has two bear paws impressed into the jar as the design.  It is signed on the bottom.

$ 800.00
Naranjo, Teresita  – Bowl with Avanyu (1970’s)

This bowl by Teresita Naranjo is a classic style for her pottery from the 1970’s.  It is very deeply carved with a water serpent (avanyu) encircling the bowl. The design flows and swirls around the bowl with imagery extending up and flowing down from the negative space . Teresita was one of the first Santa Clara potters to begin carving into the negative space of the clay surface surrounding the central band of design.  The bowl is highly polished and fired a deep black  It is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Teresita Naranjo” and it is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

$ 1,000.00
Garcia, Gloria “Golden Rod” – Bowl with Pueblo Figures in Blankets

This bowl by Gloria Garcia is fully polished and fired black. The design is a series of Pueblo figures wrapped in blankets.  Each figure has a different design on their blanket.  There are hand symbols separating the figures and Gloria said these are meant to represent the various paths that each person takes.  The bowl is very highly polished and intricately designed.  Gloria’s combination of polishing and etched designs is always striking.  This piece is signed on the bottom with her Tewa name “GoldenRod”.

$ 425.00
Folwell, Susan – “The Composition” Open Bowl

Susan Folwell is one of the exciting innovators in Pueblo pottery.  This large jar is part of her new series for, “Peering through Taos Light”.  The focus is on Susan re-interpreting the work of the Taos Society of Artists. This jar is inspired by Victor Higgins.  The style is cubist and captures a similar theme to Higgins later work.  The bowl is coil built and has the image on the inside.  The outer rim is left natural.  The bowl is signed on the bottom.

$ 3,200.00
Folwell, Susan – “Bringers of Rain” Set

Susan Folwell is one of the exciting innovators in Pueblo pottery.  This large open bowl is part of her new series for, “Peering through Taos Light”.  The focus is on Susan re-interpreting the work of the Taos Society of Artists. This is a set of pieces, which tell the story both of a painting by EI Couse, but also the importance of water to the Pueblo world.  Susan says of this piece:

 

“There is a painting by EI Couse of Flute Player ceremony at Hopi.   It was a serene image focusing on the dancers asking for rain for the village.  The drop of rain hits a bowl and the water splashes out.  In this water, I painted a reflection of the Flute Player ceremony.  I wanted to reflect the prayers for rain in the puddle of water.  There is the water that is here and the water that is coming.

This is a multi-piece set.  The bowl has a rain drop and the water splashing out. The large flat piece has the painted scene from the Couse painting. There are additional smaller droplets of water to surround the larger piece.  It is a striking, thoughtful and timely set of pieces.  The last photos here are the actual painting for comparison.  The pieces are signed on the bottom.

$ 3,200.00
Youngblood, Nathan – Red Tall Jar, “Tribute to Margaret Tafoya”

This is a stunning red jar by Nathan Youngblood. The shape of the jar is based on the classic water jar, which Nathan has elongated. The jar has a turned out rim and a double shoulder.  The design of the jar is inspired by the work of Nathan’s grandmother, Margaret Tafoya.  The jar has a single bear paw medallion in Margaret’s style. As the jar is turned the opposite side has a water serpent (avanyu) which is cut at a spiraling angle around the jar.  There are several bands of design, each with a different part of the story. The avanyu, the sun and the bear paw medallion.    Each connected to the next. The rim has a triangular design which represent the rain falling in the sunlight.  The jar is very deeply carved and highly polished.  The coloration is a deep red and the base is tan.  It is a beautiful tribute and a stunning vessel in shape and design.

$ 21,000.00
Garcia, Tammy – Tall Canteen with Dragonflies & Flowers (2017)

This is a stunning jar by Tammy Garcia who is known for her contemporary designs and use of traditional clay. This jar is in a canteen shape with a wide body and rounded end.  The jar is carved with flowers and a dragonflies. Each flower has carved petals which are stone polished.  Tammy carved the round sections of various flowers to create a variety of dimensions to the piece.  The top is also and has flowers with raised sections.  Tammy said that at times she could only polish two or three petals at a time to get the high shine she was looking to achieve.  One one side is a large dragonfly medallion with her new style “frame” encircling the figure.  The dragonfly is layered over an area which is stippled with tiny dots into the clay. The center of the dragonfly has two pieces of Sleeping Beauty turquoise.  The jar has been traditionally fired black and that is possibly the most stunning aspect of the work as it has a near gunmetal appearance!  The contrast of the black polished and black matte areas is spectacular!  Tammy is never content with her pottery and each new pieces takes her unique style to a new level.  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.  We are proud to be the only gallery currently representing her new works in clay.

$ 18,000.00
Folwell, Susan – “The Twins” Large Jar

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

 

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

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

$ 11,000.00
Youngblood, Nathan – Tri-Color Cloud, Rain and Springs Jar

Nathan has created his own distinctive “polychrome” style of pottery with the use of the red, tan and buff surfaces on his pottery.  This large water jar is an elegant form with an elongated neck.  The entire jar is fully carved! The neck is tan with a walking bear paw design.  The shoulder of the jar is carved with cloud and rain designs and polished red.  The base is the amazing section with the carved areas which extend up from the base. The carving in the negative space areas is always more difficult.  Those areas represent the corn plants and the water springs.  The contrast of the polished red and tan is stunning!  It is an exceptionally intricate jar with sharp edges and complex patterns. The jar is traditionally fired and has a striking contrast between the deep red and the tan polished areas.  On his red and tan pieces, after they are fired, he uses screwdrivers to scrape the background area and the side of the carving.  This can take almost as much time as the carving or polishing itself!  Amazing the amount of time that goes into each vessel and yet how effortless it seems that Nathan is able to capture the beauty of his work.

$ 16,000.00
Folwell, Susan – “Hennings at Sunset in the Snow” Jar

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

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

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

$ 4,500.00
Youngblood, Nathan – Jar with Rain, Springs and Sun Carved Lid

This is a classic elongated neck water jar by Nathan Youngblood.  The jar is carved around the shoulder with a complex cloud and rain design.  The cloud and rain pattern interconnect as the jar is turned.  Interestingly, Nathan has carved into the negative space near the base of the jar. This carving is meant to represent the underground springs which absorb and then distribute the rain from above.  Note how they flow and curl around the side and to the base of the jar.  The remainder of the piece is fully polished to a glassy appearance.  The lid is polished tan, which is difficult to achieve.  Only water is used to polish the surface of the piece and then it is fired the natural color of the clay.  The lid is carved with the rising sun on one side and the setting sun on the other.  The rays of the sun reflect down on the rain and water represented in the jar.  The carving on the lid is deep and a striking complement to the depth of the carving on the jar.  The balance of the form, polish and carving are all central to the work of Nathan Youngblood.  The jar is signed on the bottom in the clay with his name and hallmarked name in Tewa.

$ 18,000.00
Garcia, Tammy – Melon Jar with Dragonflies & Quail (2017)

This jar is a stunning new piece by Tammy Garcia.  The jar is carved with melon ribs which extend from the shoulder to the base. The ribs are then carved with dragonflies across the entire surface. Each one is carved into the clay at various levels. There are two quail, one on each side. The quail are also carved at various levels.  Note how each dragonfly has different colored clays used for the wings!  There is a beautiful flow of design on this unique form. Each of the quail is surrounded Tammy’s new “frames’ which accentuate her designs.  The jar has a single inset piece of turquoise.  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.  We are proud to be the only gallery currently representing her new works in clay.

 

 

$ 8,600.00
Youngblood, Nathan – Tear Drop “Shield” Plate

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

$ 11,500.00
de la Cruz, Juan and Lois Gutierrez  – “Blue Corn Maidens and Warriors” Storage Jar

Juan Cruz is creating some beautifully painted polychrome pottery.  He is a son of noted potter Lois Gutierrez.  Lois made the jar and Juan, who is noted for his illustrations, painted the design using natural clay slips..  This is Juan’s first attempt at a large vessel, which certainly requires different skills to paint something so large.  Juan wrote of the scene he painted as follows:

“This jar depicts an array of hero warriors carrying their identifying shields with them as the rush forward into battle.  The Blue Corn Girls look on as the scene is played out.”

The jar is truly polychrome (more than three colors of clay).  Note the intricacy of the painted designs and especially the figures.  They are each distinctive in stance or dress. Each shield is a different design and the designs on the girls dresses are also intricately painted. The jar has been traditionally fired outdoor and overall is a striking coloration.  It is signed on the indented bottom of the jar by both Juan and Lois.  The description is written on the back of a hand painted graphic of a Pueblo woman warrior with an avanyu in the background.  What a phenomenal addition to this piece and the painting helps to better understand how exceptional Juan is with his art.

Juan also won “Best of Pottery” at Gallup Ceremonials in 2017!

$ 7,200.00
Begay, Jr., Harrison – Jar with Butterflies, Dragonflies and Handles

Harrison Begay, Jr. has won numerous awards over the years for his deep carved pottery.  This jar is deeply carved and has a butterfly and dragonflies as the design.  Separating them are cloud and water designs which are carved into the clay. Harrison contrasts matte and polished surfaces to create a striking visual contrast to his pottery. What makes this jar special are the little handles. They are small and fully polished, which is amazing!  They extend from the polished rim to the shoulder. The jar is fired to a near gunmetal appearance.   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.  Harrison has won numerous awards for his work and continues to be one of the leading innovators in Native American Indian pottery.  The jar is signed on the bottom in the clay.

$ 1,100.00
Tafoya, Margaret – Red Bowl with Mesa and Rain Designs (1980’s)

This  is a smaller red bowl by Margaret Tafoya is from the 1980’s. The bowl is fully polished has a carved mesa and rain pattern.  It is a simple pattern but it wonderfully also has a ribbon appearance.  The the carved line below represents the path taken around the mountains.  It is a simple but striking piece.  The carving is deep and it is highly polished.  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.

$ 1,800.00
Folwell, Susan –  Tall Jar with Dream Ram Dancers

Susan Folwell is one of the great innovators in Pueblo pottery. Her work has made an impact in shape and design, as she tells her own story in clay. This extraordinary jar is beautifully coil built with an undulating form. The surface is etched with a male and female ram dancer on each side.  They are separated by polished ellipses and checkerboard patterns. The color and flow of this piece are extraordinary.  Susan says that it was inspired by a dream and that the clay was her way to tell this story.  It is signed on the bottom.

$ 3,000.00
Tafoya, Margaret – Large Kiva Bowl (1940’s)

This is large Kiva Bowl by Margaret Tafoya.  It is from the 1940’s. The bowl is unusual for its size and shape.  The “kiva” is an underground ceremonial room, and there is a ladder out of the top.  The representation of the kiva in Santa Clara pottery is the three step shape carved on the rim of the bowl.  iva bowl are always difficult to make with the carved rim, which can crack in drying as well as in firing.  Adding to the complexity of the bowl is that is fully polished on both the inside and outside!  Amazing that it didn’t crack when polishing, as all the additional wet slip can seep through and cause cracks. The bowl is highly polished and striking in appearance.   It is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Margaret Tafoya”.  It is in very excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

$ 15,000.00
Youngblood, Nancy – 32 Rib “S” Swirl Melon Jar with Lid

This is an exceptional larger bowl by Nancy Youngblood.  Nancy is renowned for her melon carved bowls for which she has won numerous awards over the years.  The “s” swirl, where it goes back and forth from the rim to the base, is one of her most famous and visually striking forms. This bowl has 32 ribs, each tightly carved, sharp on the edge and swirling from rim to base.  The way the light hits the surface of the bowl simply perfect.   Amazingly, Nancy says that she can only polish 3 ribs at a time, as they are so time involved.  As well, each rib has two sides and so the actual volume of the bowl is nearly twice that of its size!  Add to that the lid, which continues the melon rib design up above the rim of the jar.  Each of Nancy’s lids is perfectly fit into the top at just one spot.  This jar is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Nancy Youngblood”.  Simply perfect!

 

$ 15,000.00
Curran, Dolores – Jar with Flowers, Feathers, Avanyu & Lid

This is an extraordinary lidded jar by Dolores Curran.  She continues to create intricately incised and painted pottery.  This jar is incised with a flower design around the rim, below a mountain pattern.  Separating the flowers are cloud and rain designs.  Below the flowers is an angular mountain pattern and then a series of very tightly incised feathers  which are at an angle.  Note how in all these areas they are incised (which means lightly carved into the clay) and the recessed areas are slipped with a red clay.  Around the shoulder is a cameo style carved avanyu, It is very deeply carved for its size and now all the changes in design as the jar is turned!  The lid of the jar is fully polished and has a cloud motif. There are additional dragonflies painted on the top of the lid and clouds on the top of the rim. The base of the jar is fully polished.  It is stunning in detail for the size!

$ 1,200.00
Trammel, Jennie – Bowl with Rain and Mountain Designs (1970’s)

This is a classic bowl by 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.  Like many of her bowls, this one is polished on the interior! This always adds more difficulty to the bowl, as the extra moisture from the additional slip inside the bowl can seep out and cause cracking when polishing.  However, the end result is that the inside of the bowl glows as if there is a liquid inside!  The outside of this piece has deeply carved panels with rain and lightning designs. The bowl is highly polished and striking from the firing. It is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  It is signed, “Jennie Trammel” in the clay on bottom.

$ 1,800.00
Trammel, Jennie – Jar with Sun and Rain Designs

Stunning!  This is a stunning jar by Jennie Trammel.   She was a daughter of Margaret Tafoya.  Over the years Jennie did not make a lot of pottery as she lived a very private life and was virtually never involved in markets or gallery shows.  However, she created striking pottery with classic shapes and designs which were distinctive to her work.  Each piece was coil built and it was the carving, with the rounded edges, which was a visual key to her work.  This jar is one of her classic shape with the high shoulder. The band is carved with a sun pattern which turns into mountains, clouds and rain. The design is varied as the jar is turned.  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 excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  It is signed, “Jennie Trammel” in the clay on bottom.   Definitely one of her classics!

$ 4,500.00
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”.

$ 900.00
Tafoya, Margaret – Large Jar with Rain & Kiva Step Designs (1950’s)

This is an exceptional large carved jar by Margaret Tafoya.  It is from the 1950’s and it is featured on page 12 of the book, Born of Fire.  The jar is an elegant form with a wide, round shoulder and sloping neck. The entire jar is fully polished.  However, it is not the shape or size which makes it exceptional, it is the carved band of design.  Most likely this jar was designed by Margaret’s husband, Alcario.  He was known as one of the best pottery designers at the Pueblo and withing the Tafoya family.  His designs are renowned for their complexity and his innate ability to match form and design.  This jar has a design which is varied around the entire surface.  Rain clouds lead to rain which lead to the mountains which transform into the kiva steps.  It is a beautiful story and in terms of the complexity, it is possible to see how influential he was in the work of his grandson, Nathan Youngblood, as well as others.  The polishing and firing on this large jar are visually striking, as it has a very glassy appearance. The jar is in exceptional condition, which is not always the case for such large vessels from the 1950’s.  It is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Margaret Tafoya”.  It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

 

$ 18,000.00
Gutierrez, Margaret & Luther – Wedding Vase (1970’s)

This wedding vase is Margaret and Luther Gutierrez. Margaret would make the pottery and Luther, her brother, would paint the surface.  They were one of the few potters creating polychrome pottery.  This wedding vase has a corn, raincloud and rainbow pattern in the center and Yei figures going up the spouts.  All of the colors are from natural clay slips.   It is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  It is signed on the bottom, “Margaret/Luther”.

$ 2,500.00
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
Simpson, Rose – “Sky” Clay Figure

Rose Simpson is one of the exciting innovative potters working today.  This is an exceptional articulated figure of her work in clay.  The figure is entitled, “Sky” and it can be hung on a wall or we had a metal museum mount made for the piece.  She has painted the clay face and written “Sky” on the chest.  The legs and hands are also clay. The arms are a combination of clay and metal beads.  The legs and arms are all attached and free moving.  She wrapped the figure with a piece of cloth.  The figure, like much of her work, is edgy and intricate. Check out the complexity in the face, hands and legs!  Rose continues to expand her style in various museum exhibitions around the US and create new and more dynamic works in clay.

$ 2,500.00
Garcia, Tammy – Kiva Jar with Dragonflies (1994)

This is a classic traditional kiva jar by Tammy Garcia from 1994.  It is a large piece and has the very traditional shape with 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”.

$ 10,500.00
Tafoya-Sanchez, Linda – Large Jar with 55 Feathers & Fluted Rim

Linda Tafoya-Sanchez is a granddaughter of noted potter Margaret Tafoya and she is know for her carved pottery.  This large jar has a fluted rim, which is fully polished. This is technically difficult as the undulating form of the rim can crack during polishing or firing. The body of the jar is fully carved with 55 feathers, each of which is fully polished!  There is a single matte band above and below the feathers and the bottom is also fully polished!  The glossy appearance to the bowl from the firing is striking.  It is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Linda Tafoya-Sanchez”.

$ 2,800.00
Folwell, Jody – Large Jar with Buffalo and Wolves

Jody Folwell is known for her creative pottery shapes and designs.  This is a very tall jar and the rim has an asymmetrical form, for which she is known. The jar is polished with a slip which fired a greenish-brown. There are lightning patterns across the surface which are a matte red.  Around the entire jar are a series of etched wolves and buffalo.  Some are etched and some are just painted with a white clay slip.  They are in different directions and different degrees of motion.  The size and coloration with the green, red and white is striking.  The jar is signed on the bottom, “Jody”.  It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

$ 4,800.00
Tafoya-Sanchez, Linda – Swirl Melon Bowl with 25 Ribs

Linda Tafoya-Sanchez is a granddaughter of noted potter Margaret Tafoya and she is know for her carved pottery.  This bowl is one of her few fully polished melon bowls.  It has 25 rounded ribs which swirl from the neck to the base. They are each fully stone polished for a high shine.  It is always more difficult to create the ribs at an angle than to do them linear from the neck to the base and the result is visually striking.  The bowl is signed in the clay on the bottom, “Linda Tafoya-Sanchez”.

 

$ 1,600.00
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Lonewolf, Rosemary –  Mini Bowl with Rain Design (1972)

This is a very early miniature bowl by Rosemary Lonewolf.  The bowl is one of her few black pieces and it is very simple in design.  It has a rain pattern which is etched into the clay encircling the bowl.  It is signed on the bottom in the clay.  It is in very good condition with no hips, cracks, restoration or repair.

$ 175.00 $ 150.00
Lonewolf, Joseph – Mini Seedpot with Flute Players (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 is a very small seedpot and yet it is very fully designed!  The seedpot has two Mimbres style flute players as the design.  They are surrounded by plant and rain designs. There is a butterfly on the opposite side.  The heart medallion is the yearly symbol for 1986.  There is an additional green clay slip used to highlight the designs.  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.

$ 1,200.00
Tafoya, Ray  – Red Big Horn Sheep Seedpot (1983)

This miniature seedpot by Ray Tafoya is fully polished.  It has a Mimbres inspired Big Horn Sheep on the top.  It is surrounded by cloud, rain and lightning designs.  There is an inset piece of turquoise placed in the hole or opening for the seedpot.  All the different colors are derived from natural clay slips.  Note how many of the designs surrounding the Big Horn Sheep are similar to ones used today by his daughter, Jennifer Moquino.  The seedpot is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

$ 400.00
Roller, Jordan – Tall Jar with Mountain and Cloud Patterns

Jordan Roller is innovative in his use of thin carved designs on his pottery.  This jar combines a unique color combination along with the complex carving. The jar was originally polished tan and red along with areas which were matte.  Jordan then fired it brown, creating the distinctive coloration. The polished and matte areas took on two different colorations and they contrast with the matte areas. The design around the top of the jar is a cloud pattern.  Around the center is an alternating mountain and rain design. The tightly carved lines of the central section contrast with the larger, open section of the clouds around the neck.  This sophisticated technique is balanced with great shapes, creative designs and beautifully stone polished surfaces.  Jordan is certainly a  young potter to watch!

$ 1,600.00
Medicine Flower, Grace – Lidded Melon Jar with Hummingbirds (1989)

This lidded jar by Grace Medicine Flower is from 1989 shows the transition of her work from sgraffito designs to a combination of carved and etched imagery. This jar has an elegant shape and the entire piece is fully polished. The bottom half is fully carved and polished with melon ribs.  Note the sharp edge of each rip and how the area between the ribs are also fully polished!  The area around the shoulder is fully polished and etched with hummingbirds.  The lid is unique with a single melon “rib” cutting across the surface.  It perfectly ties the entire piece together!   It is signed on the bottom, “Grace Medicine Flower”. The jar is in excellent condition with no chips,cracks restoration or repair. It is elegant and stunning!  Over her career she made very few black pieces and yet they are always stunning and creative!

$ 2,800.00
Lonewolf, Joseph – “Mimbres Bees” Seedpot (1984)

This seedpot by Joseph Lonewolf is from 1984 and it is highly polished and fired red.  The seedpot is inspired by the Mimbres pottery designs.  Here there are two different bees etched into the surface of the clay.  As the seedpot is turned there is the yearly symbol for 1984 on the back. It is meant to represent a bright future.  The seedpot also comes with the original card typed out by Joseph explaining the designs. It is is signed on the bottom in the clay.  It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

$ 1,500.00
Tafoya, Margaret – Red on Red Box with Avanyu (1930’s -1940’s)

This is one of the few boxes by Margaret Tafoya. The early boxes were inspired by the traditional corn meal boxes/bowls that were made to hold corn meal.  In the 1920’s the square shaped vessels acquired lids and were called, “cigarette boxes”. They are a distinctive form to both Santa Clara and San Ildefonso for the times.  Unfortunately, due to the shape and the lid, they often did not survive well over time.  They remain one of the most fascinating shapes but also one of the rarest.  This box is painted with the red clay slip to create the design.  There is an avanyu on two sides and a cloud and rain on the other two sides.  The top of the lid has a cloud and rain pattern. The box is fully polished on the inside and outside! It is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Margaret Tafoya”. It is in good condition with no, cracks, restoration or repair. There are some small areas of wear, a small ding on one corner and the white dots are a few little pops from the clay. The box is from the 1930’s to 1940’s era.  It is definitely a unique and unusual piece by Margaret Tafoya.  It is featured in the book, “Born of Fire” on page 52.

$ 4,000.00
Lonewolf, Joseph – “Dragon in Flight” Seedpot (1986)

This delicately etched seedpot by Joseph Lonewolf from 1986.  It has a single dragonfly as the design.  Joseph writes of this piece:

“At each side of the large insect are designs symbolic of the areas he has already covered; the two designs in the flight path of the dragonfly are areas yet to travel over.  The two bands encircling this pottery represent the roads of life and destiny.  Between them and the dragonfly are designs of sun rays.  The 1986 yearly symbol if a heart representing love, in particular Lonewolf’s deep devotion for his ancestors and Mother Earth.  There are two slightly sketched water bugs and a tiny butterfly, the symbol of beauty”.

The seedpot has additional colored clay slips which enhance the imagery.   The yearly symbol for 1986 is the heart.  The seedpot is signed on the bottom in the clay.  It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  This piece also includes the original card typed up by Joseph Lonewolf detailing the specifics of the designs.

$ 1,800.00
Lonewolf, Joseph – “Beauty” Hummingbird & Butterfly Seedpot (1988)

This is a striking larger seedpot by Joseph Lonewolf from 1988.  It is a complicated with piece with numerous birds and butterflies encompassing the entire surface.  There are three ruby-throated hummingbirds and eight butterflies on the piece.  Lonewolf writes, “the butterflies denote beauty in simplicity”.  There are both Mimbres inspired and realistic butterflies. Each of the various figures is highlighted with additional clay slips.  There is the yearly symbol for 1988, which is a bear paw.  It is is signed on the bottom in the clay.  It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  This piece also includes the original card typed up by Joseph Lonewolf detailing the specifics of the designs.

$ 3,800.00
Romero, Susan “Snowflake” – “The Pond” Seedpot

Susan “Snowflake” Romero’s pottery is highly polished and intricately etched with detailed imagery.  Many of her skills are ones that she learned from her father, Joseph Lonewolf. This seedpot tells the story of life at a pond.  There are Mimbres style fish, insects, turtles and more realistic plants.  They are each etched into the surface of the clay on the top of the seedpot. On the sides it is etched and textured to create a contrast to the complexity of the top.  Look closely as the etching and the levels of designs in the clay are outstanding!  The piece is signed on the bottom in the clay with her Tewa name, “Pho-sa-We”.  It is in perfect condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair and signed on the bottom.

$ 600.00
Lonewolf, Joseph – Seedpot with Turtle & Fish (1984)

This seedpot by Joseph Lonewolf is from 1984 and it is highly polished and fired red.  The design is unusual as it has a turtle as the central pattern. The turtle is not unusual but note the shape of the turtle’s head and neck and it is certainly reminiscent of the work of Tony Da in style.  The turtle has a mountain design on its back and note at the lower right there is a tiny dragonfly.  As the seedpot is turned there are two incised Mimbres style fish etch into the clay.  There is also another dragonfly.  There is also the yearly symbol for 1984 which has the shifting sand pattern.  The seedpot is highly polished and the contrast of the matte and polished surfaces works perfectly for this desig.  It is is signed on the bottom in the clay.  It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

$ 1,600.00
Naranjo, Ursulita – Bowl with Painted Avanyu (1970’s)

Ursulita Naranjo (1924-1988) was the mother of Dolores Curran and Geri Naranjo.  She was known for her painted pottery.  This bowl is highly polished and painted with a water serpent.  It has a flowing design as the bowl is turned.  It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  It is signed on the bottom, “Ursulita Naranjo”.

$ 225.00
Youngblood, Nancy – Miniature Kiva Bowl (1975)

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

$ 975.00
Trammel, Jennie – Large Long Neck Jar with Cloud Motifs

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 the largest pieces we have seen of her work.  It is a tall water jar with an elongated neck and a shape for which she was well-known, especially on smaller vessels.  However, on a piece this size, the elongated neck and high shoulder are striking. The design around the body of the jar is a cloud and rain design.  Note how it flows from angular to rounded designs, which again, was typical of her carving.  The jar it polished a deep red and the background area is slipped with the traditional cream colored clay.  It is signed, “Jennie Trammel” in the clay on bottom.   This jar is  in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

$ 9,500.00
Garcia, Jason – Pueblo Revolt 1680 Jar

This jar is graphic portrayal of the Pueblo Revolt of 1680 through the eyes of Jason Garcia.  The jar is coil built and painted with native clay slips to achieve the various colors.  It is part of his series of tiles and jars which focus on the Pueblo Revolt of 1680.  The imagery captures both the revolt but definitely in a “Conan the Barbarian” style of graphic imagery!  Here the Pueblo warrior is defending a girl from the Conquistadors.  In the background there is billowing smoke and the burning church.  During the Pueblo Revolt the Pueblo people, led by Po’ Pay, defeated the Spanish and drove them from the Rio Grande region.  The painting on the jar is tightly executed and note the details in the figures.  The colors are all natural clay slips and the piece is traditionally fired.  It is signed on the bottom.

$ 1,800.00
Tafoya, Lee & Betty Tafoya – Bowl with Carved Avanyu (1970’s)

This jar is a classic piece by Lee Tafoya and his wife, Betty Tafoya.  The bowl was made and carved by Lee and then polished by Betty.  Lee was the only son of Margaeret Tafoya who took up making pottery.  The shape of the head of the avanyu has a very square shape, which was very typical of his work.  The bowl is fully carved and highly polished.  It is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Betty & Lee Tafoya”. The jar is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  Today their legacy continues in the pottery of their daughter, Linda Tafoya-Sanchez

$ 500.00
Cain, Linda – Asymmetric Carved Bowl with Birds

This is an intricately carved bowl by Linda Cain.  She is a daughter of Mary Cain and the mother of potters Tammy Garcia and Autumn Borts-Medlock. This bowl reflects Linda’s unique style of carving.  Each section is deeply carved and highly polished. The opening is asymmetrical and the birds and prayer feather patterns flow around the surface of the bowl.  There area behind the birds and carved designs is a micaceous, which is almost as if the first are flying at night among the stars.  The designs extend down to the base.  It is signed on the bottom.

$ 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 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
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