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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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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
Youngblood, Nathan – Large Tri-Color Jar with Bear Paws

Spectacular!  This is an amazing jar by Nathan Youngblood.  The jar is a large coil built piece which has been carved, stone polished and traditionally fired.  The neck of the jar is carved with four bear paw medallions. The different medallions represent  four generations of potters including Sara Fina Tafoya, Margaret Tafoya, Mela Youngblood and Nathan Youngblood.  They are separated by four lightning designs.  Below the bear paws are a series of four rain clouds.  The central band of the jar contains two interwoven avanyu (water serpent) designs.  Note the amazing complexity in the design of the bodies of the avanyus! These sections are all polished red.  Near the base are five tan polished cloud patterns.  It is amazing the amount of carving on this large jar and the coloration from the firing. The deep red is in perfect contrast to the tan polished surfaces.  The lid is tan and has symbols for the four directions.  On his red and tan pieces, after they are fired, Nathan 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 stunning they appear!  Certainly an amazing jar for his history, story and complexity!

$ 48,000.00
Youngblood, Nathan – Tri-Color Jar with Lid

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 a round base and a slightly elongated neck.  The jar has is polished tan on the inside of the rim and the neck.  The neck is carved with eagle feathers while the shoulder is polished red and carved with an avanyu.  As the jar is turned the body of the avanyu consists of cloud and rain patterns.  Below the avanyu is a band of kiva step 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!  The last photo shows Nathan using the screwdriver to scrape away against the clay from the carved edges and background.  Amazing the amount of time that goes into each vessel and yet how stunning they appear!

$ 18,000.00
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
Youngblood, Nathan – Red Jar with Avanyu and Swirl Lid

Nathan Youngblood is renowned for his deeply carved pottery and spectacular polished surfaces.  This jar is fully carved and polished a glassy red. Around the shoulder is a deeply carved avanyu encircling the piece. This classic Santa Clara design has cloud and rain patterns as part of the body of the water serpent, and the story of how it saved the village from a flood.  Below the avanyu are cloud designs and the ‘walking bear paw’ design.  There is a matte band separating the avanyu from the designs below.  The lid, however, is the perfect addition to the jar!  It is tan polished and has a matte melon swirl top!  The contrast of the matte with the red and tan is visually striking on this piece.   On Nathan’s 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!  The jar is signed on the bottom with his name and deer tracks representing his name in Tewa.

$ 8,800.00
Folwell, Susan – “Hennings at Sunset in the Show” 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
Folwell, Susan – “Corn Maidens” Large Open Bowl

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 bowl is inspired by a painting by Bert Greer Phillips, one of the founding members of the Taos Society of Artists.  Susan says of this piece,

“Greer is known for paintings of peasant scenes in Europe.  He depicts Taos villagers in a noble way. My intent was to have the image inside the bowl so that the painting was framed by the pot itself.  I wanted to capture the same nobility in the Corn Maidens with their baskets and all the colors of the corn”.

The exterior of the bowl is fully stone polished.  It has a striking form with a very round shoulder. The interior of the bowl is fully painted.  There is a basket design, then corn and finally the Taos scene in the center.  Note the detail in the corn and the baskets!  The contrast of the polished exterior and the painted interior is striking.  The bowl is signed on the bottom in the clay.

 

$ 4,500.00
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
Garcia, Tammy – Birds, Rainbows, Frames and Flowers Jar (2017)

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 in the clay.  There are medallions on each side of the bird.  They have flowers carved in relief which create the “frame” around the piece.  The birds are each delicately carved into the clay and have additional small flowers near them. Each of the birds is slipped with different clays to create the various colorations.  Separating the two are flowers which are carved and stone polished. The jar is a beautiful shape with a round body and slight neck.  The various levels of carving are striking as are the colors and the contrast of matte, polished and micaceous clay surfaces.  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 representing her new works in clay.

 

$ 8,800.00
Moquino, Jennifer – Bear with Feathers and Bear Paw

Jennifer Moquino is known for her clay vessels and also her amazing animal figures. This bear is fired black.  It is fully polished on its back.  There is a feather pattern and bear paw etched on its back.  Behind the bear paw are kiva steps, lightning and plant designs.  All the various colors are derived from natural clay slips.  Jennifer continues to be one of the leading innovative potters working today!

$ 250.00
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 Yei Figure

Harrison Begay, Jr. has won numerous awards over the years for his deep carved pottery.  This jar is deeply carved and has a Navajo Yei figure as the central design.  As the jar is turned there are feathers extending out from the figure.  There are cloud, wind and a spiraling bird pattern. Note the deeply carved area with the little dots and the rain cloud below.  It is a striking jar with a nearly gunmetal fired surface. The contrast of the polished and matte areas is perfect!  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
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
Curran, Dolores – Large Polychrome Jar with Feather and Avanyu Design

This is one of the largest polychrome jars we have had 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 is extraordinary in its design!  The jar has a polished rim and there incised feathers and prayer feathers incised into the neck.  Below the feathers is a carved avanyu which is matte.  Below the avanyu are baskets with prayer feathers as the design.  The semi-circular pattern below the shoulder are incised feathers and rain.  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.  The base has a micaceous clay slip and the rim has intricately painted designs.  Amazing detail and imagery!  The jar is signed on the bottom in the clay.

$ 6,500.00
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
Simpson, Rose – Large Blindfolded Figure

Rose Simpson is one of the exciting innovative potters working today.  This is an exceptional larger clay figure.  The figure has her classic form and face. There is a blindfold and additional elements on her back. There are embellishments of leather and clay around the figure.  Note the clay tab on the front!  It is a striking and classic piece of her figurative pottery!  Rose continues to expand her style in various museum exhibitions around the US and create new and more dynamic works in clay.

$ 8,500.00
Youngblood, Nancy – Mini Lidded Bowl with 36 Feathers, Avanyu & Ribbons (1982)

Simple perfection for Nancy Youngblood.  This amazing miniature bowl is from 1982 and it reflects why Nancy has been such a force in Pueblo pottery for over 30 years. The mini bowl has 36 carved feathers around the top of the bowl. There is a deeply carved avanyu around the shoulder of the piece.  Take a close 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.  The bowl has two ribbons, a first place from Santa Fe Indian Market and then a Best of Division ribbon as well!  This is definitely a rare find, not only such a deeply carved and complicated miniature, but also the historic importance with the two ribbons!  It is in perfect condition, with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  It is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Nancy Youngblood Cutler”.    I’ll just say it again, simple. perfection.

$ 2,200.00
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
Tafoya, Margaret – Jar with Cloud and Rain Designs (1980’s)

This is a striking jar by Margaret Tafoya from the 1980’s.  It has one of her very classic swirling cloud patterns, which encompass the central band of the jar.  The imagery has clouds, rain, mountains and lightning patterns.  What makes it the most interesting is that it is very much like similar designs and shape she made in the 1950’s and yet on a smaller scale.  Of course, by this time she was in her late 80’s, so smaller scale was expected!  The jar is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Margaret Tafoya” and it is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

$ 2,000.00
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
Medicine Flower, Grace – Seedpot with Pheasant (1980)

This is a striking seedpot by Grace Medicine Flower is from 1980.  It is fully polished and etched with a pheasant as the design on the top of the piece.  There are plants below and cloud and wind designs around the bird.  What is really exceptional on this piece is zoom in on the tan area where she has etched away from the red.  There are very tiny etched half circle designs which surround the bird! Amazing!  The seedpot is signed on the bottom in the clay.  It is in excellent condition with no chips,cracks restoration or repair.

$ 1,200.00
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
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
Tafoya, Margaret – Red on Red Bowl with Kiva Step Designs (1960’s)

This  is a smaller red bowl by Margaret Tafoya is from the 1960’s. The bowl is fully polished and has a white outline for the design, which is a series of kiva steps and rain clouds.  There are areas that are filled in with the red clay which accentuate the design.  While it is a smaller bowl, it is very detailed in its design.  It is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Margaret”.  It is in very good good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

$ 1,600.00
Medicine Flower, Grace – Large Seedpot with Hummingbirds (1980)

This is a large seedpot by Grace Medicine Flower is from 1980.  It is fully polished on the top and very intricately etched with hummingbirds and butterflies.  There is a central plant design which swirls up from the side of the bowl.  Note all the tiny feathers etched into the design!  Each of the birds is different, and it is elegant how the plant spirals up across the surface.  Note in the lower right hand side of the design, the small sun headdress, which is a classic part of the Lonewolf family designs.  The area surrounding the polished surface is micaceous.  The bowl is signed on the bottom in the clay.  It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

$ 2,000.00
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
Garcia, Tammy – “Another Fish Tale” Carved Jar (2004)

Tammy Garcia is known for her contemporary designs and use of traditional clay. This jar was made in 2004.  It is a fascinating shape with a carved edge that swirls out from the inside of the mouth to the base.  Looking at the inside of the bowl you can see how the edge begins and swirls outward. The design, like much of Tammy’s work, tells a story. This one has the figure holding up his hands with the outline of a fish about.  Obviously telling the story of how big the fish was that got away.  As the jar is turned one can see the fishing pole and the smaller fish that are jumping in the water.  Surrounding the figure and fish are very complicated carved designs which add to the complexity of the piece.  It is no wonder her work takes to long to create, with so many angles and such intricate carving.  All the surfaces are fully polished.  The jar is signed on the bottom in the clay and 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.

 

$ 8,800.00
Youngblood, Nancy – Miniature Red & Tan Box (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 few early boxes.  Around the shoulder of the box it is very deeply carved with a tan polished avanyu.  The background area is slipped red.  The lid of the box is also very deeply carved with an avanyu.  It is exceptional how deeply she is able to carve into her her pottery relative to the size of the piece!  This box is in excellent condition and it is signed on the bottom, “Nancy Youngblood”.  It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

$ 1,950.00
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
Medicine Flower, Grace – Black Carved Bowl with Butterflies & Hummingbirds (1989)

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 black pieces that is fully carved and etched. The bowl is carved with flower petal swirls coming up from the base.  There are additional cloud patterns which swirl up to the carved rim.  In two of the cloud swirls are etched hummingbirds and butterflies.  The opposite side has a medallion with a single hummingbird and iris flowers.  The bowl is very highly polished and has her typical perfect polish!  The piece is signed on the bottom in the clay.  It is from 1989.  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!

$ 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
Shupla, Helen – Large Melon Jar with 22 Ribs

Helen Shupla is famous for her carved pottery as well as her exceptional melon bowls.  Her melon jars are the traditional style with the ribs pushed out in the clay.  This melon jar has ten ribs which are wide and there is a narrow groove separating each of the ribs.  The jar is 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 large melon jar is one of her classic shapes with the wide shoulder and slight neck. Each of the 22 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!  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.on the bottom in the clay.  It is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

$ 3,000.00
Swentzell, Roxanne – Clay Mask with Hands Design

This is an original clay piece by Roxanne Swentzell.  She is well known for her clay masks and their unique expressiveness.  This mask has two hand prints painted on the sides of the face. There is a very serene appearance.  The mask has a metal museum mount stand made for it.  It is in perfect condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  It is signed in the clay, “ROX”.

$ 2,500.00
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 is fully polished and etched with a fox track, feather and flower design.  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 – Praying Mantis Clay Figure

Jennifer Moquino is known for her clay vessels and also her amazing animal figures! This unique piece is one of her few insects, a praying mantis!  The figure is all clay and the back is fully polished. The designs are rain and flower patterns.  Note the flowers going up the neck!  All the various colors are derived from natural clay slips.  Jennifer continues to be one of the leading innovative potters working today!

$ 300.00
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
Folwell, Polly Rose – Mini Plainware Jar

Polly Rose Folwell is known for use of classic designs on her traditional inspired Santa Clara pottery. This jar is coil built and stone polished.  It is fired brown, a style which is a hallmark of Polly’s pottery.  The firing has created a color variation across the entire surface. It is thin walled and the combination of shape and firing is striking.  It is signed on the bottom in the clay.

$ 125.00
Folwell, Polly Rose – Mini Plainware Seedpot

Polly Rose Folwell is known for use of classic designs on her traditional inspired Santa Clara pottery. This seedpot is coil built and stone polished.  It is fired brown, a style which is a hallmark of Polly’s pottery.  The firing has created a color variation across the entire surface. It is thin walled and the combination of shape and firing is striking.  It is signed on the bottom in the clay.

$ 125.00
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
Moquino, Jennifer – Jar with Cedar Waxwing Birds

This is an intricately designed and highly polished jar by Jennifer Moquino.  The jar jar captures a group of Cedar Waxwing birds in motion around the jar.  Each bird is captured in a different state of flight.  There are additional flowers surrounding the birds.  In the center of the jar is a more deeply carved area which is slipped with a micaceous clay, which contrasts with the polished surfaces.  The bottom of the jar has etched cloud and wind patterns, much in the style of her father Ray Tafoya.  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.

$ 2,500.00
Garcia, Effie – Bowl with Rain Clouds

This  bowl by Effie Garcia is her classic shape and deeply carved pottery.  The bowl has a rain cloud pattern.  The rain is the long line extending down from the rim and the clouds are the part below the shoulder. It is very deep and evenly carved and the design is outlined on the edges.  The high polish makes this a distinctive bowl.  It is signed on the bottom.

 

$ 450.00
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
Folwell, Susan –  Tall Jar with Birds

Susan Folwell combines classic imagery with her own contemporary style of shape and design. This tall jar is fully polished and fired brown. The design etched into the surface are a variety of panels, each with a bird. Surrounding the birds are etched cloud, rain and lightning designs.  Note as well the small designs in the background.  These include the Folwell family “x’s”.  The motion and movement of the birds give one a sense of looking out windows and seeing them in motion.  The brown coloration and the firing technique work beautifully on this jar.  It is signed on the bottom.

$ 1,800.00
Naranjo, Johnathan – Jar with Blue Birds

This tall jar by Johnathan Naranjo captures his unique style of sgraffito and etching on his pottery.  The jar is fully polished and there are three blue birds etched into the clay.  Each bird is realistic in style and note how he used the color of the clay to create the designs. The feathers on the wings are lightly etched away in some areas to have a light red coloration.  Other areas are more deeply etched to achieve the tan.  What is really distinctive on the jar is how he etched even deeper into areas to create texture in the tan areas.  The deeper carving also casts slight shadows, which gives the birds even more depth!  The birds are surrounded by a lightly etched wind pattern, which is a lighter matte red.  Note on the rim now he carved a small pueblo scene.  Johnathan’s work entails so many aspects from technique to design that there always seems to be a new “discovery” as the vessel is turned!  Jonathan continues to amaze with this designs and technique.   The entire piece has been traditionally fired to create a the 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!

$ 1,400.00
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!

$ 1,300.00
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!

$ 3,300.00
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 Wedding Vase with Bear Paws (1980’s)

This wedding vase by Margaret Tafoya is from the 1980’s.  It is featured in the book, “Born of Fire” on page 111.  It is fully polished and has a bear paw on each side. The bear paws are symbolic of a Tewa story about how a bear led the Pueblo people to water during a drought.  There is a bear paw on each side.  Note the shape of the spouts, with the squared off spout, which is distinctive to Margaret throughout her career.  The wedding vase is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  It is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Margaret Tafoya”.  This is definitely classic in form, color and design by this important Santa Clara potter.

$ 6,000.00
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
Naranjo, Johnathan – Jar with Buffalo Dancers

This jar by Johnathan Naranjo captures his unique style of sgraffito and etching on his pottery.  The jar is fully polished and has male and female buffalo dancers around the body of the piece.  The dancers are deeply etched into the clay. The faces are more lightly etched, just taking off the top layer of clay.  The male Buffalo Dancers are etched with their faces almost appearing in shadow.  It is subtle but amazing for design work on the surface of the clay!  Separating the two male dancers is a vertical band of lightly etched designs which represent the patterns on the sashes worn by the dancers.  Jonathan continues to amaze with this designs and technique.   The entire piece has been traditionally fired to create a the 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!

$ 500.00
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
Naranjo, Johnathan – Seedpot with Dragonflies

This seedpot by Johnathan Naranjo captures his unique style of sgraffito and etching on his pottery.  The jar is fully polished and  traditionally fired to create a the brown coloration. The deeply carved geometric pattern is a cloud or wind design. On top of that design are lightly etched realistic dragonflies.  Each one is different and note the detail in their bodies!  They flow beautifully around the surface of the piece.  Jonathan continues to amaze with this designs and technique.  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!

$ 250.00
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
Lonewolf, Joseph – “Beauty and the Chipmunk” Seedpot (1986)

This seedpot by Joseph Lonewolf is from 1986 and it is highly polished and fired red.  The piece is entitled, “Beauty and the Chipmunk“.  There is an intricately etched chipmunk as the main design. It is sitting surrounded by a branch and leaves.  There is one small butterfly on one of the branches.  The back of the chipmunk is highlighted with additional clay slips.  What really makes this piece work is the flow of the traditional designs away from the central image of the chipmunk.  The etching of the clay in various levels creates an additional complexity.  The delicate and very tiny designs, like the butterfly, are always a surprise.  It is is signed on the bottom in the clay.  It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

$ 2,800.00
Garcia, Greg – Black Water Jar

Greg Garcia was known for his use of classic Santa Clara forms for his pottery.  This is a classic shaped water jar with a wide shoulder and and an elongated neck. The shoulder of the jar comes to a sharp edge, dips down and then extends upward to the neck.  It is subtle but a striking aspect to this jar.  The entire piece is fully polished.  It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair. It is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Greg Garcia”.

$ 200.00
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
Chavarria, Harvey & Debra Trujillo – Flat Seedpot with Flute Player

This is an intricate seedpot by Debra Trujillo (Duwyenie) and Harvey Chavarria.   The seedpot has a flute player etched into the clay and it is surrounded by a feather pattern.  There is an additional design on the back.  The lighter red areas are where the polished surface has been etched away but not as deep as the tan areas.  There is a single inset piece of turquoise as part of the design.  This round  shape of seepot is one that was stylized by Debra & Harvey for their work.   The piece is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

$ 300.00
Cain, Linda – Red Jar with Handles and Carved Avanyu

This is an intricately carved jar by Linda Cain.  She is a daughter of Mary Cain and the mother of potters Tammy Garcia and Autumn Borts-Medlock. This jar has handles on the sides and they are slipped in mica. The front and back and bottom are all fully carved. There is an avanyu which encircles the jar. The avanyu is very deeply carved and has very intricate sections.  The area above the head and tail of the avanyu are delicately carved with cloud and lightning designs.  The contrast of the polished areas and the mica handles is striking.  The jar 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
Tafoya, Linda & Jeremey Oyenque – Kiva Bowl with Deer Tracks

Jeremy Oyenque (b. 1984) is a son of noted potter Linda Tafoya-Sanchez and a great-grandson of Margaret Tafoya.  This is a collaborative piece by both Linda and Jeremey. Jeremey made and carved the bowl and Linda did the polishing. The bowl is a classic kiva bowl with the raised step rim.  The interior and exterior are fully polished. The deer tracks are carved around the inside of the bowl.  It is a very traditional shape for Santa Clara pueblo.   The bowl is signed with both names in the clay on the bottom.

$ 450.00
Tafoya-Sanchez, Linda – Mini Kiva Bowl

Linda Tafoya-Sanchez is a granddaughter of noted potter Margaret Tafoya and she is know for her carved pottery.  This small bowl is one of her few Kiva bowls. The rim of the bowl is carved with a three level “terrace” which represents the steps of the kiva.  It is a traditional design and form found on Pueblo paintings and pottery.  This bowl is fully polished on the outside and matte on the inside.  It is signed on the bottom, “Linda Tafoya-Oyenque”.  It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

$ 350.00
Tafoya, Margaret & SaraFina Tafoya – Double Shoulder Water Jar with Bear Paws (1925)

This is undoubtedly one of the fascinating pieces in the entire Born of Fire book.  It was made by Margaret and polished by her mother, SaraFina Tafoya.  It was shown to Margaret in 1994 and there is a Polaroid of her holding the jar (and she signed the Polaroid and dated it). The jar is distinctive in that it has a double shoulder and the bear paws.  On the bottom of the piece has the indented bottom which is typical of SaraFina’s pottery and then later Margaret’s in the 1960’s.  As well note the shape of the bear paw on the neck of the jar.  The long fingers are SaraFina’s while Margaret’s bear paw was more round.  It is definitely a fascinating piece of history. The last photo is one of the jar with the actual Polaroid of Margaret.  The jar is featured in the Born of Fire book on pages 42 and 48.  It is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  Simply an amazing piece of history!

 

$ 18,000.00
Tafoya, Margaret & SaraFina Tafoya – Tall Jar with Handles and Painted Birds (1930’s)

This large jar is by Margaret Tafoya and her mother, SaraFina Tafoya, is from the 1930’s. The jar is large and the handles are distinctive to SaraFina with the fingers.  These are her classic style of handles, which were originally inspired by seeing them in books on Greek and Roman pottery.  The handles also extend from the rim to the shoulder, which is how SaraFina always made her handles.  The jar itself is a shape that both Margaret and SaraFina made during their careers.  What makes the jar unusual is the painted birds on both sides. This black-on-black style of painted bird may well have been painted by Manuel Tafoya, who was Margaret’s brother.  He painted a lot of pottery for his mother and sister and the intricate detail in the design is typical of his painting.  What makes the birds even more unique is their style.  They are certainly inspired by the Hopi-Tewa birds in the style of Nampeyo of Hano.  Of course, Nampeyo was famous by the early 1900’s and her work influenced numerous other potters at both Santa Clara and San Ildefonso.  In such a combination of artistry, there is the final touch, which is Margaret’s signature on the bottom of the jar! Overall, the jar is in good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair. Obviously, the surface is rough which maybe from it being lower fired so that it scratched easily, or just handling over the years.  However, the overall design and form are well intact.  Simply an amazing piece of history!

 

$ 12,000.00
Tafoya, Margaret – Polychrome Wedding Vase with Avanyu (1920’s)

This is one of the few polychrome pieces Margaret Tafoya.  The wedding vase is from the 1920’s and it is on p. 50 in the Born of Fire book. The entire piece is fully polished red and the avanyu is painted with various clay slips.  There are subtle variations of the gray clay slip on the body.  Note as well that the water serpents (avanyu) are different on each side.  The polychrome work by Margaret is some of the rarest of her work as much of it was made in the 1920’s and 1930’s and it has not survived well.  It was quickly supplanted by the polished and carved blackware, which was more popular at the time.  The wedding vase is signed, “Margaret” on the bottom.  It is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

 

$ 15,000.00
Tafoya, Margaret – Large Bear Paw Plate (1960’s)

This is a striking fully polished plate by Margaret Tafoya.  It is featured in the book, Born of Fire, on page 77.  The plate is impressed with four bear paws in the clay.  It has then been fully polished and fired a dark black.  While her earlier plates from the 1950’s were mostly painted, in the 1960’s she varied the design to include the bear paws.  There is a depth to the plate (3″) which almost makes it as much a large open bowl as a plate.  The size of this plate is unusual for any potter as any plate over twelve inches is often considered a “major piece”.  The bear paw design tells the story of how a bear led the Pueblo people to water during a drought.  The plate is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair and the highly polished surface just seems to glow with the light.  It is signed on the back in the clay.

 

$ 8,800.00
Tafoya, Margaret – Large Melon Swirl Rib Storage Jar (1960’s)

This is a large storage jar shaped vessel by Margaret Tafoya. It is featured on page 79 of the book, Born of Fire.  It is one of Margaret’s classic shapes with the high shoulder and slight neck.  However, what makes this very unusual besides the size, is the surface, which is designed with a series of melon swirls.  There are 16 ribs carved into the clay and the entire piece is fully polished.  The plainware vessels are always among the most difficult to polish, as they must be fully polished at one time or the slip will dry.  Margaret did not make many of these melon rib jars at this size. One of the only other ones is in the permanent collection of the Heard Museum in Phoenix, AZ.  The jar is in good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair. There are rubs on the surface and a few light scratches which are not unexpected.  However, the overall strength of the polishing remains.  The jar is signed on the bottom.

$ 18,000.00
Tafoya, Margaret – Storage Jar with Bear Paws (1983)

This is a smaller scale version of Margaret Tafoya’s famous storage jars.  The jar is from the 1980’s. Her storage jar form always has a high, round shoulder and impressed bear paws.  Margaret always said that making them very round was more difficult than making them narrower, like her mother SaraFina Tafoya.  This jar is very round and has a slight edge as it slopes up to the neck, which creates a striking play of light.  The entire piece is the fully polished after the bear paws are impressed. The bear paw design tells the story of how a bear led the Pueblo people to water during a drought.  Both the storage jar and the bear paw have become iconic to the work of Margaret Tafoya.  This jar is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  It is signed on the bottom.  The jar has a second place ribbon from the 1983 Santa Fe Indian Market.  The ribbon is signed by Anita Martinez and G. Andrews. The ribbon is definitely a nice addition to the provenance of her work!

 

$ 12,500.00
Tafoya, Margaret – Red on Red Bowl with Cloud Designs (1960’s)

This red bowl by Margaret Tafoya is fully polished on the inside and outside. The bowl is fired red and the cloud design around the rim  is also painted in a matte red clay.  The design is outlined with a white clay.  This is a style which Margaret began in the 1940’s and continued through the 1960’s.  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.  There is one small ding under one of the cloud patterns.  Note as well the color variation as the bowl is turned.  This is the result of the traditional firing.

$ 3,200.00
Tafoya, Margaret  – Double Handle Water Jar (1960’s)

This is a distinctive shape jar by Margaret Tafoya.  The jar is featured in the book Born of Fire on p. 80.  It is from the 1960’s and it is fully polished.  The jar is fully polished and has handles as part of the form.  Margaret noted that when she first tried handles, they were inspired by Greek and Roman pottery she had seen in a book.  Typical of her handles, they extend from the neck to the shoulder.  This is different than the handles of her mother, SaraFina Tafoya. The high polished and unique form work perfectly on this piece. The jar is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  It is signed on the bottom in the clay.

 

$ 7,500.00
Tafoya, Margaret – Polychrome Plate with Avanyu (1920’s)

This is one of the few polychrome pieces Margaret Tafoya.  The plate is from the 1920’s and it is fully polished on the back and the front is matte with the various clay slips creating the coloration.  The plate is featured on p. 45 in the book Born of Fire.  Margaret said that this was one of only 12 plates that she made which were polychrome! The design is delicately painted and note the variations in color of the gray and the subtle designs in the body of the avanyu.  It is quite exceptional.  Margaret told the story of how she actually saw a water serpent when she was a girl and was told that seeing one predicted a long life.  The plate is signed on the back.  It is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair. There is one small ding on the upper edge, which is certainly not unexpected.

 

 

$ 16,000.00
Garcia, Tina – Brown Water Jar with Indented Shoulder (1986)

Tina Garcia was well known for her focus on traditional shape and plainware Santa Clara pottery. This jar is one of her early classic piece.  It is a beautiful shape with a wide shoulder and slightly turned out neck.  The shoulder has a sharp edge and then drops down as it rises up to the neck.  This is a technically difficult technique to master and it is one at which Tina was among the best! This jar is one of the few we have seen which is fired brown.  The color and the way the light hits the jar is beautiful!    It is signed on the bottom and  it is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

$ 575.00
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Tafoya, Camilio – Large Seedpot with Rabbit Hunters (1973)

This large seedpot by Camilio Tafoya is from 1973.  It is fully polished and like much of Camilio’s pottery, it tells a story. Here, the boy is hunting a rabbit on one side with a bow and arrow. He is shown on the other side returning to the village with the rabbit.  Separating the two large medallions are plant designs.  Camilio began creating sgraffito pottery with his daughter, Grace Medicine Flower in 1970-1 and quickly developed his own style of pottery.   The piece is signed on the bottom in the clay.  The seedpot is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

$ 1,000.00 $ 700.00
Youngblood, Nancy – 16 Rib Swirl Melon Water Jar

Stunning!  This is an exceptional jar by Nancy Youngblood. The shape is a classic water jar with a rainbow ridge shoulder.  The shape is inspired by the work of her grandmother, Margaret Tafoya, and her great-grandmother, SaraFina Tafoya. The jar has 16 ribs swirling around the neck and 16 ribs swirling towards the base!  The rim is perfectly carved and polished with the inside of the rim also rounded out!  It is always technically difficult to create a rim of such complexity and not have it break during the polishing!  As well, note the depth of the carving on this piece.  The entire bowl is fully polished which takes an extraordinary amount of time.  Consider that each rib has two “sides”to be polished and the surface area of the piece is about double its size!  Nancy has won numerous awards for her melon bowls and this is undoubtedly a classic of her style!

$ 7,800.00
Chavarria, Harvey & Debra Trujillo – Seedpot with Hummingbird (1983)

This seedpot is by Debra Trujillo (Duwyenie) and Harvey Chavarria.  It is dated “8-16-83”, which means it was made for Santa Fe Indian Market in 1983.  The piece is a very round seedpot with a incised hummingbird and flowers as the design.  The piece is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

$ 225.00
Garcia, Tammy – Thunderbird Bowl with Turquoise

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.  The open bowl has a carved Thunderbird in the center.  Much in the style of historic jewelry, there are etched designs on the wings, as if they were stamped in silver. The stone in the center is a piece of Sleeping Beauty Turquoise.  The interior of the bowl is rounded out and the outside is rag polished at an angle.  While a smaller piece, it capture the essence of Tammy’s creativity and style.  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.

$ 2,600.00
Medicine Flower, Grace – Mini Seedpot with Avanyu Medallions (1974)

This is an early seedpot by Grace Medicine Flower is from 1974.  It is fully polished and etched on the sides with an avanyu (water serpent) medallion.  Surrounding the avanyu are flute players.  Note how the bodies of the flute players are more deeply etched than the other designs.  The top has a cloud and rain pattern etched into the clay.  The piece is signed on the bottom in the clay. It is in excellent condition with no chips,cracks restoration or repair.

$ 800.00
Tafoya, Margaret – Wedding Vase with Mountain & Kiva Step Pattern (1960’s)

This is a very traditionally designed wedding vase by Margaret Tafoya.  It is from the 1960’s.  It is fully polished and carved.  The design is a kiva step and rain pattern which is repeated on both sides.  There is a mountain design carved into the opposite sides.  The shape of the spouts with the squared ends is also typical of Margaet’s work throughout her career.  This piece is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  There are a few light surface scratches.  It is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Margaret”.

$ 9,500.00
Tafoya, LuAnn – Large Red Bowl with Cloud, Kiva Step & Rain Designs

LuAnn Tafoya is a daughter of Margaret Tafoya and known for her large, highly polished pottery.  This is a recent and quite exceptional piece of her red pottery.  The bowl is deeply carved with a design that varies as the bowl is turned.  It has cloud, kiva step and rain designs.  The patterns vary as the bowl is turned.  The entire piece is fully polished red.  The top and bottom sections are without design and the red polishing is stunning! The carved area has the same deep red coloration. It isn’t that the red always comes out this deep and perfect. LuAnn said she left it in the fired just another 10 seconds and that made all the difference! The background area is the traditional cream colored clay, which many potters no longer use.  The shape is also a classic one for LuAnn with the round shoulder and the sloping rim.  It is striking piece both in scale and appearance.  It is signed on the bottom in the clay.

$ 5,800.00
Medicine Flower, Grace – Red & Tan Seedpot with Butterflies (1976)

This larger seedpot by Grace Medicine Flower is from 1976.  It is unusual with the top part being polished tan.  The tan is just where water is used to polish the surface of the pottery, while the red is a clay slip.  The tan area is a etched with a water serpent. The sides of the bowl are polished red and there are six different butterflies etched into the surface of the clay.  Typical of her pottery they are delicately etched into the surface of the bowl.  The piece is signed on the bottom in the clay. It is in excellent condition with no chips,cracks restoration or repair.

$ 1,500.00
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