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Santo Dominto PotterySanto Domingo Pottery (Kewa)

Santo Domingo Pottery and the Santo Domingo Pueblo, is one of the best-known tribes of the southwest Indians, largely because of their skill in marketing their pottery, jewelry, and other crafts. The Pueblo is fifth in population of the nineteen New Mexico Pueblos and is generally considered the most conservative in terms of customs and culture. Life in the Pueblo has altered little since the arrival of the white man, Santo Domingo people have closely guarded their ceremonies, placing great emphasis on their ancient religious structures and societies, the center of the social structure. While adhering strictly to tribal authority, much of the Pueblo productivity is devoted to the making of jewelry. They travel all over the country displaying and selling the silver and turquoise necklaces, rings and bracelets which have made them famous They also make fine heishi of turquoise and other stones and silver. As would be expected the pottery of Santo Domingo is strictly traditional, reproducing with care, the ancient forms,and decorations.

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Tenorio, Thomas – Carved Jar with Bird Medallions (1997)

Thomas Tenorio is from the Aguilar family of Kewa Pueblo.  Amazingly, he taught himself to make pottery!  This jar is from 1997, when he first started making pottery.  The jar is coil built and carved with a cloud design around the neck and medallions around the side.  Each medallion has a bird painted as the design.  There are various colorations of clay used for the jar and the carving is deep and creates a striking appearance.  The piece is signed on the bottom.  It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

$ 300.00
Holt, Lisa & Harlan Reano – Jar with Wild Spinach and Flame Design

This is an exceptional jar by Lisa Holt and Harlan Reano.  Working together, they make an amazing team as they create innovative pottery using traditional techniques.  Lisa makes the pottery and it is painted by Harlan.  This jar has a tightly painted design around the neck with modernized wild spinach plant patterns around the sides and flowering motifs on the neck.  The designs on the sides are divided by a tendril or flame extension from the jar.  Harlan said that they had tried it before with two bands extruding out from the piece but the four were much more difficult.  The result, however, is a very cohesive appearance and flow of design and form.  The materials are all traditional as the red and cream are both native clays while the black is wild spinach (a plant). The jar is traditionally fired outdoors.  It is signed on the bottom.

$ 3,400.00
Holt, Lisa & Harlan Reano – “Twisted” Clay Figure

Lisa Holt and Harlan Reano make an amazing team, working to create innovative pottery using traditional techniques.  Lisa makes the pottery and it is painted by Harlan.  This figure is amazing as it is hollow and all coil built.  The figure is basically two columns which twist up from the base and then extend out to the arms and up to the head.  The concept for these figures was from Harlan who wanted to create a series of “Pueblo Super Heroes”.  The body has a series of painted swirl and lightning designs.  The shape and movement are exceptional on this figure!   The materials are all traditional as the red and cream are both native clays while the black is wild spinach (a plant). The figure is traditionally fired outdoors.   It is signed on the bottom. 

$ 4,500.00
Tenorio, Robert  – Canteen with Bird Handles

This is a striking canteen by Robert Tenorio.  The jar is painted with wild spinach (black) and red and copper colored clay slips.  On the sides of the jar Robert has painted flowers and clouds.  The petals of the flowers are highlighted with various clay slips.  The handles of the canteen are in the shape of two birds.  Each bird is painted differently.  The canteen has a “spirit line” or a break in the painted line around the rim.  This goes back to historic Kewa pottery when the artist would use the spirit line to release their spirit or connection from the vessel.  The jar is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Robert Tenorio, Kewa”.

$ 250.00
Tenorio, Robert  – Wide Jar with Feathers & Hummingbirds

This is a complex wide jar by Robert Tenorio.  The jar is painted with wild spinach (black) and red and copper colored clay slips.  Around the sloping neck of the jar is a feather pattern and two sections each with two hummingbirds.  Each birds are painted in an older style and they have red and copper colored clay slips for the bodies.  Separating them are two bands of feather designs.  Note the alternating red and copper colored clay slips.  Below the shoulder is a cloud pattern and the jar has a “spirit line” or a break in the painted line around the rim.  This goes back to historic Kewa pottery when the artist would use the spirit line to release their spirit or connection from the vessel.  The inside is slipped with a mica clay slip and there is an impressed hand print on the inside!  The jar is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Robert Tenorio, Kewa”.

$ 475.00
Tenorio, Robert  – Plate with Birds & Fish

This plate by Robert Tenorio has a complex series of designs.  The plate is painted with wild spinach (black) and red and copper colored clay slips.  The center of the plate has two fish.  They are surrounded by four birds, each looking at the fish in the center. There is something charming and whimsical about the design! Each of the fish and birds is highlighted with red and copper clay slips.  There i a “spirit line” or a break in the painted line around the rim.  This goes back to historic Kewa pottery when the artist would use the spirit line to release their spirit or connection from the vessel.  The back of the plate is fully polished with a red clay slip.  It is signed on the back, in the clay, “Robert Tenorio, Kewa”.

$ 650.00
Tenorio, Robert  – Small Bowl with Bird Design

This is a smaller bowl by Robert Tenorio.  The bowl is painted with wild spinach (black) and red and copper colored clay slips.  Around the top of the bowl are two bird heads separated by bands of feathers.  Below the shoulder are cloud designs.  The beaks of the birds are painted with a copper micaceous clay.  The bowl is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Robert Tenorio, Kewa”.

$ 175.00
Holt, Lisa & Harlan Reano – Jar with Wild Spinach Plant Designs

Lisa Holt and Harlan Reano make an amazing team, working to create innovative pottery using traditional techniques.  Lisa makes the pottery and it is painted by Harlan.  Each piece is painted with native clays (red, white) while the black is wild spinach (a plant).  They are also traditionally fired.  This water jar is an elegant shape with the high shoulder and elongated neck.  The piece is fully painted with a very complex and elaborate design!  The imagery is based on the wild spinach plant, used for the black paint on the pottery.  This plant design can be see around the shoulder and near the base of the jar.  There are additional plant and lightning motifs around the surface.  It’s exciting to see such a fully designed jar and with such amazing intricacy of patterns! Lisa and Harlan have won numerous awards over the years.  This jar is signed on the bottom.

$ 2,600.00
Holt, Lisa & Harlan Reano – Dragon Dog Clay Figure

Lisa Holt and Harlan Reano make an amazing team, working to create innovative pottery using traditional techniques.  Lisa makes the pottery and it is painted by Harlan.  This figure is a dragon/dog.  It creatively combines both a pueblo and Asian influence.  The dragon is hollow and the body has a spiraling appearance.  The body is complex and the various spines add an exceptional sense of depth to this piece!  The turned head is just perfect!  The body is painted with bee-weed (black) and a red clay slip. On the back legs is a wild spinach design.  On the sides is a flower pattern. The back and legs has a mosaic lightning pattern which Harlan often uses on his pottery.  The small clay tabs which are added are the natural color of the clay, adding another dimension to the piece.  The materials are all traditional as the red and cream are both native clays while the black is wild spinach (a plant). This figure was also traditionally fired outdoors.  It is signed on the bottom.

$ 5,500.00
Holt, Lisa & Harlan Reano – Storage Jar with Rain Geometric Panels

Lisa Holt and Harlan Reano make an amazing team, working to create innovative pottery using traditional techniques.  Lisa makes the pottery and it is painted by Harlan.  This storage jar is a striking shape with tall sides and a slight neck. The neck and the base are painted with wild spinach plant designs.  Around the center of the jar are panels with varied rain designs.  Each is different than the next creating a stunning appearance as the jar is turned.  The jar is stunning complexity in both form and design.  The materials are all traditional as the red and cream are both native clays while the black is wild spinach (a plant). The jar is traditionally fired outdoors.  It is signed on the bottom.

$ 5,000.00
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