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King Galleries is pleased to have a variety of Pueblo and Tribal pottery from the 1920's to the present. We have created this "Signed Historic" pottery to identify work by those potters who were early innovators in the 1920's and began to sign their work. It also is used for any artists who have passed away, making their art part of the historical record. The history of Pueblo pottery during this period is one of an exciting change as it has evolved from utilitarian ware to folk art to the fine art of today. We hope you enjoy these amazing pieces!

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

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

$ 300.00
Blue Corn – Bowl with 53 Feathers (1970’s)

Blue Corn is often best known for her polychrome pottery, she also made exquisite black-on-black pottery. She learned to make pottery from Maria Martinez at San Ildefonso. This wide bowl is fully polished and painted with 53 feathers on the top of the bowl. The contrast of the matte feathers and the highly polished surface works perfectly!  The bowl is a great shape for the design as there is just a slight dip from the shoulder to the neck which gives added emphasis to the feather pattern.  The bowl is signed on the bottom in the clay “Blue Corn, San Ildefonso”.  The bowl is in good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  There are a few light surface scratches seen in the photos.

$ 1,400.00
Chino, Marie Z. – Chicken Clay Figure (1971)

This is a unique large figurative piece by Marie Z. Chino.  It is a chicken and note the use of her classic fineline designs which create the wings. The body and tail are painted with feather patterns.  The unique part is that the chicken is signed by Marie Z. Chino and her daughters Rose and Grace. The piece is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  It comes from the collection of Richard Spivey, known for his books on Maria Martinez.  Richard was good friends with Marie and her family and so that is probably why it is signed by all three.

$ 600.00
Tafoya, Camilio – Seedpot with Rabbits (1980’s)

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

$ 400.00
Lewis, Lucy – Jar with Heartline Deer (1970’s)

Lucy Lewis is one of the great Matriarch potters of the past century. This jar is coil built and painted using bee-weed, a plant.  The design consists of four heartline deer.  This imagery is a classic to both Acoma and Zuni pottery, with the heartline signifying the center or “heart” of the animal.  This jar is thin walled and delicately painted.  It was traditionally fired so the white has much more of a pearlescent coloration, which creates added depth.  The jar is signed on the bottom, “Lucy M. Lewis”.  It is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

$ 2,800.00
Martinez, Maria – Red Carved Bowl with Rain & Cloud Designs (1930’s), Maria/Julian

This is an unusual carved bowl by Maria Martinez and her husband, Julian.  Maria would make the pottery and Julian would paint, or in this case, carve, the design.  Much of the carved pottery they created was in the early 1930’s.  It is “negative space” carving, as opposed to the linear carving later from Santa Clara.  As well, there is definitely a visual difference between their carved pottery and that of others from the same period.  This bowl has a rain and cloud or thunder pattern carved into the clay.  In the background area where the clay has been carved away the same red slip was applied but left matte.  For Maria and Julian, the carved pottery was never as popular as the painted ware and was also more time consuming.  They made them for a very short period and there remain very few in existence.   This bowl is from the 1930’s and it is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Marie + Julian”.  It is in good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  It is definitely a unique piece of history by these exceptional artists!

To learn more about Maria’s signatures, click here.

$ 3,800.00
Aguilar, Susana -Red Bowl with Avanyu (1920’s)

This is a very unusual bowl by Susana Aguilar.  The piece is from the late 1920’s as it was only in 1925-6 that the potters there began making redware.  This piece is painted red-on-red and then outlined with a white clay slip.  The design is a water serpent which encircles the bowl.  There are clouds surrounding the avanyu.  The contrast of the matte red on the highly polished red works well for this bowl.  It is signed on the bottom  in the clay, “Susana”. The bowl is in good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  There is some loss of the matte red and white on the back of the design.

San Ildefonso Pottery Innovators -1920-1940

$ 1,150.00
Lonewolf, Joseph – “Birds of Prey” Seedpot (1995)

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

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

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

$ 7,000.00
White, Elizabeth  – Corrugated Water Jar (1970’s)

Elizabeth White was an aunt of noted potter Al Qoyawayma and taught him to make pottery.  She originated the use of the ear of corn as a design in repousse (pushed out from the inside) on her pottery. Her pottery is all signed in the clay with her Hopi name Polingaysi, which means, “butterfly sitting among the flowers in the breeze”.  This jar is one of her corrugated pieces.  I asked Al Qoyawayma why she created the corrugated surfaces and his response was,

“I think Elizabeth liked experimenting.  She used at least three kinds of textured surfaces.  The “corrugated” simulation, the “basket bowl” and of course the “simulated corn” texture.  In the basket bowl she would press the clay into the basket to get the texture of the basket and then finish with a smooth rim.”

This jar is “corrugated”, meaning that she would not smooth down the coils but would impress them with her finger or a tool to create the layered surface. The result is certainly one that almost does have a basket appearance!  This jar is also made from the traditional Hopi red clay.  It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  Interestingly, Polingaysi was a school teacher and taught at Hopi and  Navajo schools for almost 40 years.  On retirement from teaching, she became an artist, a poet, and a philosopher.  Her career as a potter was begun late in life, after her retirement, so there is very little of her work available. It is a classic of her work and an important addition to any collection! It is definitely a charming piece of her pottery!

$ 1,000.00
Gutierrez, Margaret  – Deer & Bear Figures (1989 & 90)

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

$ 75.00
Chino, Grace – Miniature Canteen with Heartline Deer

Grace Chino was a daughter of noted potter Marie Z. Chino and a sister of noted potters Carrie Chino Charlie and Rose Chino. Over the years she won numerous awards for her pottery at Santa Fe Indian Market and her work was featured in the “7 Families in Pueblo Pottery” and in museums around the country.  This is a miniature canteen with a heartline deer on the front.  It is from the collection of Richard Spivey, known for his books on Maria Martinez.  It is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

$ 90.00
Chino, Grace – Miniature Wedding Vase with Heartline Deer (1971)

Grace Chino was a daughter of noted potter Marie Z. Chino and a sister of noted potters Carrie Chino Charlie and Rose Chino. Over the years she won numerous awards for her pottery at Santa Fe Indian Market and her work was featured in the “7 Families in Pueblo Pottery” and in museums around the country.  This is a miniature wedding vase with a heartline deer on both sides.  It is from the collection of Richard Spivey, known for his books on Maria Martinez.  It is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

$ 90.00
Chino, Grace – Mini Animals – Skunks, Chicken, Owl (1974)

Grace Chino was a daughter of noted potter Marie Z. Chino and a sister of noted potters Carrie Chino Charlie and Rose Chino. Over the years she won numerous awards for her pottery at Santa Fe Indian Market and her work was featured in the “7 Families in Pueblo Pottery” and in museums around the country.  This is a group of four mini animals.  There are two skunks, one owl and a chicken! They are all signed, “G. Chino”.  Each is from the collection of Richard Spivey, known for his books on Maria Martinez.  They are each in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

$ 125.00
Year Flower, Lucy – Carved Seedpot with Avanyu & Sun

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

$ 225.00
Tafoya, Camilio – Seedpot with Hummingbirds (1982)

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

$ 250.00
Williams, Rose & Susie Crank – Very Large Jar with Mountain Design Rim

Rose Williams (1915-2015) wass one of the great matriarchs of Navajo pottery.  Shew as from the Shonto/Cow Springs area of the Navajo Reservation.  Rose was an adult when she learned to make pottery, but continued doing so for over three decades.  Her children, Alice Cling, Sue Ann Williams, and Susie Williams Crank, and her daughter-in-law, Lorraine Williams, are all recognized potters.  The Lók’aa’dine’é Clan (Reed People) in the Shonto/Cow Springs area has long been recognized for its pottery making, and many of the present-day potters or their spouses—Silas Claw, Faye Tso, Rose Williams, and Alice Cling—are members of this clan.  This is an exceptionally large piece of her pottery in collaboration with her daughter, Susie Willams Crank.  It is fully polished and traditionally fired.  The shape is based on traditional Navajo pottery with the low shoulder.  Around the rim is a raised relief mountain design. The jar is traditionally fired and afterwords covered in pine pitch.  This was a traditional method historically to make the pottery water-proof. Today, potters continue this process as a testament to the past. The jar is signed on the bottom in the clay by both potters.

$ 1,750.00
Tafoya, Camilio – Seedpot with Deer Family (1985)

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

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

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

$ 2,800.00
Martinez, Maria – Wide Plainware Bowl “Maria Poveka”, 1950’s

In the 1950’s Maria Martinez created a series of pieces which were simply stone polished with no design.  As she primarily made the pottery and polished it this was fitting with the other pieces of her career.  This wide bowl is very highly polished.  It is fired a dark black but with a slivery surface in the light.  The bowl is signed in the clay, “Maria Poveka”.  This is a combination of her Anglo and Tewa names.  Her name, “Poveka” means “Water Lilly”.  It is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

$ 1,800.00
Martinez, Maxamiliana “Anna” – Round Bowl with Wind Design (1920’s)

This is a round bowl by Maximiliana “Anna” Martinez, who was a sister of Maria Martinez.   It is an unusual shape being circular. The bowl is painted with a circle and wind pattern.  It is from around 1926 and the tag on the bottom indicates it was from the Indian Market of that time.  The tags with the red border were put on the bottom, with the artist’s name and a number. This piece was #199 and these can actually be found in the ledgers from the Indian Market!  It is amazing that piece like this can survive in such great condition for so long, and have such an important historic provenance.  It is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

Click here for more information on the Early San Ildefonso Innovators!

$ 750.00
Roybal, Tonita – Gunmetal Bowl with Mountain & Wind Designs (1920’s)

Tonita Roybal is one of the great innovative names in San Ildefonso pottery.  This is one of her “gunmetal” fired bowl.  The metallic coloration is achieve using a very high fire to heat the bowl and create an intense silver appearance on the surface. This bowl is one of her classic shapes with a sharp shoulder.  The designs are mountain, wind and rain patterns.  Note the delicate lines of the painting on the bowl!  The bowl is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Tonita”.  It is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

 

 

 

 

$ 1,200.00
Roybal, Tonita – Red Jar with Rain & Mountain Designs (1930’s)

This is a classic red-on-red and white jar by Tonita Roybal.  This pieces is from the 1930’s and it was made and polished by Tonita and painted by her husband Juan. The jar is a deep red coloration and the design is painted with a red clay slip, creating the red-on-red style.  There are areas which are highlighted with an additional white clay slip.  The design is a mountain pattern, with rain, snow and cloud designs.  It is an interesting combination of design patterns which encircles the piece.  Juan Cruz Roybal was known as one of the masterful pottery painters and one of the “signatures” of his work was the use of the white clay slip.  Here he has used it as an accent to the design in the little “dots”.  The result is a piece that seems to fit somewhere between art deco, moodernism and traditionalist designs.  Extraordinary!  The jar is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Tonita + Juan”.  It is in good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

Click here to read more about the “Early San Ildefonso Innovators”

$ 3,200.00
Naha, Helen “Feather Woman” – Awatovi Star Design Bowl

It is not often the we see such a detailed smaller bowl by Helen Naha with such a classic design.  Helena Naha,  also known as “Feather Woman”, created distinctive pottery using the white clay slip throughout her career.  The designs were all painted using bee-weed (black) and natural clay slips.  She learned to make pottery from her mother-in-law, Paqua Naha yet had her own style in form, imagery and composition.  Helen is known for her revival of the pre-historic Awatovi pottery.   Awatovi is one of the ruins near Hopi where a white slipped style of pottery was made.  It is a fascinating place as it was where Coronado made contact with the Hopi in 1540.  During the excavations in the 1930’s the whiteware pottery was rediscovered.  It was the imagery from his work which inspired much of Helen’s early pottery, as opposed the more classic Sikyatki inspired pottery of Nampeyo.  This bowl has the “Awatovi Star” pattern painted on the top and the bottom.  Around the shoulder is her “eternity band” design.  The bowl has been traditionally fired and there is some variation to the color with the fired cloud, which certainly adds to the beauty of the piece.  It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  It is signed on the bottom with her hallmark feather.

$ 500.00
Gutierrez, Margaret & Luther – Mudhead Storyteller (1977)

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

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

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

$ 150.00
Pena, Juanita – Water Jar with Wind and Rain Design

This is a stunning water jar by Juanita Pena. The jar is an elegant shape with a slightly turned in neck.  The jar is painted with small clouds and rain motifs. There are lots of fine lines and swirls. The jar has been fired to a glassy gunmetal appearance.  The jar is in very good condition with  no cracks, restoration or repair.  It is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Juanita”.   Juanita created some truly exceptional early pottery with innovative designs, great condition and a wonderful history.

$ 600.00
Navasie, Paqua- Ash Tray/Open Bowl (1930’s)

Paqua Naha was the mother of noted potter Joy “Frogwoman” Navasie and the mother-in-law of Helen “Featherwoman” Naha. She was known for her traditional designs and use of the various colors of clay at Hopi.  She developed the white ware in around 1951-2. She was the first to sign her pottery with her Frog Hallmark, as “Paqua” means Frog in Hopi. This is one of her “ash trays”, which was probably made for being a souvenir.  It is made from the red clay and the painted with designs around the side and on the top.  The piece is signed with her hallmark Frog.  The piece is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  It appears as if it was varnished at some time, which was often typical with “utilitarian” pieces which would be used.

$ 175.00
Blue Corn –  Feather Bowl with Lighter Inset

Blue Corn is certainly one of the most creative potters of her time with a varied used of clays and firing techniques to create her distinctive pottery.  This is one of her black-on-black pieces with a feather design.  It is highly polished and fully painted.  On the top of the bowl she has inserted a lighter.  This was not unexpected of pieces from the 1950’s to the 1970’s.  The bowl was signed in the clay on the bottom, “Blue Corn”.   It is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.   The “striker” can be removed, although the silver inset that holds it is glued into the piece.  I kept the striker with the piece, as it makes for a more interesting part of the history of this piece.

$ 150.00
Nampeyo, Fannie – Large Jar with Bird Migration Pattern

This jar by Fannie Nampeyo is a classic form.  It has a wide shoulder and a slightly turned out neck.  The design is a bird migration pattern which is fully painted.  The design flows around the surface of the entire jar. The bird wings can be seen in the area below the shoulder. The bowl has been traditionally fired and there are colorations to the clay surface.  It is in very good condition with  no  chips, cracks, restoration or repair. It is signed on the bottom, “Fannie Nampeyo” and a corn plant, signifying that she was Corn Clan.

$ 2,500.00
Medina, Sofia – Large Jar with Birds and Lightning Rim

Sofia Medina was known for traditional style of Zia pottery.  Each piece was coil built, painted with native clays and native fired.  This is an exceptional piece of her pottery in both form and design.  The jar has a carved rim with a lightning shape to the edge. Below the carved rim is a prayer feather design. On either side are Zia style birds. One is red while the other is black.  On the opposite side is a single  bird under a red rainbow.  The rainbow is polished red slip. There are polished brown areas on either side of the bird and the rainbow.  The painting of the black has fine line rain patterns and additional cloud imagery across the surface of the piece.  The contrast of the lines, polished and matte designs works perfectly on this piece.  The large size and the unique opening are also striking. The jar is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  It is signed on the side, “Sofia Medina”.

$ 1,250.00
Gonzales, Rose – Long Neck Jar with Avanyu

This is a striking long neck jar by Rose Gonzales.  She is often considered the first at San Ildefonso Pueblo to make carved pottery.  This form is one of her classic shape with an elongated neck and a sharp shoulder.  There is a cloud design around the neck and it is fully polished.  The area below is matte while the avanyu (water serpent), which is carved around the shoulder, is also highly polished.  The jar is fired to a very high shine, so that there is a striking contrast to the matte and polished areas.  The high shine can be especially seen below the shoulder, where there are areas which are gunmetal (almost a metallic in appearance).  The jar is from the 1970’s and it is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  It is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Rose”.  Rose’s legacy and influence can certainly be seen in the work of Tse-Pe, Dora Tse-Pe and Russell Sanchez.

$ 1,800.00
Lewis, Lucy – Bowl with Bird Wing Design (1970’s)

Lucy Lewis is one of the great Matriarch potters of the past century. This bowl uses more classic style Acoma imagery. It has the rain (lines), lightning and cloud (black triangular areas) patterns encircling the bowl.  It has been native fired and has a beautiful coloration to the white clay slip.  It is signed on the bottom, “Lucy M. Lewis”.  The black for the design is derived from bee-weed, which is a local plant. It is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

$ 800.00
Blue Corn –  Bowl with Lighter Inset (1972)

Blue Corn is certainly one of the most creative potters of her time with a varied used of clays and firing techniques to create her distinctive pottery.  This is one of her polychrome pieces.  It is polished on the surface and painted with red and black clay slips for the bugs, birds and fish.  On the top of the bowl she has inserted a lighter.  This was not unexpected of pieces from the 1950’s to the 1970’s.  This piece was made as a Christmas gift to Richard Spivey in 1972.  The bowl was signed in the clay on the bottom, “Blue Corn”.   It is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  The “striker” can be removed, although the silver inset that holds it is glued into the piece.  I kept the striker with the piece, as it makes for a more interesting part of the history of this piece.

$ 200.00
Blue Corn – Polychrome Bowl with Feather Pattern (1972)

Blue Corn is certainly one of the most creative potters of her time with a varied used of clays and firing techniques to create her distinctive pottery.  This is one of her polychrome pieces.  It is a tan color clay and has a feather pattern painted around the body of the piece.  It appears to have a bit of a dark coloration from the smoke.  The piece was made as gift to Richard Spivey.  It is signed in the clay on the back, “Blue Corn”.   It is in good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

$ 150.00
Naranjo, Pauline Gutierrez – Mini Jar with Avanyu (1973)

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

$ 75.00
Garcia, Tema – Seedpot with Plant Design

Tena Garcia is a daughter of Rose Chino  Garcia and a granddaughter of noted potter Marie Z. Chino. This small seedpot has a stylized version of the red and white plant/butterfly design made famous by Marie Z. Chion. The seedpot has a flat for and the design is painted on the top.  It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  The bowl comes to us from the collection of Richard Spivey.

$ 100.00
Gutierrez, Margaret & Luther – Raccoon, Bear, Duck, Pig Figures (1970’s)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

$ 1,000.00
Lonewolf, Joseph – Seedpot with Fish and Sunface (1975)

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

$ 1,800.00
Chino, Grace – Seedpot with Lightning Swirls (1970’s)

Grace Chino was a daughter of noted potter Marie Z. Chino and a sister of noted potters Carrie Chino Charlie and Rose Chino. Over the years she won numerous awards for her pottery at Santa Fe Indian Market and her work was featured in the “7 Families in Pueblo Pottery” and in museums around the country.  One of her most famous patters was the design on this seedpot.  It is a lightning design surrounded by a red rectangular pattern.  It is an early “op-art” style with the pattern going from small to large and then small again.  This piece is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Grace Chino”.  It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  It comes to us from the collection of Richard Spivey.

$ 300.00
Chino, Marie Z. – Turkey Clay FIgure (1970’s)

This is a large figurative piece by Marie Z. Chino.  It has her classic fineline designs which create the wings. The back has small Acoma sun designs and the tail is clay and raised.  The piece is made from native clay and traditionally fired.  It is signed on the bottom.  It is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  There are some small areas of spalling.  It comes from the collection of Richard Spivey, known for his books on Maria Martinez.

$ 450.00
Tafoya, Camilio –  Black & Red Bowl with Buffalo Dancer (1974)

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

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

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

$ 850.00
Martinez, Maria – Large “Fish” Plate (Maria + Popovi,1956-9)

This is a classic large black plate by Maria Martinez and her son, Popovi Da. Maria made and polished the plate while it was painted by her son, Popovi Da  (1923-1971). The plate is highly polished and is one of his few pieces which has an animal motif.  This plate has a fish as the central design.  Fish were among the most common animal designs used by Popovi on his plates and he would fire them in various colors from gunmetal to sienna.  Popovi Da was an accomplished painter in the San Ildefonso two-dimensional style and this plate captures that style of his art.  The fish is beautifully painted to capture a sense of motion and fill the entire space.  It was only from 1956-9  that Popovi painted these pieces, which are among the most sought after and best of his career!   It is  signed on the back in the clay, “Maria Popovi“. The signature indicates that it was made around 1956-9.   The plate is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

To learn more about Maria’s signatures, click here.

$ 25,000.00
Martinez, Maria – Small “Fish” Plate (Maria + Popovi,1956-9)

This is a classic black plate by Maria Martinez and her son, Popovi Da. Maria made and polished the plate while it was painted by her son, Popovi Da  (1923-1971). The plate is highly polished and is one of his few pieces which has an animal motif.  This plate has a fish as the central design.  Fish were among the most common animal designs used by Popovi on his plates.  Popovi Da was an accomplished painter in the San Ildefonso two-dimensional style and this plate captures that style of his art.  The fish is beautifully painted to capture a sense of motion and fill the entire space.  It was only from 1956-9  that Popovi painted these pieces, which are among the most sought after and best of his career!   It is  signed on the back in the clay, “Maria Popovi“. The signature indicates that it was made around 1956-9.   The plate is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

To learn more about Maria’s signatures, click here.

$ 5,800.00
Naranjo, Teresita  – Bowl with Avanyu (1970’s)

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

$ 1,000.00
Martinez, Maria – Gunmetal Water Jar “Maria Poveka”, 1950’s

It’s not often that you see “The Perfect” gunmetal piece by Maria Martinez.  This jar is one of those pieces.  The water jar has a fluted rim and a wide shoulder.  There is a slight indention for the shoulder of the jar. However, what makes it so “perfect” is the firing.  It is so perfectly gunmetal in firing that the surface has a silvery appearance. It even appears more gunmetal in low light! The jar is quite extraordinary as the gunmetal color is created from the heat of the firing.   It is signed on the bottom in the clay,  “Maria Poveka”.  This is a combination of her Anglo and Tewa names.  Her name, “Poveka” means “Water Lilly”.  The jar is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

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$ 7,200.00
Martinez, Maria – “Skunk” Plate (Maria + Popovi,1956-9)

This is a charming black plate by Maria Martinez and her son, Popovi Da. Maria made and polished the plate while it was painted by her son, Popovi Da  (1923-1971). The plate is highly polished and is one of his few pieces which has an animal motif.  This plate has a skunk with a plant design.  Popovi Da was an accomplished painter in the San Ildefonso two-dimensional style and this plate captures that style of his art.  The skunk is painted much in the way it was on his polychrome pottery.  It was only from 1956-9  that Popovi painted these pieces, which are among the most sought after and best of his career!   It is  signed on the back in the clay, “Maria Popovi“. The signature indicates that it was made around 1956-9.   The plate is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

To learn more about Maria’s signatures, click here.

$ 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
Chino, Rose – Bowl with Rain Designs (1988)

Rose Chino was a daughter of noted potter Marie Z. Chino. This large bowl is painted with rain and cloud designs. The bowl has a very modernist style with the angular painting.  The piece is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Rose Chino”.  It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  The bowl comes to us from the collection of Richard Spivey.  It has his code number on the bottom that the piece was acquired in 1988.

$ 450.00
Medina, Sofia – Large Jar with Birds & Zia Sun Designs (1971)

Sofia Medina was known for traditional style of Zia pottery.  Each piece was coil built, painted with native clays and native fired.  This is a large jar in the classic Zia shape. There are painted birds with rainbows on two sides.  On the other two sides are the Zia sun design.  The various colors are derived from natural clay slips.  The jar is signed on the lower side “Sofia Medina, Zia”.  It is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  There is some slight areas of wear on the surface. The jar comes to us from the collection of Richard Spivey, who wrote “The Legacy of Maria Poveka Martinez” among other books.  He purchased the jar in 1971. Inside there is also some of the basalt temper which is used to make Zia pottery.  Richard noted of this jar, “It is somewhat overfired, but it does not detract from the beauty of his jar”.  Very true!  It is a beautiful jar and exceptional provenance!

$ 1,000.00
Martinez, Maria – “Prancing Deer” Plate (Maria + Popovi,1956-9)

This is a charming black plate by Maria Martinez and her son, Popovi Da. Maria made and polished the plate while it was painted by her son, Popovi Da  (1923-1971). The plate is highly polished and is one of his few pieces which has an animal motif.  This plate has a prancing deer with a plant design below.  Popovi Da was an accomplished painter in the San Ildefonso two-dimensional style and this plate captures that style of his art.  The deer is beautifully painted in motion.  It was only from 1956-9  that Popovi painted these pieces, which are among the most sought after and best of his career!   It is  signed on the back in the clay, “Maria Popovi“. The signature indicates that it was made around 1956-9.   The plate is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

To learn more about Maria’s signatures, click here.

$ 5,800.00
Martinez, Maria – “Pueblo Deer” Plate (Maria + Popovi,1956-9), Published

This is a charming gunmetal fired plate by Maria Martinez and her son, Popovi Da. Maria made and polished the plate while it was painted by her son, Popovi Da  (1923-1971). The plate is highly polished and is one of his few pieces which has an animal motif.  This plate has a pueblo style deer painted on the surface.  Below the deer is a plant design.  Popovi Da was an accomplished painter in the San Ildefonso two-dimensional style and this plate captures that style of his art.  The deer is beautifully painted in motion.  It was only from 1956-9  that Popovi painted these pieces, which are among the most sought after and best of his career!   It is  signed on the back in the clay, “Maria Popovi“. The signature indicates that it was made around 1956-9.    The plate is also published in the book, “The Legacy of Maria Poveka Martinez” by Richard Spivey, on page 89.  It is always a plus to have a piece which has been published in a significant book for both future authenticity and value.  The plate is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

To learn more about Maria’s signatures, click here.

$ 6,500.00
Martinez, Maria – Gunmetal Long Neck Jar “Maria Poveka”, 1950’s

In the 1950's Maria Martinez created a series of pieces which were simply stone polished with no design.  As she primarily made the pottery and polished it this was fitting with the other pieces of her career.  This small bowl is fired with a near gunmetal appearance.  It is possible as the bowl is turned to see how the gunmetal color (which comes from the firing) give the bowl a lustrous appearance.  It is signed in the clay, “Maria Poveka”.  This is a combination of her Anglo and Tewa names.  Her name, “Poveka” means “Water Lilly”.  The bowl is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  There is one tiny blister on the piece which can be seen in the photos.

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$ 5,300.00
Martinez, Maria – Avanyu Plate (Maria + Popovi 570)

This is classic plate by Maria Martinez and her son, Popovi Da. Maria made and polished the plate while it was painted by her son, Popovi Da  (1923-1971). The plate is highly polished and has a near gunmetal shine.  The avanyu is painted with the traditional horn and clouds around the body. There is a slight curve to the surface and the rim.   It is  signed on the back in the clay, “Maria Popovi 570“. The signature indicates that it was fired in May, 1970.   The plate is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

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$ 2,500.00
Begaye, Nathan – Melon jar with Birds (1985)

Nathan Begaye was a unique innovator among Pueblo and Navajo potters.  His ethnic connection to both Hopi and Navajo let his work flow between the two distinctive styles and yet find their own unique space.  His work used traditional designs, forms and techniques, yet somehow appeared very modern.  This is an exceptional jar by Nathan Begaye  The shape has a low shoulder and a slightly turned out neck. The shoulder has melon ribs pushed out in the clay.  Below the shoulder is very detailed painted Hopi style birds.  Check out the very intricate checkerboard patterns.  I remember watching Nathan create those patterns and work with the various colors of clay, all of which are natural.  It was fascinating how he knew which ones he could polish and which ones to leave matte. The jar is signed on the bottom in the clay.  It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

 

$ 1,500.00
Blue Corn –  Tall Jar with Feather Design (1970’s)

Blue Corn is certainly one of the most creative potters of her time with a varied used of clays and firing techniques to create her distinctive pottery.  This is one of her distinctive red pieces. The jar is fully polished red and has a feather pattern painted along the body of the piece.  Around the neck is a triangular mountain design. The jar is painted in a buff-on-red style. The highly polished red is in contrast to the matte painted surface.  The jar was traditionally fired to create the coloration.  The jar is signed in the clay on the bottom, “Blue Corn”.   It is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

$ 2,000.00
Blue Corn – Jar with Feather Pattern (1970’s)

Blue Corn is often best known for her polychrome pottery, she also made exquisite black-on-black pottery. Her learned to make pottery from Maria Martinez at San Ildefonso. This jar is very highly polished and painted with a feather and mountain pattern. There is a striking contrast of the painted areas with the highly polished surface. The shape of the jar is one of her classic shape with the low shoulder. The jar is signed on the bottom in the clay “Blue Corn, San Ildefonso”.  The bowl is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  There is one small rub area shown in the photos.

$ 675.00
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
Martinez, Maria  – Jar with Prayer Feather Designs (Marie + Santana, 1954-6)

This jar by Maria Martinez is one of her classic pieces.  It was made by Maria Martinez and painted by her daughter-in-law Santana Martinez (the wife of Adam Martinez).  It is very highly polished and has a glassy surface.  The design is a prayer feather pattern which is at an angle and then a cloud and rain design. The painting is very crisp and stands out against the highly polished surface.  There are some small areas which are nearly gunmetal in appearance.  The jar is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Marie + Santana”.  It is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  Definitely a classic!

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$ 1,800.00
Blue Corn – Bowl with Carved Avanyu (1960’s)

While Blue Corn is often best known for her polychrome pottery, she began her career making black pottery. This is one of her earlier pieces from the 1960’s and it is deeply carved with an avanyu.  The style of the carving is much like that seen in other early San Ildefonso potters, with a “cameo style”.  The avanyu encircles the shoulder of the bowl.  The piece is highly polished and fired a deep black.  It is signed on the bottom in the clay “Blue Corn, San Ildefonso”.  The bowl is in good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

$ 575.00
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
Tapia, Tom & Sue – Bowl with Sun and Kiva Opening

This bowl was made and polished by Sue Tapia and etched with designs by Tom Tapia.  It is a very intricate piece of his work as it is fully designed.  The shape of the bowl has a kiva step design on one side.  Around the shoulder is a water serpent and as the bowl is turned there is a Pueblo drummer and Deer Dancer.  The next scene is a Pueblo and bear fetish.  Below the kiva step carved rim is a sun design.  The reddish coloration is added after the firing.  The bowl is signed, “Tom & Sue Tapia”.   It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

$ 600.00
Pena, Juanita – Red Carved Bowl with Avanyu (1930’s)

This wide shoulder bowl by Juanita Pena is from the 1930’s and it is carved with an avanyu as the design.  Juanita and Tony Pena had a particular style to their avanyu with the triangular eye.  As well, the carving was more in the “cameo” style, as note that the avanyu is in raised relief. It is the small details which are so striking on their work, such as the polished rim and the polish at the base of the bowl.  It is signed, “Juanita, San Ildefonso” and it is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

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$ 850.00
Sanchez, Desideria – Large Jar with Cloud and Wind Patterns (1920’s)

Desideria Montoya Sanchez was a sister of noted potter Maria Martinez.  She was known for her traditional pottery and use of both classic and innovative designs. This tall jar is a shape that was used by both her and Maria during the 1920’s.  It is a tall shaped jar with a high shoulder.  The jar here is highly polished and has a cloud design painted around the neck and then additional rain and wind designs around the shoulder.  The painted designs here are so bold that they give a very modernistic appearance to the jar. It is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  It is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Desideria”.

$ 2,000.00
Pena, Isabel – Red & Tan Carved Plate with Avanyu (1930’s)

Isabel Pena was one of the early San Ildefonso potters. This is one of her few carved pieces. It is most likely that she made the plate and then it was carved by her daughter, Terasita.  The style of carving is similar to that of her daughter.  The front of the plate is polished red and carved with an avanyu.  The interior carved area is filled in with the a cream colored clay. The back of the plate is also fully polished and it is tan.  The plate is signed on the back in the clay, “Isabel”.  It is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  Isabel Pena was a granddaughter of Cipriana Pena and a daughter of Tonita Pena (ca 1847-1910) who was known for making large storage vessels. Isabel was the wife of Pasqual Martinez. She was also the mother of noted potters Terasita Martinez and Petronella Martinez. Her great-grandson, Elvis Torres continues to make pottery today.

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$ 600.00
Gonzales, Juanita – Red Bowl with Mountain and Rainbow Design (1930’s)

This bowl is one of the very few red pieces we have seen by Juanita Gonzales.  It is carved with the cameo style which Juanita learned from Rose Gonzales.  It has a mountain carved with a step design and the arch above is the rainbow. The bowl is highly polished and the red is a deep coloration.  The bowl is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.    The bowl is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Juanita”.   It is great to find one of their red pieces in such wonderful condition!

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$ 600.00
Martinez, Terasita & Juan – Large Bowl with Carved Avanyu (1930’s)

This is a fascinating bowl by Terasita Martinez.  She was a daughter of noted potter Isabel Pena. She married Juan Martinez in 1933 and they often worked together on pottery. She also helped her mother with the carving on her pottery.  Terasita’s pottery is very distinctive with the reverse carved style of avanyu.  As well, she had such a short lifespan that she did not make that much pottery, and even less of it seems to have survived over time.  Interestingly, we see have come across pieces of her pottery mis-attributed to “Terasita Naranjo”.  However, the carving style  and designs are completely different. This jar is signed, “Terasita & Juan”.  It is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

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$ 800.00
Roybal, Tonita – Water Jar with Avanyu Design (1920’s)

Tonita Roybal is one of the great innovative names in San Ildefonso pottery.  This is a classic shape for Tonita, with the low, round shoulder and the turned out rim.  What is unusual is the use of the avanyu or water serpent, as the design.  She painted a variety of designs, but very rarely depicted the water serpent on her pottery. The jar here is fired to a near gunmetal finish and  it is delicately painted and beautifully polished.  It is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Tonita”  It is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

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$ 2,200.00
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Pena, Isabel – Jar with Step Pattern and Lid

Isabel Pena was one of the early San Ildefonso potters. This is an exceptional jar by Isabel Pena.  It is one of the only lidded pieces of hers we have come across.  The jar is painted with a mountain step pattern and the lid is also painted.  The jar is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Isabel”.  It is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  Isabel Pena was a granddaughter of Cipriana Pena and a daughter of Tonita Pena (ca 1847-1910) who was known for making large storage vessels. Isabel was the wife of Pasqual Martinez. She was also the mother of noted potters Teresita Martinez and Petronella Martinez. Her great-grandson, Elvis Torres continues to make pottery today.

 

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$ 800.00 $ 600.00
Gonzales, Rayita – Carved Jar with Avanyu (1930’s)

Rayita Gonzales was a sister of Louis  “Wo-Peen” Gonzales and Raymoncita Gonzales.  She did not make much pottery but it was mostly during the 1930’s. This carved jar is an excellent example of her pottery with a carved water serpent encircling the jar. The style of her carving is very distinctive and especially on the neck with the carving of the lightning and clouds into the negative space.  The jar is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Rayita”.  It is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

 

 

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$ 850.00
Martinez, Maxamiliana “Anna” – Large Bowl with Water Designs (1930’s)

This is a large bowl by Maximiliana “Anna” Martinez, who was a sister of Maria Martinez.   It is fully polished and painted with water designs around the shoulder. The bowl itself has great coloration with areas which are nearly gunmetal.  The painting is fluid around the entire piece.  It is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  It is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Anna”.

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$ 1,500.00
Aguilar, Susana -Bowl with Avanyu (1920’s)

This is a very distinctive bowl by Susana Aguilar.  The piece is from the 1920’s and it is fully polished and fired to a near gunmetal appearance.  The style of her avanyu is very distinctive with the shape of the horn and the way she painted the mouth. The avanyu of her son, Joe Aguilar, is in very much the same style.  The shape of the bowl is also very classic for her work, with thin walls and a very flat top after the curve of the shoulder.  The bottom of the bowl is also fully polished.  It is signed on the bottom  in the clay, “Susana”. The bowl is in good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  It has some scratches on the rim.

San Ildefonso Pottery Innovators -1920-1940

$ 1,075.00
Roybal, Tonita – Bowl with Fineline Mountain and Plant Designs (1920’s)

Tonita Roybal is one of the great innovative names in San Ildefonso pottery.  This has long been one of my favorite bowls by Tonita.  The shape is perfect with the sharp shoulder and sloping angle.  The design is boldly painted with a mountain pattern which has lines painted in the center.  There are additional small plant designs.  Like much of her work, it is the gunmetal coloration, achieve during the heat of the firing, which gives the bowl its dynamic appearance.  The silver surface above the shoulder accentuate the design and give it a dynamic appearance. The bowl is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Tonita”.  It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

 

 

 

$ 1,600.00
Aguilar, Susana – Large Plate with Butterfly Design (1920’s)

It is not often that we see such a large plate by Susana Aguilar.  This is a striking piece of her pottery from the 1920’s.  It is as much an open bowl as a large plate. The front is slipped and highly polished while the back is wet polished.  The design is very intricately painted with a butterfly or moth as the design.  Interestingly, the word for both “moth” and “butterfly” is the same in Tewa (Thanks for the info Russell!!).  The design combines geometric and fine line elements. The butterfly shape can be seen with antennae at the top, the wings at the side.  I took a variety of different angles for the photos to show off both the polish and the design. The plate is signed on the back in clay slip, “Susanna”.  It is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

San Ildefonso Pottery Innovators -1920-1940

$ 2,400.00
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Pena, Isabel – Large Jar with Snow Patterns

Isabel Pena was one of the early San Ildefonso potters. This is one of the largest of her black-on-black bowls we have seen. It  has a snow pattern as the design.  It is a complex pattern that encompasses the surface of the jar.  It is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Isabel Pena”.  It is in good condition with no cracks, restoration or repair.  There are a few little rubs and a small chip on the inside of the rim.  Isabel Pena was a granddaughter of Cipriana Pena and a daughter of Tonita Pena (ca 1847-1910) who was known for making large storage vessels. Isabel was the wife of Pasqual Martinez. She was also the mother of noted potters Teresita Martinez and Petronella Martinez. Her great-grandson, Elvis Torres continues to make pottery today.

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$ 600.00 $ 400.00
Gonzales, Juanita – Large Bowl with Carved Rain Designs (1930’s)

This bowl is one of the larger bowls we have had  by Juanita and Wo-Peen Gonzales.  It is carved with the cameo style which Juanita learned from Rose Gonzales.  It has a flowing design on the shoulder with rain and lightning designs separated by mountains.  The carving is deep and perfectly fits the shape of the bowl.  It is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.    The bowl is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Juanita”.   It is great to find one of their pieces in such wonderful condition!

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$ 1,200.00
Gonzales, Ramona Sanchez – Red Bowl with Rain Patterns (late 1920’s)

This is an early red-on-red painted bowl by Ramona Gonzales.  Ramona was known for her delicately painted pottery.  It was only after 1925 that red pottery appeared at San Ildefonso Pueblo. This bowl is a classic shape and beautifully painted. There are such delicate fine lines to the rain and cloud pattern.  The bowl is signed, “Ramona” on the bottom in the clay.  It is in good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  There is some wear on the surface. However, still a fascinating historic piece.

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$ 800.00
Martinez, Maxamiliana “Anna” – Black-on-Red Bowl with Sun and Rainbow (1920’s)

This is a striking wide bowl by Maximiliana “Anna” Martinez, who was a sister of Maria Martinez.  It is one of her few black-on-red pieces.  The jar has a sun design (the center checkerboard) with a rainbow pattern above and an overall tablita appearance.  The shape is a classic one for Anna with a wide sharp shoulder.  The red is a very deep coloration on this bowl and the painting creative in style   It is unsigned but easy to attribute to Anna.   It is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

San Ildefonso Pottery Innovators -1920-1940

$ 3,800.00
Montoya, Florentino & Martina – Large Fineline Jar (1905-10)

This is an extraordinary large jar by Florentino & Martina Montoya from around 1910.  Johnathan Batkin wrote about them, “The pottery of this husband and wife team is that of artist and innovators who introduced new materials and techniques to other potters. Martina’s experimentation with shapes and slips, and Florintino’s distinctive painting style facilitate the identification of many of their pots. [They] were active during a period of change in San Ildefonso pottery.”  I have included them in our “Early San Ildefonso Innovators” Show as they are the precursors to the changes and innovations in the 1920’s.  Looking at this jar, is is inspiring in the size, shape and designs.  The jar is thin walled and perfectly formed.  However, as with much of the San Ildefonso pottery, it is the shape which is so extraordinary.  The varied designs as the jar is turned is a hallmark of Florentino. The fineline hatchmark patterns along with the delicate plant swirls are almost unexpected on this large jar.  There is so little repetition that each quarter turn seems to evoke a new jar.  It was pottery like this jar which inspired these Early San Ildefonso Innovators.  Maria and other noted that Florentino was one of the finest painters they knew. His early passing during the influenza epidemic, along with so many others, changed the world of San Ildefonso.  This jar is unsigned but easily attributed to Florentino and Martina by shape and design.  I’ve been pleased that numerous other experts, beyond myself (I won’t claim extensive expertise here) all agree that this is one of their classic and more refined vessels.  It is in very good condition with no cracks, restoration or repair.  There are few small rim chips, but nothing unexpected with its age or size.  Simply said, historically important and a classic!

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$ 15,000.00
Gonzales, Ramona Sanchez – Plate with Bird Design (1920’s)

This is a striking painted bowl by Ramona Gonzales.  Ramona was known for her delicately painted pottery.  This plate is almost more like an open bowl.  It is fully polished on the front and back. The design has a bird which fills up the entire surface of the plate.  The polished background and matte painted designs work perfectly on this piece.  It is signed on the back in the clay, “Ramona”.  It is in good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  There is some wear on the surface. This is definitely an important piece of her pottery.

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$ 1,400.00
Martinez, Maxamiliana “Anna” – Black-on-Red Jar with Tablita Design Figure (1920’s)

This is a striking wide bowl by Maximiliana “Anna” Martinez, who was a sister of Maria Martinez.  It is one of her few black-on-red pieces.  The jar has a sun design (the center checkerboard) with a rainbow pattern above and an overall tablita appearance.  The shape is a classic one for Anna with a wide sharp shoulder.  The red is a very deep coloration on this bowl and the painting creative in style   It is unsigned but easy to attribute to Anna.  But more to the point on the attribution I looked at several signed pieces I had in the past by Anna and compared the angle of the base (when it is in the puki) and the angle of the sides.  The puki used and shapes are typically individual to each artist.  Note the last photo with this jar by Anna on one side and a black-on-black signed piece by her on the right.  It is then easier to see how this is one of the shapes she created for her pottery.  This wide bowl is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

Special Thanks to Russell Sanchez for his identification of designs and also working on the attribution for this bowl with me.

San Ildefonso Pottery Innovators -1920-1940

San Ildefonso Pottery Innovators -1920-1940

$ 3,600.00
Aguilar, Rosalie & Joe – Plate with Bird Designs (1920’s)

Rosalie and Joe Aguilar created some exceptional pottery during brief career working together.  It is often their plates which are the most visually striking and complex of their work.  This plate is a complicated and fascinating design. There are two avanyu heads on either side where the circle is the eye and each has an elongated tongue. They are connected with a water design and the step pattern is the mountain. The “x” design in the center is the turkey track.  The fineline checkerboard areas area exceptionally well painted.  The piece has a very modern appearance with the placement of the imagery yet it is one from the 1920’s.  This plate is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or  repair.  There are a few light surface scratches.  It is signed on the back, “Rosalie + Joe”.

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$ 1,200.00
Naranjo, Florence Aguilar – Polychrome Jar with Cloud, Rain and Snow Designs (1950s’)

Florence Naranjo is a daughter of noted potters Rosalie & Joe Aguilar and a granddaughter of Susana Aguilar.  This is one of her few polychrome pieces of pottery. The jar is fully painted with black and red rain, cloud and snow patterns on a cream background.  The jar is a classic San Ildefonso water jar shape.  It is signed on the bottom, “Florence Naranjo”.  It is good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

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$ 400.00
Roybal, Juan Cruz – Bowl with Bird Wing Designs (1940’s)

Juan Cruz Roybal is one of the great painters in San Ildefonso pottery.  He worked on pottery with his wife, Tonita, and often painted for other potters after her death in 1945.  Juan was known for his very distinctive style of painting using fine lines and flowing designs.  This is an unusual bowl which is just signed, “Juan”.  It has his very distinctive style of painting with a bird wing pattern.  It may be that he painted on a series of pieces which remained unfinished after the passing of Tonita. It is in good condition with some surface wear but no no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

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$ 150.00
Montoya, Simona Pena – Wide Bowl with Rain Designs (1920’s)

This is one of the only pieces we have ever seen by Simona Pena Montoya Naranjo (1902-82).  She was a daughter of Juan and Isabelita Pena.  She did not make much pottery and this bowl is from the 1920’s.  The bowl is signed, “Simona M.” and that was during the 1920’s when she was first married.  Her second marriage made her a Naranjo.  The bowl has painted triangular designed around the shoulder.  It is fully polished if a bit heavy to one side.  The bowl is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  Definitely a unique piece!

 

San Ildefonso Pottery Innovators -1920-1940

$ 125.00
Aguilar, Joe – Polychrome Plate with Eagle (1950’s)

Joe Aguilar began his career painting pottery for his mother, Susana Aguilar,  He also made pottery with his wife, Rosalie, through the 1940’s.  In the 1950’s he created a fascinating group of polychrome pottery including both plates and vessels.  He was one of the few potters at the time still using traditional techniques and designs for his work. This plate is painted in a polychrome style.  The design is an eagle. Note the use of the hatchwork on the body of the bird.  The plate is in very good condition with no cracks, restoration or repair.  It is unsigned but easily attributable to Joe Aguilar by style of painting.  The plate is accompanied by a letter of attribution.

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$ 300.00
Gonzales, Rose – Red Canteen with Cloud & Rain Design (1930’s)

This canteen is an unusual piece by San Ildefono potter Rose Gonzales.  She is often considered the first at San Ildefonso Pueblo to make carved pottery. However, over the course of her career she created a variety of styles including plainware, painted and carved pottery.  This is one of the few canteens we have had of her work and one of her earlier pieces.  It is fully polished red and painted with a red clay slip.  The design is a cloud pattern near the top and a rain and prayer feather pattern below. There is still the original leather cord connected to the stopper!  The piece is signed on the bottom, “Rose” over a red matte clay slip.  This was typical of a lot of potters in the 1930’s and helps to date this piece.  It is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

$ 1,300.00
Aguilar, Joe – Whirling Water Design Polychrome Plate (1950’s)

Joe Aguilar began his career painting pottery for his mother, Susana Aguilar,  He also made pottery with his wife, Rosalie, through the 1940’s.  In the 1950’s he created a fascinating group of polychrome pottery including both plates and vessels.  He was one of the few potters at the time still using traditional techniques and designs for his work. This is an exceptional plate painted with polychrome designs. The center is a fineline pattern, which was often seen in the earlier black-on-black pottery. The central medallion then becomes a whirling circle of water with the extensions of the plant designs.  The plate is in very good condition with no cracks, restoration or repair. There are two small areas where the white slip has flaked away.  It is signed on the back, “Joe Aguilar”.

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$ 1,000.00
Aguilar, Joe – Polychrome Plate with Birds (1950’s)

Joe Aguilar began his career painting pottery for his mother, Susana Aguilar,  He also made pottery with his wife, Rosalie, through the 1940’s.  In the 1950’s he created a fascinating group of polychrome pottery including both plates and vessels.  He was one of the few potters at the time still using traditional techniques and designs for his work. This plate is a very stylized birds as the design.  The style of painting, with the central square and the spiraling designs is very similar to his earlier black-on-black painted pottery. The plate is signed on the back, “Joe Aguilar + Katherine”.  Katherine was his daughter.   It is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

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$ 850.00
Martinez, Maria – Plainware Bowl “Maria Poveka”, 1950’s

In the 1950’s Maria Martinez created a series of pieces which were simply stone polished with no design.  As she primarily made the pottery and polished it this was fitting with the other pieces of her career.  This small bowl is fired with a near gunmetal appearance.  It is possible as the bowl is turned to see how the gunmetal color (which comes from the firing) give the bowl a lustrous appearance.  It is signed in the clay, “Maria Poveka”.  This is a combination of her Anglo and Tewa names.  Her name, “Poveka” means “Water Lilly”.  The bowl is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  There is one tiny blister on the piece which can be seen in the photos.

$ 950.00
Tafoya, Margaret – Large Jar with Rain & Kiva Step Designs (1950’s)

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

 

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

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

$ 2,500.00
Garcia, Jessie – Very Large Owl Figure (1970’s)

Let’s just start with this owl figure being almost 12″ tall!  Jessie Garcia is one of the great names in Acoma pottery.  Between 1950 and 1970, she along with Lucy Lewis and Marie Z. Chino, led the revival of Acoma pottery.  There is a history of owl figures at Acoma but most are smaller and few are as detailed as the work by Jessie Garica.  This large owl is coil built and hollow.  It is painted with the red clay slip and bee-weed (black) and traditionally fired. The owl is signed under the wing.  It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  It is an excellent piece of her figurative pottery.

 

 

$ 1,250.00
Garcia, Sarah – Fineline Bowl (1970’s)

Sarah Garcia (1928-2015) was born at Laguna Pueblo to Maria Trujillo.  However, she spent her adult at Acoma Pueblo.  She, along with Jessie Garcia, Lucy M. Lewis, and Marie Z. Chino, were largely responsible for the revival of Anasazi and Tularosa designs on contemporary Acoma vessels.  Her daughter Goldie Hayah continues making pottery.  This is a classic Acoma jar with very tightly painted fineline patterns.  Note how the fine lines create interlocking patterns.  The bowl is signed on the bottom, “Sarah Garcia”.  It is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

$ 475.00
Roybal, Tonita – Oval Shallow Bowl with Lightning Designs (1920’s)

This is a charming open bowl by Tonita Roybal, from the 1920’s.  It is either a small plate or a small dish.  It is oval and has a slight rim.  The bowl is painted on the inside with a lightning and cloud pattern.  The piece is polished which creates a strong contrast for the design.  The bowl is signed on the back in the clay, “Tonita”.  It is in very good condition with no cracks, restoration or repair. There are few tiny dings on the rim.  Amazingly, the center of the piece is in excellent condition!

 

$ 675.00
Cordero, Helen – Grandfather Storyteller with 12 Kids

Helen Cordero is undoubtedly one of the great names in Cochiti pottery.  It was in 1964 that Cordero said she made her first storyteller.  According to her, “I made some more of my Storytellers with lots of children climbing on him to listen, then I took them up to the Santo Domingo Feast Day” and the rest is history.  Her pieces were all males, to honor her grandfather, whom she would hear telling children stories of Pueblo life and culture.  She received the New Mexico Governor’s award in 1982 and the NEA Heritage Fellowship in 1986.  This storyeller is one of her pieces from the 1970’s.  It is complex in terms of its painting and figurative work.  There are twelve children all around the figure. Each one is dressed differently and they are very interactive with one another.  Note the details on the larger figure, including the sash on the side and the squash blossom necklace!  The piece is signed  on the bottom, “Helen Cordero”.  It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  It is not often that we see one of her storytellers with so many children and with such intricate designs.  Definitely a classic!

$ 11,000.00
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