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Naranjo, Johnathan – Large Water jar with Dancers, Koshari and a Dog

Naranjo, Johnathan – Large Water jar with Dancers, Koshari and a Dog

7.25"w x 10"h
$ 2,600.00
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This is an exceptional large jar by Johnathan Naranjo.  It is fully designed with four figures (or five, as Johnathan points out, if you include the dog!). As the jar is turned, it captures several different Pueblo dancers.  There is a young girl with a tablita on her head and a basket.  Next is another young woman in her manta holding pieces of pottery in her hand and on her head.  The next is a young male dancer with evergreens around his neck and in his hands.  Finally, there is a Koshari clown holding a dog.  Each of the figures is exceptional in their design.  Johnathan has a talent for depicting figures on his pottery.  They are simply incised into the clay and the various depth of the blade determines the coloration from tan to light red!  The skill and precision required to make the small cuts and create detail and shading is amazing.  A few areas of note are is the detail in the jar on the girl’s head, the shading on her manta, the detail in the tablita, and, of course, the dog!  The piece speaks to the continuity of Pueblo ceremonial dances and also the humor in the clowns.  The coloration of the jar is derived from the firing technique.  Johnathan has won numerous awards for his pottery.  The piece is signed on the bottom in the clay.

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Naranjo, Johnathan (b. 1987)

Johnathan Naranjo

JOhnathan NaranjoJohnathan Naranjo Johnathan Naranjo is a son of noted potter Forest Naranjo and a grandson of Bernice Naranjo. While he began making pottery as a child, it is really over the past few years that his work has evolved into his distinctive style. Each piece is coil built and stone polished, and the coloration is derived from the firing, as it is taken out of the manure that would turn it black early, so it remains a darker brown. The designs are then incised into the clay, and the various colorations of the tan or red are created by the depth of cutting into the clay. Johnathan Naranjo has been noted and awarded for his increcible work over the past five years, with such awards as; 2013 The "Tony Da" award at Santa Fe Indian Market; in 2014 Best of Category 1st Place Santa Fe Indian Market; in 2015, Best of Category and Pottery 2nd Place Heard Indian Market, Southwest Indian Art Fair, Arizona State Museum Legacy Award, Santa Fe Indian Market, 1st Place Best of Category; and in 2016, Heard Indian Market 2nd Place Pottery and Santa Fe Indian Market, 1st Place Best of Category.
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