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Swentzell, Roxanne – Clay Mask with Hands Design

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

$ 2,500.00 $ 2,000.00
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Tafoya, Camilio – Jar with Eagle Feather Pattern (1975)

his miniature jar by Camilio Tafoya is from  by Camilio is from 1975. It is etched with a feather pattern around the neck.  At the base the piece is polished and there is a single flower also etched into the surface of the clay.  It is signed on the bottom “Camilio Sunflower Tafoya”. It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair..

$ 500.00 $ 250.00
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Duwyenie, Preston – Traditional Ladle with Silver Inset

This is a traditional ladle or spoon by Preston Duwyenie.  It is made from a red clay found near Hopi.  The entire piece is fully polished. There is an inset piece of silver on the handle. The silver is meant to represent the shifting sands found in the areas around Hopi.  The silver is cast against cuttle-fish bone (a type of squid).  The silver is inset after the firing and there is a design etched on both ends.  The ladle is signed on the back in the clay with Preston’s hallmark which is a woman carrying a child.  Preston is from Third Mesa at Hopi, and taught ceramics for years at Institute of American Indian Art (IAIA) in Santa Fe.

$ 275.00 $ 200.00
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Peynetsa, Jamie – Jar with Rain & Lightning Designs

Jamie Peynetsa is the son of noted potters Anderson and Avelia Peynetsa.  Avelia, his mother, coil builds the clay vessel.  Jamie paints the design.  He has a strong attention to the detail of the painting as well as his inspiration from classic Zuni pottery.  This jar is very tightly painted with rain designs above the shoulder.  The thin lines are even and add complexity to the piece.  The sides of the jar are boldly painted with lightning patterns.  Note how well Jamie paints to match design and form.  It is signed by Jamie and his mother on the bottom.  At only 20 years old, he certainly has a great future in pottery!

$ 600.00 $ 450.00
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Nampeyo, James Garcia – Large Jar with Eagle Tail Design

James Garcia Nampeyo is a son of Leah Garcia Nampeyo, a grandson of Fannie Nampeyo and a great-grandson of Nampeyo of Hano.  This is a large wide shoulder jar by James.  It is fully polished and painted with a very classic eagle tail design. This motif was made famous in the pottery of Nampeyo of Hano when she revived it from historic Sikyatki pottery. The design is painted in four sections and the black is bee-weed and the red, a clay slip.  The jar is traditionally fired with some slight blushes to the surface.  It is signed on the bottom.

$ 975.00 $ 800.00
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Cain, Mary – Bowl with Cloud and Wind Designs

Mary Cain was a daughter of Christina Naranjo and a granddaughter of SaraFina Tafoya.  Her granddaughters Tammy Garcia and Autumn Borts-Medlock, continue a family tradition of making exceptional pottery.  She was known for her classic style Santa Clara pottery.  This bowl is carved with a cloud and wind pattern which encircles the piece.  The bowl is highly polished and fired a dark black.  It is signed on the bottom, “Mary Cain”.    It is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  One great piece of ephemera with the bowl is one of her business cards!

$ 300.00 $ 250.00
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Haungooah, Art Cody – Black & Sienna Bowl with Bird Designs (1975)

This miniatures bowl by Art Cody Haungooah has been fired black and then two-toned on the neck.  The top part is etched with cloud and stylized bird designs. You can see the eye (the black dot) of one of the birds.  They are surrounded by rain and wind designs.  It is signed on the bottom in the clay.  It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

$ 300.00 $ 225.00
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Garcia, Shana – Long Neck Jar with Lightning Design and Bird Relief Rim

Shana Garcia is known for her creative shaped and sculptural rim pottery.   Each piece is coil built and painted with yucca to create the long thin lines.  This tall jar has a lightning design which spirals up to the rim. The rim is sculpted with additional clay to create the bird wing pattern and additional yucca and rain patterns.  Shana said the shape of the rim is meant to represent the birds over the kivas.  It is striking how she is able to combine such traditional imagery with such a modern appearance!

$ 650.00 $ 500.00
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Naranjo, Paul  – Long Neck Jar with Dancers & Eagle (1987)

This is an exceptional jar by Paul Naranjo.  It is fully polished to a glassy surface.  Honestly, one of the toughest pieces to photograph!  However, the polish is amazing and the entire surface of the jar is fully polished!  There are two maidens in traditional dress and they are separated by an eagle head.  There is a water serpent in the background, which is a designs often used by Paul on the background of his pieces.  Along the neck and the base are kiva step designs, and there are plant patterns around the base as well.  Paul fired his pottery a dark, chocolate color, for which he was well known. His pieces can be seen in the “Beyond Traditions” book by Jerry Jacka.  The jar has unique color variations in the brown which further enhance the designs.  The jar is signed on the bottom in the clay.   It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  The jar also won a ribbon at the 1987 Gallup Ceremonials, which adds to its important provenance.

$ 1,100.00 $ 650.00
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Garcia, Shana – Wide Jar with Yucca Designs and Bird Design Rim

Shana Garcia is known for her creative shaped and sculptural rim pottery.   Each piece is coil built and painted with yucca to create the long thin lines.  This large jar has a spiraling yucca or plant design extending up from the shoulder to the rim. The rim is sculpted with additional clay to create the bird wing pattern and additional yucca and rain patterns.  Shana said the shape of the rim is meant to represent the birds over the kivas.  It is striking how she is able to combine such traditional imagery with such a modern appearance!

$ 850.00 $ 650.00
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Garcia, Shana – Jar with Bird Wing & Kiva Designs

Shana Garcia is known for her very thin walled pottery.  Each piece is coil built and painted with yucca to create the long thin lines.  This jar has a series of bird wing patterns as part of the overall design.  They swirl around the jar creating beautiful op-art imagery.  The rim of the jar is sculptured with three pieces of clay and a fineline bird wing pattern.  Shana said that this meant to represent the birds over the kivas.  It is striking how she is able to combine such traditional imagery with such a modern appearance!

$ 350.00 $ 275.00
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Peynetsa, Jamie – Jar with Rainbirds & Rosettes

Jamie Peynetsa is the son of noted potters Anderson and Avelia Peynetsa.  Avelia, his mother, coil builds the clay vessel.  Jamie paints the design.  He has a strong attention to the detail of the painting as well as his inspiration from classic Zuni pottery.  This jar is a distinctive shape with the very low indented base and the wide shoulder.  There are two large rosettes on either side of the jar.  Separating them are bands of rainbirds and Zuni birds.  Along the top of the shoulder are cloud designs with fineline patterns.  Note how well Jamie paints to match design and form.  The patterns bends and flows with the shape of the piece!  It is a striking jar and striking coloration! It is signed by Jamie and his mother on the bottom.  At only 20 years old, he certainly has a great future in pottery!

$ 1,400.00 $ 1,000.00
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Kaamasee, Derrick – Turquoise Double Eagle Family

This Zuni carving by Derrick Kaamasee is carved from turquoise. There are two eagles and a small baby eagle on the branch by their feet.  The piece is very intricately carved with much detail to the wings. The eyes are inlaid with jet.

$ 100.00 $ 75.00
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Romero, Susan “Snowflake” – “Eagle” Seedpot

Susan “Snowflake” Romero’s pottery is highly polished and intricately etched with detailed imagery.  She learned to make pottery from her father, Joseph Lonewolf. This seedpot has a realistic eagle etched into the surface on the top.  Surrounding the eagle is a Mimbres style eagle head (above the beak) and note the incised basket weave lines as well.  For such small pieces, Susan is able to create amazingly complex designs using various depths of the clay. This is actually a larger sized piece of her pottery!  It is in perfect condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair and signed on the bottom.

$ 600.00 $ 400.00
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Livingston, Albert – Marble Badger

This carving is by Albert Livingston.  It is carved from marble in the shape of a realistic badger.

$ 40.00 $ 30.00
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Laiwakete, Fernando –  Heartline Bear with Bird

This Zuni carving by Fernando Laiwakete is carved from agate. It is a bear which has an inlaid turquoise for the heartline.  The bundle on the back has a bird.

$ 50.00 $ 40.00
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Boone, Lena – Green Turquoise Fox with Arrowhead Bundle

This Zuni carving by Lena Boone is made from turquoise.  The fox is traditional in shape and has an arrowhead bundle on its back.  The turquoise is green in coloration.

$ 30.00 $ 20.00
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Boone, Lena – Turquoise Fox with Arrowhead Bundle

This Zuni carving by Lena Boone is made from turquoise.  The fox is traditional in shape and has an arrowhead bundle on its back.  The turquoise has a deep blue coloration.

$ 30.00 $ 20.00
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Boone, Lena – Clear and White Glass Mountain Lion Arrowhead Bundle

This Zuni carving by Lena Boone is made from glass.  The mountain lion is traditional in shape and has an arrowhead bundle on its back.  The glass is a clear, white and pink coloration.

$ 50.00 $ 40.00
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Boone, Lena – Red Glass Mountain Lion Arrowhead Bundle

This Zuni carving by Lena Boone is made from glass.  The mountain lion is traditional in shape and has an arrowhead bundle on its back.  The glass is a deep red coloration.

$ 40.00 $ 30.00
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Quam, Daphne – Mulit-color Glass Mountain Lion with Arrowhead Bundle

This Zuni carving by Daphne Quam is made from glass.  The mountain lion is traditional in shape and has an arrowhead bundle on its back.  The glass has a green, blue, yellow and clear coloration.

$ 40.00 $ 30.00
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Quam, Daphne – Mulit-color Glass Beaver with Arrowhead Bundle

This Zuni carving by Daphne Quam is made from glass.  The beaver is traditional in shape and has an arrowhead bundle on its back.  The glass has a green, blue, yellow and clear coloration.

$ 50.00 $ 40.00
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Quam, Daphne – Blue and Clear Glass Badger with Arrowhead Bundle

This Zuni carving by Daphne Quam is made from glass.  The badger is traditional in shape and has an arrowhead bundle on its back.  The glass has a green, blue and clear coloration.

$ 50.00 $ 40.00
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Quam, Daphne – Azurite Eagle with Arrowhead Bundle

This Zuni carving by Daphne Quam is made from azurite.  The eagle is traditional in shape and has an arrowhead bundle on its back.  The azurite has a deep blue coloration with specs of green.

$ 40.00 $ 30.00
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Quam, Daphne – Turquoise Fox with Arrowhead Bundle

This Zuni carving by Daphne Quam is made from turquoise.  This fox is traditional in shape and has an arrowhead bundle on its back. The turquoise has some great color variation.

$ 60.00 $ 50.00
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Lewis, Judy – Jar with Butterflies and Lady Bugs

Judy Lewis is a sister of noted potters Rebecca Lucario, Carolyn Concho and Marylyn Henderson Ray.  She is known for her figurative pottery.  This jar is painted with intricate traditional Acoma rain and cloud patterns.  Interspersed between the designs are ladybugs and butterflies. They are in relief giving the jar added dimension.  The jar is signed on the bottom and there is certainly a charm in the designs and intricacy of Judy’s pottery.

$ 180.00 $ 145.00
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Martinez, Maria  –  Feather Plate, “Marie + Santana”

This plate by Maria Martinez is one of her classic pieces.  It was made by Maria Martinez and painted by her daughter-in-law Santana.It has a nearly gunmetal appearance to the surface of the piece. The design the feather pattern which was originated by Maria’s husband, Julian.  Here, Santana has painted it in a very symmetrical style.  The surface is nearly flawless and it is beautiful in the flow of the design on the slightly curved surface.  It is signed on the back in the clay, “Marie + Santana”.  It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  Definitely a classic!  

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

$ 6,500.00 $ 5,500.00
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Quandelacy, Faye – Turquoise Corn Maiden

This Zuni fetish carving is by Faye Quandelacy.  She is certainly one of the most famous descendants of Ellen Quandelacy and known for her very classic style of corn maidens. They are each hand carved and the horizontal eyes are indicative of her style.  This corn maiden is carved from turquoise.  The body is carved with a corn design and the back is the flowing hair. The piece is in excellent condition.

$ 50.00 $ 40.00
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Kaamasee, Derrick – Turquoise Buffalo Family

This Zuni carving by Derrick Kaamasee is carved from turquoise. There are two buffalo in this highly detailed carving.  There is the larger buffalo and the baby buffalo sitting to the side!  The eyes are inset with jet.  It is a charming piece!

$ 100.00 $ 80.00
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Gonzales, Cavan  – Polychrome Double Shoulder Water Jar

This is a large double shoulder water jar by Cavan Gonzales. He is a descendant of Maria Martinez, through her son Adam Martinez.  Cavan is one of the few potters today who continues to make traditional polychrome pottery.  This jar is slipped with a cream colored clay and then painted with black and red clay slips.  The design is a rain, snow and cloud motif which encircles the jar. The rim is fluted and then painted with a red clay slip on the inside.  The jar has been traditionally fired and it is signed on the bottom in the clay.

 

 

$ 1,800.00 $ 1,000.00
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Analla, Calvin – Large Water Jar with Plant Designs

Calvin Analla learned to  make pottery from his sister, Yvonne Lucas and her husband, Steve Lucas.  This large water jar is thin walled and made with the traditional red clay from Laguna Pueblo. The jar is painted with bee-weed, into which he has mixed some mica.  The mica makes reflections in the clay.  Calvin is known for his very delicately painted designs.  This jar has cloud designs above the shoulder and plant designs below.  The thin lines painted with the bee-weed show create a striking contrast with the red clay.  It is signed on the bottom.

$ 1,800.00 $ 1,200.00
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King, Charles S., “Spoken Through Clay”

Spoken Through Clay

A NEW  RELEASE SPECIAL:  $95.00, including shipping (US)! Check out the new review in the Denver Post!

 Just a few things which make this book unique!
*   The size!  The book is 11.75″ x 14.25″ and weights over 8 pounds!
*  The photography of the pottery is stunning, emphasizing the individual pieces.
*  Each caption is the artist discussing the individual piece on the page.
*  The artist “biographies” are from interviews with the artists and they discuss their art, culture, lives and history.
*  Organization: The book is not organized by pueblo or family, but entails new ways to think about the future of Native pottery.
*  Printing in Italy gives the book very high quality color and paper.
* The photos of the living artists were taken by Will Wilson using a tin-type process. He was a recipient of the 2107 New Mexico Governor’s Award for the Arts in photography!
*  The book features work by more than 30 contemporary potters and more than a dozen important historic potters.
*  There are essays by myself, Peter Held and Eric Dobkin.  They add to the overall understanding of the project a historic perspective.

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August 18, Pasatiempo Review

“Charles S. King’s new book, Spoken Through Clay: Native Pottery in the Southwest, The Eric S. Dobkin Collection, is spectacularly heavy —which is a problem from a practical standpoint, because once you open it, you won’t want to put it down. With dreamy tintype artist portraits by Diné photographer Will Wilson, dazzlingly crisp images from Addison Doty, and intimate first-person essays written by dozens of artists, the book is a visually delicious, intellectually consuming foray into historic and contemporary Southwestern pottery. In short, prepare to swoon.

If you’re thinking of this as a coffee-table book, you’ll need to imagine a decently sized coffee table. The book is more than a foot tall and, when opened, two feet wide, but its outsize appearance belies the often delicate beauty of its contents: hundreds of individual pieces of pottery from Eric S. Dobkin’s exquisitely curated collection — arguably the largest and most important of its kind. Gallery owner, author, and Pueblo pottery expert King designed Spoken Through Clay to be approachable for those unfamiliar with Native American pottery. “In the age of social media, I wanted to make the book both visually striking and personal,” King said. The book opens with essays by King, Dobkin, and curator Peter Held, who calls clay “the most archival of materials … seductive, sensuous, responsive, geologic, and malleable.”

“I wanted the end result of the book to be that the reader would connect with the artists in a personal way, beyond just the art, and understand the time it takes to become an artist, to achieve success,” King said. Sprawling yet intimate, Spoken Through Clay introduces its readers not just to the beauty of Southwestern pottery but also to the fascinating stories of the people who make it.Iris McLister, Pasatiempo

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“It’s one of the things that makes us who we are. It’s what holds our family together. We are a family of potters. It’s our identity. People don’t realize how much work goes into it just processing the clay and making it. You have to do it with your heart.”—Linda Tafoya-Sanchez

 

FEATURED ARTISTS Grace Medicine Flower • Dextra Quotskuyva • Autumn Borts-Medlock • Jody Naranjo • Harrison Begay Jr. • Jordan Roller • Sara Fina Tafoya • Lonnie Vigil • Margaret Tafoya • Steve Lucas • LuAnn Tafoya • Loren Ami • Toni Roller • Popovi Da • Linda Tafoya-Sanchez • Mark Tahbo • James Ebelacker• Yvonne Lucas • Jeff Roller • Lisa Holt • Harlan Reano • Nampeyo • Jacquie Stevens • Nathan Youngblood • Jacob Koopee Jr. • Jennifer Moquino • Christopher Youngblood • Maria Martinez • Tony Da • Tammy Garcia • Virgil Ortiz • Joseph Lonewolf • Johnathan Naranjo • Nancy Youngblood • Les Namingha • Russell Sanchez • Christine McHorse • Richard Zane Smith • Rondina Huma • Susan Folwell • Dominique Toya • Jody Folwell

Spoken Through Clay features the pottery of iconic Native American artists from historic potters Nampeyo and Maria Martinez, to contemporary potters Tammy Garcia, Virgil Ortiz, and many others, are featured in a new book published by the Museum of New Mexico Press. Spoken Through Clay: Native Pottery of the Southwest showcases nearly three hundred pottery vessels from the acclaimed Eric S. Dobkin Collection, covering a wide range of mostly Pueblo artists from the Southwest.

“The physical scale of the vessels combined with the depth of the contemporary collection [is] breathtaking,” says author Charles S. King. The book is part of a “transitional process of looking to the clay, the vessel, and the potter’s voice and allowing the pieces to stand on the merit of their artistic integrity.”

The book includes portraits and voices of renowned potters speaking about their artistry and technique, families, culture, and traditions. Many of the artists are connected by Pueblos, generations, or family members. Dynamic color photography captures the depth and dimension of the pieces, while the artists provide an illuminating perspective through narrative captions. Artists, academics, collectors, family members, and gallerists add additional insight about the lives, historical context, and importance of these potters and their work.

SPOKEN THROUGH CLAY Native Pottery of the Southwest The Eric S. Dobkin Collection
By Charles S. King Essay by Peter Held

Artist portraits by Will Wilson
ISBN: 978-0-89013-624-9

352 pages, 320 color plates, 40 artist portraits

Publication Date: August 01, 2017
ABOUT THE AUTHOR Charles S. King is the author of Born of Fire: The Life and Pottery of Margaret Tafoya, The Life and Art of Tony Da, Virgil Ortiz: Revolt 1680/2180, and numerous articles on Pueblo pottery. He has served on boards of art associations, judged pottery at prestigious events, and lectures about the art form. His business King Galleries represents many of today’s leading Native potters and important historic works in clay. Charles lives in Scottsdale, Arizona.

$ 125.00 $ 95.00
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Romero, Susan “Snowflake” – “The Pond” Seedpot

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

$ 600.00 $ 400.00
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Mahooty, Michael – Rainbow Calcite Bear

This Zuni carving by Michael Mahooty is carved from rainbow calcite.  It is a striking coloration to the stone.  There is an arrowhead carved from mother of pearl and medicine bundle on the back.

$ 25.00 $ 20.00
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Leekya, Freddie – Travertine Coyote

This Zuni carving is by Freddie Leekya.  The coyote is carved from travertine.  There are turquoise inlay for the eyes and coral for the tongue.  The back has an arrowhead as part of the medicine bundle.

$ 50.00 $ 40.00
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Haloo, Calvin – Picasso Marble Badger

This Zuni carving is by Calvin Haloo.  The badger is carved from Picasso Marble. It is highly detailed for the body of the piece.  The badger has a realistic appearance.  The arrowhead on the back is carved into the piece and there is an additional turquoise arrowhead on top.

$ 75.00 $ 60.00
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Boone, Lena – Turquoise Badger

This Zuni carving by Lena Boone. She is one of the most famous of the traditional Zuni fetish carvers. This badger is carved from turquoise and has a medicine bundle on it back.

$ 40.00 $ 30.00
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Laiwakete, Bernard – Orthocera Fossil Bear with Heartline

This Zuni carving by Bernard Laiwakete is carved from Orthocera fossil.  It has a heartline on one side and the other side it is possible to see the fossils!

$ 80.00 $ 60.00
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Velarde, Carol – Carved Bowl with Rain Designs

Carol Velarde is known for her deeply carved pottery. This  bowl is deeply carved with a rain and lightning design.  Note how deeply she carves into the clay relative to the size of the bowl!  After it is carved and polished she then uses clay to outline the design.  Visually, this makes the imagery more dramatic.  The bowl is signed on the bottom in the clay.

$ 200.00 $ 150.00
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Naranjo, Bernice – Seedpot with Lizards

Bernice Naranjo is known for her innovative incised pottery.  This seedpot is fully polished and fired brown.  She has etched a series of lizards on the surface of the piece. Some are placed sitting on the red polished clay and others on fine-line etched sections reminiscent of the sand or pottery shards.  The piece is signed on the bottom.

$ 200.00 $ 155.00
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Gutierrez, Rose – Red Bowl with Spider & Flower

Rose Gutierrez is a daughter of noted potter Helen Gutierrez and a sister of Geraldine Gutierrez and Kathy Gutierrez.  This is a simple bowl with a flower motif around the rim painted with cream colored clay.   The side of bowl has a painted spider as well as one on the inside. The bowl is signed on the bottom in the clay.

$ 75.00 $ 55.00
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Naranjo, Dolly – Canteen with Bird

Dolly Naranjo is a daughter of Rose Naranjo and the mother of Jody and Elijah Naranjo.  This canteen is fully polished and has been fired brown.  There is a bird and flowers etched into the front of the piece. There is a leather strap for the handles.  It is signed “Dolly” on the bottom in the clay.

$ 125.00 $ 100.00
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Zane Smith, Jamie – Iroquois Jar with Flower Design

Jamie Zane Smith creates dynamic pieces which combine strong forms with stamped surface designs. This striking jar is made with Oklahoma clay and coil built.  Jamie carves a stamp out of wood and uses that to texture his pottery.  This jar has a series of flowers which are impressed into the clay.  The rim of the jar is polished to create a visual contrast to the matte areas of the flowers.  The entire enterior of the jar is also fully polished.  Jamie brings together a multitude of dimensions in his work blending the historic past with his modern visions.  Jamie remains one of the young creative potters bringing life to the clay in an area outside the southwest.

$ 1,000.00 $ 700.00
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Haungooah, Dean – Seedpot with Sunface & Fish

This seedpot by Dean Haungooah is highly detailed complicated sgraffito designs. The seedpot has a fish on one side and a Tewa sun on the other.  There are additional Mimbres insects along with a pueblo wall.  The etching on the surface is on different levels, creating matte and polished designs. There is a single inset piece of shell bead for the eye of the fish.  The seedpot is from 1993 and it is signed, “Dean Haungooah”.  It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

$ 400.00 $ 250.00
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Naranjo, Madeline – Engagement Basket with Flower Design

Madeline Naranjo creates beautifully carved and polished pottery.  This is a distinctive piece of her work in terms of form.  It is an engagement basket, which is always a technically difficult form.  It is certainly one for which her grandmother, Madeline Naranjo, was well known for making.  This piece is carved with flowers for the design.  They are also carved for the handle!  They vary from polished to matte to create a contrast as the piece is turned.    Note as well how her matte areas are sanded and perfectly smooth so that there are no indentions or areas where the matte might make a shadow.  Her designs are always innovative and beautifully executed.

$ 575.00 $ 375.00
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Nampeyo, Darlene James – Bowl with Thunderstorm Design

Darlene Nampeyo James learned to make pottery from her aunts, Dextra Quotskuyva and Priscilla Nampeyo.  Her pottery is more traditional in style and she continues to use Hopi clay for her pottery and paint with bee-weed for the black.  This bowl is thin walled and very tightly painted.  The design depicts a thunderstorm at night.  There are stars painted on the rim of the bowl and with terraced clouds and lightning.  The mountains are painted below.  The bowl has been traditionally fired to create the variations in color on the surface.  It is signed on the bottom.

$ 225.00 $ 150.00
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Lucario, Rebecca – Seedpot with Lizards

Rebecca Lucario is known for her delicate and intricately painted pottery.  This seedpot is a smaller piece of her pottery, but very creatively designed.  There are lizards on one half of the piece and the opposite side is impressed with dots, to represent the sand.  There is almost a corrugated feel to the surface of the white area of the seedpot.  The seedpot is signed on the bottom.

$ 225.00 $ 150.00
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Gutierrez, Lela & Luther – Polychrome Jar w/ Lightning Design

Lela Gutierrez began making pottery in the 1930’s with her husband, Van Gutierrez.  After Van passed away in 1956 she continued to make pottery with her son, Luther Gutierrez.  She would make the pieces and Luther would paint the designs.  They worked together for only 10 years from 1956 to 1966.  This small jar is a classic piece of their pottery with polychrome painted designs.  The imagery on this piece represents mountains and lightning.   All the various colors are derived from natural clay slips and painted onto the piece before it was fired.  It is signed on the bottom, “Lela/Luther”.  It is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

$ 300.00 $ 225.00
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Pacheco, William Andrew – Asymmetrical Dinosaur Jar

Andrew Pacheco is a nephew of noted potter Robert Tenorio.  He is known for his use of traditional techniques and materials but with non-traditional designs.  This is one of his asymmetrical jars with dinosaurs as the designs.  He started out making traditional Kewa pottery but was interested in dinosaurs. They quickly became a theme on his pottery. It is the combination of the dinosaurs and the form which work perfectly together and create a sense of movement to the piece.  The jar is painted with native clays and bee-weed and traditionally fired.

$ 850.00 $ 650.00
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Gutierrez, Lela & Luther – Polychrome Bowl with Mountain Design

Lela Gutierrez began making pottery in the 1930’s with her husband, Van Gutierrez.  After Van passed away in 1956 she continued to make pottery with her son, Luther Gutierrez.  She would make the pieces and Luther would paint the designs.  They worked together for only 10 years from 1956 to 1966.  This open bowl is a later piece of their pottery.  It has a triangular mountain design painted around the shoulder.  Above the mountains are cloud patterns, each with a different design.  “Inside” the mountains are various earth symbols.  All the various colors are derived from natural clay slips and painted onto the piece before it was fired.  It is signed on the bottom, “Lela/Luther”.  It is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

$ 900.00 $ 750.00
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Romero, Susan “Snowflake” – Buffalo Seedpot

Susan “Snowflake” Romero’s pottery is highly polished and intricately etched with detailed imagery.  Many of her skills are ones that she learned from her father, Joseph Lonewolf. This seedpot has a realistic buffalo etched onto the top of the piece.  On the sides are buffalo tracks and two petroglyph style buffalo.  Note also how Susan has etched her pottery. The polished red is the surface, and then she often etches just the polished area away to reveal the matte red and the going deeper, there is the tan of the clay.  It is very complicated and time consuming to etch in this manner!  However, the results are exceptional.  The piece is signed on the bottom in the clay with her Tewa name, “Pho-sa-We”.  It is in perfect condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair and signed on the bottom.

$ 500.00 $ 350.00
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Tafoya, Shawn – Tile with Hunter and Dog (1988)

Shawn Tafoya is a son of Lucy YearFlower Tafoya, a grandson of Camilio Tafoya and a great-grandson of SaraFina Tafoya.  He began making art at the age of five. Although Shawn is a traditionalist in terms of material and technique, his pottery and Pueblo embroidery work is strikingly innovative, and he is well known for it. He has won numerous awards for his work, and has participated in many shows and exhibitions. Interestingly, Shawn is also one of the most gifted Pueblo textile embroiderers working today and teaches this traditional art throughout the northern villages. His pottery is often a unique balance of traditional and contemporary.  This round tile is inspired by the ancient Mimbres pottery of the 1100’s.  Here, he has painted a hunter with an antelope and a small dog at his feet.  The small dog is really a charming part of this piece!  The rim has fineline patterns painted with clay.  The piece is signed on the back in the clay.

$ 200.00 $ 100.00
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Salazar, Frances –  Wedding Vase with Deer

Santa Clara potter Frances Salazar was known for her painted pottery.  This wedding vase is from the 1950’s.  It is fully polished and has a deer painted on each side.  Below the deer are cloud patterns and in front of the deer are prayer feathers.  The deer are painted in the classic Pueblo two-dimensional style and are charming and a bit whimsical as well.  It is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Frances”.  It is in good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair. There are some rubs on the surface.  Definitely a charming piece of Pueblo history!

$ 325.00 $ 250.00
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Natseway, Charmae – Seedpot with Rabbits

Charmae Natseway is known for her exceptionally painted pottery and use of distinctive forms. This is one of her few traditional style seedpots.  The piece is a flat shape and very delicately painted.  There are four Mimbres inspired rabbits as the design.  All the different colors are derived from natural clay slips.  They are surrounded by fineline and geometric patterns.  Charmae is both an exceptional potter and also among the best Acoma painters.  The fine lines and precision of her imagery is always a perfect match of form and design.

$ 375.00 $ 225.00
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Naranjo, Luciano – Jar with Deer, Bear and Avanyu

Spectacular!  This is a remarkable piece from Luciano.  It is a beautiful shape with a wide shoulder and sloping neck. The entire jar is fully polished and the designs are etched into the clay. There are deer, a bear and wild turkey.  Flowing through the background of the jar is a water serpent (avanyu), which ties the entire piece together.  The area where he has etched away the polished surface he has then scraped down to create a striking contrast between the polished and matte surface.  The color from the firing on this jar is stunning as it is deep, rich brown.  It is great to see a younger potter taking chances on such major work.  Luciano is definitely one of those younger potters to watch!

$ 2,400.00 $ 1,600.00
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Navasie, Eunice “Fawn” – Small Jar with Geometrics

Eunice “Fawn” Navasie was a daughter-in-law of Paqua Naha and a sister-in-law of Joy “Frogwoman” Navasie.  This is one of her smaller jars.  It is polished red on the rim and the remainder is a white clay slip.  It is painted with a cloud, rain and checkerboard geometric pattern.  Eunice was known for her larger versions of this jar, which can be found in Arizona Highways.  Finding a smaller one with such intricate painting is unusual!  The jar is signed, “Fawn” on the bottom,  It is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

$ 175.00 $ 150.00
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Lonewolf, Joseph & Camilio Tafoya – Monarch Butterfly Seedpot (1996)

This is an unusual larger seedpot by Joseph Lonewolf from 1996.  It is a piece which was made by Joseph’s father, Camilio Tafoya.  Camilio passed away in 1995 and he left a variety of pieces in various stages of completion.  Joseph decided that he would finish the various seedpots.  Each piece was signed by Camilio before he passed away and then again by Joseph after he finished the design work.  This seedpot has monarch butterflies encircling the piece.  They are each raised in relief from the surface.  It makes on think that it had already been initially etched by Camilio.  As well, the blue background area has a textured appearance, which is typical for Camilio’s pottery.  The piece is signed on the bottom in the clay.  It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

$ 5,500.00 $ 3,000.00
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Folwell, Jody – Avanyu Bowl with Flower & Avanyu

Jody Folwell is known for her creative pottery shapes and designs.  This bowl is one of her classicforms with an asymmetrical polished rim.  The design on one side is a water serpent pattern which is etched into the clay.  The opposite side has a flower motif in the clay.   The bowl is fired brown with various colorations from the firing.  It is signed on the bottom, “Jody”.   It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

$ 1,400.00 $ 900.00
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Folwell, Jody – Jar with Figures, River and Tree

This is a fascinating jar from Jody Follwell. The shape is one of her distinctive water jar with a wide shoulder and elongated neck. The jar is polished red around the neck and base while it is matte tan around the shoulder. The jar is designed with both etched and incised imagery.  Around the neck of the jar is female figure sitting by a tree along with a ground hog. Around the shoulder is a figure floating in a river surrounded by fish.  There are also additional feather and star patterns which are etched into the clay.  The bottom of the jar is fully polished and it is signed on the bottom, “Jody”.

$ 1,500.00 $ 1,000.00
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Nampeyo, Darlene – Miniature Pottery Set

Darlene learned to make pottery from her aunts, Dextra and Priscilla.  Her pottery is more traditional in style and she continues to use Hopi clay for her pottery and paint with bee-weed for the black.  This is a charming set she has made with two small bowls made with the Hopi red clay.  They are affixed to two clay “rock” slabs.  She said she had made the miniatures and thought they were more interesting as a group, as if they were sitting out on the rocks at Hopi.  It has been traditionally fired to create the variations in color on the surface.  It is signed on the back.

$ 100.00 $ 50.00
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Folwell, Jody – Asymmetric Bowl with Corn Designs

Jody Folwell is known for her creative pottery shapes and designs.  This is a classic style for her pottery with a fully polished surface and the asymmetrical mouth.  The rim of the mouth extends down to the shoulder and it is fully polished. The designs are etched into the surface of the clay and various etching techniques are used to create the coloration.  The corn plant pattern is the main imagery and it is surrounded by cloud, rain and Pueblo designs.  The various colorations from black to dark red are all from the traditional outdoor firing.  The bowl is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Jody”.

$ 600.00 $ 500.00
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