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Peters, Franklin – Large Bowl with Corrugated Rim

This is a large bowl by Franklin Peters.  He is known for his thin-walled pottery and use of traditional Acoma imagery on his pottery. The bowl is coil built with native clay and painted with native slips. The design is a classic Acoma pattern with rain and cloud designs.  Note the very thinly painted fine-line designs. The rim of the jar has an extra coil which he has then corrugated. Look closely and you can see the three small indentions as the top of each of the semi-circles.  Franklin said that he carved a piece of wood with the three indentions to use for making the rim of the bowl. They are to represent the rain coming down at sunset. It is signed on the bottom.

$ 1,100.00 $ 750.00
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Tenorio, Thomas – Large Jar with Sun & Rain Designs

Thomas Tenorio is from the Aguilar family of Kewa Pueblo.  Amazingly, he taught himself to make pottery!  This is one of his large jar with an elegant shape.  There is a wide shoulder.  The jar is painted with very classic rain designs around the top and sun circles in the center. The style of the painting is very much in the style of the Aguilar sisters from the early 1900’s.  The large black areas with the white clay background and the red slip lines give the jar a very modernistic appearance.  The jar has a spirit line, or a space in the painting on the rim, which is seen in traditional Kewa pottery.  The piece is signed on the bottom.  It is from 2012 and it is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

$ 1,500.00 $ 975.00
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Tenorio, Thomas – Water Jar with Sun & Flower Designs

Thomas Tenorio is from the Aguilar family of Kewa Pueblo.  Amazingly, he taught himself to make pottery!  This is a classic water jar with a round body and a turned out rim. The jar is painted with a red clay slip along with the black.  The area above the shoulder has the rounded flower petals.  Below the shoulder are the circular sun designs.  The jar is striking in appearance with the contrasting red and black coloration against the white clay slip.  The rim of the jar has a spirit line, or a space in the painting on the rim, which is seen in traditional Kewa pottery.  The piece is signed on the bottom.  It is from 2012 and it is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

$ 700.00 $ 500.00
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Fender, Erik – Jar with Feather Pattern

Erik Fender is the son of Martha Appleleaf and the grandson of noted potter Carmelita Dunlap. Erik combines classic San Ildefonso imagery with his own creative style. His pottery is signed, with his Tewa name, “Than Tsideh”.  This San Ildefonso water jar has a low, sharp shoulder.  The design is painted aroudn the piece with a feather pattern and sections with rain and cloud designs.  The jar is highly polished.   It is signed on the bottom.

$ 400.00 $ 275.00
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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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Holt, Lisa & Harlan Reano – Jar with Wild Spinach Plant Designs

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

$ 3,400.00 $ 2,400.00
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Coriz, Arthur & Hilda  – Large Bowl with Plant Designs (1980’s)

This is very large bowl by Arthur and Hilda Coriz.  Hilda would coil build each piece and then they would be painted by Arthur. The painting was done with natural clay slips (white and red) and then wild spinach (black).  This striking large jar is painted with a classic Kewa (Santo Domingo) plant design encircling the piece.  Arthur alternated the direction the plants, giving the jar a more dramatic appearance.  The lower section is polished red and note on the base that the initial coils seem visible.  There is a “spirit line” or break in the painted design on the rim, which then extends down through the entire design!  This goes back to historic Kewa pottery when the artist would use the spirit line to release their spirit or connection from the vessel.  The bowl is signed on the bottom in the clay. The bowl is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  It is not often that we see their pottery and especially with the use of such classic designs!

 

$ 1,850.00 $ 1,300.00
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Sahmie, Jean – Large Bowl with 16 Flute Players

Jean Sahmie is a daughter of noted potter Priscilla Nampeyo and a descendant of Nampeyo of Hano. This large bowl is fully vertically polished and painted with bee-weed (a plant)f or the black.  The vertical polish harkens to historic pottery which had this “onion skin” type of polished surface.  There are sixteen flute players encircling the bowl.  Each is painted with lines of rain separating them.  The bowl has been traditionally fired and it has some striking blushes on the surface.  It is signed on the bottom, “Jean Sahme”.  It is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  While Jean no longer makes pottery, there is a wonderful creativity in each of her pieces!

 

$ 800.00 $ 600.00
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Natseway, Charmae –  Seedpot with 4 Birds

Charmae Natseway is known for her exceptionally painted pottery and use of distinctive forms. This is one of her larger traditional seedpots.  The central design is a classic fine-line star pattern.  Surrounding the central star are four different Acoma style  birds.  Each of the birds are classic images seen on historic Acoma pottery.  They are surrounded by plant and flower motifs.  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.

$ 550.00 $ 350.00
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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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Holt, Lisa & Harlan Reano – Dragon Dog Clay Figure

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

$ 6,000.00 $ 4,200.00
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Nahsonhoya, Agnes – Carved Seedpot with Bird

Agnes Nahsonhoya is a daughter of noted potter Pauline Setalla and a niece of Eunice “Fawn” Navasie. She is also the sister of Dee Setalla and Stetson Setalla. She learned to make pottery from her mother and her aunt. Her pieces are signed her name and also a bear paw, as she is bear clan.  This seedpot is coil built and carved with a bird circling the side and top of the piece.  The sections of the bird are carved into the clay and consist of rain and cloud patterns.  The head of the bird sprials onto the top of the piece.  It is signed on the bottom.

 

$ 300.00 $ 200.00
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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 $ 450.00
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Tse-Pe, Irene – Jar with Carved Cloud Designs

Irene Tse-Pe is a daughter of Dora Tse-Pe and Tse-Pe Gonzales and a granddaughter of Rose Gonzales.  This jar is coil built and carved with cloud pattern around the neck. The carving is in the cameo style made famous by Rose. The jar is slipped with mica to the surface which gives it a bit of a sparkle in the light!  The piece is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Irene Tse-Pe”.  It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  While Irene no longer makes pottery, it is certainly a striking piece of her creative pottery!

$ 300.00 $ 200.00
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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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Peters, Franklin – Jar with Star Design

This is a very intricately painted jar by Franklin Peters.  He is known for his thin walled pottery and use of traditional Acoma imagery on his pottery. The jar is coil built with native clay and painted with native slips. The design has a star pattern in each of the central medallions.  There is a cloud band above and below and small plant designs. The fully painted design is inspired by classic Laguna pottery but has a very modern appearance. The base and inside rim are painted red. The jar has an indented base which is reminiscent of historic Acoma pottery when water jars were made to be carried on one’s head!  It is signed on the bottom.

$ 550.00 $ 450.00
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Fender, Erik – Large Water Jar with Feather Pattern

Erik Fender is the son of Martha Appleleaf and the grandson of noted potter Carmelita Dunlap. Erik combines classic San Ildefonso imagery with his own creative style. His pottery is signed, with his Tewa name, “Than Tsideh”.  This is a classic San Ildefonso water jar with a high shoulder.  The design is painted on the polished surface. There is a feather pattern separated by a rain and cloud design.  Note the precision of his painting!  It is nearly perfect! Around the shoulder is a cloud pattern.  The jar is fired a distinctive coloration.  It is signed on the bottom.

$ 975.00 $ 700.00
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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 $ 28.00
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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 $ 35.00
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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 $ 25.00
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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 $ 25.00
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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 $ 38.00
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Quam, Daphne – Sodalite Badger with Arrowhead Bundle

This Zuni carving by Daphne Quam is made from sodalite.  The badger is traditional in shape and has an arrowhead bundle on its back.  The sodalite has a deep blue and white coloration.

$ 40.00 $ 30.00
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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 – Light Blue Glass Fox with Arrowhead Bundle

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

$ 20.00 $ 15.00
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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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Pincion, Herbert – Horse & Sitting Foal Carving

This Zuni carving by Herbert Pincion is carved from spotted travertine.  It is a highly detailed carving with a mare and sitting foal.  For the size, it is wonderfully detailed!

$ 40.00 $ 30.00
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Quandelacy, Vickie- Mother of Pearl Corn Maiden & Zuni Maiden

Vickie Quandelacy is a sister of Stuart Quandelacy and daughter of Dickie and Amy Quandelacy.  She is known for her complex design of corn maidens.  This corn maiden is is a classic of her style.  It is double sided and carved from mother of pearl shell. On one side is the Zuni maiden with an inlaid necklace.  The other side has the corn maiden and the inlaid necklace and dragonflies.  The piece is set on a shell base.

$ 150.00 $ 90.00
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Quandelacy, Vickie- Green Snail Shell Corn Maiden

Vickie Quandelacy is a sister of Stuart Quandelacy and daughter of Dickie and Amy Quandelacy.  She is known for her complex design of corn maidens.  This corn maiden is carved out of green snail shell.  She has captured the shape of the shell and etched the corn design and dragonflies in as the design.  The back has the etched hair and more dragonflies.  The piece is set onto a piece of turquoise.  The opalescene of the shell is striking on this piece!

$ 125.00 $ 95.00
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Holt, Lisa & Harlan Reano – Large Jar with Plant Designs

Lisa Holt and Harlan Reano make an amazing team, working to create innovative pottery using traditional techniques.  Lisa makes the pottery and it is painted by Harlan.  This large jar has a round body and a slight neck.  The neck of the jar is painted with a rain design. The body of the piece has a series of flowers and plants extending up from the base and down from the neck.  Harlan has used classic Cochiti and Santo Domingo designs to create the leaves and flowers of the plants!  The jar is painted with red and cream clays clays while the black is wild spinach (a plant). The jar is traditionally fired outdoors.  It is signed on the bottom.

$ 4,500.00 $ 4,000.00
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Holt, Lisa & Harlan Reano – Storage Jar with Rain Geometric Panels

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

$ 5,000.00 $ 4,000.00
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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 $ 1,000.00
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Kaamasee, Derrick – Apple Coral Elk

This is an exceptionally detailed Zuni carving by Derrick Kaamasee.  It is carved from turquoise. There is an elk standing up on a rock.  There is detail in the fur and the movement.  It is signed on the bottom.

$ 100.00 $ 70.00
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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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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 $ 35.00
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Leekya, Freddie – Travertine & Turquoise Bird

This Zuni carving is by Freddie Leekya.  The bird is carved from travertine.  There are turquoise inlay for the eyes and on the wings.  The beak is mother of pearl.

$ 50.00 $ 35.00
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Quam, Daphne – Labradorite Badger

This Zuni carving is by Daphne Quam. It is a badger carved from labradorite.  There is a lot of color in the stone!  There is an arrowhead on the back.

$ 28.00 $ 20.00
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Lementino, Tim – Bear Family

This Zuni carving by Tim Lementino.  It is a group of five bears carved from pipestone.  They each have turquoise eyes.  There is a bundle holding them together from shell and turquoise.

$ 60.00 $ 40.00
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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 $ 28.00
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Laiwakete, Rodney – Heartline Ram and Bird

This Zuni carving by Rodney Laiwakete is carved from agate. There is a Big Horn Sheep which has an inlaid turquoise and moher -of -pearl heartline.  The bird on the back is also carved from agate.  It is attached as a medicine bundle.

$ 50.00 $ 40.00
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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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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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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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Martinez, Marvin & Frances – Bowl with Avanyu & Feather Pattern

Marvin is a great-great grandson of noted potter Dominguita Pino Martinez, a great-grandson of Maria Martinez and a grandson of Adam and Santana Martinez.  Marvin works with his wife, Frances (from Santa Clara) on their pottery. This wide, flat bowl is fully polished. It is painted with a feather and avanyu design on the top of the piece.  It is traditionally fired black.  The bowl is signed on the bottom in the clay.

$ 350.00 $ 250.00
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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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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, Eric – Jar with Hummingbirds & Flowers

Eric Tafoya (b. 1969) learned to make pottery from his aunt Gwen Tafoya and his mother, Wanda Tafoya.  This jar is fully polished black and has a sienna rim. The entire surface of the piece is fully polished and etched with a series of hummingbirds and flowers.  His style of design gives the piece a modern appearance.  It is signed on the bottom.

$ 300.00 $ 200.00
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Naranjo, Elijah – Seedpot with Lizard

Elijah Naranjo learned to make pottery from his mother Dolly Naranjo and sister Jody Naranjo.  He works in a similar style with the sgraffito designs and brown firing. This small seedpot has a Mimbres style lizard on the top.  It is fully polished and there are additional feather designs in the clay. The seedpot is from 2000.  It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

$ 150.00 $ 100.00
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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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Roller, Ryan – Black Jar with Bear Paws

While Ryan Roller has been making pottery since he was a child it is his recent work which has risen to a new level of sophistication in form, polish, carving and firing techniques.  This jar is a classic water jar shape with a double shoulder and slightly turned out rim. The body of the piece is fully polished and there are four bear paws incised into the clay.  Below the shoulder are water designs that are carved into the clay.  Ryan’s pieces are stone polished and he gets an amazing even tonality to the surface of his work! It is nice to see how he is able to vary the design on such a classic piece!

$ 500.00 $ 350.00
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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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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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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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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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Aragon, Dolores – Mini Seedpot with Flower Design

Dolores Aragon is known for her miniature pottery. This small seedpot is painted with a flower pattern on the top. The design extends outward with additional flower petals.  While it is small, it is beautifully painted!  It is signed on the bottom.

$ 150.00 $ 95.00
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