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Santa Clara Pottery

 

The Santa Clara pueblo currently has the largest number of active potters of the pueblo pottery producers. The pueblo is famous for the carved and/or polished blackware and redware. Margaret Tafoya and her mother, SaraFina Tafoya, are considered the matriarchs of Santa Clara pottery. They developed the carved pottery technique in the 1920s. Helen Shupla was another important innovator who created the melon bowl from an earlier historic version. Her melon bowls are distinctive because she pushes the ribs from the inside out instead of carving them on the outside.

Black-on-black and redware is still popular as well as polychrome designs. Many potters favor highly polished surfaces and frequently use the traditional bear paw imprint. The avanyu, Tewa for water serpent, is a favorite motif. The double-spouted wedding vase is also a popular vessel. Recently several potters are creating sgraffito pottery, finely detailed geometrics and plant and animal forms on vessels. The potters use multiple colors of clay slips to emphasize areas of decorations.

Some of the most innovative potters are at Santa Clara creating very traditional and non-traditional vessels, including Joseph Lonewolf, Grace Medicine Flower, Nathan Youngblood, Lucy Year Flower, Nancy Youngblood, Jody Folwell, Autumn Bortz and Tammy Garcia.

Linda Tafoya Sanchez, Black Mica Bowl

4" tall x 6" wide

(SKU #LTBM1)

Born in 1962, Linda is the granddaughter of Santa Clara Pueblo pottery matriarch Margaret Tafoya and the daughter of Lee and Betty Tafoya.  Being a descendant of Margaret Tafoya and pursuing a career in pottery requires a commitment to excellence and Linda has risen to the challenge with her graceful, magnificently carved designs. Her polishing work is so exceptional, she has come to be regarded as the best polisher in her family.

During her first marriage, Linda moved to San Juan Pueblo. While her pottery continued in a Santa Clara style, she also began to design pieces that were influenced by traditional San Juan imagery. In the late 1980s, she was one of the first Santa Clara potters to begin using a micaceous slip to complement the polished and matte surfaces of her pottery.

This bowl is highly polished on the top and bottom and fired a deep polished black.   The mid section of the jar is slipped in micaceous clay in matte finish and incised with rectangular sections leaning against each other. 

Linda lived at San Juan in the 1980s and so has often continued to use their distinctive style of designs in her pottery.   The precision of the carving and the shine of the stone polished surface are continuing examples of why she is among the leading potters working today.

 

Price: $1200.00 SOLD

 

Jeff Roller, Black Buffalo Lidded Jar

4 1/2" tall x 5" wide (5 1/2" tall with buffalo)

(SKU #JRB1)

Santa Clara Pueblo Pottery made by award-winning artist, Jeff Roller.  Jeff Roller is one of the most highly respected artists in Santa Clara Pottery today. As the son of award-winning potter Toni Roller and grandson of famed potter Margaret Tafoya, he was exposed to the finest work in traditional pueblo pottery, and even began making his own pottery at the age of nine.  After already establishing himself as an award-winning artist, Jeff quit his job as an engineering technician in 1988 and devoted himself full time to his work as an artist.  We are glad he did.

Jeff continues to make traditional pottery and there is a remarkable attention to the crisp carved lines in his work as well as a evenness to his stone polished surfaces. This jar is a stunning shape with the low, round shoulder.  It is carved with a cloud and kiva pattern. This is a very attractive jar with deep carvings and near perfect symmetry and polish.   The lid is a Buffalo, which is sculpted from Santa Clara clay.  Check out the detail, it is exceptional!

Price: $3500.00

 

Grace Medicine Flower, Basket Weave Pot

4" tall x 5" wide

(SKU #GMF1)

Grace Medicine Flower was among the first in the early 1970s to begin using the “sgraffito” technique to etch designs into the clay.  She did this along with her brother, Joseph Lonewolf, and her father, Camilio Tafoya.  Over the years her work has evolved in amazing new directions.  I have met Grace on a few occasions; she is a wonderful woman, kind and giving in nature.  This piece was a special order for me.

This bowl brings together so many aspects of her pottery.  The basic design is the basket pattern, etched into the clay.  There are carved, incised and sgraffito areas, along with polished, matte and polychrome surfaces.  The medallion on the bowl is butterflies and flowers as the central image.  What makes this such a transitional piece is her use of the additional clay slips to highlight the various designs.  The carving is also complex in the various patterns around the central medallion.  It is also remarkable how she was able to carve the rim and yet not have it crack during the drying or firing stage. This vessel is an incredible blend of contemporary art and traditional imagery and techniques.

Price: $5200.00 SOLD

 

Camilio Sunflower Tafoya, Seed Jar

2 1/2" tall x 4" wide

(SKU #CST1)

Camilio Tafoya is the father of Grace Medicine Flower and Joseph Lonewolf and the brother of Margaret Tafoya and Christina Naranjo. He began making carved pottery and then in the 1970's started to create his own beautiful miniatures with incised designs.

This jar is from 1978, redware seed jar with sgraffito pueblo scene and avanyu etched into the clay surrounding the piece. Typical of Camilio’s pottery, his work often tells stories of the Pueblo and the migration of the Pueblo people.  This jar is in perfect condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair. The piece is signed on the bottom in the clay.

Very nice piece to complement your Tafoya family!

Price: $2000.00

 

Gregory Lonewolf,  minatures (set of 5)

1 3/4" - 1/2"

(SKU #GLW1)

Take a look at these incredible works of art! The detail and creativity in design and painting is amazing. These little gems of Greg Lonewolf are even more impressive in person - where a true sense of perspective can fully be appreciated.

Greg Lonewolf is the son of famed Santa Clara potter Joseph Lonewolf. Like his father, Greg makes exquisite sgrafitto pottery focusing on wildlife scenes in a polychrome style.

In recent years, Greg has gone back and forth between pottery making and firefighting. A few years back he landed a job with the Espanola Fire Dept. He was subsequently promoted from Lieutenant to Captain to Battalion Chief. Consequently, his production has been limited over the past few years.

This set of 5 miniature pottery can be yours. The pots are all varying in size and shape,incised forming various patterns of animals being, dragonfly, frog, turtle, fish, and bird... The sizes range from 1"H X 3/4"W,(the dragonfly pot), (the largest),to 1" round the turtle, to 3/4" round (fish pot), to 1/2"the frog pot and 1/2" bird. Set is perfect for any miniature pottery collection for the collector.

 

Price: $2500.00

 

Nancy Youngblood and Russell Sanchez

6" wide x 7" tall

(SKU #RSNY1)

The bringing together of two wonderful artists!  WOW!! What can I say about this piece, again "ONE OF A KIND." Nancy and Russell collaborated on this piece.

Nancy Younblood, known for her black swirl ribbed bowls and jars of all sizes, this new piece is a perfect example of Nancy’s best work. Look at the complex consistency of the carved ribs and the beautiful black tone she achieves with her polishing. This is a great piece for the collector that has always wanted a Nancy Youngblood swirl ribbed jar! It has 16 S ribs, intricate, symmetrical and magnificently shaped. The bottom of the jar is small and narrow, and that structure creates an absolute elegance.

This collaboration with Russell Sanchez is one of a kind.  The two strands of super fine olive shell Heishi beads made by Mary Calabaza from Santo Domingo around the neck and Russell's expert sgraffito gives this form such visual appeal, (The inlay of the hei-shi beads is inspired by the work of Tony Da and Russell is the only living artist who was taught by Tony how to inlay into the pottery.) The lip is scalloped with such an even and perfect tone. The firing is close to gun metal and magnificent. For those people that admire simplicity at its best – this is it. This is such a classic piece. It is absolutely gorgeous.

Price: $28,500.00

 

Nathan Youngblood, Black on Black Avanyu Plate

13" cir x 2" 

(SKU #NAYB1)

I have met Nathan a number of times, super nice gentleman, extrodinary artist. Nathan Youngblood, born in 1954, is the grandson of Margaret Tafoya, and the son of Mela and Walt Youngblood. Along with his sister, Nancy, he is one of the most sought after potters working today. Nathan is a traditional potter, who has won more than 44 awards from the Indian Market in Santa Fe, New Mexico including Best of Class and Best of Traditional Pottery. 

This is a major piece and was a special order request from me for this particular piece.The carving and placement of design elements on this black on black plate is magnificent. The plate is absolutely perfect and pristine in every way. The balance of the black polished areas with the mica areas in contrast to the black matte is lovely. Nathan not only finishes his work to extraordinary levels of excellence, the designing of the carved elements is also phenomenal. Everything just flows. The double avanyu design is spectacular. (notice the differences in the two avanyu's)  Definitly a one of a kind!

Price: $12,000.00

 

Helen Shupla, Black Melon bowl

5 1/2" x 6"

(SKU #HSBMB1)

Helen Shupla is one of the few potters whose name has become synonymous with a particular style of pottery; the melon bowl. The ribs on these pieces are pushed out from the inside when the clay is wet. That is why there is often a slight turn to the ribs, as they are turned when she would twist her hand against the inside of the clay. As they are based on a natural form the tend to have a very organic appearance. Her work can be found in museums such as the Heard Museum and the Denver Art Museum. In 1978 Helen won a first prize at Indian Market in Santa Fe for a melon bowl, something she repeated the following year. In 1984, however, her wedding vase took First Prize at Indian Market in Santa Fe.

Her spectacular pottery appears in museum collections nationwide and sells for aggressive sums at the major auction houses.

This is of her classic black melon jar.  It has 19 ribs and it is beautifully polished and fired to a lustorous black. The highly polished surface and the various angles of the ribs result in a striking appearance as the light enhances the form.  The jar is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  Helen’s melon jars are visually beautiful, wonderful to hold and a testament to the ingenuity of an artist!

Price: $4,500.00 

 

Nathan Youngblood, tri-colored oval box  6 1/2" long x 4" tall x 3 1/2" wide

(SKU #NYBB1)

Nathan's pieces combine artistry in perfection and balance. His lines are smooth and clean, and his polishing is flawless. Nathan still digs his own clay, hand coils every pot and uses the traditional open fire techniques.

Nathan has created his own distinctive “polychrome” style of pottery with the use of the red, tan and buff surfaces on his pottery.  This oval lidded box is so elegant in form and style with the oval form and the perfectly fitted lid.  This is fired a deep red and there is a matte band above and on one end. The carving and placement of design elements on this red and tan piece is magnificent. On his red and tan pieces, after they are fired, he uses screwdrivers to scrape the background area and the side of the carving.   This can take almost as much time as the carving or polishing itself! Amazing the amount of time that goes into each vessel and yet how stunning they appear!

Price: $6000.00 SOLD

 

Margaret Tafoya, Bear Paw Canteen 

6 1/2" x 7" tall

(SKU #MTBPC1)

First Prize-1974 New Mexico State Fair, First Prize-1974 SWAIA Annual Indian Market

Regarded as one of the great masters of Pueblo ceramics, Margaret Tafoya (1904-2001) is known for her trademark large black polished ceramics, decorated with traditional imagery of rain clouds, water serpents, bear paws, and other symbols.

She made only hand-coiled vessels, and only used clay dug from deposits on Santa Clara land. "We get the clay where our ancestors used to take it," she said. "My girls are still doing work from the clay that my great-great-grandparents used." Furthermore, she insisted that her descendants do likewise and required them to fire their wares with natural fuels in an open fire and to finish their vessels to the characteristic luster by rubbing their surfaces with a smooth stone.

This canteen is a classic shape for Pueblo canteens.  This is a one of a kind canteen, I believe there is a red one floating around some where.  I have only seen two by Margaret in all my years of collecting.  The canteen is fully polished and a deep mirror like black. The handles are also fully polished.  Each side has a bear paw as the design.  This imagery is inspired by the use of canteens to gather and hold water.  The polishing on the surface is stunning and glassy in appearance.  Technically it is always more difficult to create pieces with handles and have them survive the drying and the firing. A leather strap is inserted into the loop handles and a wood stopper is provided for the opening.

Price: $15,000.00 SOLD

 

Nathan Younblood, Tri-colored Storage Jar

9" wide x 10" tall

(SKU #NYBSJ1)

Nathan's larger vessels become more even in thickness but still sturdy enough for him to deeply carve into the clay. Attention to the small details was also imparted to him from his mother and grandmother. The precision of his work is particularly evident in his forms, which have a near geometric perfection in shape and symmetry. Nathan’s pottery has evolved dramatically throughout his career. Throughout his career he has continually built on the lessons learned from his mother Mela and grandmother Margaret. This has created a solid foundation for the evolution of his pottery and “he has set the bar high for any potter to balance creativity, innovation and technical expertise.”

This large lidded water jar is what I refer to as “strong elegance”. The carving and placement of design elements on this red and tan piece is magnificent. The jar is absolutely pristine. The balance of the deep red polished areas with the deep tan polished areas in contrast to the tan matte bands is lovely. Nathan not only finishes his work to extraordinary levels of excellence, the designing of the carved elements is also phenomenal. Everything just flows

Price: $12,500.00 SOLD

 

Grace Medicine Flower, basket weave plate

6 1/2" 

(SKU #GMF2)

Wow, this plate is so wonderful, I love plates! Plates are always difficult to make in Pueblo pottery, as they easily crack in drying and firing. However, visually, they are dynamic with all the design apparent in one viewing. One would think they were looking at a basket upon veiwing this plate, there is even a spirt line.  The center piece is a deep red polish with flowers and butterflies.  The back is matte tan and is completely deep carved, with a large avanyu. Such a wonderful piece.

Price: $6,500.00 SOLD

 

Belen Tapia, carved black bowl

6 1/2 " wide x 6 1/2 " tall

(SKU #BTCBB1)

Belen Tapia was a nice of Sara Fina Tafoya and a sister of Ramoncita Sisneros and the mother of Anita Suazo, Frank Tapia and Anna Archuleta. She began making pottery in the 1930's during the early years of Santa Clara polychrome pottery. However, by the 1950's she was making primarily carved pottery with unique designs and forms. By the 1980's she was again making polychrome pottery, bringing her artistry full circle.

This piece is a rare black, deep carved Belen bowl.  This piece has a very glossy luster and is in superior condition!

Price: $600.00

 

Forrest Naranjo, Bottle Shaped Horse vase

8 1/2" tall x 4" wide

(SKU #FNHV1)

Forrest Naranjo comes from a family of notable Santa Clara potters. He is the son of Tito and Bernice Naranjo and the grandson of Rose Naranjo. He is known for the highly polished surfaces of his pots that can be as shiny as a mirror. He uses traditional pottery-making techniques while incorporating contemporary, densely packed carved designs, often involving combinations of different animal figures. His many awards in exhibitions and his wide exposure at galleries testify to his immense talent and he is a favorite with collectors. . 

This bottle shaped vase is beautiful. It is decorated with sgrafitto designs showing horses intertwined over the surface of the pot. The matte contrast on the neck is stunning. This pot is very differnt and is a must for any collector. One of my favorites!

Price: $900.00

 

Mary Cain, Large Bear Paw Olla

10' tall x 9 " wide

(SKU #MCLWJ1)

Mary Cain was a daughter of noted potter Christina Naranjo, and also a matriarch in her own right of a family of renown potters, including daughters Tina Diaz, Linda Cain, sons Billy Cain and Doug Cain and granddaughters Tammy Garcia and Autumn Borts-Medlock. Mary was known for her deeply carved surfaces and a highly polish pottery.

Mary's water jar with bear paw design.  The bear paw design on the jar is an ancient design used by several of the Rio Grande Pueblos. According to Santa Clara tradition, a female bear brought their ancestors to the banks of the Rio Grande River, where the Pueblo is now located. Hence the bear paw design.

This is probably the 4th piece in my collection when I started collecting so many years back! This is an all-polished piece; double shoulder with the bear paw design deep carved on two sides. This is a very large water jar and is in excellent condition. A must have!

 

Price: $3000.00

 

Forrest Naranjo, brown animal pot with rippled bottom

2" tall x 4 1/2" wide

(SKU #FNAP1)

Forrest Naranjo was born in 1963 into the Santa Clara Pueblo. He began making pottery back in 1986 at the age of 23. Forrest specializes in the handmade Sienna style or technique, which the Naranjo family is known for today. The Sienna firing is a color in between that of the traditional black or red.

Although Forrest Naranjo has spent little time living in or around the the pueblo, he has developed a great talent as an innovative potter from Santa Clara.

His father, Tito Naranjo, was a university professor, thus Forrest was raised away from the pueblos. This is no doubt why his pottery has a very contemperary feel and often incorporates designs that reflect his interests rather than pueblo life. He admits that he took up pottery to earn a living and was inspired by his relatives. In as much as his father's siblings are Jody Folwell, Dolly Naranjo, Nora Naranjo- Morse and Michael Naranjo (sculptor) it is understandable why his pottery took the direction it did. His sister is the well known potter Dusty Naranjo and his mother is a Taos potter, Bernice Suazo Naranjo.

Forrest mixes, hand coils, shapes, etches, and fires his pottery the traditional way, outdoors.

This piece is beautiful and incorporates various animated animals. The rim of the bowl is finished in a rough texture and the bottom has a rippled melon effect.  I just love Forrest's work. Just a wonderful piece.

Price: $600.00

 

Debra Duwyenie, Black and Red Turtle seed pot

3" tall x 3" wide

(SKU #DDTP1)

Debra Duwyenie is renown for her highly polished incised pottery. At times she also works on pieces with her husband, noted potter Preston Duwyenie. On these pieces he makes the piece of pottery and she does the polishing and incised designs. Debra is a granddaughter of Petra Gutierrez and the niece of noted potters Gloria Garcia (Goldenrod) & Lois Gutierrez. Debra also made pieces with Harvey Chavarria (1943-1991) and they were signed "Debra Harvey". It is significant that Debra does all of her sgraffito work into the clay before they are fired, which adds to the difficulty of her work. Debra has won numerous awards for her pottery at events such as Santa Fe Indian Market.

Gorgeous colors, from blacks to reds to siennas, the polish is perfect and glassy in every way. A classic Debra seed pot.

Price: $500.00

 

Debra Duwyenie, sunface seed pot

2 1/2" tall x 3 1/2" wide

(SKU #DDSFSP1)

Debra is well known for her wonderful miniatures and incised designs.  Each piece is stone polished and then it is etched before it is fired!  

This seedpot is gorgeous. It has a red polished central medallion while the remainder of the piece is slipped with a micaceous clay.  The design on the medallion is a sunface surrounded by a avanyu pattern.  Around the outside are cloud designs.  Note that the lighter red matte areas are where Debra has only etched away the polished surface but not down as far as the tan color of the clay. Note Debra’s attention to the little details, like the background tan area and how even she etches the vertical lines.

Price: $500.00

 

Art Cody Haungooah, Kokopelli seed pot

2" tall x 2" wide

(SKU #ACHSP2)

This seedpot is from 1978 and has a stylized Kokopelli as the central design, with various mibres designs around the remainder of the piece with a feather pattern. Vintage 1970s red seed pot by artist Art Cody Haungooah standing 2" tall and 2" diameter, the front is highly detailed with a swirling bird, many feathers including a dance wand. The bowl is highly polished which is a nice contrast to the deeply incised matte areas.

Traditionally hand built with native clay, stone burnished red slip is sgrafitto carved then pit fired.

Haungooah was the grandson of a famous Kiowa scout who also was known for his ledger drawings.

Art Haungooah changed his signature many times, this is an early version. He was one of the early potters to explore the sgrafitto carving method, along side Joseph Lonewolf, TsePe Gonzales and Tony Da.

 

Price: $550.00

 

Art Cody Haungooah, seed pot

2" tall x 2" wide

(SKU #ACHSP1)

Art Cody Haungooah began making pottery at Santa Clara Pueblo in the early 1970's. Married to Martha Suazo, he developed his unique style of incised imagery using Santa Clara coiling and polishing techniques. Until he passed away in the early 1980's, he was considered very creative for his very distinctive imagery. In 1976 he wrote of his work that , "I'm experiencing with the pot, in a manner similar to a painter, the subject matter, at a given moment is captured and the impressions and thoughts become living symbols and a living composition is created and recorded". Art said of his work, "Pottery is becoming a format for releasing designs and ideas - just like on canvas". Art said, "In the future I will surpass my present work and create artistic works of greater quality". It makes one wonder if he had worked longer than the short ten year span of his career what other innovative and original works he would have created! Throughout his short career he won numerous awards at The Heard Museum, Santa Fe Indian Market, Gallup Ceremonials and other events.

This seedpot by Art Cody Haungooah is from 1980-1.  It is an unusual shape with one flat side and an overall asymmetrical form.  The top is slipped with a green clay and highly polished.  It is etched with a Mimbres style quail and then highlighted with white and red clay slips.  There are additional designs near the base and on the sides.  The shape, design and color were very innovative for the time!  The piece is signed with his initials.  It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

Price: $1200.00

 

Linda Tafoya Sanchez, Red Mica Bowl

4" tall x 6" wide

(SKU #LTSR1)

Born in 1962, Linda is the granddaughter of Santa Clara Pueblo pottery matriarch Margaret Tafoya and the daughter of Lee and Betty Tafoya.  Being a descendant of Margaret Tafoya and pursuing a career in pottery requires a commitment to excellence and Linda has risen to the challenge with her graceful, magnificently carved designs. Her polishing work is so exceptional, she has come to be regarded as the best polisher in her family.

During her first marriage, Linda moved to San Juan Pueblo. While her pottery continued in a Santa Clara style, she also began to design pieces that were influenced by traditional San Juan imagery. In the late 1980s, she was one of the first Santa Clara potters to begin using a micaceous slip to complement the polished and matte surfaces of her pottery.

This bowl is highly polished on the top and bottom and fired a deep red. The mid section of the jar is slipped in micaceous clay in matte finish and incised with rectangular sections leaning against each other. 

Linda lived at San Juan in the 1980s and so has often continued to use their distinctive style of designs in her pottery.   The precision of the carving and the shine of the stone polished surface are continuing examples of why she is among the leading potters working today.

Price: $1,200.00 SOLD

 

Susan Romero Snowflake, Seed pot

2" tall x 2" wide

(SKU #SRSFSP1)

Susan Romero learned to etch her pottery from her father Joseph Lonewolf and signs her pieces with her Tewa name, "Pho-Sa-We" or "Snowflake". Her pottery is highly polished and intricately etched with detailed imagery. Her techniques of scratching the design into the surface of the clay allows her to create numerous levels by contrasting the color of the clay. The polished, red and tan matte colorations become her palate for the designs.

 

Susan’s pottery is highly polished and intricately etched with detailed imagery.   This little pot stands only 2" tall but is loaded with fine design. This is an exceptional piece by Susan Romero.  It is highly polished and fully designed.  The piece has various Pueblo designs on all sides with a ram as the central design, deer being chased by hunters with bows. As the piece is turned there are many different Mimbres-style animals and caricatures.  The realism of the deer is in striking contrast to the Mimbres animals. The clouds look as if they could float off the pot.Snowflakes attention to detail is extraordinary.  It is from the 1980′s and signed, "Pho-Sa-We". The seedpot is one of the nicest pieces I have seen from Susan.

Price: $1000.00

 

Minnie Vigil, Black on black

4 12" tall x 8" wide

(SKU #MVBOB1)

Minnie Vigil is one of a family of talented potters. Her sisters, Lois Gutierrez de la CruzThelma Talache, and Gloria (Goldenrod) Garcia, are potters of distinction. Minnie has won awards at Santa Fe Indian Market for years in recognition of her fine workmanship. She specializes in Polychrome wares. Some of her pottery is slipped in red clay and stone polished and some is slipped in matte tan clay and not polished. Minnie Vigil has produced exceptional pottery for a long time. She is recognized as one of the finest potters at Santa Clara Pueblo who is producing Polychrome wares.

A fine vintage Minnie Vigil bowl from 1970, hand painted with geometric, avanyu and cloud slip design.  The black on black is very rare and hard to find especially in this size.  This piece was given to me by my Great Aunt who collected pottery back in the early 60’s.  This piece shows slight signs of age but overall is in excellent condition. 

 

Price: $2500.00

 

Joseph Lonewolf, "Winging about Daisies"

1 3/4" tall x 1 1/2" wide

(SKU #JLWWD1)

Inspired and delicate designs!  This seedpot is from 1984. It has butterflies and a flowes which are delicately etched into the surface that it almost seems impossible that this is clay.  The butterflies are captured in flight with a gentle etching of the wings in motion.  The flower is highlighted with additional white and green clay slips.  As the seedpot is turned there are more deeply carved vertical lines which emphasize the central medallion and the sunshine.  These create a strong visual contrast from the highly polished red surface. 

  Joseph says about this piece that the butterflies on the side are “positioned the same, three multi-colored butterflies wing their way toward a single daisy blossom.  Between the open-winged butterflies are designs symbolic of the areas traveled by the butterflies during their search for nature’s sweet juices”.   Near the base is a small realistic butterfly and flower and the red area surrounding the butterfly represents Mother Earth. The medallion near the base is the yearly symbol for 1984.  The seedpot is signed in the clay on the bottom and it is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  All the various colors are derived from natural clay slips. More photos to depict this beautiful seed pot upon request.

Price: $3000.00

 

Joseph Lonewolf, Goat seedpot

1 1/2" x 1 1/2"

(SKU #JLWG1)

Joseph Lonewolf is a son of noted potters Camilio and Agapita Tafoya, and the brother of Grace Medicine Flower. 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 in his work. He has won numerous awards throughout his career and his work can be found in museums worldwide. He has been featured in numerous books including "The Art of Clay" and has received the prestigious New Mexico Governor's Award for Excellence in the Arts and the SWAIA Lifetime Achievement Award.

This seed pot is wonderful, goat with a white and blue and green diamond pattern and a light blue border encircling the main design.  On the back of this highly polished red pot is the infinity symbol and a delicately etched butterfly.  This is a wonderful piece and goes very well with the Pronghorn piece also offered for sale.  I grouped my 3 Lonewolf's, his father and his daughter and son together in a wonderful display.  This can be seen on my "home page" picture display. A wonderful combination of the Tafoya family.

Price: $1500.00

 

Joseph Lonewolf, Pronghorn seedpot

1 1/2" x 1 1/2"

(SKU #JLWPH1

This seed pot is wonderful, Pronghorn with a white and blue  pattern and a light blue border encircling the main design.  On the back of this highly polished red pot is the infinity symbol and a delicately etched butterfly.  This is a wonderful piece and goes very well with the Goat piece also offered for sale.  I grouped my 3 Lonewolf's, his father and his daughter and son together in a wonderful display.  This can be seen on my "home page" picture display. A wonderful combination of the Tafoya family.

Price: $1500.00

 

Monica Silva, Santa Clara redware

7" x 7"

(SKU #MSSCR1)

Monica Silva was born and raised at the pueblo of Santa Clara. She was the daughter of Benina Tafoya Silva and Fancisco Silva and granddaughter of Dolorita Baca and Jose Leandro. Monica was a distant relative of Alcario Tafoya, Margaret Tafoya's husband. Monica's mother, Benina Tafoya and Alcario's grandfather, Leandro, were sister and brother. Monica married Santiago Lovato in the 1910s and moved to his pueblo of Santo Domingo. She had learned to make black on blackware and red on redware growing up in a family of pottery makers at Santa Clara. After moving to Santo Domingo she also mastered the art of making Santo Domingo pottery. She was influential in popularizing blackware and redware at Santo Domingo during the 1920s and 30s. Santo Domingo potters never achieved the perfection of making blackware like the northern Tewa pueblos. Monica made significant contributions to pottery making at Santo Domingo and Santa Clara. She found and developed clay slips, which when polished, produces the high luster finish found on today's pottery.

 

This is a stunning large Monica Silva redware jar. This beautiful jar is an unsigned, Santa Clara red-ware jar.  This piece was purchased by my Great Aunt back in the early 40's and is identified on the bottom of the jar. It is very old, perhaps dating to the very early 1900's, but in fantastic shape for a bowl that was possible used for every day living. This pot was made before the art of "signature" was used.

 

Price: $3000.00

 

Mary Cain, Red Avanyu Bowl

4 1/2" tall x 5 1/2" wide

(SKU #MCRAB1)

Born in 1916, Mary Cain actively made redware and blackware since 1930. She was taught by her mother, Christina Naranjo and her grandmother, Sara Fina Tafoya. She won numerous awards throughout the years and her pottery items continue to remain much sought after by collectors around the world.  Santa Clara Pueblo potter, Mary Cain, passed away Thursday, 22 April 2010, at age 95. Mary, whose Tewa name was Blue Rain, was a granddaughter of Sara Fina Tafoya and daughter of Christina Naranjo and she was the grandmother of famous Santa Clara artist Tammy Garcia and Autumn Borts.  Those who knew Mary Cain will relish wonderful memories of her. She was a magnificent woman. 

This bowl has a carved avanyu that encompass the body as the bowl as it  is turned.  It is highly polished and the background has the traditional cream colored clay slip.  This is a very beautiful bowl from one of the all time greats.

Price: $600.00

 

Emily Tafoya, incised beauty!

5 1/2" (with lid) tall x 5 1/2" wide

(SKU #ETIB1

Emily Tafoya was born in 1959. She is Kiowa and Santa Clara. She was inspired to learn the art of pottery making from several family members, including her grandmother, Clara Suazo. Emily has been making pottery since 1973.

She specializes in incised (sgraffito) Santa Clara pottery. Her pottery is made the traditional way, and then completely covered with a combination of both contemporary and traditional designs. Emily digs her own clay from the local hills then combines it with volcanic ash found in the Espanola Valley of Northern New Mexico. The pottery is carefully formed and a clay slip is applied in layers. The pottery is then hand polished to a high sheen. The firing techniques bring out the desired colors like black, red, or green. The pot is then painstakingly incised. Every one of her pots has its own distinct personality. Sometimes she carves wildlife designs, and other times, human forms. It’s important to Emily that she produces a clean and sharp image on every piece she creates. Her works have been called “sparkling pottery gems” Emily states, “It is important to me to share my unique style of contemporary pottery. It is also important to stay within traditional methods of pottery making.” Emily signs her pottery as: Snow-Cap Mountain, Emily Tafoya SCP.

She is the mother of Jennifer Tafoya Moquino, a very prominent young potter. Emily has been winning wards since 1995. She continues to excel at her work.

 

This is a larger wonderfully executed hand coiled and incised green and red slipped bowl, with micacious grren. It is a lidded bowl that was made per my request. The bowl is incised with butterflies, flowers, fish, rams, birds, frogs, turtles, bees, lizards, spiders, this is certainly a one of a kind bowl. The polish on this piece is to such a high sheen that the bowl absolutely shines!

Price: $2500.00 SOLD

 

Jennifer Tafoya Moquino, fishing salmon bear pot

5" tall (with out the lid) x 4 1/2" wide

(SKU #JTFBP1)

Jennifer continues to explore a variety of design and cross-cultural boundaries in her work.  She has created several pieces with many different wildlife scenes and this one has to be one of her best.  The picture does not do this justice and I can send many more upon request.  WOW, salmon lid done to perfection. Salmon swimming up stream to the delight of the bears, 5 bears in all. Eagles, wood peckers, snow capped mountains, 20 salmon swimming up stream, what an incredible piece.  The pine trees look so real.  This is one of my all time favorites from Jennifer.  The bears are highly detailed and depicted with an amazing sense of motion.  All the various colors are derived from natural clay slips.

 

This is undoubtedly one of the more complex pieces I have seen from Jennifer Moquino.  The detail on this pot is amazing as it almost seems possible to see the bears fishing and eating!   However, it always is the little details which make her work so striking.  Beyond the incised sections the top under the lid and base are both fully carved with a stylized shifting style of pattern.  This pot is a must have!

Price: $3000.00 SOLD

 

Margaret Gutierrez, Wedding Vase

9" tall x 5" wide

(SKU #MGWV1)

Margaret Rose Gutierrez was born in 1936 and has been active since the 1960's. She collaborated with her brother Luther until his death in 1987. They specialized in the traditional polychrome style made famous by their parents Lela and Van Gutierrez. They were one of the few families to keep this important pottery tradition alive at Santa Clara pueblo.

This wedding vase was made after Luther's death around 1988.  This is a very nice piece in excellent shape.  All the various colors are derived from native clay slips and it was this polychrome style (i.e. more than 3 colors of clay) for which they were renowned.

Price: $1500.00 SOLD