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Santa Clara Pueblo Pottery


Black pottery from the Santa Clara Pueblo is among the most well-known in the entire world. Maria Martinez of San Ildefonso Pueblo is arguably the most well known Potter ever to live. She became famous for the black pottery tradition that is now carried on by artists of the Santa Clara Pueblo. Santa Clara Pueblo pottery has become the most collectible Native American pottery. This incredible art form begins with natural red clays gathered from the pueblos and surrounding hills. The clay undergoes many preparations before it is finally molded into the finished product. The artist generally rolls the clay into long thin rolls, then begins to "build" the piece by layering these rolls one on top of the other. This hand coiled method includes smoothing the coils by hand to the pottery's final shape. The artist then begins the arduous task of polishing the piece. This is accomplished by rubbing a smooth "polishing" stone over the piece over and over until the red clay shines. Finally, the piece is fired in an "oxygen reduction" firing process. During the firing, the artist smothers the fire with horse manure. The manure traps a thick, carbon rich smoke all around the piece. The carbon contained in the smoke fuses itself into the clay, turning it black. This black color can never be removed or washed off. The entire process is fraught with problems as about 3 of every 5 pieces actually emerge from the fire without damage. Given the rarity of this pottery, artists often view the clay as a living entity. A finished piece is often revered as a gift from what pueblo potters often respectfully refer to as the "Clay Mother". The end result is a stunning piece of Native American pottery work of art.

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Santa Clara Pueblo Hand Coiled Pottery


by Vickie Martinez


Vickie specializes in the traditional handmade black and red Santa Clara pottery. She gathers her own natural pigments (clay) from the hills within the Santa Clara Pueblo. Vickie hand coils, shapes, carves, fires and polishes her pottery using all traditional methods. Vickie was quoted as saying: I find etching a very challenging and rewarding experience, which I am enjoying thoroughly. Vickie signs her pottery as: Vickie Martinez Tafoya, Santa Clara Pueblo.


7 3/4" Tall, 5 1/8" Wide


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Santa Clara Pueblo Hand Coiled Pottery


by Bernice Naranjo


Bernice is the mother of Dusty and Forrest Naranjo, and sister-in-law to Rina Swentzell, Nora Naranjo-Morse and Jody Folwell. A consistent award winner, she is known for her burnished brown pottery which she etches with different nature and wildlife designs. Bernice signs her work with a small round symbol that is her hallmark.


5" Tall, 3 7/8" Wide


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Santa Clara Hand Coiled Pottery Owl


This is an adorable Santa Clara pueblo owl. It was hand coiled and painted with traditional designs. The artist then added a stone polish finish. This piece is signed.


2 3/8" Tall, 2 1/8" Wide


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Santa Clara Pueblo Hand Coiled Pottery


by Dusty Naranjo


Like her brother, Forrest Naranjo, Dusty was not raised in a strictly pueblo environment. Her father, Tito Naranjo, was a university professor and this less traditional upbringing probably accounts for the contemporary styles of Dusty's pottery. In fact, Dusty did not even pursue pottery until a little later in life. She first graduated with a BA in psychology from NM Highlands University and recently obtained her Master's Degree in Art Therapy. However, having been exposed to pottery making throughout her life -- both her parents pot and her father's siblings are Jody Folwell, Nora Naranjo- Morse and Dolly Naranjo -- it was perhaps inevitable that Dusty give it a try. When she did begin potting she discovered that is was a wonderful creative process. Using only traditional techniques, Dusty is now a well known potter having progressed far in a short period of time. This beautiful piece features intricate geometric and bird designs and is signed Dusty '14.


6 5/8" Tall, 4 1/8" Wide


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Santa Clara Pueblo Hand Coiled Pottery


by Gwen Tafoya


Gwen Tafoya was born in 1965 into the Santa Clara Pueblo-Tewa. She began experimenting with pottery making at the age of 6. She started out hand coiling small bowls and pots, using traditional methods. Gwen began making larger pieces of pottery by the time she reached the age of 16, and eventually would etch on the pottery steadily. Gwen was inspired to make pottery by her mother, Mary Agnes Tafoya. She taught Gwen all the fundamentals of hand coiling traditional Santa Clara Pottery.


Gwen specializes in hand coiling traditional Santa Clara pottery which she then carves and etches by hand. She gathers her natural pigments from within the hills of the Santa Clara Pueblo. Gwen cleans, mixes, hand coils, shapes, polishes, and fires her pottery outdoors with horse manure. She signs her pottery as Gwen Tafoya SCP.


4 1/8" Tall, 5 1/2" Wide


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Santa Clara Pueblo Hand Coiled Pottery


by Bernice Naranjo


Bernice is the mother of Dusty and Forrest Naranjo, and sister-in-law to Rina Swentzell, Nora Naranjo-Morse and Jody Folwell. A consistent award winner, she is known for her burnished brown pottery which she etches with different nature and wildlife designs. Bernice signs her work with a small round symbol that is her hallmark.


6 1/2" Tall, 5 3/8" Wide


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Santa Clara Pueblo Hand Coiled Pottery


by Bernice Naranjo


Bernice is the mother of Dusty and Forrest Naranjo, and sister-in-law to Rina Swentzell, Nora Naranjo-Morse and Jody Folwell. A consistent award winner, she is known for her burnished brown pottery which she etches with different nature and wildlife designs. Bernice signs her work with a small round symbol that is her hallmark.


5 1/8" Tall, 4 1/2" Wide


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Santa Clara Pueblo Hand Coiled Pottery


by Norman Red Star


Red Starr Elk is a full blooded Native American Indian born into the Sioux Nation in 1937. He was inspired to hand coil and craft pottery by Charles Blunt Horn (uncle), Norman Red Star (nephew), and Swift Bird (cousin). Red Starr specializes in hand etching on the traditional black on black, Santa Clara pottery. He will etch animals, feathers, bear paws, and many other different designs. He accents his pottery with turquoise stones. He also hand carves sculptures on wood or stone, crafts belt buckles from bead work and he enjoys oil painting the most because he says: I can get more creative and distinctive in my designs. Red Starr signs his pottery as: Red Starr followed by an arrow, and includes his census # on every piece.


3 3/4" Tall, 5 1/8" Wide


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Santa Clara Pueblo Hand Coiled Pottery


by Dusty Naranjo


Like her brother, Forrest Naranjo, Dusty was not raised in a strictly pueblo environment. Her father, Tito Naranjo, was a university professor and this less traditional upbringing probably accounts for the contemporary styles of Dusty's pottery. In fact, Dusty did not even pursue pottery until a little later in life. She first graduated with a BA in psychology from NM Highlands University and recently obtained her Master's Degree in Art Therapy. However, having been exposed to pottery making throughout her life -- both her parents pot and her father's siblings are Jody Folwell, Nora Naranjo- Morse and Dolly Naranjo -- it was perhaps inevitable that Dusty give it a try. When she did begin potting she discovered that is was a wonderful creative process. Using only traditional techniques, Dusty is now a well known potter having progressed far in a short period of time. This beautiful piece features intricate geometric and bird designs and is signed Dusty '14.


7" Tall, 5 1/2" Wide


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Santa Clara Pueblo Hand Coiled Pottery


by Dusty Naranjo


Like her brother, Forrest Naranjo, Dusty was not raised in a strictly pueblo environment. Her father, Tito Naranjo, was a university professor and this less traditional upbringing probably accounts for the contemporary styles of Dusty's pottery. In fact, Dusty did not even pursue pottery until a little later in life. She first graduated with a BA in psychology from NM Highlands University and recently obtained her Master's Degree in Art Therapy. However, having been exposed to pottery making throughout her life -- both her parents pot and her father's siblings are Jody Folwell, Nora Naranjo- Morse and Dolly Naranjo -- it was perhaps inevitable that Dusty give it a try. When she did begin potting she discovered that is was a wonderful creative process. Using only traditional techniques, Dusty is now a well known potter having progressed far in a short period of time. This beautiful piece features intricate geometric and bird designs and is signed Dusty '14.


5 5/8" Tall, 4 1/4" Wide


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Santa Clara Pueblo Pottery Bear


by Paul and Dorothy Gutierrez


Paul and Dorothy Gutierrez have been married since 1965, and have two sons, Paul Gutierrez Jr. and Gary Gutierrez. Dorothy was born in 1940 and is a Navajo woman. Her mother is a weaver who weaves belts. Paul Sr. was born is 1936 and is a Tewa Pueblo Indian. They are very well known for their Black Mudhead Figurines. The mudheads are now what we call "Koshares" and they take part in the Indian ceremonial dances as clowns. They are made to put a smile on your face and to remind you not to take life so seriously all of the time. Paul's parents were both well know potters by the names of Lela and Vann Gutierrez. Paul has two sisters. Margaret Gutierrez, in her late fifties, to out knowledge still makes pottery. She specializes in polychrome bowls and figurines. Paul's late sister, Pauline Gutierrez, taught him the art of pottery making. Paul's niece, Stephanie Naranjo, also makes polychrome figurines. The Gutierrez family biography can be found in many books including "The fourteen Families in Pueblo Pottery," by Rick Dillingham.


2 5/8" Tall, 2 1/2" Wide


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Santa Clara Pueblo Hand Coiled Pottery


by Dusty Naranjo


Like her brother, Forrest Naranjo, Dusty was not raised in a strictly pueblo environment. Her father, Tito Naranjo, was a university professor and this less traditional upbringing probably accounts for the contemporary styles of Dusty's pottery. In fact, Dusty did not even pursue pottery until a little later in life. She first graduated with a BA in psychology from NM Highlands University and recently obtained her Master's Degree in Art Therapy. However, having been exposed to pottery making throughout her life -- both her parents pot and her father's siblings are Jody Folwell, Nora Naranjo- Morse and Dolly Naranjo -- it was perhaps inevitable that Dusty give it a try. When she did begin potting she discovered that is was a wonderful creative process. Using only traditional techniques, Dusty is now a well known potter having progressed far in a short period of time. This beautiful piece features intricate geometric and bird designs and is signed Dusty '14.


4 5/8" Tall, 3 5/8" Wide


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Santa Clara Pueblo Hand Coiled Pottery


by Lee Moquino


Micaceous Pottery is a traditional style of pottery that utilizes clay with a very high content of mica. Mica is one of nature's best insulators allowing the pots to hold heat, but also absorb the thermal shock of being placed on a hot stovetop. The pots are made by the coil method and then wood fired. Micacous pottery has been utilized in various locations in the world for many centuries, and in the southwest for over eight hundred years. This functional pottery can be used for cooking and then be left out to be viewed as a work of art.


8 3/4" Tall, 7 1/4" Wide


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Santa Clara Pueblo Pottery Eagle


by Paul and Dorothy Gutierrez


Paul and Dorothy Gutierrez have been married since 1965, and have two sons, Paul Gutierrez Jr. and Gary Gutierrez. Dorothy was born in 1940 and is a Navajo woman. Her mother is a weaver who weaves belts. Paul Sr. was born is 1936 and is a Tewa Pueblo Indian. They are very well known for their Black Mudhead Figurines. The mudheads are now what we call "Koshares" and they take part in the Indian ceremonial dances as clowns. They are made to put a smile on your face and to remind you not to take life so seriously all of the time. Paul's parents were both well know potters by the names of Lela and Vann Gutierrez. Paul has two sisters. Margaret Gutierrez, in her late fifties, to out knowledge still makes pottery. She specializes in polychrome bowls and figurines. Paul's late sister, Pauline Gutierrez, taught him the art of pottery making. Paul's niece, Stephanie Naranjo, also makes polychrome figurines. The Gutierrez family biography can be found in many books including "The fourteen Families in Pueblo Pottery," by Rick Dillingham.


2 1/2" Tall, 4" Wide


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Santa Clara Hand Coiled Pottery


This is a traditional Santa Clara piece. It was hand coiled and carved with a deep avanyu design. The artist then added a stone polish finish. This piece is signed.


3" Tall, 3 3/8" Wide


Suggested Retail $175.00 / Your Price: $135.00


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