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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 Rachel Simmerman


This is a beautiful piece from young artist, Rachel Simmerman. Rachel is only 18 but you would never guess her age based on the perfection of her work. This piece was made in the traditional Santa Clara manner and is signed by the artist.


2 1/8" Tall, 2 3/4" Wide


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Santa Clara Pueblo Pottery


by Eric Tafoya


Eric Tafoya was born in 1969 into the Santa Clara-Tewa Pueblo. Eric sparked an interest in pottery making at the age of 18, while watching his Aunt, Gwen Tafoya, and his Mother, Wanda Tafoya, coil their pottery. This inspired him to start making his own pottery. The Tafoya family has been making pottery since the early 1900ís, and this strong tradition lives within Eric.


Eric specializes in the traditional hand coiled Santa Clara pottery with the classic black finish, usually etched or he will add sgraffito designs. Eric also adds the flare of a burned red brim and hughes to his work. Eric digs up his own clay and sand from within the Santa Clara Pueblo sacred grounds. Eric cleans the clay, mixes, hand coils, shapes, etches, and fires his pottery, outdoors, with horse manure. He etches flowers, hummingbirds, and designs of feathers on his pottery.


4 1/2" Tall , 4 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 '13.


3 7/8" Tall, 5 1/4" 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 Eric Tafoya


Eric Tafoya was born in 1969 into the Santa Clara-Tewa Pueblo. Eric sparked an interest in pottery making at the age of 18, while watching his Aunt, Gwen Tafoya, and his Mother, Wanda Tafoya, coil their pottery. This inspired him to start making his own pottery. The Tafoya family has been making pottery since the early 1900ís, and this strong tradition lives within Eric.


Eric specializes in the traditional hand coiled Santa Clara pottery with the classic black finish, usually etched or he will add sgraffito designs. Eric also adds the flare of a burned red brim and hughes to his work. Eric digs up his own clay and sand from within the Santa Clara Pueblo sacred grounds. Eric cleans the clay, mixes, hand coils, shapes, etches, and fires his pottery, outdoors, with horse manure. He etches flowers, hummingbirds, and designs of feathers on his pottery.


3 1/2" Tall, 4 1/4" Wide


Suggested Retail $300.00 / Your Price: $225.00


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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.


3 1/2" Tall, 2 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.


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


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Santa Clara Pueblo Hand Coiled Pottery


by Julie Gutierrez


Julie was born in 1965 and has been potting since 1977. She learned to work the clay from her mother, Victoria Gutierrez, and also counts two sisters, Effie Garcia and Sally M. Gutierrez, as inspiration. Julie often makes animals and a mushroom shape of her own creation, in addition to more traditional pottery shapes. Her trademark design is a swirling sgraffito pattern that mimics flowers or a spider's web in both red- and blackware. On occasion, Julie likes to work with her husband, Johnny Tapia, also of Santa Clara. Signed by the artist.


2 1/8" Tall x 2 5/8" 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.


4" Tall, 3 3/8" Wide


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Santa Clara Hand Coiled Pottery


by Johnathan Naranjo


Johnathan Naranjo is an incredibly talented young artist. He is the son of Caroline Elliot and the grandson of Bernice Naranjo. His pieces blend elements of his Santa Clara and Navajo heritage, but he also enjoys etching more contemporary designs from time to time. This piece is covered in detailed Kachina designs. Signed by the artist.


3 3/8" Tall , 2 1/4" Wide


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Santa Clara Pueblo Pottery Puppy


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" Tall, 4 3/8" Long


Suggested Retail $75.00 / Your Price: $54.00


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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 traditional design. The artist then added a stone polish finish. This piece is signed. It comes from a private collection and was made sometime in the 90s.


 3" Tall , 4 1/2" Wide


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Santa Clara Pueblo Pottery Wedding Vase

 

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 3/4" Tall, 3" Wide


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Santa Clara Pueblo Hand Made Pottery


by Julie Gutierrez


Julie was born in 1965 and has been potting since 1977. She learned to work the clay from her mother, Victoria Gutierrez, and also counts two sisters, Effie Garcia and Sally M. Gutierrez, as inspiration. Julie often makes animals and a mushroom shape of her own creation, in addition to more traditional pottery shapes. Her trademark design is a swirling sgraffito pattern that mimics flowers or a spider's web in both red- and blackware. On occasion, Julie likes to work with her husband, Johnny Tapia, also of Santa Clara.


This piece features an etched design and inlaid turquoise.


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


Suggested Retail $365.00 / Your Price: $285.00


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Santa Clara Hand Coiled Pottery Wedding Vase


by Sammy Naranjo


Sammy is an accomplished Santa Clara potter. He learned his trade from his mother, Flora Naranjo. Sammy uses black and red tones to create striking pieces that are carved with great detail. This piece is signed.


9 1/2" Tall, 4 1/2" Wide


Suggested Retail $950.00 / Your Price: $690.00


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