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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 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”.


5 5/8" Tall, 6" Wide


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Santa Clara Pueblo Hand Coiled Pottery


by Lois Gutierrez


Lois Gutierrez del la Cruz is of Pojoaque and Santa Clara heritage and works with polychrome plates, jars and bowls. This piece is signed.


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


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Santa Clara Hand Coiled Pottery Wedding Vase


by Phyllis and Marlin Hemlock


This is a traditional Santa Clara wedding vase by husband and wife team, Phyllis and Marlin Hemlock. It was hand coiled and carved with a deep avanyu design and accented with turquoise stones. This piece is signed and comes from a private collection. The exact age is unknown and the condition is excellent.


9" Tall, 6 1/2" Wide


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Santa Clara Pueblo Hand Coiled Pottery


by Candelaria Suazo


Stone polished and hand coiled black-ware pottery painted with natural designs etched in black and red slip. Signed by the artist.


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


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Santa Clara Pueblo Hand Coiled Pottery


by Stella Chavarria


Stella is the daughter of famed Santa Clara potter Teresita Naranjo who passed away in early 2000. Stella's pottery is very much influenced by that of her mother with the exception that Stella makes only black ware and works on a somewhat smaller scale than did Teresita. One could say that Stella makes quintessential Santa Clara black ware and receive little or no argument. Stella has two potting daughters who share in her style: Denise Chavarria and Sunday Chavarria.


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


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Santa Clara Pueblo Hand Coiled Pottery


by Marvin Moquino


This is a stone polished and hand made pot. It is signed by the Santa Clara artist, Marvin Moquino.


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


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Santa Clara Pueblo Hand Coiled Pottery


by Kevin Naranjo


Kevin Naranjo, “Turquoise Mountain”, was born into the Santa Clara Pueblo in 1972. He was inspired to learn and continue the long lived tradition of hand coiling pottery at the age of 10 back in 1982, by his family and his love for nature. Kevin specializes in the hand coiled black/sienna Santa Clara pottery.


He crafts traditional designs with wildlife scenery's on the exterior of the pottery. The first piece he ever made was a dinosaur, and then he sparked an interest in molding animal figurines. Kevin gathers his own clay from the sacred grounds within Santa Clara Pueblo. He hand mixes, coils, shapes, crafts, and fires his pottery the traditional way, outdoors.


Kevin signs his pottery as: Kevin Naranjo, Santa Clara Pueblo. Kevin is related to the following artists: Dolores Curran (aunt), Geri Naranjo (mother), and the late Ursulita Naranjo (grandmother).


2 5/8" Tall, 3 3/8" 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 Bowl


by Tracy Naranjo


This is a stone polished and hand coiled black-ware bowl. It is signed by the Santa Clara artist, Tracy Naranjo.


7/8" Tall, 3" Wide


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Santa Clara Pueblo Hand Coiled Pottery Turtle


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.


4" Tall, 3 3/4" Long


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Santa Clara Pueblo Hand Coiled Pottery


by Norman Red Star


Norman Red Star, “Wi-Cahpe-Luza”, Swift Star, is a full blooded Native American Indian born into the Sioux Nation in 1955. He was inspired to continue the long lived tradition of crafting art by his Uncle, the famous, RedStarr. Norman began working with art at the age of 16. He started out with crafting bead work, and at the age of 24 he began hand carving sculptures on stone. At the age of 26 he began painting, and at the age of 40 he began crafting pottery.

 
Norman now specializes in hand crafting the traditional Santa Clara pottery with sgraffito etchings. He gets his ideas from hunting and mother nature herself. He etches animal legends on his pottery. He also accents his pottery with turquoise stones. Norman was quoted as saying: “The finished pottery is always a welcomed sight to see.” Norman signs his pottery as: Wi-Cahpe-Luza, Red Star, followed by a shield symbol, and finally with his census number.


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


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Santa Clara Pueblo Hand Coiled Pottery


by Elaine Salazar


This is a stone polished and hand coiled black-ware pot. It is signed by the Santa Clara artist, Elaine Salazar.


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


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Santa Clara Pueblo Hand Coiled Pottery Wedding Vase


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”.


9 3/4" Tall, 4 5/8" Wide


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Santa Clara Pueblo Hand Coiled Pottery


by Glenda Naranjo


Stone polished and hand coiled red-ware pottery carved with a traditional Ananyu water serpent design. Signed by the artist.


4 1/2" Tall, 5 3/4" Wide


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