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Maria and Julian Plates

Thursday, June 1, 2017 8:48 PM

Today we are going to share a set of plates made by Maria and her husband, Julian, that are really unique. How unique?  Well, what would you think if I told you that Maria made several sets of plates that were intended to be used as dinnerware?

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Maria Martinez, The Potter of San Ildefonso

Wednesday, May 17, 2017 10:51 AM

Maria Martinez, The Potter of San Ildefonso

We have, over the years, put together a great collection of Maria's work. She was an icon and a role model for so many Pueblo potters. Anyone who is a serious, or even casual pottery collector, should have one of Maria's pieces. She was a gentle, talented woman who was happy to share her work with the world. She did not have a particularly happy life. She lost her husband early on, her son died at a young age and her grandson, Tony Da, probably the most talented potter in the family, had a motorcycle accident that seriously affected him, ending his pottery career. He died soon after that. 

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Works of a Master Potter from Santa Clara Teresita Naranjo, “Apple Blossom"

The process of creating Santa Clara, or any other traditional Pueblo pottery, is exacting and challenging. From locating the clay source, digging it out of the ground, cleaning it, creating the pot by hand using the coil method, carving or painting designs on the pot, polishing it and then firing it under a pile of Pinon or sheep manure, it is a long process.
If everything is not done correctly, the pot may break when fired. If the wind comes up, the finish will not be perfect. It is difficult to make a simple basic pot, but creating a unique, elegant and technically perfect pot is very, very challenging. It is for these reasons that so few potters reach that level of artistry.

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What's that Navajo girl doing making Hopi pots?

Tuesday, September 6, 2016 6:51 PM

What's that Navajo girl doing making Hopi pots?

If you study the history of the Southwestern tribes, you’ll find that the Hopi and Navajo have not always been the best of buddies. Some of the animosity is long term, going back to ancient days, and some of it relates to more recent times. 

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Stella Shutiva (1939-1997), Acoma Potter

Wednesday, August 17, 2016 5:37 PM

Stella Shutiva (1939-1997), Acoma Potter

Stella Shutiva was from the Acoma Pueblo which is West of Albuquerque off of I-40 near Grants, New Mexico. Potters from prehistoric sites in the southwest created pottery that had a corrugated look and feel. The outside of the pot is textured in rows where the coils circle the pot. Stella's mother, Jessie Garcia, is credited with being the first person to recreate this unique style.

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Storytelling to 112 Children

Wednesday, August 10, 2016 3:51 PM

Storytelling to 112 Children

Carolyn Sando, of Jemez Pueblo, has been a great friend and one of our favorite artists since she attended Fort Lewis College in Durango, over thirty years ago!

It’s hard to believe we’ve known each other for that many years, but it has been a pleasure. She is one of those people whose enthusiasm and smile are contagious!

In the fall of every year, she brings us a nice selection of her Nativity sets which are always a big hit. The individual pieces in each set radiate personality and it certainly makes you feel good to look at them.

Well, this summer, Carolyn outdid herself and brought in two really nice large storytellers. I am talking large!

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