Jemez Pueblo Pottery

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Jemez Pueblo

Presenting both traditional and contemporary pottery by Jemez artists including Mary Small, Vangie Tafoya, Carol Loretto, Elston & Dena Yepa, Pauline Romero, Bertina Tosa, Geraldine Sandia, Alvina Yepa, Helen Tafoya Henderson, Bertha Gachupin, Marcella Yepa, Wilma Baca, Brenda Tafoya, Joyce Lucero, Maxine T. Yepa, Ben & Geraldine Toya, Laverne Loretto-Tosa, Betty Jean (B.J.) Fragua, Carol Gachupin, Mary Louise E. Teeyan, Dennis Daubs, Marcella Yepa, and Juanita Fragua.

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Juanita Fragua is of the Corn Clan and has been an active potter since the 1950s. She was taught by her mother, Rita Magdalena, and has taught several prominent potters including Clifford Fragua, Glendora Fragua, Barbara Jean Chavez Fragua, and Dennis Daubs. She is respected as a leader in the Jemez pottery revival and the promotion of the arts. She began winning awards at the Santa Fe Indian Market in 1980 and continues to do so.

The pot at left is a sweet little pot by Juanita measuring 3 inches tall by 3.25 inches wide. Your price $90 ~ Item #J299. SOLD

Juanita is considered a Jemez master potter. She signs her work on the inner rim and on the bottom of each work as well with her signature arrow.

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Juanita is probably the only person remaining today at Jemez that creates swirl melon pots of this style by using her fingers to push and form the clay from the inside of the pot outward into these elegant and perfect swirls. Her clays and colors are always natural and her black paint is a secret that creates a unique tone of black that no one has been able to reproduce.

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Note from a customer:
"I have no idea why it took me so long to add one of Juanita's melon bowls to my collection, but the one you sold to me is among the finest items I own, in terra cotta or otherwise. It is beautiful and formed with such skill and perfection that few other pots can be near it without appearing a bit anemic. I studied the pot for quite some time and have to tell you: even the interior of the piece is striking and powerful. The imprint of Juanita's hands and fingers are so evident in the interior formation of the swirls! Her vision, molding and gentle persuasion of the moist clay are fired into the interior of the pot and will remain there, as a testimonial to her skills as an artist. No other piece I own has such intrigue!" J.L. ~ Dallas, Texas

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Alvina Yepa is of the Sun Clan and has been an active potter since 1982 working with stone polished redware jars, melon bowls and large incised ollas. She was taught traditional pottery making by her mother, Felipita Yepa. She has won many awards including Best of Division, 1st and others at the Santa Fe Indian Market, the Heard Museum Show, and the Inter-tribal Indian Ceremonial in Gallup.

This piece is a fantastic pot with excellent carving, incising, and a beautiful redware stone polish - wonderful shape, a very high quality piece. It measures 5.25 inches tall by 4.5 inches wide. Your price $445 ~ Item #J291. Click here to see an enlargement.  Includes Shipping! SOLD

Alvina's work has been published in Indian Market Magazine (1989); American Indian Art Magazine (1996); in Gregory Schaaf's "Southern Pueblo Pottery: 2000 Artist Biographies" and Berger & Schiffer's book "Pueblo and Navajo Contemporary Pottery". The pot  at right, bottom, features a kiva step mouth, diagonal melon cut and high quality red polishing - an excellent piece measuring 5 inches tall by 5.5 inches wide. Your price $325 ~ Item #J292. Click here to see an enlargement.  SOLD

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Scott Small is of San Felipe and Jemez heritage. He is the son of Mary Small, one of Jemez Pueblo’s most famous potters. Scot has been making his own mark in the pueblo pottery world with these great creations. His work is carried by the Indian arts & Crafts Shop at the U.S. Department of the Interior, Washington, D.C., and other galleries in the Southwest.

The polychrome turtle at left measures 5.5 inches long and 2.5 inches high. It has fantastic graphics and a beautiful piece of turquoise. Your price $185 ~ Item #J297. SOLD

Scott's work is published in “Southwestern Pottery: Anasazi to Zuni” by Hayes & Blom; and in Dr. Gregory Schaaf’s “Southern pueblo Pottery: 2000 Artist Biographies.” His detail work and colors are great. The polychrome turtle at right features complex graphics and turquoise. It measures 6.25 inches long by 3.75 inches tall. Your price $340 ~ Item #J298. SOLD

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Laverne Loretto-Tosa is of the Fire Clan and has been an active potter since 1985 working with stone polished jars and pots. She was taught to make authentic hand-coiled pottery by her mother, Priscilla Griego Loretto. Her work is highly polished and has very well executed graphics which usually features feathers and different geometric designs.

Laverne's work has been included in Indian Market Magazine and in Dr. Gregory Schaaf's book "Southern Pueblo Pottery: 2000 Artist Biographies".

This highly polished pot measures 5.25 inches tall by 5 inches wide. Your price $95 ~ Item #J290. SOLD

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