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Pueblo Pottery Maine presents both traditional and contemporary pottery by artists from several pueblos and tribes including Navajo artists Wesley Begaye, Irene White, Nancy Chilly; Tesuque artist Teresa & Thelma Tapia; Rosita DeHererra of Ohkay Owingeh (San Juan); Pine Ridge Sioux artist Red Starr; Ralph Aragon of San Filipe Pueblo; Myrtle Cata of San Felipe and Ohkay Owingeh (San Juan) Pueblos, and Mohawk potter Sosakete, Roger Perkins, Robert Vigil and Virginia Gutierrez of Nambe Pueblo.


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Begayte1aBegayeWestly Begaye was born in 1965 and is of the Navajo Nation in Arizona. His work is a merging of both the Navajo and Acoma Pueblo cultures. At left is a beautiful pot with a deer motif in the center, Tularosa swirl and kiva step designs on the bottom half among other graphics created in Westly’s unique polychrome style. It has excellent shape and an elongated neck with kiva steps cut into the opening. This is a really stunning piece, graceful and beautifully hand painted. It is 12 inches tall and 7 inches wide. Your price $445 ~ Item #MP202 SALE PRICED $395 Click here to see an enlargement.  Includes Shipping!

Westly learned pottery creation in the Acoma tradition of gathering and processing the clay, hand coiling; hand painting with natural paints, and open wood firing. His teacher was the late Marie Francis Vallo who was his companion for many years. Marie was the mother of Acoma potters Leland Robert Vallo, Kim Vallo, and Thomas Vallo. Robert’s and Kim’s work can be seen in our Acoma Pueblo section.

WBAt right is a handcoiled seedpot with grasshopper and parrot motif measuring 5 inches tall by 5.5 inches wide. Your price $220 ~ Item #MP232. Includes Shipping!

Westly has evolved his own style of contemporary pottery. He still uses traditional ways to create the work but the designs have a decidedly contemporary flare that continues to increase in popularity. His colors and graphics (includes Mimbres,Kokopelli, kiva steps, fineline) are distinctive which often make his work recognizable even at a distance. It is uplifting work and often seems whimsical. The rust colored pieces are a popular choice for complimenting Southwest and rustic interior designs.

Westly has won several awards for his work and we've seen the prices for his pottery steadily increase over the last few years as his unique pottery style has gained acceptance among mainstream admirers of Southwest pottery. His pots and vases have very thin walls in the finest Acoma tradition. Click here to see Westly's beautiful wedding vases.

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Myrtle Cata, of the San Felipe and San Juan Pueblos, created this beautiful pot. She is a full-blooded Native American and a member of the Turquoise clan. She has been an active potter since 1979 and is principally self-taught.

She has been given awards for her work at the Santa Fe Indian Market, the New Mexico State Fair, and the Gallup Inter-Tribal Ceremonials at which she consecutively placed first for two years. She is included in Gregory Schaaf's books "Southern Pueblo Pottery: 2000 Artist Biographies" and "Pueblo Indian Pottery 750 Artist Biographies" as well as in Hayes & Blom's book "Southwestern Pottery: Anasazi to Zuni". To see Myrtle Cata's work go to the Micaceous pottery page.

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Harrison Begaye was born in 1961 in the small Navajo town of Jeddito near Keams Canyon, Arizona. In college he trained as a painter but after marrying a Santa Clara woman and moving to Santa Clara Pueblo, he was taught to pot by his mother-in-law. Harrison's pottery is Santa Claran in construction and firing techniques, but he incorporates symbolism from many Indian cultures in his designs. Aside from his ex-mother in law, Marcia Padilla, he also credits help and advice from Jody Naranjo, the Folwell family, Isabelle and Eugene Naranjo and Lincoln and Judy Tafoya.

The highly coveted brownware piece above is titled "Turtle Emerging from Rainbow" and measures 5.25 inches tall by 5.25 inches wide. An outstanding creation with perfect shape, carving and polish. Your price $995 ~ Item #MP267. Includes Shipping!   Click here to see an enlargement. 

Harrison has won many awards and displays at Santa Fe Indian Market and the Heard Museum Fair annually. His work has become extremely popular over the last few years and with good reason. He has perfected his own style using deep polish and matte surfaces into which he precisely cuts his graphics which come from both Navajo and Pueblo traditions.

Harrison has won numerous awards at the Santa Fe Indian Market, the Eight Northern Pueblos Festival and the Heard Museum Show among other venues. His work is carried by some of the finest galleries and includes in several well-known museum and private collections.

At bottom is a rare piece of Harrison Begay's brownware pottery. It is titled "Katsina Visiting Rio Grande" and measures 5.75 inches tall by 4.5 inches wide. Fantastic quality as always. Your price $895 ! Item #MP268 Shipping Included!      Please click here to see an enlargement.

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Virginia Gutierrez is from Nambe Pueblo and has not produced any new work since the 90s. She was an active potter beginning in the 1970s working with polychrome seedpots, jars and was particularly known for her plates. She is the sister of Marie Herrera and Emiliana Gadd Vigil; sister-in-law to  Minnie Vigil, Lois Gutierrez, Thelma Talachy and Gloria 'Goldenrod' Garcia.

At left is one of Virginia's highly coveted plates measuring 11.5 inches in diameter and an inch high. The circumference is micaceous slip and a small smoke cloud on the back speaks to its traditional creation using pit firing - a very difficult process in creating a plate. This is the Nambe equal to a Maria Martinez plate. Your price $1,800 ~ Item MP260. Click here for an enlargement.  Includes Shipping!

Virginia exhibited regularly at the Santa Fe Indian Market and her work is now mostly seen in collections throughout the country. It is very rare to see her pottery for sale on the open market. All her work was handcoiled, pit fired and hand painted with natural pigments. Dr. Gregory Schaaf mentions Virginia and Robert Vigil as the two prominent potters of Nambe as the tradition has come down to the few. He further states in his book "Pueblo Indian Pottery: 750 Artist Biographies" (printed in 2000) "Today, Nambe pottery remains rare. Few pieces have come up for auction in the past 20 years" Her work and interviews are in included in Stephen Trimble's "Talking with the Clay", Dr. Gregory Schaaf's "Pueblo Indian Pottery 750 Artist Biographies"; and "Southwestern Pottery: Anasazi to Zuni" by Hayes & Blom.

This pot represents a very rare opportunity to add work by a celebrated Nambe potter to your collection.

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Nora Yazzie Corn MaidenNora Yazzie is a full blooded Native American Indian. She was born in 1954 into the Navajo Nation. Nora is a Dine from the Four Corners region of the Navajo Reservation. She was raised in Farmington, New Mexico and attended a Navajo Methodist Mission High School where she was first introduced to the arts through clay, drama, and creative writing. Encouraged by her teachers to explore each medium, she entered her first local high school art show and placed first in the clay division. Thus, began her journey into the art world.
Nora’s grandparents were influential figures in her work. As a child she was fortunate to have observed and participated in blessing ceremonies performed by her grandfather who was a sand painter. Her grandmother, a renown rug weaver and midwife, personified earth mother as she helped bring new life into the world. These important observations served as seeds planted for cultivation of her creative imagination.

Clay Corn Maiden sculpture measuring 15.25 inches tall by 6 inches wide. Click here to see an enlargement. Item #MP268 ~ Your price $495 Includes shipping

Traditional art was always a part of her environment. Because there is no word for “art” in the Navajo language, she never questioned the validity of the creative process in a western European sense. Creating is a way of life for her and her family. Colors come from the earth so land is a natural and essential part of the process. In her case, her mother and grandmother taught her to observe land formations where rug designs come from. Land formations combined with their natural colors are her sole derivatives and foundation when designing a piece. Eventually she hopes to develop and create monumental sculpture and bronze. Constant growth and stretching ideas into three-dimensional form is an exciting path for her right now.

Awards: 1999 New Mexico State Fair 2nd Place; 1989 Totah Festival 2nd Place; 1988 Totah Festival 1st Place and many more.

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Memo Varela Mata Ortiz potteryMemo & Aracely Varela collaborate as a Mata Ortiz husband and wife team creating beautiful pots that feature intricate paintwork in natural mineral paints with bold colors. This is a fine example of their work measuring 4.5 inches tall by 4.75 inches wide and signed by the artists. Includes ring stand.

Your price $150 ~ Item #MP267. Includes Shipping!

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