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Begayte1aWestly Begaye

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 Click here to see an enlargement.  Includes Shipping!


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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!

 

 

 

BegayeWestly 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. 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. 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

 

At left is one of Mytle's beautiful, highly collected and graceful swirl pots. It measures 8.25 inches tall by 7 inches wide. Your price $435 ~ Item #MIC345 Includes Shipping!

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At right is a beautiful micaceous hip pot that measures 8 inches tall by 6.5 inches wide. Your price $435 ~ Item #MIC346. Includes Shipping!

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At left is a very fine swirl pot measuring 6 inches tall by 5 inches wide. Your price $210 ~ Item #MIC347. Includes Shipping!


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Myrtle Cata created these very fine micaceous pots. She is a full-blooded Native American; a member of the Turquoise Clan; and part of the San Felipe and San Juan Pueblos. She has been an active potter since 1979 and is principally self-taught.Myrtle specializes in contemporary hand coiled San Juan style pottery although a Santa Clara Pueblo influence can be seen in some pieces undoubtedly the result of her good friendship with Tina Garcia of Santa Clara. They often shared their special techniques and learned each other's methods of working with clay. Her pottery style is simple in appearance, graceful, and undecorated. She gathers her clay within the San Juan Pueblo, hand coils her pots and fires them outdoors in the traditional way. Myrtle 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.

Myrtle's work is included in Gregory Schaaf's books "Southern Pueblo Pottery: 2000Artist Biographies" and "Pueblo Indian Pottery 750Artist Biographies"as well as in Hayes & Blom's book "Southwestern Pottery: Anasazi to Zuni".

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Harrison Begaye

This highly coveted brownware piece by Harrison 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. 

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At right 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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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.

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.



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Virginia Gutierrez

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 and offering a very rare opportunity to add work by a celebrated Nambe potter to your collection.. Your price $1,800 ~ Item MP260. Click here for an enlargement.  Includes Shipping!

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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.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.


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Juanita Suazo Dubray

 

These unique corn and kiva step motif pieces are known as ‘healing pots’ and Juanita has been making them for over 25 years in memory of her daughter. Read the whole story below. The pot above measures 5.5 inches tall by 6.8 inches wide. Your price $650 ~ Item #MIC343. Click here to see an enlargement.  Includes Shipping! SOLD


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Juanita Suazo Dubray of Taos Pueblo is descended from an unbroken line of Taos Pueblos Natives. She was designated a Master Potter in 1994 by the School of American research and was invited as one of ten micaceous master potters (Pueblo, Navajo & Apache) to attend the school’s Micaceous Pottery Artists Convocation. These artists and their work are featured in Duane Anderson’s book All That Glitters. “The Corn Design came to me in a dream 1986, after my daughter Nanette died in a tragic motorcycle accident. The Corn symbolizes my daughter's spirit and each Corn piece is infused with happiness, healing, love and beauty, which is passed on to those acquiring the pots.”

Juanita’s work has been shown in the following museums, private collections and galleries including the Institute of American Indian Art (Santa Fe, NM), Millicent Rogers Museum (Taos, NM); Heard Museum (Phoenix, AZ); Indian Pueblo Cultural Center (Albuquerque, NM); the Museum of New Mexico (Santa Fe, NM) and many other collections. In addition, she has been in many shows and exhibits, including: Denver Indian Market (1988); Santa Fe Indian Market (1988); Eight Northern Pueblos Indian Market (1988, 1989, and 1992); Smithsonian Institution, Renwick Gallery in Washington DC (1992-93); and Taos Invites (1993). Her work has been published in "Southwestern Pottery: Anasazi to Zuni" by Hayes & Blom; "Pueblo & Navajo Contemporary Pottery" by Berger and Schiffer; "All That Glitters" by Duane Anderson; the Santa Fe New Mexican and Taos Magazine.

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