Micaceous Pottery


Micaceous Clay Pottery

Featuring work by Taos Pueblo/Southern Ute master potter Karen Cordova; Myrtle Cata of San Felipe and San Juan Pueblos; Marcella and Emma Yepa of Jemez Pueblo; Phogeh Povi of San Juan Pueblo; Jennifer Tse-Pe of San Ildefonso Pueblo; Glen Gomes of Taos and Pojoaque Pueblos; Allen Lasiloo of Zuni Pueblo; George Gonzales of Taos Pueblo, and Ignacia Duran of Tesuque Pueblo.


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

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.

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

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".

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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George Gonzales has been making pottery for 30 years and produces some of the nicest, award-winning (New Mexico State Fair) micaceous pottery in New Mexico. He was born into the Pueblo of Taos and usually makes his pottery in collaboration with his wife, Percie Chinanna, who is from Jemez Pueblo. He is particularly well-know for his bean pots.

At top, left is a beautiful micaceous hip vase with incised design on the shoulder. It measures a grand 11 inches tall by 8.5 inches wide. Your price $495 ~Item #MIC348. Includes Shipping!

"With my hands I take my Mother Earth and give her shape. The heat from my Father, the sun, gives her life and the rainbow of my New Mexico sunset gives color to her child. Every piece I make is a piece not taken away but placed in my life and with the blessing of the Great Spirit I live." says George Gonzales. "The clay tells you what it wants you to do with it.You create the shape with each coil. It is more personal when you make a pot that can sit on its own without any decoration. Then you have something,"

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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.” These are known as ‘healing pots’ and she has been making them for over 18 years. The pot above measures 5.5 inches tall by 6.8 inches wide. Your price $550 ~ Item #MIC343. Click here to see an enlargement.  Includes Shipping!

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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