Santa Clara Pottery / San Ildefonso Pottery

Santa Clara / San Ildefonso Pueblo

Pueblo Pottery Maine presents both traditional and contemporary pottery by Santa Clara and San Ildefonso artists including Mary Cain, Mida Tafoya, Tina Diaz, Sammy Naranjo, Stella Chavarria, Victor and Naomi Eckleberry, Bernice Naranjo, Barbara Martinez, Martin Moquino, Corn Moquino, Denise Chavarria, Forrest Naranjo, Ron Suazo, Dusty Naranjo, Eric Sunbird Fender, Lois Gutierrez, Alice Martinez, Sharon Naranjo Garcia, Martha Appleleaf, Madeline & Adrian Naranjo, Linda Cain, Marilyn Martinez, Glenda Naranjo, Eugene Gutierrez, Gwen Tafoya, Goldenrod, Anna Archuleta, Ethel Vigil, Chris Martinez, Sherry Tafoya and Kevin Naranjo.

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Dusty Naranjo is the granddaughter of Rose Naranjo, the sister of Forrest Naranjo. She was taught by her mother, Bernice Naranjo, and works brownware sgraffito vases. Although a contemporary potter in style, she creates her work in the traditional way gathering her own clay, stone polishing and wood firing. Some of the most beautiful pots made are brownware but it is not common to see it.

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The vase at left is one of Dusty's most extraordinary creations measuring 11 inches tall by 6.5 inches wide with three incised panels illustrating horses and hummingbirds - full of power and light energy. This vase would easily command $2.500 at any gallery in New Mexico or Arizona. Your price $1,925 - Item #SC445 Click here to see an enlargement Includes Shipping!

Dusty's work is included in Hayes & Blom’s "Southwest Pueblo Pottery: Anasazi to Zuni"and "Pueblo Pottery: 750 Artist Biographies" by Gregory Schaaf. She has an MA in Art Therapy. She was most influenced by her aunt, Jody Folwell, and constantly seeks to improve on her use of tan clays, incising and sgraffito techniques.

Dusty Naranjo potteryAt right is a superb brown ware pot by Dusty with a rabbit motif and scalloped opening. It measures 7.25 inches tall by 6.5 inches wide. Your price $1,150 ($1,500 at any gallery in New Mexico) ~ Item #SC450. Click here to see an enlargement Includes Shipping!

“Dusty stated that she enjoys creating artwork because ‘it is a dynamic process. Through the creation of a piece, one gains perspective and a focus that is often lost in contemporary society.’” Schaaf (page 61). The shape of her pots and placement of graphics on the pottery are exactly as she wants them. Dusty is an artist who creates art through pottery thus her pieces are unique and contemporary in relation to traditional pueblo pottery.

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by Chuck HallStella Chavarria - These pots were created by one of Santa Clara's most respected artists. Hand coiled and sharply incised these pots reflect Stella Chavarria's years of dedication and experience which began in 1955. The large blackware pot at top measures 6.5 inches tall by 4.25 inches wide with sharp carving and wonderful polish. Your price $420 ~ Item #SC410 Includes Shipping!

Stella's work is in every major book published; has been in dozens of exhibitions going back to the 70s and is featured in all the major collections in including the Heard Museum.

Of course she has also won numerous awards for her work. Stella has exhibited her pottery and won awards at the Santa Fe Indian Market, Seven Families in Pueblo Pottery at the Maxwell Museum, Trail of Tears Gallery in Atlanta, McGee's' Indian Den in Scottsdale, and The Graphic Image in Milburn, New Jersey. Her work exhibits with Maria & Popovi, Blue Corn, Joseph Lonewolf and others. These pots are absolutely beautiful and we're proud to offer them.

Stella's work is included in Gregory Schaaf's Pueblo Indian Pottery: 750 Artist Biographies; Fourteen Families in Pueblo Pottery by Dillingham; and Lillian Peaster's Pueblo Pottery Families just to name a few.

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Copyright Paul LuiseDenise Chavarria is the granddaughter of Teresita Naranjo. She learned to make pottery from her grandmother and her mother, Stella Tafoya Chavarria, and incorporates many of their designs into her work. She is a full time potter and is teaching her three children to pot. She just gets better and better every year. Definitely worth collecting and still very reasonably priced.

Work by Denise Chavarria is a great value offering very well executed pieces by a potter with decades of experience who still offers her work at low market prices. Above is a very nicely done carved, redware pot by Denise with fine shape, carving and polish. It measures 5.25 inches tall by 4 inches wide. Your price $245 ~ Item #SC425 SOLD

Denise has exhibited and won awards since the early 1990s at the Santa Fe Indian Market,Eight Northern Pueblos Arts & Crafts Show, and the New Mexico State Fair. Her work is included in Dillingham's "Fourteen Families in Pueblo Pottery", Schaaf's "Pueblo Indian Pottery 750 Artist Biographies", and "Southwestern Pottery: Anasazi to Zuni" by Hayes and Blom.

At left is the hallmark style pot for Denise and her mother/teacher, Stella Chavarria, which has carved feathers on the neck and avanyu motif around the base. It measures 5 inches tall by 3.5 inches wide. Your price $225 ~ Item #SC372. Includes Shipping!

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Vickie Martinez Tafoya was taught to pot by her grandmother, Flora Naranjo and her mother, Barbara Martinez. In the late 1980s she dated Stella Chavarria's son and both Stella and Teresita Naranjo encouraged her to improve and take her pottery more seriously. It is clearly evident that she followed their advice. The influence of both Stella and Teresita is apparent in her style. Today Vickie makes elegant pottery at affordable prices. She is certainly one of the better values at Santa Clara Pueblo.

This, is a fantastic pot with excellent, deep polish, fine carving and shape and a price that you might think is a typo. This blackware feather pot with avanyu measures 7 inches tall by 5 inches wide. Your price $390 ~ Item #SC449. Click here to see an enlargement. Includes free Shipping!

Vickie Tafoya Santa Clara wedding vase


At right is a rare, large redware wedding vase by Vickie. It measures 9.75 inches tall by 6.25 inches wide. This vase is not water resistant and will sustain substantial damage if exposed to liquids. Your price $695 ~ Item #WV921. Includes free Shipping! Click here to see an enlargement.


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Beautifully execution, highly polished and great form - this is the largest pot I've ever seen by Vickie. What a fantastic centerpiece for any collection or any room. Vickie's work is always fairly priced but this piece would surly sell for much more than is being asked here. This redware feather pot with avanyu measures a very impressive 12.75 inches tall by 9 inches wide. Your price $1,590 ~ Item #SC448. Click here to see an enlargement. Includes free Shipping!

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