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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Sammy Naranjo has been an active potter since 1987. He, and his wife Adrianna Naranjo, were taught by his mother, Flora Naranjo. Sammy and Adrianna work as a team creating carved and sgraffito two tone pottery, blackware and redware jars and bowls. Their pottery has placed first, second and third at the New Mexico State Fair and the Eight Northern Pueblos Arts & Crafts Show.

The pot at right features a bear claw and feather pattern measuring 4 inches tall by 4.25 inches wide. Your price $375 ~ Item #SC434. Click here to see an enlargement.  Price includes shipping! SOLD


At left is an outstanding piece of pottery - hand coiled and hand painted with the traditional water serpent. His work is very highly polished pots which makes it difficult to photograph them due to reflections. The surface is perfect - no wear or chips. Really beautiful. Outstanding work. .

This pot has bear paw prints around the bottom half and unique avanyu design above. It measures 4 inches tall by 5.25 inches wide. Your price $475 ~ Item #SC433. Click here to see an enlargement. Price includes shipping! SOLD


The pot at right have an avanyu and bear claw motif. It is 7.5 inches tall with beautiful incising. Your price $595 ~ Item #SC435  Price includes shipping!  Click here to see an enlargement.                

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Delores Curran is of Santa Clara and San Juan heritage and has been a potter since 1979 working with miniature pots of red ware and cream. She is the wife of Alvin Curran, a well-know San Juan potter, and the mother of Ursula Curran, aunt of Kevin Naranjo and sister of Geri Naranjo.

Delores is a master potter who creates her work in the traditional way gathering all the raw materials needed from the Santa Clara Pueblo area and firing her pottery outdoors using wood. The quality of her stone burnishing and application of slip have earned her a reputation for excellence that has been acknowledged with a multitude of awards at the Santa Fe Indian Market. Beginning in 1984, she has won many First and Best of Division awards in several different categories including miniatures. The detail of her painting on her miniatures is absolutely extraordinary especially considering that she never outlines the design before painting and the fact that each design requires several applications. "I work at night with just a lamp. I like the silence and like to keep everything dark around me so that I can concentrate only on the piece I'm working on.....I develop the design individually as I go along. I don't have a portfolio because I don't want to copy my own designs. Everything I do is more or less one of a kind." - "Pueblo Indian Pottery" by Dr. Gregory Schaaf

This miniature features a highly polished red ware with meticulously painted Avanyu, feathers and other designs. For those who collect miniatures, a piece by Dolores is as essential as a piece by Joseph Lonewolf. It is perfection.

This piece measures 2 inches tall by 1.75 inches wide. Your price $945 ~ Item #SC329 Click here to see enlargements of this incredible miniature.   SOLD

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