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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.
Item #MP202 ~ Your price $445 (Includes Shipping!)
At right is a handcoiled seedpot with grasshopper and parrot motif measuring 5 inches tall by 5.5 inches wide.
Item #MP232 ~ Your price $220 (Includes Shipping!)
Westly 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.
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