Mary Small (Jemez) Pottery Bear
From the age of 8, Mary helped her mother make pottery and weave yucca baskets.
Today, she is one of the leading potters from the Jemez Pueblo in New Mexico. In 2002, she added the title of Indian Arts and Crafts Association Artist of the Year to her other honors and awards from the Santa Fe Indian Market, Eight Northern Pueblos Indian Arts Show, the Heard Museum Art Show and many others.
Mary has become well known for her clay slip glazes, especially the delicate matte gray that has become a trademark of her pots. The gray glaze is made from the Rocky Mountain bee plant that is boiled down into a sticky pigment and then mixed with the white clay.
Mary's pottery is often the traditional jar shapes, taking on a unique look with her signature slips and an occasional turquoise stone setting. (IACA)
About the Bear Pottery
This pottery bear is a beautiful example of Mary's work. It is traditionally made and painted with Jemez designs. The bear measures 5 inches tall, paw to nose. And measures 8 inches long, tail to nose.
The turquoise cabachon measures 1 inch long. The bear also has turquoise eyes.
It is in perfect condition and is signed by the artist. I purchased it directly from the artist. This is a valuable collectors piece of Mary Small pottery.
This piece will be professionally packed and shipped by UPS.
Lovely Jemez Small Pot
This lovely pot with corn design was purchased from the potters at the Laguna Pueblo Feast Day. Benjamin Toya, in collaboration with his wife, Geraldine, created this beautiful, fine line eye dazzler pottery. He is of the Acorn Clan and has been making fine line, polychrome jars, vases wedding vases and bowls since 1985. The pot measures 4.5 inches tall. It is in excellent condition.
Noreen Simplicio Traditional Zuni Olla
Noted Zuni potter, Noreen Simplicio made this traditional olla, or pot.It is made in the traditional way with clay that Noreen digs herself. She painted this pot with traditional Zuni figures.
The pot has a bit of an uneven lip (see the photos). It does not reduce the value of the pot but I feel I must disclose that information.
Here are some photos of the process Noreen uses to construct her pots, plus a little more about her work.
The pot is 7.5 inches tall and about 8 inches in diameter at the widest point. Excellent condition.
I purchased it directly from the artist at her studio in Zuni Pueblo. It is signed by the artist.
This piece will be professionally packed by UPS.
Beautiful Dragonfly Bowl by Jaycee Nahohai
Jaycee is a young and talented member of the famous Nahohai pottery family of Zuni Pueblo. This bowl depicts dragonflies carefully painted on a micaceaous surface. You'll see the sparkles on the front and back of the shallow bowl. He uses a spatter technique to give the bowl a modern flair.
The bowl measures 4 and 1/4 inch in diameter and is about 1 and 3/4 inches in height. Gorgous bowl in excellent condition.
Carolyn Concho Acoma Lizard Seed Pot
Carolyn Concho and her sisters are known for their delicately detailed pots with raised figures. This little lizard pot is a seed pot (see the hole in the middle) and has a raised lizard as well as other acoma designs. It measures 2.5 inches in diameter and is in perfect condition. I purchased it directly from the artist.