Award-winning artist Dusty Naranjo of Santa Clara Pueblo has created this highly collectible, traditionally outdoor-fired dragonfly vase. After firing, Dusty utilized her beautiful sienna background for sgraffito, which is done by scratching through a surface to reveal a lower layer of a contrasting color, accentuating the beautiful design. The dragonfly is a important insect for the Pueblo people of New Mexico and other tribes of the Southwest. These special creatures are seen as messengers, speaking to the thunder and clouds to bring moisture and blessings to the people. They are also associated with strength and healing.
- Vase handmade by Dusty Naranjo (Santa Clara Pueblo)
- Natural clay with all-natural vegetal and mineral slip
- Crafted through traditional horizontal coil method
- Sgraffito dragonfly design
- Pot measures L: 3-1/2" W: 3-1/2" H: 4"
- Comes with a signed Certificate of Authenticity
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Dusty Naranjo was born into the Santa Clara Pueblo in 1968, and is the daughter of potter Bernice Naranjo. Dusty learned to hand-coil traditional pottery when she was about 20 years old, inspired to learn the art of pottery-making from observing her mother and her brother, Forrest Naranjo, both well-known pottery artists from the Santa Clara Pueblo. Dusty chose to continue hand-coiling the sienna firing style, which is a color in-between that of the traditional Santa Clara black and red. The sienna style or technique is the style the Naranjo family is well-known for making. This is a contemporary style started in the late 1960s and early 1970s, however, this style is now considered a staple from the Santa Clara Pueblo. Dusty etches animals, geometric designs, and symbols on her pottery to add a bit of contemporary flare to her traditional pottery. She signs her pottery: Dusty.
Santa Clara Pueblo, a Tewa-speaking Pueblo located along the Rio Grande river in northern New Mexico, has one of the most dynamic and innovative pottery-making communities in the world. Today, the Pueblo’s best-known pottery style is polished blackware with precisely carved sgraffito designs. Blackware can be traced back to the 12th century and was revived in the early 20th century by potters from San Ildefonso Pueblo. Though their style is similar to San Ildefonso’s, Santa Clara potters set themselves apart by carving designs into the clay rather than painting them on the surface. This type of low relief carving, called sgraffito, was a major shift in style that had a lasting effect on modern Pueblo pottery. Blackware remains popular, but there are many Santa Clara artists who have developed their own signature styles. Known for their creativity, these potters experiment with non-traditional, asymmetrical vessel shapes, and contemporary design motifs. No matter their style, Pueblo potters from Santa Clara have an unbelievable mastery of their craft, making their handmade pots among the most valuable in the world.
The most celebrated and recognized art form of the Pueblo Indians of New Mexico is pottery. Pueblo pottery is known around the world for its remarkable beauty and craftsmanship. It has been made in much the same way for over a thousand years, with every step of creation completed by hand. Pueblo potters do not use a wheel, but construct pots using the traditional horizontal coil method, or freely forming the shape. After the pot is formed, the artist polishes the piece with a natural polishing stone, such as a river stone, then paints it with a vegetal, mineral, or commercial slip. Finally, the pot is fired in an outdoor fire or kiln using manure or wood as fuel. Santa Clara, San Ildefonso, Jemez, and Acoma Pueblos have distinctive pottery styles that are especially prized by collectors, but accomplished potters are working in all Pueblos. Today, Pueblo pottery is an exciting and dynamic form, with many artists pairing traditional techniques with innovative and stylized designs. Those potters who continue to create pots using traditional methods possess an extraordinary level of skill, and their pots are highly valuable works of fine art that will be enjoyed for generations to come.Read our Native American Pottery Collector's Guide.
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