Hubert Candelario of San Felipe Pueblo hand-sculpted this shimmering micaceous vase with a creative blend of approaches, first hand-forming the elegant shape and then carving into and through the surface to create a beautiful variety of depths. In Native cultures the dragonfly serves as a messenger who carries prayers to the Spirit World, and its double-winged form is so meaningful some refer to it as the "Pueblo Cross."
- Handmade vase by Hubert Candelario San Felipe Pueblo
- Natural clay with all-natural vegetal and mineral slip
- Crafted through traditional horizontal coil method
- Dragonfly cut out design
- Pot measures L: 5" X W: 5" X H: 6-1/4"wide
- Comes with a signed Certificate of Authenticity
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Hubert Candelario was born in San Felipe Pueblo on November 2, 1965. In the 1980s, he developed an interest in clay and began experimenting with pottery techniques and form. He was inspired by the work of the late Maria Martinez, who was well known for her black on black pottery, and by Nancy Youngblood and ancient Pueblo pottery designs. As a potter, Hubert is a self-taught artist. He began working with clay when he was about nineteen, experimenting with different types of clay until he found his own unique style. Since there are very few potters from San Felipe Pueblo, Hubert was not able to benefit from learning the techniques from other potters but had to experiment with his own personal style. He says, “As a contemporary Native American Indian potter I have no limits, only choices. There are only [a few] potters at San Felipe Pueblo and I’m one.”
I have always loved structure and design, fields that I originally studied at school. While making [the] pot, I thought about ways to incorporate structural principles into the design. I began cutting away holes in a traditional pot to see how far I could push the limits of structure. It was a technical challenge that succeeded. Hubert gathers clay near and around the Pueblos. He cleans, mixes, coils, shapes, sands, and then fires his pottery in a kiln. The bodies of his pots are almost impossibly thin and made from red clay with a micaceous slip. This gives his pottery its characteristic color and texture.Hubert’s work was prominently displayed at the “Changing Hands" exhibit and catalog from the American Craft Museum in New York City. Several of his swirl melon jars and a holey pot are in the Denver Art Museum’s permanent collection. Hubert says that he would like the public to see that each of the San Felipe potters has a unique style and that he hopes to see more potters and more pottery styles created there. Today, Hubert lives in Albuquerque where he is a full-time potter and student.
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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