Pueblo potter Ray “Duck” Garcia created this traditional San Felipe bowl by hand from natural clay. He then painted rain clouds and dragonflies freehand before firing the piece. The bold design brings the iconic imagery of San Felipe pottery to life in a modern piece that will appeal to new and longtime pottery collectors. This unique piece will bring inspiration and modern flair to your fine art collection.
- Handmade bowl by Ray "Duck" Garcia San Felipe Pueblo
- Natural clay with all-natural vegetal and mineral slip
- Crafted through traditional horizontal coil method
- Nature imagery, including dragonflies and rain clouds
- Pot measures L: 5-1/2" X W: 5-1/2" X H: 3-3/4"
- Comes with a signed Certificate of Authenticity
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Ray D. Garcia is known as "Ray Duck" and was born into a family of jewelry artists from San Felipe Pueblo. His interest in art began at the age of ten years old as he began to work with his family in making turquoise and heishi necklaces for traditional wear and to sell to tourists, which provided income for the family. At the age of sixteen he was introduced to silversmith work by his mother and a teacher at Santa Fe Indian School. From these teachers he learned to tuffa cast, overlay, and inlay with silver. Upon graduation from Santa Fe Indian School at the age of seventeen he joined the United States Navy. He experienced world wide travel and saw different cultures and their arts, which inspired him in many of his pieces of art to this day.
As a young boy in San Felipe Pueblo, Ray Duck gathered clay with his grandmother. This began his learning with clay and pottery making. He then studied various types of ceramic pottery making at the University of New Mexico, learning to make pottery using the ”wheel thrown” method. As his interest in pottery making continued he studied with Clarence Cruz of Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo and Max D. Early of Laguna Pueblo. Using native clays, slips, and paints gathered from various places around the Pueblo, including the distinctively shimmery micaceous clay, he creates diverse pieces inspired by both traditional forms and a contemporary architectural flair.
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.
At Shumakolowa Native Arts, we guarantee that your purchase is an original and authentic work handcrafted by Native American artists as defined by the Indian Arts and Crafts Act of 1990. We ask our artists to complete an extensive certification process, providing a CIB (Certificate of Degree of Indian Blood) card and other documentation of their Native American heritage. Our team of experts carefully inspects every product to guarantee it is handcrafted using traditional, sustainable processes and natural materials of only the highest quality. We record the place and date of each purchase and pride ourselves in paying a fair price that allows artists to make a living practicing their craft. Every work of handcrafted art comes with a Certificate of Authenticity signed by an artist or buyer. At a time when many commercially-made products are being sold as handcrafted Native American art, our in-depth purchase process allows us to guarantee the authenticity of every unique piece of fine art we offer. For more than 35 years, we have made it a priority to visit artists in their studio or home to purchase their latest handcrafted pieces and learn about their work. We have developed lasting relationships with artists, as well as dealers and collectors, and we take pride in being a trusted destination for fine Native American art.