San Ildefonso Pottery

San Ildefonso Pueblo is home to some of the greatest American Indian potters. Highly polished blackware is featured prominently. Extraordinarily fine polychromes and deeply carved or incised blackware and redware are also produced.

San Ildefonso Pueblo is located approximately 25 miles northwest of Santa Fe, New Mexico.

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Aguilar, Rosalie

#4330
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Rosalie Simbola Aguilar, 1898 - 1946.

Rosalie was one of the earliest potters of the San Ildefonso Revival.  Surviving works are very rare.

Height: 2 1/4"
Diameter: 3"

Appleleaf, Martha

#7570
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Fine earlier olla by this exceptional and innovative potter.
 
Buff over highly polsihed redware.
 
Height: 4"
Diameter: 5"

Appleleaf, Martha

#7596
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This distinctive green slip over highly polished redware is Martha's signature style.  A wonderfully executed piece.
 
Avanyu (Water Serpent) design.
 
Height: 3 5/8"
Diameter: 5 1/8"

Blue Corn

#1896
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Blue Corn (Crucita Calabaza), 1921-1999.

This unusual and very large (5 1/8" high x 13" wide) 1995 bowl, with its scalloped rim and high stone-polish, is one of only three of his type known to be made by the incomparable Blue Corn.  It is one of her last works.

Blue Corn

#3810
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Blue Corn (Crucita Calabaza), 1921-1999.
 
Rare and unusual ashtray by this renowned potter.  Age unknown.
 
Length: 4 3/4"
Width: 4 1/4"

Dunlap, Carlos and Carmelita

#3799
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Carlos (d. 1971) and Carmelita Dunlap.
 
Huge (and heavy) red and cream polychrome olla by this famed couple.
 
Height: 14 1/2"
Diameter: 11 1/2"

Florence or Flora

#4955
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Fine old San Ildefonso olla.  Unusual etched form.  Some surface crazing - not structural.

Signature indistinct.  Believed to have been made either by Florence Chavarria Browning or Flora Naranjo.

Height: 5"
Diameter: 7"

Gonzales, Rose

#4A20
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Rose Gonzales, 1900 - 1989.

Choice highly polished bowl. ca. 1940.

Height: 1 7/8"
Diameter: 8 3/8"

Gonzales, Rose

#4M45
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Rose Gonzales, 1900 - 1989.

Choice highly polished bowl. ca. 1970.

Height: 2 1/4"
Diameter: 4 3/8"

Lovato, Elizabeth

#9227
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Another highly stone-polished and well-formed  black- and redware bowl

Height: 2 5/8"
Diameter: 4 1/4"

Lovato, Elizabeth

#9226
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Unusual  Kiva bowl featuring Elizabeth's highly stone-polished black- and redware

Height: 3"
Diameter: 4 3/8"

Lovato, Elizabeth

#9225
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Exceptionally high stone-polish on this elegantly simple black- and redware bowl

Height: 3 1/8"
Diameter: 4 3/8"

Martinez, Lupita

#1414
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Older stone-polished blackware bowl - perfect condition.

Lupita Roybal Martinez began her long career as a potter in 1935 and continued into the 1980s.

Height: 4 1/2"
Diameter: 7"

Martinez, Lupita

#4960
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Lupita Roybal Martinez, b. 1918.
 
Fine stone-polished olla.
 
A highly-prized form by this exceptionally skilled elder master.
 
Height: 4"
Diameter: 6 1/8"

Martinez, Marie (Maria)

#2357
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Early pot by this famed artist.

Polished redware with geometric design elements.

Ca. 1930 - Pot is sound with some slip damage.

Height: 4 3/4"
Diameter: 9 1/2"

Martinez, Marie and Julian

#4M68
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Excellent condition.

Ca. 1940.

Height: 2"
Diameter: 3 1/2"

Pino, Lydia

#5818
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Fine old pot - age unknown.
 
Height: 4 1/2"
Diameter: 4 1/2"

Sanchez, Gilbert

#9137
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A delicate miniature redware plate.

Height: 1/2"
Diameter: 2 3/4"

Sanchez, Gilbert

#9134
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Gilbert Abel Sanchez, son of Wan Povi, great-great-grandson of Maria Martinez.

Bell-bottomed jar in a combination of stone-polished and micaceous surfaces.

Height: 4 1/2"
Diameter: 4 1/4"

Sanchez, Gilbert

#9133
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Gilbert Abel Sanchez, son of Wan Povi, great-great-grandson of Maria Martinez.  Gilbert's unusual combination of styles can incorporate any and all of stone-polished blackware, various micaceous clays, and distinctively muted clay slips.  Gilbert's work is often characterized by a strongly sculptural quality.

Fine lidded jar.  Gilbert's depiction of his Pueblo's round Kiva incorporates scenes that he sees there every day.

2 1/4" (H) by 3" by 5"

Sanchez, Gilbert

#9132
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Gilbert Abel Sanchez, son of Wan Povi, great-great-grandson of Maria Martinez.  Gilbert's unusual combination of styles can incorporate any and all of stone-polished blackware, various micaceous clays, and distinctively muted clay slips.

Sculpted jar with deer, Avanyu, and mountain scenes in delicate sgraffiti.

Height: 4"
Diameter: 4"

Sanchez, Gilbert

#9131
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Gilbert Abel Sanchez, son of Wan Povi, great-great-grandson of Maria Martinez.  Gilbert's unusual combination of styles can incorporate any and all of stone-polished blackware, various micaceous clays, and distinctively muted clay slips.

Corn Maiden sculpture with a high stone-polish throughout.

4" (H) by 5 1/8" by 6 3/4"

Sanchez, Gilbert

#9127
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Gilbert Abel Sanchez, son of Wan Povi, great-great-grandson of Maria Martinez.  Gilbert's unusual combination of styles can incorporate any and all of stone-polished blackware, various micaceous clays, and distinctively muted clay slips.

Another novel piece, this one a polished blackware jar with a sculpted ear of corn as a 'stopper'.

Height: 9 1/4"
Diameter: 4 3/4"

Sanchez, Gilbert

#9128
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Gilbert Abel Sanchez, son of Wan Povi, great-great-grandson of Maria Martinez.  Gilbert's unusual combination of styles can incorporate any and all of stone-polished blackware, various micaceous clays, and distinctively muted clay slips.

The delicate sgraffito on this polished blackware jar evokes everyday scenes of San Ildefonso Pueblo life, as seen through the artist's eyes and sensibilities.

Height: 7"
Diameter: 4 3/4"

Sanchez, Gilbert

#9129
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Gilbert Abel Sanchez, son of Wan Povi, great-great-grandson of Maria Martinez.  Gilbert's unusual combination of styles can incorporate any and all of stone-polished blackware, various micaceous clays, and distinctively muted clay slips.  Gilbert's work is often characterized by a strongly sculptural quality.

Water Jar in the style of Gilbert's mother, Wan Povi (Kathleen Sanchez).  Gilbert has achieved the difficult gunmetal finish on this piece, which also features a delicately incised Avanyu.

Height: 6 1/4"
Diameter: 4 1/2"