Pue­blo pot­ters demon­strate their work at Lyn A. Fox Fine Pue­blo Pot­tery.

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When Lyn Fox moved into his own gallery space in Santa Fe, New Mex­ico, he looked for­ward to ex­pand­ing the ed­u­ca­tional as­pect of his busi­ness, Lyn A. Fox Fine Pue­blo Pot­tery.

On De­cem­ber 14 he con­tin­ues that as­pect with an All-star Pot­tery Demo with Nancy and Chris Young­blood (Santa Clara), Rus­sell Sanchez (San Ilde­fonso) and Do­minique and Maxine Toya (Je­mez). The artists will be demon­strat­ing how they work from 1 to 4 p.m.

Fox ex­tols the unique­ness of the fam­ily lin­eages and tra­di­tions in Pue­blo pot­tery, not­ing that Chris Young­blood lives in his grand­mother Mela’s house at Santa Clara Pue­blo where he and his mother, Nancy, fire their work to­gether and where fir­ing has taken place for gen­er­a­tions.

“Their work may ap­pear mod­ern,” Fox says, “but they’re all tra­di­tional pot­ters and they’re proud of their tra­di­tions. All five of the pot­ters are com­mit­ted to ex­plain­ing the cul­tural sig­nif­i­cance of the work they do and they all bring the story back to their fam­i­lies.”

The Young­bloods are de­scended from Sara Fina Gu­tier­rez (1863-1947) and Jose Geron­imo Tafoya (1863-1952). Sara Fina made some of the first deeply carved Santa Clara pot­tery. Maxine Toya’s mother was Marie G. Romero (1927-2007). Marie and her mother Persin­gula Gachupin (1910-1994) “made the first sto­ry­tellers at Je­mez Pue­blo” ac­cord­ing to Fox.

Rus­sell Sanchez learned pot­tery mak­ing from his great-aunt, the San Ilde­fonso ma­tri­arch Rose Gon­za­les (1900-1989).

Ap­pro­pri­ate for the sea­son is Maxine Toya’s Je­mez

Na­tiv­ity Set with its unique joined fig­ures and fine stone pol­ish­ing. Her daugh­ter Dom­inque’s mi­ca­ceous swirl jar shows her mod­ern take on tra­di­tion. Do­minique ex­plains, “I am a tra­di­tional pot­ter with con­tem­po­rary de­signs and tech­niques. By tra­di­tional I mean we gather our own clay and tem­per and we clean them and mix them and fire out­doors with cedar wood.” She learned from her mother and grand­mother and now stud­ies and fires with Nancy Young­blood.

The Young­bloods’ stone pol­ish­ing re­sults in lus­trous black­ware such as Nancy’s in­tri­cate s-swirl pot with 32 ribs and Chris’ un­usu­ally large Koi Plate.

Rus­sell Sanchez’s Large Long Neck Avanyu Vase with Lid demon­strates his mas­tery of in­no­va­tion. An avid kayaker and river rafter, he of­ten finds new col­ors of clay along the rivers which he gathers and in­cor­po­rates into his work.

Fox notes that these mas­ter pot­ters en­joy work­ing to­gether and “re­ally love to talk to peo­ple.”

Lyn A. Fox Fine Pue­blo Pot­tery De­cem­ber 14, 2018 839 Paseo de Per­alta, Unit K, Santa Fe, NM 87501 (505) 577-0835,­pueblopot­

1. Maxine Toya (Je­mez), Na­tiv­ity Set2. Rus­sell Sanchez (SanIlde­fonso), poly­chrome long neck jar, 10½" with lid 1

3. Rus­sell Sanchez (San Ilde­fonso), bears4. Nancy Young­blood (Santa Clara), 32-rib S-swirl jar,5 x 8"; Chris Young­blood (Santa Clara), large koi plate, 10" 5. Do­minique Toya (Je­mez), mi­ca­ceous swirl jar, 4 x 4" Pho­tog­ra­phy by Ad­di­son Doty. 4


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