Pueblo potters demonstrate their work at Lyn A. Fox Fine Pueblo Pottery.
SANTA FE, NM
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, www.foxpueblopottery.com
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