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"Revival Rising: Ohkay Owingeh Pottery"

July 20-21

"Revival Rising"  Ohkay Owingeh Pottery
 July 20-21, 2109

Join us at our Santa Fe Gallery on Saturday, July 20 as we debut a collection of pottery from San Juan Pueblo from the 1930s to '70s.  There are over 50 pieces from this period, and it is an exciting opportunity for a better understand of the pottery from this remarkable Pueblo.  The pottery will be online on Saturday and Sunday.
Every Day we have new pieces online.  We appreciate you checking them out and seeing the exceptional pottery we get into the gallery!  In contemporary work, there are stunning pieces by our gallery artists. The various historic pottery includes some excellent provenance, ribbons, and stories. 

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Please let me know if you have any questions.
I look forward to hearing from you!

Charles S. King
480.481.0187 Scottsdale   
480.440.3912  Santa Fe

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Background on
"Revival Rising: Ohkay Owingeh Pottery"
Origin Story

So, how does a show like this take place?  I have been putting together these pieces for over a decade.  I did much the same thing in collecting Early San Ildefonso pottery from the 1920s.  It all started with this jar by Felicita Garcia (1921-2008).  I purchased the jar from Dick Howard. While I was familiar with San Juan pottery, I had never seen a piece from the Pueblo as delicate in line and strong in coloration and shape.  I kept thinking I would sell it and then thought I should try to find something as a companion so it would make more sense in the gallery.  So, it sat in a box while I collected more pieces from San Juan (Ohkay Owingeh) Pueblo.  One-piece grew into over 50 and one artists led to more research about the potters of the 1930s and 40s.  This era is so dynamic and yet so under-researched that it merely begs to for us to learn more.  Expect this to be an "ongoing exhibition" with the blog growing with more information as more research is compiled.
Tribal Community Involvement

I was very pleased to have family members of the Ohkay Owingeh potters ask to come to the gallery to preview the pieces as part of their cultural history.  Thanks to Anthony Trujillo (left), who is a great-great-grandson of Gregorita Trujillo (1902-1991).  In the center is Gregorita's daughter, Gregorita.  She knew almost all the potters in the show and told wonderful stories about them.  It was a fantastic opportunity to share this collection with Ohkay Owingeh Tribal members!
Before the Revival

San Juan Pueblo was one of the most prolific pottery making pueblos in the late 1800s.  However, by 1890 there were almost no potters left making pottery at San Juan.  The style for which they were the most famous is the "red and tan" coloration.  The rim would be polished red while the lower half would be polished tan.  It is this two-tone coloration which would be the impetus for the revival coloration in the 1930s.
Where the Story Begins...

This photo encapsulates much of the San Juan Revival.  Regina Cata, along with seven others from San Juan Pueblo, began the process of "reviving" or creating a new style of pottery in the 1930s.  What started as an embroidery and craft club turned into a cultural phenomenon.  So why this photo?  The Eagle Dancer doll is by Regina Cata, and she was famous for making them.  The small details in the dolls and their connection to embroidery and crafts seem to reflect on the composition and designs of much of the early San Juan pottery.  Luteria Atencio (the bowl on the right) was one of the leaders in the Revival movement, and this bowl also reflects the influence of their craft club.  
"Revival Rising" the story continues...

I have written a longer article discussing the changes and evolution of Ohkay Owingeh pottery from the 1930s onward.  There is still so much more research to be done, but I hope this is an excellent start to understanding this movement and these talented potters!  Click here to read the online article.
Installed in the Gallery

The last phase is the installation in the gallery. Just a few quick views of how 65 pieces of Ohkay Ohwingeh pottery look on display!  They certainly tell an amazing story of the evolution of an art form since 1930.
Native Art Magazine Article, 2019
Ohkay Owingeh Pottery 1930-50
Ohkay Owingeh Pottery 1950-70s
Upcoming Santa Fe Events!
We are moving BACK to Main Street in Scottsdale!  This July, the gallery in Scottsdale will be moving three blocks south, back to Main Street.  The new location is on the corner of Main Street and Marshall Way.  It's easy to find and right next to the Scottsdale Museum of the West. There will be a few weeks we will be closed during the transition but will be back open by August 3!
We look forward to a grand "re-opening" this Fall! 
"Forward-thinking gallerists, museum curators, and clay artists themselves are fostering a deeper understanding and appreciation of Native clay arts. In the forefront is Charles S. King. Owner of King Galleries in Santa Fe and Scottsdale, Arizona.  He is considered by many to be the dean of contemporary Southwestern Native clay arts." 
Cowboys & Indians Magazine, 2018
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