Santa Clara Pueblo Black Polished Jar Converted to a Lamp

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Pueblo Potter Unknown
  • Category: Contemporary
  • Origin: Santa Clara Pueblo, Kha'p'oo Owinge
  • Medium: clay, lamp shade, leather, paint
  • Size:
    14-½” height x 10-½” diameter jar;
    23" top of shade
  • Item # C4498.16
  • Price: $1500

This is a plain black stone-polished Santa Clara Pueblo jar that has been converted to a lamp. The jar has been weighted down on the inside to provide excellent stability. It has a one-way, push-pull switch. Pueblo pottery jars converted to lamps were popular in the mid-twentieth century.  Many homes in Santa Fe and Taos used them as decorative and functional items.  Hilda Street, owner and operator of The Streets of Taos shop on Canyon Road in Santa Fe used Margaret Tafoya large bearpaw jars converted to lamps in her shop.  

The lamp shade is a circa 1940s hand painted Native American scene. The shade has a couple cracks but is still in very serviceable condition. It is such a beautiful vintage shade that it would be a shame not to use it.


Condition: very good condition

Provenance: this Santa Clara Pueblo Black Polished Jar Converted to a Lamp is from the extensive collection of a client from Oklahoma

Recommended Reading: Santa Clara Pottery Today by Betty LeFree, University of New Mexico Press, Albuquerque

Relative Links: Santa Clara Pueblo, Pueblo Pottery


Pueblo Potter Unknown
  • Category: Contemporary
  • Origin: Santa Clara Pueblo, Kha'p'oo Owinge
  • Medium: clay, lamp shade, leather, paint
  • Size:
    14-½” height x 10-½” diameter jar;
    23" top of shade
  • Item # C4498.16
  • Price: $1500

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