Santa Clara Pueblo Micaceous Large Jar with Handles

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Rose Naranjo (1915-2004)
  • Category: Contemporary
  • Origin: Santa Clara Pueblo
  • Medium: clay
  • Size: 12-1/4” tall x 12-3/4” diameter
  • Item # C4204.02
  • Price: $3,500.00

Since 1984, the City of Santa Fe has bestowed the honor of "Santa Fe Living Treasures" on a select number of deserving individuals.  In 1994, the city bestowed that honor on Rose Naranjo, potter from Santa Clara Pueblo. Rose Naranjo was born in 1917, married Michael Naranjo, a Southern Baptist minister, when she was 18, and, for the next 27 years they lived at Taos which is where she learned to make micaceous pottery of the Taos Pueblo style.

This large micaceous storage jar with handles was constructed from traditional micaceous clay, although it was not made during her time at Taos.  She continued working with micaceous clay even after moving to Santa Clara Pueblo.

Among her children and grandchildren are Jody Folwell, Michael Naranjo, Rina Swentzell, Nora Naranjo-Morse, Susan Folwell, Roxanne Swentzell and others, all of whom are accomplished artists.

Rose Naranjo was one of the artists included in the exhibit "Lost and Found Traditions: Native American Art 1965-1985" organized by the American Federation of Arts.

Rose Naranjo (1915-2004) signatureThe jar is of the vessel shape of early storage jars, for use of storage of any dry items.  These generally were not used for storage of water or other liquids. The jar is bulbous with a short upright neck that rolls outward just so slightly.  It has a pair of handles at mid body. The natural micaceous clay, which requires no tempering agent, was stone polished in it pure state. There are no designs to detract from the beauty of the vessel shape.


Condition: The Santa Clara Pueblo Micaceous Large Jar with Handlesis in original excellent condition.

Provenance: ex. coll. Frances Sonnenberg, Santa Fe resident.  Now from the collection of a client from the east coast to whom we sold it in 2011, and who is now downsizing and moving to an assisted living facility.

Recommended Reading: Pueblo Indian Pottery: 750 Artist Biographies, C. 1800-Present by Gregory and Angie Schaaf

Relative Links: Rose Naranjo, Santa Clara Pueblo, Contemporary Pottery, Taos Pueblo


Rose Naranjo (1915-2004)
  • Category: Contemporary
  • Origin: Santa Clara Pueblo
  • Medium: clay
  • Size: 12-1/4” tall x 12-3/4” diameter
  • Item # C4204.02
  • Price: $3,500.00

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