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Dominique Toya Polished Red Seed Jar


Item Number: DR 2070
Pueblo: Jemez Pueblo
Artist: Dominique Toya
Medium: Clay and slip
Age: 2015
Dimensions: 4″ X 4 3/4″


SKU: DR 2070 Categories: , , ,


Having won Best of Class at the Heard Indian Museum Fair and Market in 2014 and the Best of Class at Santa Fe’s Annual Indian Market in 2015, Dominique is quickly rising to the top of her division. You might have seen her award-winning micaceous melon swirl pots, but you have never seen anything like this before. This pot is simply elegant.

Dominique’s newest style blends her traditional highly polished pottery with unpolished micaceous slip accents. This elegant seed jar has a brilliant high gloss polish and is fired to a deep orange-red. The languid horizontal bands swirl gently around the pot like the lazy Jemez River flows behind her home at the pueblo.

A perfect sphere of natural beige clay is covered in a slip of red Jemez clay, and bisected with a carved, wavy band. The red slip is stone-polished to a satiny gleam; the carved band shows the underlying beige clay, painted with a slip of glittering micaceous clay, for a beautiful contrast. The result is, in a word, gorgeous

Dominique specializes in handmade micaceous pottery. She gathers her materials (natural pigments) for her masterpieces from the grounds within the Jemez Pueblo. She cleans, mixes, hand coils, shapes, sands, fires outdoors, and polishes her own pottery. It is very labor intensive, but what beautiful results! Created entirely hand-to-eye, this jewel of a pot is impeccable in every way.

She was quoted as saying “All the pots that I create are my favorite, because each one is a part of me.”

Condition: Excellent – new original condition
Provenance: Purchased from the artist in her home.

Additional information

Weight 18 oz