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Mark Tahbo: Hopi Olla

Gallery Note: This special piece comes directly from Mark Tahbo in an effort to find a home for this spectacular Hopi Olla. One of the largest efforts ever for Mark Tahbo, this olla is singular in its size, shape, and beauty. Hand coiled, meticulously polished inside & out, and executed with precision, this piece has no equal. Mark is a master who has nearly perfected every step of the traditional pottery making process, but Mother Nature always takes her turn, and it is in the final step of outdoor, sheep-dung firing that all the efforts are hinged.

In spite of Mark's best effort and flawless execution, the wind and weather would not cooperate, leaving this incredible vessel with a smoke smudge on one side, and a very slight hairline surface crack on the inside. The pot is structurally sound, however, and still has a very nice "ring" to it. It's always heartbreaking for us to see something like the weather or the fire interfere with the results of such a magnificent work. Being such a significant piece, Mark hopes that a savvy collector will recognize its intrinsic value. In perfect condition this piece would have gallery price of $15,000.00, but Mark is offering it for a fraction of that price, asking only $4,500.00.

We have offered to list this piece for Mark throughout the remainder of the week. If we cannot find a buyer by then, he will reclaim the piece and pursue other options.

Well known throughout the Pueblo Pottery world as one-of-the-best, Mark Tahbo continues to create innovative and inspiring works of art through his traditional clay mediums. Never afraid of pushing the envelope, Mark continues to try new approaches and themes in pottery making.

His anchor and influence is his cultural heritage - rich in tradition. He endeavors to remain close to his ancestors through expressing his love and thanks for their teachings with every piece. He is not limited in his imaginative work, but always remains close to his roots. His potteries nearly always tell a story and convey a moral or message through symbols. Even the lack of "design" is a design all its own - saying something about people, space, and time.

 "Hopi Olla"
10 1/4" H x 15" D


The work of Mark Tahbo is deeply influenced by his Hopi-Tewa ancestry. He is predominantly Tewa, and has been an active potter since 1978. He is the great-grandchild of noted potter Grace Chapella. Today, he is among the leaders of the Hopi-Tewa potters.

His work is featured in nearly every major gallery and museum featuring Pueblo pottery. He appears in Gregory Schaff's publication, Hopi-Tewa Pottery: 500 Artist Biographies (p. 158), as well as Rick Dillingham's Fourteen Families in Pueblo Pottery (p. 8), and Jerry & Lois Jacka's Art of the Hopi (p. 70).

He has taken numerous ribbons, including first place and best of show, at major venues like the Santa Fe Indian Market and the Heard Museum's Annual Indian Fair.

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