King Galleries of Scottsdale is pleased to represent the Pueblo pottery of many of today’s leading potters. Over the years we have taken the time to get to know each of our gallery artists. As each new piece comes into the gallery, we talk with the artist, finding out about the time and thought that goes into their work. It is important with contemporary pottery to understand the designs and motivation of the artist and their work. Over time, we feel as if we not only have a business relationship with most of the potters, but also a friendship.
Each piece of pottery that we have in the gallery is hand coil built, stone polished, painted and almost all are traditionally fired. One of our goals here at the gallery has been to encourage the use of traditional methods of making and firing pottery while encouraging the potters to be creative and innovative in their forms and designs. With all of the Native American potters, there is so much history, culture and tradition in their work it often takes time to see the full depth of any one piece!
Since its inception, King Galleries has been committed to represent work by potters who create the highest quality and greatest innovation in their pottery. Charles King has been a judge in various years since 1996 for pottery at the most prestigious Indian art events, such as Santa Fe Indian Market, the Heard Museum Indian Market and Gallup Ceremonials. He has also given numerous talks on Pueblo pottery at the Heard Museum, Museum of Indian Art and Culture (MIAC), the Pueblo Grande Museum, Rockwell Museum of Western Art, The Philbrook Museum and The Denver Art Museum.
Charles served on the Board of Directors of the Indian Arts and Crafts Association (IACA), which has the mission of encouraging and preserving authentic Indian art. He was elected in 2008 to the Board of Directors for SWAIA (Southwest Association for Indian Arts), which is the group which puts on Santa Fe Indian Market.
He first wrote about Pueblo pottery in the book “Collecting Authentic Indian Art” and this was followed by the article, “Pueblo Pottery: Folk Art to Fine Art” for the thirtieth anniversary of American Indian Art Magazine. His first book, Born of Fire: The Life and Pottery of Margaret Tafoya, was published in 2008. His articles, “Santa Clara and San Ildefonso Pottery: Black is Beautiful“-2009, and “Four Emerging Potters: Gen Next“-2010 were published in Native Peoples Magazine. His second book, “The Art and Life of Tony Da” was written with Richard Spivey and published in 2012.
While King Galleries is pleased to represent many of today’s leading potters, we also encourage the work of many talented, younger potters. We have long felt that it is very important to encourage those potters who are just beginning their careers. We take the time to talk about their pottery and discuss ways to improve their technique, designs and their future. Mr. King works closely with all of the gallery potters. They are given feedback on what collectors think of new work, they discuss where the artist is going with their work, new trends, new ideas and providing an understanding of the market. We are always excited when we have work by these younger artists in the gallery and can watch them grow over time!
For over eight years, King Galleries and Native American Collections have jointly sponsored the “Artist’s Choice Award” at Santa Fe Indian Market. We began doing this as a tribute to potter Kevin Trancosa, who was amazingly talented, and passed away very young. Our hope was not only to encourage other young artists, and also to reflect on the importance of the artist’s own vision and intention of their artwork.
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