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Without question the most outstanding and coveted Grand Award of all the APS World Series Of Philately shows is the full size Kachina doll.


F. Burton “Bud” Sellers Memorial Grand Award

This years Kachina is carved out of a single piece of cottonwood by noted Hopi carver and painter Buddy TUBINAGHTEWA. He has been carving since the age of 8 and is from the Village of Sipaulovi, Second Mesa. He is from the Sun Forehead Clan. He currently resides in Phoenix, AZ. Buddy works in stone and exotic woods, paints and acrylics, watercolors, pen and ink, sandblasted glass, graphic arts and makes unique rattles out of gourds. He also  produces graphic art He also produces  some of his designs on T-shirts, tote bags, and other items from his company, Talavi Designs.

Buddy works in the “old” style of carving, painting, and adornment, drawing on his rich heritage of decorations and shapes. He represents a new generation of carvers that has moved away from traditional styles by adding movement and intricate details through the creative use of electric tools. His unique style NS flair is deeply rooted in his Hopi culture and tradition. 

Contact: Mr. Buddy Tubinaghtewa. E-mail: tubinaghtewa@hotmail.com. Website: www.hopicarvingsandpaintings.com. Tel: 602.710.7113


Reserve Grand Award



This Haaku Traditional Acoma Pueblo Pottery Vase was designed by noted artist Berleen Estevan. She was born into the Pueblo of Acoma in the Year 1975 to the Sun and Little Oak Clan. At the age of eight, she learned the fundamentals of making Traditional Acoma Pottery from her Grandmother, Lucy Juanico. Grandmother showed her where to get the clay. She also taught her the prayers, songs and methods. Grandma told her to speak to the clay so it can speak to you. The clay used for her pottery is gathered near old Acoma “Sky City.” It is dried in the sun. Boiled water is first poured on the clay to remove any foreign sand, roots or paint that might be within the clay. Her clay will be grinded and sifted into a large pan. The clays are then soaked. Old broken fired pottery is gathered for grinding and sifting to serve as a temper that binds the clay together. Then the raw clay and pottery shards are mixed to form the clay she uses for her pottery. A stone rubbing process called wedging is used to remove any air bubbles. This will prevent the pottery from popping upon firing. Pottery is built using the coil method; tools used are gourds and lava rocks. Pottery is then dried and natural paints from the earth are used to decorate the piece. A white slip gathered from the earth is used for shining to make the vessel smooth. Yucca is used as a paint brush to line and fill in the pottery designs.

Contact: Ms. Berleen Estevan, aka Miss Bee, can be reached by e-mail at estevanbee2@gmail.com or at P. O. Box 141, San Fidel, NM. 87049. Tel: 505.205.6471.


Single Frame Grand Award



This Katsina doll is carved from a single cottonwood root by noted Hopi artist Buddy TUBINAGHTEWA. PLEASE SEE BIOGRAPHY AND CONTACT INFORMATION ABOVE.


Single Frame Reserve Grand Award


This Haaku Traditional Acoma Pueblo Pottery Vase was designed by noted artist Berleen Estevan. PLEASE SEE BIOGRAPHY AND CONTACT INFORMATION ABOVE.


Peoples Choice Award


This Haaku Traditional Seed Pot Acoma Pottery Vase was designed by noted artist Berleen Estevan. PLEASE SEE BIOGRAPHY AND CONTACT INFORMATION ABOVE.






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