Gladys (“Sratyu’we”) Paquin, Laguna Pueblo, ca. 1940 - . Gladys came relatively late to pottery. Born to a Zuni father and Laguna mother and raised at the Santa Ana Pueblo, she returned in 1980 to Santa Ana to learn the traditions of this craft from members of her family there. After much trial, error, and patience, Gladys mastered the fine techniques of traditional handcoiled pottery and is today one of the acknowledged stars of the contemporary pottery revival at Laguna. Gladys is today teaching the tradition to a younger generation at the Pueblo, many of whom are crafting highly refined pieces under her tutorship.
Gladys uses all natural materials, including colors from clays and native vegetation, and fires her pots outdoors with cattle dung. Many of her designs are variations of old pottery patterns from the Pueblo. She signs her pottery as "Gladys Sratyu’we Paquin, Laguna".
Gladys' awards include First, Second, and Third Prizes, Best of Division, and Best of Traditional Crafts at the Santa Fe Indian Market, as well as prizes at the Eitejorg Indian Market, Twin Cities Indian Market, Okmulgee Indian Market, and Santa Monica Art Show. Her work is part of the permanent collections of the School of American Research, Museum of Indian Arts and Cultures, (Santa Fe), Natural History Museum (Los Angeles), Indian Pueblo Cultural Center (Albuquerque), and Cincinnati Art Museum.