Paquin, Gladys

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.

Polacca, Thomas

Thomas Polacca, Tewa, 1935 - .  Thomas is the grandson of the incomparable Tewa potter Nampeyo.  Although his mother Fannie Nampeyo was an exceptionally accomplished potter in her own right, Thomas is largely self-taught.  This may help explain why his pottery style is so distinctively his own.  Thomas has been working as a potter since 1955.

Thomas specializes in deeply carved polychrome pottery in an innovative departure from Hopi/Tewa traditions.  His pottery is handcoiled in the ancient manner, but is kiln-fired to give it a contemporary appearance.  He signs his pottery as "Tom Polacca".

Thomas has earned prizes at the New Mexico State Fair and Gallup Inter-tribal Ceremonial, and is represented in the permanent collection of the Heard Museum.

Red Starr

Red Starr, Sioux, 1937 - .  Red Starr married into Santa Clara Pueblo when he wed Harriet Tafoya.  He has become a complete master of hand etching on traditional black-on-black Santa Clara pottery.  His figures include bighorn sheep, wolves, bear, deer, sunflowers, and many other designs for which his imagination seems without limit.  Red Starr often accents his pottery with turquoise stones.  He signs his pottery as "Red Starr", followed by an arrow, and the word "Sioux".

Red Starr's awards are too numerous to list, and include First, Second, and Third Prizes at the Santa Fe Indian Market.

Salvador, Theresa Garcia

Theresa Garcia-Salvador, Red Corn Clan, Acoma Pueblo, 1964 - .  Theresa began experimenting with clay at the age of 23, having been taught the fundamentals by her sister, Vivian Seymour.

Theresa specializes in handcoiled, handpainted, thin-walled Acoma water vessels and seedpots.  She gathers her clay and natural pigments from within the Pueblo and fires her pottery outdoors.  Theresa signs her pottery as "T. Salvador, Acoma".

Sandia, Geraldine

Geraldine Sandia, Jemez Pueblo, 1950 - .   For three decades Geraldine has been a top prizewinning artist.  She is an excellent painter and all her work is simply beautiful.  Geraldine learned the craft from her mother, Cecilia Loretto, and today continues the family tradition of working with clay.

Geraldine specializes in highly polished polychrome pottery.  Geometric designs in black and cream on redware and matte brown on tanware are among her favorite combinations.  She gathers all her clay from within Jemez Pueblo and handcoils, stone-polishes, and fires her pottery outdoors.  She signs her pottery as "G. Sandia, Jemez".

Geraldine's many awards include First, Second, and Third Prizes at both the Santa Fe Indian Market and Heard Museum Show, as well as prizes at Gallup Inter-tribal Ceremonial.

Sarracino, Myron

Myron Sarracino (“Kaa Ooa Dinn Naa"), Laguna Pueblo, 1967 - .   Myron began his pottery career at the age of 17, having been inspired by his grandparents, Thelma and Sandy Sarracino, and by his friend (and ultimately, teacher), the great Laguna potter Gladys Paquin.  Gladys' training has allowed Myron to fully exercise his exceptional talent.

Myron's handcoiled, very thin-walled pottery is always characterized by exceptional decoration.  Many of his designs are derived from the prehistoric Tularosa and Mimbres cultures of southern New Mexico.  These patterns, as well as fine line work, are his specialty.  Myron uses all natural materials to create his quality pottery.  He signs his work as "Myron Sarracino, Laguna Pueblo".

Myron's work has been recognized by a great many awards at the Eight Northern Indian Pueblos Show, Gallup Inter-tribal Ceremonial, and New Mexico State Fair.

Shutiva Histia, Jackie

Jackie Shutiva Histia, Sun Clan/Yellow Corn Child Clan, Acoma Pueblo, 1961 - .  Jackie was taught the ancestral Acoma pottery methods by her mother, Stella Shutiva.  Jackie today continues the tradition of pottery innovations and advances made by her mother and grandmother, Jessie Garcia.

Jackie specializes in fine corrugated whiteware vessels in a variety of forms, often incorporating complicated appliques.  Her pottery is handcoiled of native clay that she gathers and processes herself and is fired outdoors.  She signs her pottery as "Histia Shutiva, Acoma, NM".

Jackie's many awards include prizes at the Santa Fe Indian Market, Heard Museum Show, Eight Northern Pueblos Show, Gallup Inter-tribal Ceremonial, and New Mexico State Fair.

Small, Mary

Mary Small (“Kal-la-Tee”, "New Indian Basket"), Sun Clan, Jemez Pueblo, 1940 - .  Mary learned the art of traditional pottery from her mother, Perfectita Toya.  While Mary was first instructed in the old ways of pottery making, over the years she experimented with natural paints to ultimately produce her unique and characteristic matte blue/gray slip and polychrome designs, which can immediately recognized as hers anywhere.  Her pottery is handcoiled of native clay and is fired outdoors.

Mary is a perennial prizewinner, gathering awards at the Santa Fe Indian Market, Eight Northern Pueblos Show, Powwhatan Renape Nation Juried Indian Arts Festival, Heard Museum Show, New Mexico State Fair, Gallup Inter-tribal Ceremonial, Fine Arts Enterprises Show (Mesa Verde).  She has also been named Artist of the Year by the Indian Arts and Crafts Association.

Tafoya, Eric

Eric Tafoya, Santa Clara Pueblo, 1969 - .  Eric was inspired to create pottery by watching his mother, Wanda Tafoya, and his aunt, Gwen Tafoya, coil their pottery.  He specializes in etched and sgraffito designs on classic handcoiled, highly polished Santa Clara blackware.  Eric often incorporates a burnished sienna rim and other subtle hues in his work, and designs depicting flowers, hummingbirds, and feathers frequently appear.

Eric's pottery has been exhibited at the Eight Northern Pueblos Show and the New Mexico State Fair.

Tafoya, Gwen

Gwen Tafoya, Santa Clara Pueblo, 1965 - .  Gwen experimented with pottery making as early as the age of 6, and began making larger pieces by the age of 16.  She learned the traditional elements of the craft from her mother, Mary Agnes Tafoya, but soon began to create some highly innovative forms and designs.  Gwen is well known for her polished blackware incorporating detailed sgrafitto and carving.  She is especially fond of making seed pots because this form allows more space on which to etch her favorite designs of hummingbirds or flowers.  Gwen signs her pottery as “Gwen Tafoya SCP".

Gwen has exhibited and won awards at the annual Gallup Inter-Tribal Ceremonial, Eight Northern Pueblos Show, and New Mexico State Fair.

Tafoya, Vangie

Vangie Tafoya, Jemez Pueblo, 1944 - .  Vangie credits her grandmother, Maria Sanchez Colaque, for inspiring her to continue the family pottery tradition.  Vangie has developed a striking style of exquisite freehand designs of  hummingbirds, water serpents, flowers, and feathers that grabs a viewer's attention.  Vangie uses all natural materials and paints that she gathers from within Jemez Pueblo.  She signs her pottery as "Vangie Tafoya, Jemez", with an eagle feather.

Vangie has exhibited at the Santa Fe Indian Market continuously since 1992, was awarded Best of Show at the New Mexico State Fair, and has won prizes at the Eight Northern Pueblos Show, Gallup Inter-tribal Ceremonial, Heard Museum Show, and Mescalero Apache Art Show.

Torivio, Dorothy

Dorothy Torivio, Acoma Pueblo, 1946 - .  Dorothy is one of finest Pueblo potters working anywhere today.  Her principal teachers in her youth were her mother, Mary Valley and her mother-in-law, Lolita Concho.  Dorothy specializes in stunningly complex eyedazzler patterns on handcoiled pottery, combining the best of traditional Acoma techniques with her own unparalleled eye for design.  She paints her detailed geometric designs with a yucca stalk in the ancient way. 

Dorothy has consistently been among the top prizewinners for over two decades.  Her unmatched talent was recognized and promoted early in her career by influential Pueblo pottery experts.  Dorothy's many awards include First, Second, and Third Prizes and Best of Division at the Santa Fe Indian Market, and Best of Show at the Gallup Inter-tribal Ceremonial, New Mexico State Fair, and Heard Museum Show.  Her work is represented in the permanent collection of the Heard Museum, and has been widely praised in various journals and publications.

Vallo, Ergil (Dalawepi)

Ergil Vallo (“Dalawepi”, “Colors of the Rainbow”), Acoma and Hopi Pueblos, 1946 - .  Ergil follows neither the Acoma or Hopi pottery traditions.  He has created an innovative style that is uniquely his own.

Ergil specializes in brilliantly colored, black sgrafitto pottery.  His work is so distinctive that it is unmistakable once seen.  Ergil uses natural pollens and minerals to produce his polychrome designs, which typically include Kachinas, animals, kiva steps, and geometric patterns.  He signs his pottery as "Dalawepi, NM".

Ergil's awards include First, Second, and Third Prizes at the New Mexico State Fair, as well as prizes at the Gallup Inter-tribal Ceremonial and Laguna Pueblo Show.

Victorino, Sandra

Sandra Victorino, Acoma Pueblo, 1958 - .  Sandra was first inspired to become a potter by watching her famous aunt, Dorothy Torivio, one of Acoma’s finest potters, from whom she also learned the fundamentals of the art.  Her grandmother, Lita Garcia, also helped Sandra to develop her expert technique.

Sandra specializes in striking eyedazzler designs on her handcoiled pottery.  Her designs may feature hundreds of geometric symbols: spirals, pinwheels, checkerboards, snowflakes, swirls, or finelines.  Sandra signs her pottery as "Sandra Victorino, Acoma, NM".

Sandra's awards include First Prizes at the Santa Fe Indian Market, New Mexico State Fair, Eight Northern Pueblos Show, Gallup Inter-tribal Ceremonial, Arizona Art Show, and Texas Art Show.  Her work is represented in the permanent collection of the Heard Museum.

Yepa, Marcella

Marcella Yepa, Sun Clan, Jemez Pueblo, 1964 - .  Marcella began working as a potter at the age of 19, having been instructed in the art by her grandmother, Felipita Yepa and her aunt, Alvina Yepa.

Today Marcella creates very refined and elegant contemporary melon swirl pottery, which is always beautifully stone-polished.  Marcella handcoils and sculpts her pieces of native Jemez clay and fires outdoors in the traditional way.  She signs her pottery as either "M. Yepa, Jemez" or "Marcella Yepa, Jemez".