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TABOO II: Fearless. Unshaken. Inspiring

In 2017, Virgil Ortiz conceptualized his first show of Taboo.  It was a unique opportunity for him to engage the unacceptable or forbidden through his work in clay.  The success of the show reflected not only his creativity but spoke
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“The Space Between”: Santa Clara Carved Pottery 1920-Present

From 1922-4, Sarafina Tafoya (1863-1949) created a series of “carved” vessels. These were among the first to incorporate a style of animal figurative designs and denoted the first step to a carved style which would become part of the Pueblo’s
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The Search For Juanita Montoya Vigil (1898-1933)

In the early years of San Ildefonso signed pottery, there are three individual potters of the same name who were all active at the same time: Juanita Gonzales (1909-1988), Juanita Pena (1900-1987) and Juanita Vigil (1898-1933). However, over the years,
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Virgil Ortiz: Taboo 2017

  Virgil Ortiz Says of his new work: “Creativity comes to me from continuing the story of my Cochiti people and how we see the world around us.  Our art from the late 1800’s told the stories of what those
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“Born of Fire: The Pottery of Margaret Tafoya”

Born of Fire: The Life and Pottery of Margaret Tafoya Born of Fire The Life and Pottery of Margaret Tafoya, is a name that brings to mind a woman known for her strong will, stoicism, and traditional pottery. For her, respect and
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Peering Through Taos Light: Susan Folwell & Jody Folwell

Peering Though Taos Light:  Reflections in Clay of the Taos Society of Artists Through the Pottery of Susan Folwell and Jody Folwell The idea for the show is founded in the classic paintings of the Taos Society of Artists which
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Art Cody Haungooh: A “Reflected Light” in Pueblo Pottery

Art Cody Haungooah (1943-1985) is remembered for his innovative take on traditional Pueblo pottery.  Since the height of his fame in the late 1970’s and early 1980’s, his name, unique design style and early passing has given him a certain
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Russell Sanchez: Contemporizing the Pueblo Pottery Past

    Contemporizing the Pueblo Pottery Past How does Pueblo pottery best embrace its traditions and historic past as it enters the new era of modern ceramic influences? This question, certainly more relevant today than the old trope of “what is
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Signed, “Serafina”: The Signed Pottery of SaraFina Tafoya

Sarafina Tafoya (1863-1949), Santa Clara Matriarch Understanding the signed pottery of SaraFina Tafoya from 1933 to 1949 by Charles S. King   Sara Fina Tafoya (1863-1949) is among the most renown of the early Santa Clara potters. She was the matriarch of
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Defining Diego Romero: Examining his Imagery and Iconography

Defining Diego Romero’s Imagery: For the past twenty years Diego Romero has been making art that transcends his Native American Indian heritage. While using the “traditional” materials, techniques and forms of Southwestern Indian pottery he uses comic book inspired iconography
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NATHAN YOUNGBLOOD: A Life with the Clay (An Interview)

In July, 2014, I had a chance to sit down with Santa Clara potter Nathan Youngblood in his studio near Santa Fe, NM and ask him a few questions about his art and career.  I have been lucky to be
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VIRGIL ORTIZ: Never Stop! (An Interview)

At the end of July, 2014, I had a chance to sit down and talk with Cochiti potter, designer and all-around Pueblo Renaissance artist Virgil Ortiz.  I’ve been lucky to work with him and his family for almost 15 years. 
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SUSAN FOLWELL: Pottery to be “Read” (an Interview)

On June 18, 2014, I had a chance to sit down and ask Santa Clara potter Susan Folwell a few questions about her pottery and her career.  Susan is an amazing potter and artist and her work includes numerous styles
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On Fire! 5 Reasons to Visit the Rockwell Musuem’s New Pottery Exhibit

The Rockwell Museum in Corning, NY seems a bit of an out of the way place to find some amazing Pueblo and Tribal pottery.  However, their new exhibition, “On Fire!“, which features primarily pieces from the Cameros Collection, has some
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Tina Diaz & Linda Cain – The Unassuming Innovators

Tina Diaz (b.1946) and her sister Linda Cain (b. 1949) are two of the seven children of potter Mary Cain (1915-2010).  They are granddaughters of Christina Naranjo (1891-1980) and great-nieces of Margaret Tafoya (1904-2001).  Such a distinguished family linage would make one think they would be bound to more
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