Aaron Cajero, Jemez Pueblo
Teri Cajero and her father, Aaron Cajero.

Aaron Cajero is a son of Ester and Joe Cajero.  He is a grandson of both Loretto Cajero and Juana Pecos.  Aaron is the father of Teri Cajero. He began working with clay in 1993. He learned the traditional way of hand coiling pottery using ancient methods from the members of his family. They taught him all the fundamentals of working with clay artforms. Aaron was quoted as saying:

“I enjoy working with pottery because it’s an expression of how I feel about the beauty in nature and native American arts using all natural materials with mother earth has blessed us with.”

Aaron specializes in a very unique style which combines carved, painted and incised areas. He harvests his natural slips and clumps of raw clay from within the Jemez Pueblo. He breaks down the clumps of clay and adds sand to temper the clay and hand mixes with water and begins the hand coiling process the traditional way, which is rolling out the moist clay into snake like coils.

Once his vessels are formed he sets them out to dry. Once his pieces are fully dried Aaron sands his vessels for a smooth finish. He hand carves various designs such as: bears, feathers, eagles, and serpents known as Avanyu’s which are believed to protect Pueblo People.

He stone polishes his pieces to give it a beautiful shine. Aaron also fires his pottery the traditional way, outdoors with cedar woodchips

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