Shelden Nuñez-Velarde (Jicarilla Apache) is known for his micaceous pottery. He is Ollero clan of the Jicarilla Apache and a descendant of O’Ha Montoya, a micaceous utilitarian potter of the plains and mountains surrounding Cimarron, NM, Nuñez-Velarde follows a legacy of potters. Having garnered interest in his craft at an early age, he trained under established Jicarilla Apache potters Lydia Pesata and Felipe Ortega. Nuñez-Velarde has received national recognition and awards for his work for more than twenty-five years. He demonstrates his craft and teaches workshops throughout the Southwest and is an accomplished bead-worker and basket-maker in addition to his standing as a potter.
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