Gregorita Trujillo, Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo (courtesy Anthony Trujillo)

Gregorita Trujillo was a prominent potter during the 1930’s Revival period.  While she was not one of the original Eight, she was making pottery by the 1940s and continued through the 1970s.  Working in the red-on-tan pottery style traditional to Okhay Owingeh Pueblo, Gregorita Trujillo became a prominent potter during the “revival period” of San Juan pottery in the 1930s and 40s and continued her work through the late 1970s. Her pieces are notable for their bold designs and images, both etched and painted, and her attentiveness to form and texture. Gregorita and her husband Juan Trujillo, a skilled weaver, oriented their home around Pueblo arts with their son Manuel Trujillo, a painter, often contributing designs and paintings to her vessels. She sold her pieces at the mercantile in San Juan Pueblo, a major hub of economic life in Northern New Mexico, and at the Santa Fe Indian Market (SWAIA) under the Governor’s Palace portal. She was a gifted traditional teacher and mentored many potters in the “second revival” phase. She also traveled the country to visit with collectors and to participate in cultural fairs such as the Folk Life fairs in Washington D.C. in the 70s. In 1974, she represented San Juan Pueblo in the delegation of 32 Pueblo artists who met with the First Lady Pat Nixon and President Richard Nixon at the White House. Gregorita Trujillo’s vessels are treasured pieces in homes, museums, and galleries across the country.

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