Alicia Kelsey – Acoma

Published on August 20, 2014 by Carol

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Alicia Kelsey was born in 1979 into the Acoma Pueblo. She was introduced into pottery making by her Mother, Darla Davis. Darla began involving Alicia with the clay making process at the age of 11.

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Alicia specializes in the handmade traditional styled Acoma pottery with parrots and elements of the earth. Alicia was taught where to get clay from the sacred Pueblo grounds and learned how to clean and grind it to a fine powder. Then she will mix it with pottery shards from other broken pottery in order to recycle the old pottery and reuse it so that nothing goes to waste. She paints with all natural colors. The parrot represents wealth. The rainbow represents the earth and rain. The fine lines represent lightning. The pots were used to carry water on the top of their heads if they were rounded on the bottom. The flat shaped ones were used for storage. She also can paint fine line pottery. Her favorite one to paint is the fine line with the deer pattern. Alicia signs her pottery as: Alicia Kelsey, Acoma, NM.

Alicia is also related to Rachel James (grandmother).


  • 1996 New Mexico State Fair 1st place
  • 1996 New Mexico State Fair 2nd place
  • Window Rock State 2nd place
  • Publications:

  • Southern Pueblo Pottery 2,000 Artist Biographies
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