Berleen Estevan – Acoma

Published on July 28, 2014 by Carol

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Berleen Estevan is a full blooded Native American Indian. She was born into the Acoma Pueblo in 1975. She has been working with pottery since 1985, at the age of 10. She was inspired to learn the process of pottery making by her Grandmother, the late, Lucy Juanico. Lucy taught Berleen all the fundamentals of pottery making the traditional way. Berleen has invented her own unique style of pottery.

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Berleen specializes in hand painted greenware and hand coiled pottery. She hand paints kokopelli, animals, mimbres designs, and angels on many different shapes of pottery. Berleen hand coils traditional pottery and hand paints her unique patterns. She gathers her raw pigments from within the Acoma Pueblo and uses ancient traditional methods to construct her pottery. However, she really enjoys painting on ceramic pottery most of all. The first piece Berleen ever made was a bread oven, which she was so proud of. Berleen signs her pottery as: B. Estevan, Acoma, N.M.

Berleen is related to the following artists: The famous Dorothy Torivio (aunt) and Charlene Estevan.

Publications:

  • Southern Pueblo Pottery 2,000 Artist Biographies
  • Source: pueblodirect

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