Greg Garcia – Santa Clara / Santa Juan

Published on August 11, 2014 by Carol

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Greg Garcia Pottery

Greg Garcia was born in 1961. He is a full blooded Native American Indian. He is half San Juan and half Santa Clara. He was inspired to make pottery at the age of 14 by his Grandmother, Severa Tafoya. She taught him all the fundamentals of making traditional pottery. She also encouraged him to continue the long lived family tradition of working with clay.

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Greg specializes in the hand coiled traditional black and red Santa Clara pottery. He gathers his clay from the sacred grounds within the Santa Clara Pueblo. He hand cleans the clay, mixes, hand coils, shapes, and fires his pottery the traditional way, outdoors, with horse manure. He also will polish his pottery to add a great shine on his masterpieces. Greg signs his pottery as: Greg Garcia, San Juan/Santa Clara.

Greg is related to the following artists: Tina Garcia (sister) and Angela Baca (aunt).

Awards:

  • 1998 Gallup Intertribal Arts & Crafts Show: 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place
  • 1994 Gallup Inter-Tribal Arts & Crafts Show: Best in show
  • Publications:

  • Southwestern Pottery Anasazi to Zuni
  • Fourteen Families in Pueblo Pottery
  • Miniature Arts of the Southwest
  • Pueblo Indian Pottery 750 Artist Biographies
  • Source: pueblodirect

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