2011 SWAIA Indian Market: The Unreserved Jemez Pueblo Potter Glendora Fragua

If you want to laugh your butt off, spend a few moments with contemporary Jemez Pueblo potter Glendora Fragua.  Her sense of humor is on par with her talent, and her style is constantly morphing.  And people have been taking notice. As a matter of fact, many Mata Ortiz potters have been trying to reproduce her floral and insect designs, but they don’t compare to the real thing. 

Fragua, began making pottery at age 16.  She was brought up in the Bay area, but moved to Jemez Pueblo when she was in her teens. Adjusting to “rez” life was not easy for the urbanite, but she did learn how to work with the Native clays and has done a fantastic job coming into her own as a Pueblo potter.  Her personal style and dynamicism as a person and artist have made her one of the biggest stars on the Native American art show circuit.

For the last two years, I have wanted to interview Glendora about her pottery, but for one reason or another it hasn’t happened until now. I’m thrilled that she finally had the time during a lull at her 2011 SWAIA Indian Market booth to talk briefly to me. 

Watch my interview with Glendora Fragua HERE: