Ron Suazo

Pottery

"I am a full-blooded Native American Indian from Santa Clara Pueblo, New Mexico.

My pottery techniques come from youth on, having learned from my mother who taught me not only how to form, polish and fire pottery, but every other intricate part of pottery-making.

"Watching my sister…

"I am a full-blooded Native American Indian from Santa Clara Pueblo, New Mexico.

My pottery techniques come from youth on, having learned from my mother who taught me not only how to form, polish and fire pottery, but every other intricate part of pottery-making.

"Watching my sister drawing fine, traditional details on her pots encouraged me to work hard on incising my own designs with fine details as well.

"While visiting several museums, I looked intently at pots created by the Ancient Pueblo Indians, and was deeply impressed by their creativity in designs. I also visited the Puye Cliff ruins often while growing up, and was intrigued by their designs on broken pieces of pottery.

"As a result of studying both traditional and early designs, my decision was to create my own style. However, I included a combination of traditional feather designs, bear paws, and early as well as contemporary designs with inlaid turquoise, coral, lapis and malachite stones. I do this on matte finish pottery that may include a combination of both carving and incising on the pots and lids. The final finish on the pot is polished black on matte and sienna.

"There is tremendous competition and great potters, but from the day I started as a potter, I hoped that my work would be unique and stand apart from others. I believe I have accomplished my goal."

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