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  • Ron Suazo - Santa Clara Pottery

Ron Suazo has written the following about himself :

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

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

Watching my sister Margaret Garcia 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 Anasazi Indians, and was deeply impressed by their creativity in designs. I also visited the Puye Cliffs 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, yet include a combination of both, with feather designs, bear paws, and early designs with inlaid turquoise and coral stones on both completely polished black pots, and on matte finish pottery.

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."

Every one of his pots are copyrighted, therefore, every one is an original design.

Ribbons at Eighth Northern Pueblos Arts and Crafts Show, Heard Museum Art Show in Phoenix AZ, New Mexico State Fair 1st Place, Santa Fe Indian Market, etc.

-Southwestern Pottery Anasazi to Zuni
-Southwestern Pottery 1999 Edition
-Pueblo Indian Pottery 750 Artist Biographies

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