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Artist's Profile
Tribal Affilation:
Santa Clara
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Methods and Style of Work:
Signature or Hallmark:
About The Artist:
Anita Suazo is a contemporary master potter. When she was a small child she began learning potting techniques from her mother,
noted potter Belen Tapia, and has actively worked at her craft since 1955. Today Anita and her husband, Joseph, create top-
quality red carved, red polychrome, black carved, carved two-tone and black-on-black pots. They still dig their own clay from the
soil of the Santa Clara Pueblo. Anita is a multiple winner at Indian Market in Santa Fe and has a dozen awards from the Eight
Northern Pueblo Indian Arts & Crafts Shows. Both the Heard Museum and the Smithsonian Institution have chosen examples of
her work for their permanent collections
Anita Suazo
Other Information:
Anita learned these techniques from her mother, Belen Tapia, when she was a small child and has been actively potting ever since.
Anita first created pots that resembled her mother's polychrome vessels, but now she crafts mainly red or black carved pottery. She
has taught traditional Indian pottery techniques in workshops for the University of New Mexico and the University of California at
Friday, February 17, 2012
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