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ing pottery. By age 12 he sold

his first piece and by 15 became

an award- winning potter.

Over the years he has won doz-

ens of top awards, including

Best of Division at both the

Heard Museum Guild Indian

Fair and Market and Santa Fe’s

Indian Market in 2004. At

Market this year he was

awarded the 2005 SWAIA Fel-

lowship Award, a cash award

and honor bestowed to rising


"My ability to create such beau-

tiful pieces is a gift from God

for which I will always be

thankful. It is my goal as an

artist to use the gift to the fullest

with the hope that it will bring

Navajo potter Wallace Nez, Jr.

has been described by many as

a perfectionist. This is certainly

true when you look at his re-

markable pottery.

His small creations are hand-

coiled and molded from clay

deep within the earth of North-

ern Arizona. He etches his pot-

tery with a scalpel and paints

with both natural and commer-

cial dyes. Horses, bears and

butterflies often dance around

his delicate work and frequently

he honors his grandmother by

carving a Navajo wedding bas-

ket on the underside of the pot.

Nez grew up in southern Utah

on his grandfather’s farm and

by the age of nine started form-

as much enjoyment into the

lives with others as it brings

into my life.”

-Wallace Nez

A fine selection of Nez’s pot-

tery is available at Traditional

Pueblo Arts located within

River Trading Post in Scotts-

dale, Arizona and also online at .

Arts of Native America

Wallace Nez, Navajo Potter

314 N. River Street

East Dundee, IL 60118

Phone: 866-426-6901

Miniature pottery by

Wallace Nez shows excep-

tionally fine detail. This piece

measures just a bit over 1.5

inches in diameter, and just

1- 1/4 inches high.