Glendora Fragua

Glendora Fragua was born in St. Louis, Missouri in 1958. She spent some of her early years in California before her family moved back to Jemez Pueblo in the 1970's. Her mother, Juanita Fragua, taught her the fundamentals of the traditional Jemez way of making pottery and by the age of 16 she was working with sgraffito techniques, working to develop her own style. Her grandmother, Beninga Medina Madelena, married into Jemez Pueblo from Zia Pueblo and has been credited with helping to revive pottery making at Jemez.

Glendora characterizes her work as contemporary but made the traditional way: hand-gathered-and-processed clay, volcanic ash for temper, paints from the Earth and plants, everything is done by hand the ancient way... the only modern technology she uses is an electric kiln to fire her pots in. The designs she uses are her own, carved into her pots after they've dried and been polished but not fired yet. After carving she might add a red or buff or micaceous slip, then she adds her trademark cornstalk to the bottom and signs the piece before firing it.

Glendora Daubs is a name many collectors recognize her by as she used that during the time she was married. Over the years she has won pretty much every Blue Ribbon awarded for pottery at the various Indian Markets and Fairs in the Southwest at least once.

Sgraffito and painted lizard and geometric designs on a polychrome seedpot
Polychrome seedpot with sgraffito and painted lizard and geometric designs
1 1/4 in H by 2 3/4 in Dia
Sgraffito corn and geometric design on a red seedpot
Red seedpot with sgraffito corn and geometric design
2 1/4 in H by 2 1/4 in Dia
Sgraffito feather and flower design with inlaid coral on an egg-shaped polychrome seedpot
Egg-shaped polychrome seedpot with sgraffito feather and flower design plus inlaid coral
1 3/4 in H by 2 3/4 in Dia
Sgraffito corn, feather and geometric designs decorate a polychrome seedpot
Polychrome seedpot decorated with sgraffito corn, feather and geometric designs
2 3/4 in H by 2 1/2 in Dia
Sgraffito sunface, corn plant and geometric designs on a polychrome buff-colored jar
Polychrome buff-colored jar with sgraffito sunface, corn plant and geometric designs
4 in H by 4 1/2 in Dia
A sgraffito and painte3d ears of corn and geometric design on a polychrome seed pot with an inlaid garnet
Polychrome seed pot deocrated with an ears of corn and geometric design, plus an inlaid garnet
3 3/4 in H by 2 1/2 in Dia
Sgraffito and painted feather and geometric design with an inlaid stone on a polychrome seed pot
Polychrome seed pot decorated with an inlaid stone and sgraffito and painted feather and geometric design
2 in H by 1 1/2 in Dia
Pottery photos courtesy of Andrea Fisher Fine Pottery