Andrew Padilla

Andrew Padilla of Laguna Pueblo
Andrew Padilla

Andrew Padilla was born into Santa Clara Pueblo in 1956. His father was from Laguna Pueblo, his mother from Santa Clara. He was inspired to learn the art of working with clay by his grandmother, Reycita Padilla. She was from Santa Clara Pueblo and started teaching Andrew the fundamentals of pottery making when he was ten years old. She taught him how to make traditional black on black Santa Clara pottery. He produced Santa Clara pottery until he moved to the Laguna Pueblo in 1982. At Laguna he began experimenting with white Laguna clay while working with his mother, Gladys Paquin. Gladys also taught Andrew which mesas provided the best clay so he would only use the finest natural clays and pigments to make his pottery. She also taught him all her special techniques for working with clay.

Andrew now hand coils many different sizes and shapes of pottery. He enjoys making the white melon vessels and now and then accents with a kiva step lid for the crown. He has combined his Santa Clara and Laguna backgrounds to create his own elegant contemporary style of art.

Andrew signs his pottery: Andrew Padilla, Laguna, N.M.

Kiva step lid on a white melon jar
White melon jar with a kiva step lid 7 3/4 in H by 9 1/4 in Dia
Melon jar in white
White melon jar
3 1/2 in H by 6 in Dia
Bear paw imprint on a white wedding vase
White wedding vase with bear paw imprint
6 1/2 in H by 4 1/2 in Dia
Twisted handle and bear paw imprint on a white wedding vase
White wedding vase with twisted handle and bear paw imprint
7 1/4 in h by 5 in Dia
Lid styled after Laguna Pueblo Mission on a white melon jar
White melon jar with lid styled after Laguna Pueblo Mission
6 1/4 in H by 5 1/2 in Dia
White melon wedding vase
White melon wedding vase
14 1/2 in H by 10 1/2 in Dia
Twisted handle and bear paw imprint on a white wedding vase
White wedding vase with a twisted handle and bear paw imprint
9 3/4 in H by 7 1/4 in Dia
Bear pawprint on a white wedding vase
White wedding vase with a bear paw imprint
8 in H by 6 in Dia
Laguna Pueblo Mission lid on a white melon jar
White formed melon jar with a lid styled after the Laguna Pueblo Mission
8 1/4 in H by 7 3/4 in Dia
Bear paw imprint on a white wedding vase
White wedding vase decorated with a bear paw imprint
6 3/4 in H by 5 1/2 in Dia
Bear paw imprint carved into a white wedding vase
White wedding vase carved with a bear paw imprint
6 3/4 in H by 5 1/2 in Dia
Twisted handle and bear paw imprints on a white wedding vase
White wedding vase with a twisted handle and bear paw imprints
8 1/2 in H by 6 1/2 in Dia
Laguna Mission lid on a white melon jar
White melon jar with a Laguna Mission lid
6 1/4 in H by 9 in Dia
Laguna mission lid on a white melon jar
White melon jar with a Laguna mission lid
6 in H by 6 1/4 in Dia
Photos are courtesy of Andrea Fisher Fine Pottery

Laguna Pueblo Potters