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.