Hubert Candelario (Butterfly), was born in San Felipe Pueblo on November 2, 1965 and has been actively potting since he turned 22 in 1987. Historically, San Felipe was not active as a pottery center because San Felipe residents obtained their pottery in trade from neighbors, most often from Zia pueblo.
Hubert holds an associate's degree in architectural design and drafting and that has fostered an appreciation in him for structure and pure architectural form. He says Maria Martinez was a major influence in his pottery career. Santa Clara potter Nancy Youngblood had a direct impact on his work, too, with her swirl melon pots.
Traditionally made, his early works were like the polished redware Jemez is most known for. He is now famous for his precisely cut puzzle pots, swirl pots and works with circular and hexagonal holes. The structure of his pottery is formed with local red clay and he completes the concept of each with layers of orange micaceous slip, burnished after each layer, to help create the fabulous color and texture. (He prefers the micaceous clay found at Nambe and Picuris.) He fires his pottery in a kiln to achieve an even color, free of fire clouds. He signs his work: “Hubert Candelario, San Felipe Pueblo”, followed by the date the piece was made.
Hubert has also won numerous awards in juried competitions, including at least one First Place ribbon at the Santa Fe Indian Market.
Where His Work is Shown
- Hubert's work was included in the 2002 exhibit and catalog Changing Hands: Art without Reservation at the American Craft Museum in New York City
- A large swirl melon jar of his has been selected for the permanent collection at the Denver Art Museum