Hubert Candelario

A photo of Hubert Candelario
Hubert Candelario

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
A deeply grooved pot by Hubert Candelario
Carved red pot
8 1/4 in H by 7 1/4 in Dia
Photo of a perforated ceramic cylinder
Perforated micaceous cylinder
10 3/4 in H by 4 in Dia
A micaceous gourd-shaped perforated jar
Micaceous gourd-shaped perforated jar
8 1/2 in H by 10 in Dia
Deeply carved swirl pattern in a micaceous jar
Carved swirl pattern in a micaceous jar
4 in H by 5 in Dia
Swirl design carved deep into a red micaceous pot
Red micaceous pot deep carved with swirl geometric design
2 in H by 2 3/4 in Dia
Swirl design carved deep into a red micaceous pot
Red micaceous pot deep carved with swirl design
3 1/4 in H by 4 3/4 in Dia
Deep carved swirl orange micaceous seedpot
Orange micaceous deep-carved swirl seedpot
 
Perforated sculptural piece in orange micaceous clay
Micaceous orange perforated sculptural piece
7 in H by 5 3/4 in Dia
Deep carved orange micaceous seed pot
Orange micaceous seed pot deep carved with a swirl design
5 1/4 in H by 5 3/4 in Dia
Perforated orange micaceous sculptural piece
Orange micaceous perforated sculptural piece
6 1/4 in H by 6 3/4 in Dia
Micaceous swirl-carved seed pot
Carved orange micaceous swirl seed pot
2 1/4 in H by 3 1/4 in Dia
Swirl melon design carved into an orange micaceous jar
Micaceous orange jar carved in a melon swirl design
3 1/2 in H by 4 1/2 in Dia
Golden micaceous jar with perforations
Perforated golden micaceous jar
8 1/2 in H by 6 1/4 in Dia
Deep carved swirl design on a golden micaceous seed pot
Golden micaceous seed pot deep carved with a swirl design
5 1/2 in H by 7 in Dia
Golden micaceous jar with perforations
Perforated golden micaceous jar
8 1/2 in H by 6 1/4 in Dia
Perforated miniature golden micaceous jar
Miniature golden micaceous perforated jar
1 3/4 in H by 1 3/4 in Dia
Swirl cut deep carving on a golden micaceous seed pot
Golden micaceous seed pot deep carved with a swirl design
1 1/2 in H by 1 1/2 in Dia
Swirl-carved miniature golden seed pot
Miniature swirl-carved golden seed pot
1 1/2 in H by 1 1/2 in Dia
Photo of Hubert Candelario courtesy of the School for Advanced Research
Pottery photos courtesy of Andrea Fisher Fine Pottery