Alvin Baca is a potter from Santa Clara Pueblo. Born in 1966, he's the son of Antonio and Angela Baca. Like his sister Leona and brother David, he learned to make traditional pottery the Santa Clara way from their mother.
Alvin makes traditional Santa Clara red and black ware and specializes in melon jars. He also makes jars with the traditional Santa Clara bear paw print and horizontal coiled rib (beehive) jars.
Alvin participated in shows like the Santa Fe Indian Market between 1988 and 1999 and the Eight Northern Pueblos Arts & Crafts Show between 1994 and 1999. In 1994 he earned a Second Place ribbon for a plain melon jar at Santa Fe Indian Market.
Alvin's still working, still making red and black melon jars. He signs them all: Alvin Baca.