Anna Archuleta

Anna Archuleta is a traditional Santa Clara Pueblo potter. She was born in 1953 and has been producing pottery since 1988. She and her sister, Anita Suazo, were taught by their mother Belen Tapia.

Anna specializes in stone polished redware carved bowls, jars and plates with bear claws, feather patterns, lightning and Avanyu (Water Serpent) designs. She gathers clay from around the Santa Clara Pueblo, uses natural slips, polishing stones passed down from her mother. Her husband Fidel collaborates with her on the pottery: Anna does all the handcoiling and polishing and Fidel does the carving and firing outdoors.

Bear Paw and geometric designs carved into a polished red jar
Polished red jar carved with bear claw and geometric designs
7 in H by 5 3/4 in Dia
Kiva step and geometric designs carved into a red jar
Red jar carved with kiva step and geometric designs
7 in H by 5 3/4 in Dia
Avanyu and geometric design carved into a polished red jar
Polished red jar carved with avanyu and geometric design
5 1/4 in H by 5 1/2 in Dia
Feather, arrow and geometric design carved into a polished red jar
Polished red jar carved with feather, arrow and geometric design
5 1/2 in H by 5 3/4 in Dia
Feather design carved into a polished red jar
Polished red jar decorated with a carved feather design
5 1/2 in H by 5 1/2 in Dia
Arrow and feather design carved into a red jar
Polished red jar decorated with carved arrow and feather designs
5 3/4 in h by 5 1/2 in Dia
Feather, arrow and geometric designs carved into a tall neck red jar
Tall neck red jar carved with arrow, feather and geometric designs
10 3/4 in H by 6 1/4 in Dia
Feather, arrow and geometric designs carved into a polished short neck red jar
Short neck red jar carved with arrow, feather and geometric designs
7 in H by 5 1/2 in Dia
Arrow, bear paw and geometric designs carved into a red jar
Polished red jar carved with bear paw, arrow and geometric design
7 in H by 5 1/2 in Dia
Avanyu and spiral designs carved into a red jar
Polished red jar carved with spiral and avanyu designs.
7 in H by 5 1/2 in Dia
Bear paw, feather and geometric designs carved into a red jar
Red jar carved with bear paw, feather and geometric designs
6 1/4 in H by 5 1/2 in Dia
Avanyu, kiva step and spiral geometric designs carved into a red jar
Red jar carved with avanyu, kiva step and spiral geometric designs
7 1/2 in H by 5 3/4 in Dia
Avanyu and spiral design carved into a red jar
Red jar decorated with a carved avanyu and spiral design
7 1/4 in H by 5 3/4 in Dia
Geometric designs carved into a red jar
Red jar decorated with carved geometric designs
5 1/4 in H by 5 1/2 in Dia
Avanyu, spiral and feather designs carved into a long neck red jar
Long neck red jar carved with feather, spiral and avanyu designs
9 1/2 in H by 5 3/4 in Dia
Geometric designs carved into a red jar
Red jar carved with geometric designs
6 in H by 5 1/2 in Dia
Avanyu, scroll and geometric designs carved into a red jar
Red jar carved with avanyu, scroll and geometric designs
6 in H by 5 1/2 in Dia
Scroll geometric designs carved into a red jar
Red jar carved with scroll geometric designs
7 in H by 5 3/4 in Dia
Scroll, avanyu and geometric design carved into a red jar
Polished red jar carved with avanyu, scroll, and geometric designs
5 1/2 in H by 5 1/2 in Dia
Bear paws, kiva steps and geometric designs carved into a red jar
Red jar carved with kiva step, bear paw and geometric design
5 1/2 in H by 5 3/4 in Dia
Bear claw, rain, cloud and kiva step design carved into a polished red jar
Polished red jar carved with bear claw, kiva step, cloud and rain design
5 1/2 in H by 5 1/2 in Dia
Cloud, avanyu and geometric design carved into a polished red jar
Polished red jar carved with an avanyu, cloud and geometric design
5 1/2 in H by 5 1/2 in Dia
A kiva step and feather design carved into a red jar
Red jar decorated with a carved kiva step and feather design
7 in H by 5 1/2 in Dia

Pottery photos are courtesy of Andrea Fisher Fine Pottery