Greg Garcia

Born in 1961, Greg Garcia's father was from San Juan Pueblo and his mother from Santa Clara Pueblo. At the age of 14 he began making pottery with Severa Tafoya, his maternal grandmother. She taught him all the fundamentals of the traditional Santa Clara way of making pottery. She also encouraged him to stay within the long family tradition of working with clay.

Greg specializes in the hand coiled traditional black and red Santa Clara pottery. He gathers his clay from sacred grounds within Santa Clara Pueblo. He hand cleans the clay, mixes, hand coils, shapes, and fires his pottery the traditional way, outdoors with horse manure. He also polishes his pottery to add a great shine to his works.

Greg signs his pottery as: "Greg Garcia, San Juan/Santa Clara".

Polished black jar
Traditional polished black jar
4 1/4 in H by 3 1/2 in Dia
Fluted rim on a polished red jar
Polished red jar with fluted rim
5 1/4 in H by 4 3/4 in Dia
Polished plain red vase
Plain red polished vase
4 in H by 4 in Dia
Bear paw imprint on a plain black jar
Plain black jar with bear paw imprint
2 1/2 in H by 3 1/4 in Dia
Double-shouldered miniature black jar
Miniature double-shouldered black jar
1 1/2 in H by 1 1/4 in Dia
A pie crust rim on a plain black jar
Plain polished black jar with a pie crust rim
4 1/4 in H by 4 1/4 in Dia
Carved black melon jar
Miniature black carved melon jar
1 1/2 in H by 2 1/2 in Dia
Plain black jar
Polished plain black jar
2 1/2 in H by 3 1/2 in Dia
Pottery photos courtesy of Andrea Fisher Fine Pottery

Santa Clara Pueblo Potters