James Ebelacker

James Ebelacker
James Ebelacker

James Ebelacker was born into the Corn Clan at Santa Clara Pueblo in 1959, the son of Virginia Ebelacker and grandson of Margaret Tafoya.

He learned to make pottery by watching and working with his mother early in life. Then he finished high school and spent the next 20 years in the Air Force. On his retirement from that he returned to his roots at Santa Clara and making some of the largest (and finest) pots produced these days.

His son Jason has also become a noted potter.

In 2013, James won the Best Traditional Pottery ribbon at Santa Fe Indian Market.

Bear paw imprints on a polished black wedding vase
Polished black wedding vase with bear paw imprints
12 1/2 in H by 11 in Dia
Bear paw imprints on a polished red jar
Polished red jar with bear paw imprints
Winner 2013 Santa Fe Indian Market Pottery Division A
20 3/4 in H by 16 1/2 in Dia
Geometric design carved into a polished red flat-topped jar
Polished red flat-topped jar carved with geometric design
7 3/4 in H by 14 1/4 in Dia
Stylized hummingbird and geometric design carved into a polished red bowl
Polished red bowl decorated with a carved stylized hummingbird and geometric design
4 1/2 in H by 17 in Dia
Bird element and geometric design carved into a polished red bowl
Polished red bowl carved with a bird element and geometric design
9 1/4 in H by 15 1/2 in Dia

Santa Clara Pueblo Potters