Johnathan Naranjo

 Santa Clara Pueblo potterJohnathan Naranjo
Johnathan Naranjo

Born into Santa Clara Pueblo in 1987, Johnathan Naranjo is the son of Forrest Naranjo and grandson of Bernice Naranjo. He began working with clay early in life and developed his own distinctive style. Johnathan has also developed a keen sense as to when to pull something from the fire in order to get a dark brown product rather than the usual black. Then he uses his sgraffito tools to add a mix of contemporary and traditional designs. Because of his firing process, he can get varying colors in his sgraffito work depending on the depth of the scratch. In 2013 Johnathan won the Tony Da Award at the Santa Fe Indian Market for his intricate and innovative style of pottery.

Contemporary sgraffito designs on a black jar
Black jar with contemporary sgraffito designs
5 1/2 in H by 4 1/4 in Dia
Sgraffito forest and geometric design on a brown jar
Brown jar with sgraffito forest and geometric design
5 in H by 3 1/2 in Dia
Sgraffito dancers design on a brown jar
Brown jar with sgraffito dancers design
9 in H by 5 3/4 in Dia
Sgraffito pueblo water carrier and geometric design on a black jar
Black jar with sgraffito pueblo water carrier and geometric design
5 1/2 in H by 3 1/4 in Dia
Four direction sgraffito koshare design on a polished dark brown jar
Polished dark brown jar with four direction sgraffito koshare design
7 1/4 in H by 4 3/4 in Dia
Sgraffito bear and nature design on a sienna jar
Sienna jar decorated with a sgraffito bear and nature design
6 1/4 in H by 7 1/2 in Dia
Photos courtesy of Andrea Fisher Fine Pottery