Linda Askan - Jars 1

Santa Clara Pueblo potter Linda Askan

Half Navajo and half Santa Claran, Linda's native Tewa name is "Jo Povi" which means Cactus Flower. It was given to her by her grandmother Adelaide (Lala) Sisneros. Both her grandmother and her mother, Marie Sisneros Askan taught Linda how to create pottery in the traditional way. Linda graduated from Espanola High School, then attended the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe. Somewhere along the way she became a respiratory therapy technician and worked in several local hospitals before deciding to go into pottery making full time. She has since taught her daughters, Diana Halsey and Rose Halsey, the traditional way of making pottery.

Linda creates traditional red and black Santa Clara pottery - the final color depending on both the clay slip she uses and how she fires each piece.

Polished miniature black jar
Miniature polished black jar
1 1/2 in H by 2 in Dia
Feather design on a black on black jar
Black on black jar decorated with band of feather design
2 1/4 in H by 3 3/4 in Dia
Feather and geometric design on a black on black jar
Black on black jar decorated with a feather and geometric design
3 1/4 in H by 3 3/4 in Dia
Bear paw imprint carved into a black jar
Black jar decorated with a carved bear paw imprint
3 in H by 3 1/2 in Dia
Bear paws carved into a black bowl
Black bowl decorated with a carved bear paw imprint
3 3/4 in H by 4 in Dia
Avanyu, feather and geometric design on a black on black jar
Black on black jar decorated with an avanyu, feather and geometric design
4 1/2 in H by 6 3/4 in Dia
Geometric design on a black on black jar
Black on black jar decorated with a geometric design
5 in H by 5 3/4 in Dia
Feather, kiva step and geometric design on a black on black jar
Black on black jar decorated with a kiva step, feather and geometric design
3 1/4 in H by 3 1/2 in Dia
Black carved melon jar
Black jar carved with a melon design
2 1/4 in H by 3 1/2 in Dia