Linda Askan - Jars 1
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.