Sharon Naranjo Garcia

Sharon Naranjo Garcia was born into Santa Clara Pueblo in 1951 and learned to make pottery the traditional way from her grandmother, Christina Naranjo, as she grew up. She learned the Santa Clara ways, then moved to San Juan Pueblo more than 30 years ago when she got married. When her grandmother passed away in 1980, Sharon made the decision to make pottery full time. Since then she has specialized in making large blackware jars with carved avanyu designs or with impressed bear paw designs on her polished pots. She also sometimes makes seedpots and vases in black and redware.

In 2003 Sharon won the Best in Show award at the annual Eight Northern Pueblos Arts and Crafts Show.

Bear paw imprint on a large polished black jar
Large polished black jar with bear paw imprint
11 3/4 in H by 10 3/4 in Dia
Avanyu design carved into a red jar
Red jar carved with avanyu design
6 1/2 in H by 8 in Dia
An avanyu and feather design carved into a black jar
Black jar decorated with a carved avanyu and feather design
7 1/2 in H by 7 1/2 in Dia
Pottery photos courtesy of Andrea Fisher Fine Pottery

Santa Clara Pueblo Potters