Sophie Cata

Sophie Cata (Eagle Feather Basket) was born into Santa Clara Pueblo in 1957. By the time she was six years old, her grandmother, Flora Naranjo, and mother, Frances Salazar, had taught her the fundamentals of making pottery the traditional way. Today, Sophie lives at San Juan Pueblo but specializes in handmade traditional Santa Clara pottery, both red and black. Among her favorite design elements are kiva steps, cloud elements, water serpents, bear paws and feather designs.

Cloud design carved into a red jar
Red jar carved with cloud design
3 1/4 in H by 4 3/4 in Dia
Plain red jar
Plain polished red jar
3 1/2 in H by 4 1/4 in Dia
Plain red jar
Plain polished red jar
3 1/2 in H by 4 1/4 in Dia
Kiva step and arrow design carved into a red jar
Red jar carved with arrow and kiva step designs
3 1/4 in H by 4 3/4 in Dia
An avanyu design carved into a red jar
Polished red jar carved with an avanyu design
3 1/2 in h by 5 1/2 in Dia
Pottery photos are courtesy of Andrea Fisher Fine Pottery