Ruby Panana

Ruby Panana
Ruby Panana

Ruby Panana was born into the Coyote Clan at Zia Pueblo on April 8, 1954, the daughter of famed potter Seferina Pino Bell who, over the years, taught Ruby the traditional way of forming raw clay into fine art.

Ruby attended the Zia Day School through the fourth grade, then went to Albuquerque public schools and graduated from West Mesa High School. While going to high school, she often helped her mother with her pottery, then began to make small pieces of her own. However, the pottery bug didn't bite and she went on to the University of New Mexico, working toward a degree in education. However, the scholarship money wasn't enough to cover her expenses so she had to quit. She returned to the pueblo and to pottery.

Ruby has been an active potter since 1983. She got married and now lives at Jemez Pueblo but she creates some of the largest traditional Zia pottery today, in the manner of Trinidad Medina and Sofia Medina. Her work spans the gamut of polychrome jars, bowls, vases, wedding vases and canteens. She is best known for that pottery that ends up large, with impeccably painted artwork on it.

Roadrunner, floral and geometric designs on a polychrome jar
Polychrome jar with roadrunner, floral and geometric designs
5 1/2 in H by 7 3/4 in Dia
Roadrunner, corn and geometric designs on a polychrome jar
Polychrome jar with roadrunner, corn and geometric designs
4 in H by 5 in Dia
Roadrunner, corn and geometric designs on a polychrome pot
Polychrome pot with roadrunner, corn and geometric designs
6 1/4 in H by 5 3/4 in Dia
Bird, rainbow and geometric designs on a polychrome jar
Polychrome jar with bird, rainbow and geometric designs
9 3/4 in H by 11 1/2 in Dia
Roadrunner, rainbow and geometric designs on a polychrome jar
Polychrome jar with roadrunner, rainbow and geometric designs
10 in H by 12 1/4 in Dia
Roadrunner, floral and geometric design on a polychrome jar
Polychrome jar with roadrunner, floral and geometric design
6 in H by 7 3/4 in Dia
Roadrunner, rainbow and geometric design on a polychrome jar
Polychrome jar with roadrunner, rainbow and geometric design
4 1/4 in H by 5 1/2 in Dia
Roadrunner and cloud design on a polychrome jar
Polychrome jar with roadrunner and cloud design
5 3/4 in H by 6 in Dia
Geometric design on a polychrome canteen
Polychrome canteen with a geometric design
5 in H by 5 1/2 in Dia
Hummingbird, kiva step, corn and geometric design on a polychrome wedding vase
Polychrome wedding vase with hummingbird, kiva step, corn and geometric design
8 1/2 in H by 6 1/2 in Dia
Bird, rainbow, cloud and geometric designs on a Polychrome olla
Polychrome olla with bird, rainbow, cloud and geometric designs
4 1/4 in H by 5 3/4 in Dia
Rainbow, cloud, bird and geometric design on a polychrome olla
Polychrome jar decorated with bird, cloud, rainbow and geometric designs
10 1/4 in H by 11 3/4 in Dia
Three children koshares on the back of a kneeling koshare figure
Koshare figure with three children koshares on his back
9 1/4 in H by 12 1/2 in Dia
Bird, cloud and geometric design on a polychrome storage jar
Polychrome storage jar with bird, could and geometric design
7 1/4 in H by 10 in Dia
Roadrunner and geometric design on a small polychrome storage jar
Small polychrome storage jar decorated with roadrunner and geometric design
3 3/4 in H by 5 1/4 in Dia
Zia birds and geometric design on a large polychrome bowl
Large polychrome bowl decorated inside with Zia birds and geometric design
7 1/2 in H by 17 1/4 in Dia
Roadrunner, rainbow and geometric design on a polychrome jar
Polychrome jar decorated with a roadrunner, rainbow and geometric design
5 3/4 in H by 7 1/2 in Dia
Bird, yucca and geometric design on a polychrome wedding vase
Polychrome wedding vase decorated with a bird, yucca and geometric design
10 in H by 7 1/4 in Dia
Bird, cloud, rainbow and geometric design on a polychrome jar
Polychrome jar decorated with a bird, rainbow, cloud and geometric design
10 1/2 in H by 13 1/4 in Dia
Bird, cloud, rainbow and geometric design on a polychrome jar
Polychrome jar decorated with a bird, rainbow, cloud and geometric design
9 3/4 in H by 11 1/2 in Dia
Roadrunner, rainbow, cloud and geometric design on a polychrome jar
Polychrome jar decorated with a roadrunner, rainbow, cloud and geometric design
10 in H by 9 1/4 in Dia
Bird, yucca, rainbow and geometric design on a polychrome wedding vase
Polychrome wedding vase decorated with a rainbow, bird, yucca and geometric design
10 in H by 7 3/4 in Dia
Bird, cloud, rainbow and geometric design on a polychrome wedding vase
Polychrome wedding vase decorated with a roadrunner, rainbow, cloud and geometric design
7 1/2 in H by 5 3/4 in Dia
Butterfly and geometric design on a small polychrome jar
Small polychrome jar decorated with a butterfly and geometric design
4 in H by 4 3/4 in Dia
Photos are courtesy of Andrea Fisher Fine Pottery