Noreen Simplicio

Zuni Pueblo

Noreen Simplicio learned to make pottery from Jennie Laate at Zuni High School. She knew the first time she touched the clay in 1977 that making pottery was what she wanted to do with her life. After graduating from high school, she spent some time working with Zuni/Acoma potter/sculptor Angelina Medina. She still says her greatest inspiration came from Jennie Laate and Angelina Medina.

In 1988 Noreen entered her first juried competition and started to earn a long string of major ribbons for her work. Her first entry earned an Award of Excellence. The following August she was a Featured New Artist at Santa Fe Indian Market. In 1989 she entered 6 pieces in one competition and earned 4 First Place ribbons, a Second Place ribbon and a Third Place ribbon.

In 1990, Jennie Laate retired and Noreen took over teaching the pottery classes at Zuni High. The position was meant to be temporary and she taught for 2 years. She had more than 100 students in that time. She turned the classes over to Gabriel Paloma in 1992 and he taught Zuni ceramics and pottery making for years.

Polychrome jar with lizard, butterfly, deer-in-his-house and geometric design Polychrome jar decorated with a butterfly, lizard, deer-in-his-house and geometric design
3.5 in H by 6.5 in Dia
A tadpol;e and dragonfly design on a miniature polychrome Zuni prayer bowl
A miniature polychrome Zuni prayer bowl decorated with a tadpole and dragonfly design
1 in Dia by 0.75 in H

Zuni Pueblo Potters