Greg Garcia

Santa Clara Pueblo

Born in 1961, Greg Garcia's father, Santiago Garcia, was from San Juan Pueblo and his mother, Lydia Tafoya, from Santa Clara Pueblo. Tina Garcia and Virginia Garcia are his sisters.

At the age of 14 Greg began making pottery under the eyes of Severa Tafoya, his maternal grandmother. She taught him all the fundamentals of the traditional Santa Clara way of making pottery. She also encouraged him to stay within the long family tradition of working with clay.

Greg specialized in the hand coiled traditional black and red Santa Clara pottery. He did everything the traditional way, praying at every step. He also polished his pottery to add a great shine to his pieces.

Greg signed his pottery as: "Greg Garcia, San Juan/Santa Clara". He passed on in 2010.

Polished black jar
Traditional polished black jar
4.25 in H by 3.5 in Dia
Fluted rim on a polished red jar
Polished red jar with fluted rim
5.25 in H by 4.75 in Dia
Polished plain red vase
Plain red polished vase
4 in H by 4 in Dia
Bear paw imprint on a plain black jar
Plain black jar with bear paw imprint
2.5 in H by 3.25 in Dia
Double-shouldered miniature black jar
Miniature double-shouldered black jar
1.5 in H by 1.25 in Dia
A pie crust rim on a plain black jar
Plain polished black jar with a pie crust rim
4.25 in H by 4.25 in Dia
Carved black melon jar
Miniature black carved melon jar
1.5 in H by 2.5 in Dia
Plain black jar
Polished plain black jar
2.5 in H by 3.5 in Dia
Classic red water jar with a pie crust rim A pie crust rim on a traditional red water jar
5.75 in H by 5 in Dia
Red water jar with a flared lip
A flared lip on a polished red water jar
4.25 in L by 4.25 in W by 5.75 in H

Santa Clara Pueblo Potters