Sharon Naranjo Garcia

Sharon Naranjo Garcia was born into Santa Clara Pueblo in 1951 and learned to make pottery the traditional way, by watching, working with and learning from her grandmother, Christina Naranjo, as she grew up.

She learned the Santa Clara ways, then moved to San Juan Pueblo 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 red ware.

In 2003 Sharon earned the Best in Show ribbon 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
Bear paw imprints and a pie crust rim on a double-shouldered black water jar A double-shouldered black water jar with a pie crust rim and bear paw imprints
13 in H by 10 1/4 in Dia
Bear paw imprints on a double-shouldered black water jar Large polished black jar with double shoulders and bear paw imprints
7 3/4 in H by 7 1/4 in Dia

Santa Clara Pueblo Potters