Angie Yazzie

Taos Pueblo potter Angie Yazzie
Angie Yazzie

Angie Yazzie was born a member of Taos Pueblo on June 16, 1965. She has lived in Taos all her life. Her mother, Mary Archuleta, is of Taos Pueblo and her father, Nick Yazzie, was a Navajo from Ganado, Arizona.

Primarily self-taught, Angie was introduced at an early age to traditional pottery techniques by her mother and maternal grandmother, Isabel C. Archuleta. As a child, Angie lived a few years with her maternal grandparents and was exposed to many different types of crafts through the small shop they owned at Taos Pueblo.

Angie loves to work with the micaceous clay found in the sacred places where she digs her clay on Taos Pueblo. Micaceous pottery gleams with a special shine due to the naturally occurring mica in the clay. That mica helps seal in liquids when vessels are used for cooking or storing. The types of food usually prepared in these pots are stews, pancake-like bread, beans, teas and vegetables. The pots are made with hand-rolled coils which are then smoothed and sanded. No potter's wheel is used in the process as is done with thrown pottery. Firing is usually done in an outside pit with wood bark or dry cedar. Each fired piece also gets its own unique design of fire clouds during the firing.

Angie's work is recognized for the variety of shapes she works with and for the thinness of her walls.

Where Angie's Work is Shown

  • Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian, Santa Fe, NM
  • Millicent Rogers Museum, Taos, NM
  • The Permanent Collection at the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture, Santa Fe, NM
  • The Cincinatti Museum, Cincinnati, Ohio

And you can always buy her works at Andrea Fisher Fine Pottery in Santa Fe, NM.

Grandmother jar in black micaceous clay
A black micaceous grandmother jar
8 1/4 in H by 15 3/4 in Dia
Grandmother jar in micaceous golden clay
Golden micaceous grandmother jar
 
Melon jar in golden micaceous clay
Micaceous golden melon jar with fire clouds
9 in H by 13 1/2 in Dia
Melon jar in golden micaceous clay
Micaceous golden melon jar
 
Jar in micaceous golden clay
Micaceous golden jar
6 1/2 in H by 10 1/4 in Dia
A prayer bowl in red and gold micaceous clay with fire clouds
A red and gold micaceous prayer bowl with fire clouds
 
Fire clouds on a micaceous melon jar
Micaceous melon jar with fire clouds
5 3/4 in H by 8 in Dia
Prayer bowl in orange micaceous clay
Orange micaceous clay prayer bowl
6 1/4 in H by 8 in Dia
Flared opening and fire clouds on a golden micaceous jar
Golden micaceous jar with a flared opening and fire clouds
6 1/2 in H by 7 in Dia
Micaceous golden grandmother jar
Golden micaceous grandmother jar
9 in H by 18 1/4 in Dia
Large rectangular black micaceous bowl
Micaceous black large rectangular bowl
6 3/4 in H by 16 1/2 in Dia
Fire clouds on a black micaceous wedding vase
Black micaceous wedding vase with fire clouds
14 in H by 12 1/4 in Dia
Fire clouds on a golden micaceous jar
Golden micaceous clay jar with fire clouds
6 3/4 in H by 10 1/4 in Dia
Photos courtesy of Andrea Fisher Fine Pottery