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Glenda Naranjo

Glenda Naranjo, “Cloth Stick Flower”, is a full blooded Native American Indian. She was born in 1953 into the Santa Clara-Tewa Pueblo. Glenda was inspired to continue the long lived tradition of hand coiling pottery from her late mother, Flora Naranjo. Flora taught Glenda all the fundamentals of working with clay and using ancient methods to construct her pottery. Glenda has been working with clay since the age of 10. The lucrative aspect of the business also played a key roll in her becoming a clay artist.

Glenda specializes in hand coiling traditional black on black and red Santa Clara pottery. She gathers her clay from the grounds within the Santa Clara Pueblo. Glenda soaks the clay, grinds it to a sandy grain, hand mixes, hand coils, hand shapes, hand carves, and fires her finished product the traditional way, outdoors, with horse dung. Her patterns include the Water Serpent and Feather diagrams. She hand coils a wide variety of sizes and shapes of traditional pottery. Glenda enjoys working with clay and feels that in doing so, she proudly adds to the art world and continues the long lived legacy of her people. She currently is also teaching her immediate family to construct the beautiful pottery that her Pueblo is famous for making. She signs her pottery as: Glenda Naranjo, SCP. Glenda is related to: Frances Salazar, Barbara Martinez, Vickie Martinez, and Sammy Naranjo.