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Linda Askan

Linda is Summer Clan at Santa Clara Pueblo. She graduated from Espanola High School and also attended the Institute of American Indian Arts. Linda worked as a Respiratory Therapy Technician before she became a full-time potter. Her native Tewa name, given by her grandmother Adelaide (Lala) Sisneros, is "Jo Povi" which means "cactus flower." Both her grandmother and her mother, Marie Sisneros Askan were instrumental in teaching Linda how to create pottery in the traditional way. Although both women have since passed away, they are listed as Active Potters in the book Santa Clara Pottery Today, which published in 1975. Linda's father Andy Askan passed away in the summer of 1999.

Linda digs her own clay, coils the shapes by hand, and fires them outdoors in a dung fire. She creates both the traditional red and black pottery; the color depends on both the clay slip she uses, and her firing methods. Linda has two daughters of her own, Diana born in 1976 and Rose in 1978, and although they are currently in college, they too know the art of traditional pottery making, and Linda’s sister Birdell Bourdon is also a potter. Linda is also related to the potters John, Joyce, Linda and Merton Sisneros, and Earlene Tafoya.