Dennis Daubs, “Oboweya” (Early morning runner before the kachina dance), was born in 1960. He is half Jemez and half San Ildefonso, member of the Eagle Clan. Dennis was inspired to make pottery from his Great Grandmother Maria Sanchez and his Grandmother Elvira Gachupin. At the age of 18 he started gathering his own clay and experimenting with pottery making.
Dennis specializes in the handmade sgraffito red or black polished pottery. He mixes his own clay, hand coils, shapes, etches, fires, and polishes his own pottery, the traditional way, outdoors. His sgraffito etchings usually include a detailed etched kachina dancer, animals or various shapes of geometrical designs on the different shapes of pots he coils. Dennis stated that “I use a different design on every piece of pottery that I make and each one is a challenging and rewarding one to complete.” Dennis signs his pottery as: Dennis Daubs, Jemez Pueblo. He is also a distant relative to the famous Maria Martinez.
Dennis is related to the following artists: Gerri Gachupin (mother), Patricia Daubs (sister), and the late, Steve Daubs (brother).
1 3/4" Tall, 3 1/4" Wide