I learned to make pottery on my own, along with trial and error and I'm still learning. My favorite teacher, who was my mother taught me how to make the yucca brush and the fine line technique that I use today.
I paint designs that are related to mother nature's elements like the rain, clouds and lightning. My pottery also includes commercial clay meaning it's store bought. All my potteries are signed with 2 different signatures, this helps educate about the clays that I use the create my art. Traditional clay pots are signed with my native name while the commercial clay pots are signed with my English name.
My first ribbon I received for my pottery was in 2003 in Albuquerque, NM at the Miniature Arts Bardean Show. It was for a made to scale mini olla jar with the tularosa design on it.
Last year I was also involved with 2 exhibits. One being at the Acoma Culture Center Museum for the One Coil At A Time exhibit and the other took place at the Reeves Museum located on the beautiful campus of the William and Lee University for the Ancient Inspirations exhibit in Lexington, Virginia.
LaDonna digs her own clay on the Acoma Pueblo. Once the clay is processed (About a month) She then hand builds all her piece using the coil method. All pieces are painted with natural pigment, the black paint is wild spinach and hematite.