The Egg with a Bear and Star on Top 3"H x 2.25"Diameter by Glendora Fragua - Jemez Pueblo

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Tis is one of many pieces that made Glendora Famous!

Glendora Fragua is recognized as one of today’s top Pueblo potters. Her pottery is elegant and sophisticated, with precision sgraffito on hand coiled and highly-polished red and buff clay vessels. They are masterpieces in form and design. Her designs, which echo the classic Pueblo designs - kiva steps, spirit figures, rain symbols and corn - are uniquely her own.

"I use the cornstalk in many of my pieces," says Glendora. "It represents my family's origin in the Corn Clan of the Jemez Pueblo." Glendora is proud of her family, many of whom are also involved in the arts. She learned how to make pottery from her mother, Juanita Fragua, a well-known and recognized potter. Glendora's grandmother, Beninga Medina Madelena, who came from the Zia Pueblo, has been credited as helping revive pottery making at Jemez. Glendora's sister B.J. is also a potter and her brother Clifford is a well-known sculptor.

"My work is contemporary," says Glendora "but, my methods are traditional. We gather clay from the Pueblo and temper it with volcanic ash. Our traditional paints are from the earth. The building and polishing are all done by hand."  Her only nod to technology is the use of a kiln to fire her finished work.

Glendora Fragua was born in St. Louis, Missouri and her early years were spent in San Francisco, California. In the 1970s, she moved back with her family to the Jemez Pueblo in New Mexico.  At the age of 16, Glendora was developing her own pottery style, using natural clays and slips and experimenting with a scratch technique known as sgraffito. Sgraffito carving requires a steady hand for the delicate, intricate and precise designs.