Specializing in Native American Crafts Since 1916

Gilbert Olivas


Artist Profile

Gilbert Olivas was born in 1958 into the San Juan Pueblo. He began experimenting with clay at the age of 7. By the time he turned 29 years of age he had mastered the fundamentals of using ancient traditional methods of working with natural clays and pigments. He was inspired to learn the art by working with Barbara Martinez from the Santa Clara Pueblo. She shared her special techniques of working with clay with Gilbert.

Gilbert specializes in the hand coiled black or red Santa Clara pottery. His designs include the water serpent (beginning of life), feathers (ability to fly) and arrows (direction of life). He signs his pottery: Olivas pottery, Gilbert Olivas, followed by the date the pot was completed.

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