Specializing in Native American Crafts Since 1916

Sally Garcia


Artist Profile

Sally R. Garcia, “Gah-Wee-Nah-Zah” (running brook) was born in 1940 into the Laguna Pueblo. Sally followed her heart to continue a long lived tradition of working with pottery. She strongly believes in keeping tradition alive and prosperous. She began carving on pottery at the age of 19. Sally is credited as the first pioneer for hand etchings on ceramic pottery.

Sally specializes in hand etching animals, Mudheads (clowns), flowers and mimbres designs on ceramic pottery. Much of Sally’s etchings are stories of nature. She etches her designs with a simple tool, a carving blade. She does not use stencils or other other means to etch her intricate pieces She currently is concentrating on etching ceramic horse hair pottery. Her etchings add a unique flare and complement the horse hair pottery quite nicely. She signs her pottery: SGarcia, Laguna, N.M. or: Sally R. Garcia, Laguna, N.M.

Sally is related to Paul Lucario, Jr (brother), Arthur Lucario (brother), Darren Pasquale (nephew), Santana Antonio (grandmother) and Mildred Antonio (aunt).

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