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© Ely Abrums and Laura Walker

Wayne “Snowbird” Shields

Wayne Snowbird is a member of the Santa Clara Pueblo, where he lives and works. He has been recognized for his artistry and ingenuity at shows across New Mexico and has been singled out for praise by the local newspaper in nearby Espanola.

Wayne’s unique figurative pieces are very different from other Santa Clara pottery. His graceful and spiritual female figures have an elegant minimalism you might not expect from a big guy. And he displays his playful side with a series of clown and animal figures. A truly talented ceramic sculptor.

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