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Adrian Trujillo

Adrian Trujillo comes from a long line of sculptors/potters. A noted Acoma Pueblo Potter, he comes from a distinguished line of potters including Sarah Garcia of the Turkey Clan and his mother Jesse Garcia. His work is featured in the renowned Native American Museum in Washington DC.

Using traditional methods that date back thousands of years, he uses all natural materials that are gathered from tribal lands. Each vessel is hand coiled, shaped and molded with gourd scrapers, smoothed with a stone and painted with a slip of fine clay and water. One of the more notable traits of Trujillo’s work is his ability to create very large sized vessels and his intricate line drawings done with a yucca brush.

Traditional Acoma pottery is made using a slate-like clay found within the hills surrounding the Pueblo. When fired using traditional methods, this clay allows the potters to form very thin walls, a common and sought after characteristic of Acoma pottery. Hand coiled pottery is the preferred method for creation among collectors.

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