Gladys Paquin was born at Laguna Pueblo to a father who was Zuni and a mother who was Laguna. She was however, raised at Santa Ana Pueblo which is where she received the name “Sratyu’we” that she uses to sign her pots. She says that the name has no translation to English.
In 1980 Gladys began potting and now focuses on very traditional Laguna designs, although she will sometimes make pots combining both Zuni and Laguna elements.
Her raw materials consist of various types of clays and vegetation (ex. Rocky Mountain bee plant, which provides the natural black color within the Laguna Pueblo). She breaks clay into a powder form and mixes in water along with other natural pigments, then she begins rolling the moist clay into snake like coils to use as the basis for building a natural vessel. Once the vessel has been shaped she sets it out to dry, once it has dried she sands down all the roughness for a fine smooth texture. She boils all her colors from natural clays and vegetation and hand paints her designs.
Her son, Andrew Padilla, is a very talented potter with a very contemporary style, in contrast to his mother. Gladys has been honored many times at Santa Fe Indian Market including, special awards in Traditional Pottery.
She signs her pottery as: Gladys Sratyu’we Paquin, Laguna.
-Santa Fe Indian Market 1st Place
-Santa Fe Indian Market Best of Division
-1993 Santa Fe Indian Market Indian Art Fund Award
-Eitejorg Indian Market, Indiana 2nd Place
-Santa Monica Art Show, California 1st Place
-Southern Pueblo Pottery 2,000 Artist Biographies
-Talking With The Clay
-Lost and Found Traditions
-From This Earth
-Acoma and Laguna Pottery
-Southwestern Pottery Anasazi to Zuni
-School of American Research, Santa Fe, New Mexico
-Museum of Indian Arts and Culture, Santa Fe, New Mexico
-Natural History Museum, Los Angeles, California
-Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, Albuquerque, New Mexico
-Cincinnati Art Museum, Ohio
For Additional Information:
American Indian Art Series: Southern Pueblo Pottery (2000 Artist Biographies) by Gregory Schaaf