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Sharon Naranjo-Garcia

Sharon Naranjo Garcia was born in 1951 on the Santa Clara Pueblo, but has been living in San Juan for the past twenty years. Sharon was raised by her grandmother, Christina Naranjo, who is the matriarch of a large family of famous potters. Christina not only taught Sharon the Pueblo Indian way of life, but also started her on the trail of becoming an excellent potter. In July 2003, Sharon won the “Best of Show” award at the Eight Northern Pueblo Show, winning the highest possible award in the show. She says, “I feel very lucky to be able to earn money doing what I love.” Sharon often makes beautiful water jars, sometimes undecorated and often using bear paws and Avanyu as carved symbols.


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