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Glendora Fragua

Artist Spotlight: Glendora Fragua

Glendora Fragua is recognized as one of today’s top Pueblo potters. Her pottery is elegant and sophisticated, with precision sgraffito on hand coiled and highly-polished clay vessels. They are masterpieces in form and design. Her designs, which echo the classic Pueblo designs – kiva steps, spirit figures, rain symbols and corn – are uniquely her own.  Her cornstalk trademark is added to the bottom of each piece.

Glendora Fragua was born in St. Louis, Missouri and her early years were spent in San Francisco, California. In the 1970s, she moved back with her family to the Jemez Pueblo in New Mexico.  Glendora learned pottery making from her mother, noted Jemez potter Juanita Fragua.  Her tremendously talented family also includes potter sister, BJ and brother, Cliff, a world renowned sculptor whose 7’ depiction of Po’pay represents New Mexico in the Statuary Hall of the US Capitol.

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