Pueblo: Santa Clara Pueblo

“As one member of a large family of potters, I have strived to preserve the tradition of my ancestors, and feel that is reflected in my art.” —Cliff Roller

Cliff RollerAs a sixth generation potter, Cliff Roller continues to make traditional Santa Clara carved black ware. Roller’s work has been included in every book in recent years dealing with American Indian pueblo pottery.

He is the grandson of Margaret and Alcario Tafoya, and the son of Toni and Ted Roller.

As early as 1988 Cliff won a first for one of his pottery bowls at Indian Market in Santa Fe, and he continues to win numerous awards to this day when he competes.

(Adapted from Pueblo Indian Pottery: 750 Artist Biographies by Gregory Schaaf)