Pueblo: Acoma Pueblo

“Grinding the clay is the hardest part. It’s stone really, and then breaking up the old shards for temper. It has to be right, or the clay collapses–too soft, or stiffens–too hard”—Rose Chino Garcia, Acoma potter

Rose ChinoRose was one of the daughters of famed Acoma potter Marie Z. Chino who taught her the art of working the clay into wonderful pieces of art. Rose is known for carrying on the tradition of Acoma pottery established by matriarchs like her mother and to create pieces characterized by artistic elegance. Her work has been rewarded with awards for excellence at many competitions including the prestigious Santa Fe Indian Market.

 Since her death, her creations are becoming more and more difficult to find. Her daughter, Tena Garcia, is carrying on the tradition of this magnificent pottery, which she learned from her mother and grandmother, Marie Zieu Chino.

 Rose Chino Garcia once said that water tastes better when kept in an Acoma pottery jar, “cool and clean.”