Clarence Cruzis Tewa, from the Pueblo of San Juan/Ohkay Owingeh and a graduate of the University of New Mexico, with a BFA in Art Studio. His home is located twenty-eight (28) miles north of Santa Fe, and six (6) miles north of Espanola on the Taos Highway. The first capital of New Mexico is located in his Pueblo in an area called Yunge, also known as San Gabriel. His Pueblo is also the sight of the first Pueblo Revolt of 1680.
His works consists of traditional pottery of San Juan and Micaceous pottery. The traditional pottery of San Juan is the corrugated, Potsuwii incised, and the carved polychrome styles. His Micaceous pottery consists of the Potsuwii incising styles. Micaceous pottery can be functional or nonfunctional. He works with raw materials that all come from Mother Earth. His pottery are all fired outside using the traditional methods to achieve that high quality finish and most sought after authentic Native pots. He does three types of firings: (1) is an open firing, where the flames are allowed to touch the pots, (2) an enclosed firing, where the flames are not touching the pots, (3) a reduction firing, where the pots are turned black.
Through his continued education he has had the honor to instruct graduate and undergraduate level pottery classes at the University of New Mexico from 1999 to present for the fall semesters. He has also had the opportunity to work with two great potters, Juan Quezada (Mata Ortiz, Chihuahua, Mexico) and Mary Lewis Garcia (Acoma Pueblo, Acoma, New Mexico). He is also an instructor of Micaceous pottery at Poeh Arts, for the Pueblo of Pojoaque, where he has instructed the fall, spring and summer classes from 2000 to present.
Clarence shares his knowledge of clays and his culture with children ages 5-13 years old in summer camps through Escuela del Sol Montessori in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He also works with the senior citizens from his home in San Juan Pueblo. His expertise is shared with the neighboring Pueblos who want to carry on the tradition of pottery making within their family and the Pueblo from where she or he may come from.
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