5155-11 Santa Clara Carved Black pottery with handle by Glenda Naranjo 4 1/2" x 3 1/2"
Santa Clara Carved Black Pottery
by noted Artist
4 1/2" x 3 1/2"
Water Serpent "Awanyu" or "Avanyu" Motif
Awanyu (also Avanyu), is a Tewa deity, the guardian of water. Represented as a horned or plumed serpent with curves suggestive of flowing water or the zig-zag of lightning, Awanyu appears on the walls of caves located high above canyon rivers in New Mexico and Arizona. Awanyu may be related to the feathered serpent of Mesoamerica— Quetzalcoatl and related deities. Awanyu is a frequent motif on Native American pottery of the Southwestern United States.
Glenda Naranjo, "Cloth Stick Flower", was born in 1953 into the Santa Clara-Tewa Pueblo. Glenda was inspired to continue the long lived tradition of hand coiling pottery from her late mother, Flora Naranjo. Flora taught Glenda the fundamentals of working with clay and the use of ancient methods to construct her pottery. Glenda has been working with clay since the age of 10.
Glenda specializes in hand coiling traditional black on black and red Santa Clara pottery. Her patterns include the Water Serpent and Feather diagrams. She hand coils a wide variety of sizes and shapes of traditional pottery. Glenda enjoys working with clay and feels that in doing so, she proudly adds to the art world and continues the long lived legacy of her people. She also teaches her immediate family to construct the beautiful pottery her Pueblo is famous for making. She signs her pottery: Glenda Naranjo, SCP. Glenda is related to Frances Salazar, Barbara Martinez, Vickie Martinez and Sammy Naranjo.
Santa Clara Pueblo (Tewa: Kha'po) is a census-designated place (CDP) in Rio Arriba County, New Mexico, United States. The population was 980 at the 2000 census, although, approximately 3,800 reside on the reservation. Santa Clara Pueblo was established about 1550.
The pueblo is a member of the Eight Northern Pueblos, and the people are from the Tewa ethnic group of Native Americans who speak the Tewa language. The pueblo is on the Rio Grande, between Ohkay Owingeh (formerly San Juan Pueblo) to the north and San Ildefonso Pueblo to the south. Santa Clara Pueblo is famous for producing hand-crafted pottery, specifically blackware and redware with deep engravings. The pueblo is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.