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Andrew Padilla

Andrew’s heritage is half Laguna and half Santa Clara. His grandmother, Reycita Padilla, taught him how to make the traditional black on black Santa Clara pottery when he was 10 years old. Later, when he moved to Laguna Pueblo, he began working with the white Laguna clay, learning where to find the best clay, and about useful techniques, from his mother, Gladys Paquin.
Andrew has become an award-winning potter, hand coiling the elegant white pieces that are his specialty. From the beginning, his beautifully regular melon, or gourd, ribs have been pushed out from the inside, rather than applied on the exterior of the pot. Forming the ribs from the inside is a much more difficult technique.