From Jemez Pueblo, with family ties to San Ildefonso Pueblo as well, she is considered to be “at the top of the ladder” among Jemez potters.
Mother Juanita Fragua is an official “Local Treasure”, and brother Cliff Fragua is a nationally honored sculptor.
Glendora’s specialty of sgrafitto technique – designs that are scratched or etched into the clay – has brought her the respect and admiration of collectors and prestigious show judges.
Using all natural materials and pigments, the entire surface is embellished with a wonderful collection of precise, yet graceful, designs.
The striking palette of black, red, and beige is both serene and dramatic.
The angular abstraction of a female spirit, and the sharply pointed zig-zag rows contrast with the curved water symbol elements.
What looks like the sun atop the piece, from one angle becomes the tablita (headdress) of the figure from another side.
The design covers the ovoid surface of the piece like fabric – a Glendora “signature”. Some of the angular rows are textured, some are plain.
Expert manipulation of the colors of the natural clay slips keeps the whole piece both energetic and balanced.
Her hallmark cornstalk, which is also her clan symbol, is seen on the bottom of the piece. That is her signature.