Hangin’ with the Masters – Ep. 12: The Fragua Family

Wright’s Indian Art is proud to present Hangin’ with the Masters – Episode 12: The Fragua Family!!

The Fraguas will be in our studio on Saturday, December 8th from 12pm until 5pm.

This multi-generational show will be the final Hangin’ with the Masters event in 2018, so be prepared for a fun time!

Family members appearing include:

  • Juanita Fragua – Pottery
    • The matriarch of the Fragua family, Juanita creates elegant vessels using classic shapes and highly polished surfaces. She has been an award winner for many decades and is featured in multiple books on contemporary potters. A truly amazing and strong person, and a fantastic example and inspiration for the young potters of today!
  • Cliff Fragua – Sculpture, Multi-media
    • In his own words -“I have learned the secret of the stone through my cultural and ancestral teachings. Based in Native American themes, my work shows pride for the Pueblo culture and a deep understanding of the inherent spirituality of the stone. I have chosen stone as my medium of expression because it is a combination of the basic elements of the earth. I feel the honesty and purity of this most basic of material permits me to express myself from the heart and to express the spirit that Native people respect and revere as embodied in the stone”.

      Since 1974, when he created his first stone sculpture, Cliff has created a significant body of work that keeps evolving with new influences and new interests. His sculptures are featured in such public locations as the National Statuary Hall in the Nation’s Capitol, Albuquerque International Airport, and in permanent collections throughout the country. He has been included in major invitational exhibitions and one-man shows in leading museums and galleries and has earned highest honors and awards for his sculptures.

  • Glendora Fragua – Pottery, Painted glass
    • In her own words – 

      “My work is contemporary, but my methods are traditional. We gather clay from the Pueblo and temper it with volcanic ash. Our traditional paints are from the earth. The building and polishing are all done by hand.”

      Glendora is meticulous in her work on her pottery and the finishes.  In order to achieve the crispness in polish colors and incision, she often adds more details and slips, polishing more and more until she is totally satisfied with the results! Glendora’s pottery is exceptional in shape, form and design and, while identifiable with her signature style, is also ever-changing in subtle, yet striking ways.  She gets very excited to try new slips, design patterns and shapes and has added acrylic paints to her repertoire, accenting her pottery with a whole new color spectrum.

      Glendora has received numerous awards for her work at prestigious shows including the Santa Fe and Dallas Indian Markets, the Heard and Eiteljorg Museum markets and the Gallup Intertribal Indian Ceremonial.

  • Tablita Fragua – Pottery
    • A younger member of the extended Fragua family of potters, her father is renowned sculptor Cliff Fragua, but Tablita has chosen to work in clay, like her grandmother, Juanita Fragua. She says that holding the clay makes her …”feel so close to Mother Nature.” Her goal is to pass on the family pottery skills to another generation. Her smoothly finished and rounded pieces have a lovely, serene feeling.
  • Star Fragua – Culinary arts
    • Star is passionate about the culinary experience that she creates with each special opportunity. She is catering this event with a custom menu made just for this special family gathering. We are excited to enjoy her work!

Three generations from the award-winning Fragua family all in one place…we look forward to seeing you at this amazing event!!