Hangin’ with the Masters – Ep. 16: Maxine and Dominique Toya

Wright’s Indian Art is proud to present Hangin’ with the Masters – Episode 16: Maxine and Dominique Toya!!

Maxine and Dominique will be in our gallery on Saturday, May 11th from 11 am until 3 pm.

Maxine is from a prominent family of potters, including grandmother Persingula Gachupin, mother Marie G. Romero and sister Laura Gachupin, all respected, prize-winning artists. In addition to being a noted award-winning potter, Maxine has had a distinguished career as an educator in the Jemez Pueblo school system, from which she recently retired.  She follows the older generation’s legacy of making primarily figures. Hers are notable for their elegance of form and finish. She has said “I want to achieve the balance between traditional and contemporary.” Her work shows that she has achieved that.

Dominique comes from that same amazing family – mother Maxine Toya, sister Camilla Toya, aunt Laura Gachupin, grandmother Marie G. Romero, and great-grandmother Persingula Gachupin, all have significant reputations as potters – and has evolved rapidly from good, to exceptional. The awards for the elegantly formed, finely cut swirl pots that are a trademark of this artist, have gone from blue ribbons to Best of Classification (best of all pottery shown) – at SWAIA Indian Market 2009 – to BEST IN SHOW at another top show, in just a couple of years. Dominique produces beautifully formed and finished pots in other designs, as well. No matter the style, the elements of elegant simplicity and fastidious workmanship, are constants.

Maxine and Dominique will be performing a live pottery demo throughout the show, with opportunities to ask questions and hear stories. This is an incredible and unique chance to get up-close and personal with the pottery making process under the guidance of two master potters. What a treat!

There will also be food provided by Maxine and Dominique, so get ready for their famous Jemez enchiladas, homemade deliciousness straight from their Jemez Pueblo kitchen!

Come join us for an educational, fun, and delicious show…you won’t want to miss this!!



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!!

Hangin’ with the Masters – Ep. 10: Joe and Althea Cajero

Wright’s Indian Art is proud to present Hangin’ with the Masters – Episode 10: Joe and Althea Cajero!!

The Cajeros will be in our studio on Saturday, October 6th from 12pm until 5pm.

Althea has been lauded with a number of awards for her jewelry designs using cuttlefish bone, coral, precious gems and turquoise. Joe’s spectrum of media includes works in bronze, clay and jewelry, in sizes that are both monumental and intimate. Joe’s pieces are part of collections including Santa Fe’s, Museum of Indian Arts & Crafts, as well as private collections throughout the U.S.

Both also show at the annual Santa Fe Indian Market, the Heard Museum Art Market in Phoenix, AZ as well as a number of other art and Native American art markets throughout the southwest.

In 2014, Joe and Althea Cajero were awarded the MIAC Living Treasure award in recognition of their artistic excellence and community service. Enjoy this excerpt from their interview for this prestigious award.

– Video by John Sadd


The Cajeros will be giving a talk while performing a live demo, including Joe beginning work on a new clay piece and Althea sharing information and materials related to cuttlebone casting.

We look forward to seeing you at this amazing event!!

Hangin’ with the Masters – Ep. 6: Kathleen, Adrian and Marcus Wall

Wright’s Indian Art is proud to present Hangin’ with the Masters – Episode 6: Kathleen, Adrian and Marcus Wall!

The Walls will be in our studio on Saturday, June 2nd from 12pm until 5pm.

These fantastic artists have won numerous awards and been displayed in collections and museums far and wide!

Marcus learned from his mother and refined his techniques further while working with Kathleen. He has developed his own distinctive style and specializes in animal figurines and koshares that embody warmth and happiness. He always includes special details in his animal figures that make them all one-of-a-kind.

Adrian was inspired by his father’s work in Cliff Fragua’s studio and has become a renowned sculptor, though he works in multiple media, also including metal, glass and clay. From sculpture to pottery and beautiful glass and silver jewelry, Adrian has shown his creativity in numerous ways over the years.

Kathleen grew up following in the footsteps of her grandparents, mother and aunts. She has always wanted to share her creativity and tribal history through her art. She is well known for her koshares and her large installations, and she has been winning awards since the first time she entered Santa Fe Indian Market.

The show will include live demos and a talk about artistic processes with the Wall siblings.

You won’t want to miss this fantastic family show!!